Roxanne Bozdog: From Marketing Executive to Community Volunteer.
Why did you step back from full-time employment (or make your latest transition)?
I had some heart problems and I didn’t want to quit, but I knew I had to. I was always torn between work and my kids, and this episode made it the right thing to do. I was also able to spend more time with my mom, who was helping me out with my kids.
What surprised you most about the transition?
I was surprised at how much I didn’t need work to fill me up. I thought I was going to feel so empty. In the back of my mind, I knew there were other things that I wanted to do. I had a giant list, like a rolodex of things to do!
What are you doing now?
I’m enjoying life beyond what I thought was possible. I’m helping my girls transition from high school to college. I spend a ton of time doing stuff that makes me happy, like going to Hawaii, volunteering at Glide Memorial Church and Haven House working with homeless families in my community. I take care of kids while their mothers are getting trained for new careers.
How did you decide to pursue these opportunities?
When I first retired, I just did everything. I realized that wasn’t working. I based my choices on what I could do with my family. Now, things will change again as my second daughter leaves the nest and I may try some new experiences.
What advice would you give to someone in the same circumstances?
I’d say two things, 1. Be careful not to get caught up in trying to do everything. Work was full-throttle. When you transition to your new role, you can be effective and efficient and have fun, but you don’t have to go at “crazy work speed.” 2. Don’t be afraid to pursue the things that you want to pursue for yourself; it’s a time for you as well. Give back and do something for yourself that builds you up.
Special: Given your vast experience both professionally and personally, do you have a top 5 or 10 list of things that you would tell people if they would like to follow in your footsteps or follow a similar path?
-Don’t go from 60 to zero.
-Slow down long enough to think about the things you’ve been missing.
-Spend the time with your kids and your family.
-Embrace a smaller social circle.
-Success is inner peace that only you can measure.
-Giving back is the key.
-Connections give you contentment.
-Find a spiritual outlet.
-Find a way to tell your story creatively.
Roxanne is a former Marketing Research Executive, a spiritual seeker and an activist. Anyone who knows her knows if you want something done, from a picnic to a start-up, you call her. And she’ll over-deliver.