December 31st, 2012 / posted by paularath

These are my soon-to-be heirloom tomatoes.


My budding vegetable garden speaks to me. It has come to represent, in some weird way, my retirement. I don’t really understand why. Vegetable gardening isn’t something I have always dreamed of doing when I retire. But those little plants poking up through the soil make me so happy – and relaxed. And that’s what I need in order to heal myself completely.

Healing is what my retirement is really all about, and many things about writing are healing to me. But the pressures I put on myself to produce, to compete, to always be searching for the next new thing – those are not so good for me. I hope to dial down the intensity and competitive nature I can’t seem to shake.

My writing won’t stop. In fact, I’m currently working on a fashion story and a fitness story for Hawaii Business magazine. My blogging won’t stop but it will become less frequent. I will continue to blog about things that interest me and intrigue me. I will blog about our travels, which will take us to the Bay Area, Spain, Portugal, France and England this year. I will blog about the Hawaii arts scene and perhaps even films I love. Adn there will be occasional health- and fitness-related stories.

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– Paula Rath

My beets-to-be.

What are they saying?
Leave a comment below.
January 1st, 2013 at 9:19 pm

You have been a role model to me in
many ways. And you will continue to
be in the next chapter of your life.
Mahalo for who you are and all that
you do~

Dorothy Wilkinson
January 1st, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Paula, you have made a great contribution to the fashion world. Your followers will enjoy hearing from you in the days ahead. I pray for your complete healing and for meaningful and joyful days ahead!


January 4th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Paula,
I’m not a fashion person but I have enjoyed your posts on travel and more personal subjects.
As you enjoy your life more I am sure it will show through in your writing.
All the best,

Priscilla Growney
May 11th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I followed your healthy lead and tripled the size of my kitchen garden in January. Been a labor of love and introspection; hard work; patience and fun! What a grwat way to ease into retirement.

May 11th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

What is growing the best for you? My carrots are doing well but my beets died. Herbs are thriving, although my mint isn’t what it should be. Tomatoes, surprisingly, are healthy and hearty! Jerry’s multitudes of chili peppers (with seeds form his alma mater, New Mexico State University, are amazing. Need some? We have wayyyyy more than we need!

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