Christine McGruder, Contributor for Retirement-Online.com

Please welcome Christine to the site! 

Bio for Christine McGruder from MD:

Christine McGruder received her certification as a Life Coach from the Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy in Cape Coral, FL. 

Christine also received a Certificate of Lay Pastoral Care from The Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington, Inc.

She has extensive training in pastoral counseling in the laity, and as a licensed  Minister, served at a well-known church in the Washington Metropolitan area as the Director of the paraprofessional counseling ministry where she facilitated support groups, provided training for laity leaders and was a presenter for various workshops and seminars for over ten years.  

She has often been the featured keynote speaker for women's conferences, retreats, seminars, and has also facilitated topics in small groups for private and non-profit organizations with outstanding results.  Christine's speaking presentations focus on issues that hinder our everyday relationships and communication abilities. 

She also worked for nearly twenty years for a major corporation in the Washington, DC area as Assistant Manager for Customer Service.  During her time in corporate America, she achieved and surpassed many departmental goals and received numerous awards including the President's Award in recognition of outstanding performance.  Since that time, Christine has held Managerial positions for several large non-profit organizations whose ministries touch countries and communities world-wide.   She retired in August 2015, after serving thirty plus years in the workplace.

Christine is known for her ability to rise above whatever challenges life tries to throw her way.  Through her own life experiences she has come to understand all too well that nothing changes until we change.  She is determined not to live life aimlessly, but to be intentional about living and enjoying this next chapter of what she calls her new normal, with excitement and a sense of great adventure.

Christine McGruder's Posts:

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I Hated Waking Up! 
It had been several months since saying good-bye to my job, and starting this new chapter in my life called Retirement. I loved every moment – no time …

HOW DID I GET THERE??!! 
One of the things I have most enjoyed since retiring, is nature photography. Occasionally, I am fortunate enough to capture animals in very unusual and …

It Was Not Supposed to Be Like This! 
The day had finally arrived!! All the good-byes had been said, and there was nothing much left to pack, so I took one last walk through the building, …