This week I made a big decision about my future. I decided to semi-retire. It feels a lot like I did when my Dad took the training wheels off my bike; a little wobbly and unsure.
I'll still be doing a lot of the same work. I will still be teaching my cemetery class for Family Tree University, I will still be taking gravestone photos and blogging about them, I'll still be keeping up with technology as it applies to genealogy.
I won't be considering speaking engagements. I don't own a projector for my computer and I won't be sitting for hours creating PowerPoint presentations. I will be making video and mini-presentations to be shown on the Web. In short, I will become more of an Internet genealogist.
I think it is time to spend more time relaxing and reading for pleasure. I need to slow down. Maybe I am really going BACK to the training wheels?
I am not making money being a professional genealogist. It wasn't my goal. I wanted to help people find their roots. I will still do that for a year or so and most likely stop my professional status when I turn 65.
For now, at almost 64, I am content to coast on by waving to you as I travel. I liked the training wheels.