'Life Is About Choices'
updated 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
First, fishing. After attending Juneau's Independence Day parade, Palin's husband, Todd, and some of their five kids took off for the family's commercial salmon grounds in Bristol Bay. In a Twitter post Palin, 45, wrote that she was "anxious to join 'em." Beyond that the former Republican VP candidate, who recently signed a deal to write a memoir, shed little light on what she'll do. But she did allude to several motivations for resigning, from the needs of her son Trig, 1, who has Down syndrome, to larger political aspirations, to family finances, which she claims have been ravaged by $500,000 in legal bills to fight 15 ethics complaints. (Online buzz about a corruption probe was quickly shot down by the FBI.) Friends insist she isn't reacting hastily. "I think she's got a goal—she always does," says family friend Helen Riley. Others speculated that Palin would focus on a 2012 presidential bid. "Now is the time to rebuild," she wrote cryptically on Facebook, "and help our nation achieve greatness!"