With the beginning of 2019, I have embarked on the next stage of life. For me, that means retirement from my full-time profession. For 44 years, I was a professor (the last thirty, a distinguished professor). But I am not retiring from life. And there are several things I plan to do in the future.
While at the Zarb Business School of Hofstra University for all of those 44 years, I had a very rewarding career. I was extremely involved in the three pillars of academe: teaching undergraduate and graduate classes; engaging in scholarly research; and providing service to my department, my school, and to the university overall. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to also co-author two leading textbooks that were used worldwide and that went through many new editions. And I was lucky enough to be recognized with a teacher of the year award and four dean’s awards for service to the business school.
But, I realize that at this point that I want to move onto the next phase of my life. As this blog has noted before, I do not intend to “throw away” any days. And I want to live life every day. This is a time for reflection — both keeping my positive memories as well as striving to build new ones.
It was essential for me to retire while healthy enough to enjoy my next series of adventures. I will NEVER forget how lucky I am to be a pancreatic cancer survivor who celebrates four years post-surgery next month.
So, where am I going in this next chapter? 🙂
These are my priorities, with more to come:
- To give back to my fellow cancer victims and their families through blog posts, other social media, and related efforts.
- To continue to publicize my FREE book on Surviving Cancer and Embracing Life: My Personal Journey. I want to reach as many people as I can with my inspirational message.
- To make further personal appearances and do more radio interviews on surviving cancer.
- To expand my “giving back” scope to volunteer work with seniors, the poor, and others.
- To write a sequel to Surviving Cancer on my experiences since the first book was published.
- To do two vacation trips each year with the LOML (love of my life) Linda.
- To see if I have it in me to write a novel, something I’ve never done before.
- To keep on posting through my Evans on Marketing blog.
- To teach one graduate course per year, during the fall semester.
- To spend more time with my communities.
- To continue to write about personal and professional self-branding — building on this brief FREE book: Self-Branding for Professional Success.
And more to come!!