What is the Song in Your Heart at Sixty?

Dream a New Dream
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Life Begins At 60

All my friends were surprised when I told them that I am not asking for any extension when I retire. I told them I have already reached my fullest potential as a university professor and now it’s time to focus on other aspects of my being.

I know I still have a lot to share with the world but not as a full time professor anymore. I love to teach so I still accept occasional teaching projects. However, checking papers has become a drudge and drudgery is not for me.

So it's time to begin a new life at sixty!

New Songs to Sing, New Dreams to Dream

I promised myself that when I retire I will only do things that will make my heart sing and that’s what I’m doing now. So when I reached the retirement age of 60, I welcomed the whole world into my life and now everything is a blast!

Everything is new and am now singing new songs and dreaming new dreams.

But first thing first, I have to make myself financially stable so I do not have to worry about where I will get my next meal or new set of clothes. So I placed some amount in some financial institutions and I just get regular interest from them for my daily needs. Now that that is settled I was ready to spread my wings and soar.

The things that make my heart sing now are: my family (of course), photography, writing, health and wellness, gardening, reading (I’ve got a backlog here!), spirituality, bowling, blogging, and now hubbing.

quote from von Goethe about beginning your dream, with my photo of the eternal flame sculpture
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Song in My Heart through Photography

Because of my background in microscopy while in school, I was naturally attracted to macrophotography when I started my photography adventure.

I focus on flowers and bugs and raindrops and even mundane things and try to bring out aspects that others don’t normally see. I wrote about these in my later hubs.

MAKING-FLOWERS-TALK-A-PHOTOGRAPHY-ADVENTURE

RaindropsA-Few-of-my-Favorite-Things

beauty-in-mundane-things

THE-SECRET-LIFE-OF-BUGS-in-my-Garden

Then I joined a camera club so I can interact with other people who have similar interest. There, I learned to explore other areas of photography like portraits, fashion, landscape, events and even journalistic photography. I also learned to compete and join photo contests.

I am happy to say that I have started winning some contests and even published some photos in magazines.

My photos are now in my RedBubble site: http://www.redbubble.com/people/lensbaby

Those who consider photography as an art form are welcome to join me in this site. The people here are simply amazing! Looking at their works also make my heart sing!

Below are some of my first photos that I shared here.

Some of My Photos

candlelight
candlelight
debutante
debutante
prayer
prayer
angel tears
angel tears
a drop of world
a drop of world

Song in My Heart through Blogging and Hubbing

I mentioned in my profile that I keep a few blogs and I have now published 20 hubs here in HP. Make that 65 now, Aug 2015.

I have even been a hubnugget through my hub on tea. http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Other-Uses-of-Tea. This recognition has kept me on my toes and increased my fans and friends.

I am really enjoying my time here in hubpages and even have developed friends. I cannot name all of you here right now but I just want to especially mention coffeesnob and James Watkins because they are the first ones who welcomed me here in hubpages. Actually they were my only fans for several weeks when I was struggling how to find my way around here in HP. I will properly acknowledge you my other friends here sometime soon. You know who you are of course.

More Songs to Sing

I am singing more songs now through more time with my family, perfect health and wellness, gardening, reading (I still got a backlog here, but whoever has read all the books he/she wants to read?), and developing greater spirituality and connectedness with the world. Oh, and my bowling has improved a lot too!

A new song that I am also singing now is doing volunteer work. I am now working with the Camillian Sisters as part of their lay ministry group. I will write a hub about this one of these days.

Oh, and through this ministry work, I am now teaching the importance of exercise to our health. I also teach laughter yoga and taichi/qigong/shibashi. Can you believe that?

I wish to end this revision to this, my first hub, through Louis Armstrong’s, “What A Wonderful World”.

This is the song in my heart now.

The video is from: http://youtu.be/4NPc7Y829dE

What a Wonderful Life - Louis Armstrong -Kenny G

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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

 

Hello everyone,

This is my first time here and I will need a lot of help from you.

Jill of all trades, master of some – that’s me. I’m into almost anything that involves creativity. Professionally, I am a university professor but have retired a year ago from actively mentoring and checking papers. I still teach occasionally but my passion is now photography and writing. Topics that inspire me are: mind and self development, healing and wellness, nature, arts, spirituality, and science. Weird mix huh? 

I maintain 3 blogs (one on photography, 2nd on things I like and 3rd on cells) and a photo website.  I don’t know if we can create links to our blogs here though, so I purposely did not place the links. If somebody will say that we can link then I will place the links later.

I discovered hubpages.com through a photography website that I follow. This looks like an exciting community, so now I want to join you and try hubbing (is that the correct term?).


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Yes you can embed two links on each page in anchor text. Beautiful Photography! Welcome to Hub Pages!


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Jill

Welcome to HubPages. Great first hub


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello coffeesnob. Thank you for your welcome and your encouraging words.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello James,

Thank you for welcoming me to hubspages. You are very supportive and encouraging. I think I'm beginning to like it here.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Beautiful photos! I'll have to check out your blogs!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks very much JamaGenee, you are very kind.

Yes, do check out my blogs please. Thank you!


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my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Hi Jill,

Isn't it a wonderful thing about life that it's often the simple pleasures that make our heart sing- Beautiful pictures. I'm glad you are finding peace in your life. You are welcome to stop by and visit anytime.

To Your Abundant Journey,

Jim


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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

I love the photographs! You are very talented.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you very much my Jim (my success guru). You are very supportive.

Yes, I'm planning to read more of your hubs. They are very informative.

All the best!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi KatieE39,

Thank you very much for your inspiring comment! You are very kind.


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franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

I like your photos. They are from an artist's eye. Not everybody can capture the artistic moment because not everybody have developed the artistic eye.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Francia,

Thank you very much for your kind words.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Jill of All trades,

Wonderful photography! You are able to capture the essence of your subject so vividly. You truly have a gift. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DeBorrah,

Thank you very much for your kind words! You inspire me!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

I have made some revisions to this,my first hub. Please check it out. Thank you!


coffeesnob 7 years ago

I connected with your work/writing and photography Now, six months later, I have become so aware of having a connection with YOU - even tho we have never met. Part of it is there is so much we have in common - to include: "gardening, reading (I still got a backlog here, but whoever has read all the books he/she wants to read?), and developing greater spirituality and connectedness with the world."

But the biggest part is that we share a pervading love of life! You are awesome, Baby, and I hope to one day be able to meet you face to face -I am sure we would have lots to talk about. My time is coming! I am under one month left and I begin my new journey!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi coffeesnob,

I also feel the special connection with you. It's really amazing how we are able to feel that way even if we have not meet personally.

Like you, I also hope that we will be able to meet face to face sometime in the near future. I can almost imagine how we will talk about anything and everything under the sun.

Good luck and God bless in your new journey dear friend.

Thank you for the wonderful comment!


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I always love that song: What a wonderful world! Thank you for sharing it here. More power.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Teresa,

Nice to see you again. That makes two of us who love that song. Thank you very much for your comment.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Wow, I never knew you were a Professor? After reading this page, I now understand why your pictures are so awesome:) Your experienced background, really does show through in your photography:)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

heart4theword - thank you very much for your wonderful words. You have made me very happy, and on Mother's Day at that!

I guess my being professor has determined my favorite kind of pictures to take - macro photos of flowers and raindrops. I just got used to looking at things under the microscope.

See you around! God bless!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

The picture of the Debutante made my heart sing. .but then again this entire Hub is like one incredible symphony &hearts


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello wavegirl,

What a beautiful thing to say! You just made my day!

Thank you very much for your generous heart.

See you around!

God bless!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

jill. . you never have to thank me for your sharing of so many wonderful things . . that always make me smile .. even when I dont feel much like smiling. . and so tonight all the thanks are coming your way. . You are amazing!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi wavegirl,

You are so sweet. I'm really happy we found each other here in Hubpages!

While it's night where you are, it's day time here, so as I said earlier, you just made my day!

I am still thanking you for your visit and wonderful words.

God bless!


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suny51 6 years ago

Yes you are jill of alltrades -your flowers are beautiful professor, and I agree with you,when I retired last year I had a choice of a good job,but preferred some thing to do which I had never done before, but some immature camera work,you are an inspiration.Thank you


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Suny - thank you very much! Your words are music to my ears!

Yes, nothing beats following the music that your heart sings. I am loving every minute of my retirement.

I'm the one who should thank you. You inspire me with your comment!

God bless!


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I really enjoy looking at your photos. I have also read your blogs. My husband's father was from the Phillipines. So I look forward to reading some of those hubs you did. Will rate up and follow.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Granny's House,

It's nice to meet you!

I'm happy that we have some kind of connection even if only through a common origin of roots in the Philippines. I have written several hubs about the Philippines, so please check them out.

Thank you very much for the visit and rate up!

God bless!


Bryan Agoncillo 6 years ago

Life starts at 60, congratulations on your retirement then. Right now, I am still 29 years old and has been my goal to be financially stable. A lot of people thinks I am risk taker but with reason as to why I do this. I event setup my own Photographers here in Edmonton just to make some extra money on the side. I really hope things work out for all of us in the end. Be financially stable before having fun.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Bryan,

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment. How did you find this hub?

Well, you have so much ahead of you since you are still young. It's good you are already into photography. I visited your site and your photos are lovely. You are already a pro while I am just a hobbyist. I am however having the time of my life.

Good luck in your business!

Hope to see you again!

Many thanks for your visit.

God bless!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

we just connected as friends with my leaving you a comment about your wonderful mother's birthday turning 90 I am also happy to read this showing that you are so much looking forward to spreading your wings after retirement from being a professor, but not retiring from life as so many sadly do. I welcome you to the Hubs and will enjoy following you and reading more of your hubs. Photography is an amazing artistic hobby and offers so many wonderful and beautiful challenges. I have a photographer friend on here, her names is Silvergenes, a great writer and enjoys hubbing about health and photography, you may want to have a look at her sites. peace and hugs.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello saddlerider,

It's nice to see you again! I too am happy that we connected. It's always uplifting to find other positive people.

Yes, I'm having the time of my life. I'm really enjoying photography and writing. I also enjoy sharing all the lovely things I discover around me.

I know Silvergenes. We follow each other too. Yes, I agree, she is very talented!

See you around!

God bless!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Hi, I enjoyed reading your hub and have always enjoyed your photography at RG, I just wanted to let you know that your video is not working, must be a broken link. Thanks, Becky(treasures306)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Becky,

It's so nice to see you!

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment! Thanks too for bringing to my attention that the video is not working. I will see how I can fix it.

God bless!


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orchidloverdianne 4 years ago from Manila, Quezon City

Jill,

I love reading your hubs. Superb!

You are a great example for the youth like me.

I learned a lot from your hubs.

God bless to you and your family!

Ingat po lagi...

Dianne


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Dianne,

Your comment makes me so happy. You inspire me to do even better.

I'm glad that you enjoy reading my hubs. This one is the first that I have ever published here. I have not been as active here lately, but I do visit every once in a while. I hope I will be able to add a new hub soon. I am working on one right now.

Ingat din!

God bless!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Now I will have 'Wonderful World' in my mind all evening...delightful!

Your macro pictures are so lovely...

It is pleasant for me to feel your happiness and fulfillment in your 'retirement', and I am pleased you prepared your future freedom in so many ways, responsibly. It is a delight to read your topics and comments you place on others hubs too. I am going now to your photography blog. Thank you for sharing all this!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi frogyfish,

I really love that song and I'm happy that you love it too!

It's been a few years now since I retired and the song in my heart (through photography and writing) continues to burst forth! It's simply awesome to discover all the beauty around us especially those hidden from the normal view. That's why I love macro photography!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I just saw your comment there.

See you around!

God bless!

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