Fear II – Losing your Memories

In the previous blog I spoke of fear, and the impact the ‘fear effect’ can have on us, both in mind, and throughout our body. Your greatest fear: Recently I asked on a number of 50+ women’s forums; ‘What is your greatest fear in growing old?’ The two highest responses were ‘finance’ and ‘mental health’, namely Alzheimer’s disease. How many of us fear this fate, slowly losing our faculties and the memories we hold so dear. How do I know? After that response, I spoke to a couple of colleagues about this concern, as well as doing some research about what we [...]

By |2020-02-13T13:35:38-08:00February 13th, 2020|Aging, Change, Learning, Self Improvement, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you planning or dreaming this New Year?

Happy New Year and Welcome 2020! If you are among the many of us that made resolutions this New Year, how are you feeling about them now, a few days into 2020? What are your resolutions and why are they important to you? Too many people declare that they are going to lose weight or get out of debt, yet forget to think about the plan they need to carry out these resolutions. A goal without a plan, is just a dream – now, I wish I came up with that! It is very true. Another cliche is if you fail to [...]

By |2020-01-07T15:53:19-08:00January 7th, 2020|Life - general, Self Improvement, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are you planning or dreaming this New Year?

Christmas Traditions

As I sit and write, Christmas tradition dictates listening to the wonderful Dylan Thomas and his “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, not my usual version taped in a noisy pub in the early 50’s, but rather a clearer version, as in my cleaning and clearing, I seem to have misplaced my original version.   I love this story, and Dylan Thomas’s wonderful voice. ‘Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and  birds the colour of red flannel petticoats whisked passed the harp shaped hills”, who else has such a wonderfully descriptive vision of a little [...]

By |2020-01-07T15:52:00-08:00December 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Christmas Traditions

A different blog – thank you

This is a different blog to the one I was going to write.  I began to write about the rush to purchase gifts for all and sundry, purchases made because we need to, ‘it’s expected’.  Gifts purchased without much thought about who that person may be, what would they love, and what would really show how much you value them! Reflection Instead as I reflected, I realized this should be a piece about thanks – to everyone who has participated in my growth, and has given me a variety of experiences – good and bad.  All of which have added to where [...]

By |2019-12-17T16:00:26-08:00December 17th, 2019|Learning, Life - general, Self Improvement, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A different blog – thank you

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Do you ever carry stories from childhood with you?  How many times have you listened to someone tell you something negative about yourself and then adopted it, and repeated it through that inner voice in your head…. 'You eat too much, you’re not pretty, you’re not very smart, or girls aren’t good a science', etc.. I can relate, I was the 'short/fat' one in my family, my brother called me ‘tubs’, or something similar, I remember objecting and being told it was a term of affection.  In my teens, my mother told me I was fat, and for many years kept suggesting [...]

By |2019-09-23T16:24:17-07:00September 23rd, 2019|Learning, Life - general, Self Improvement, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Talking about Death

Did I make you stop? Did my headline stop you in your tracks?  Death is a funny thing, it's inevitable.  And, as someone once said, we're not getting out of here alive, however many of us find it hard to talk about.  I don't have a problem talking about my own with my kids, they already say I'm weird, so this this is another example to add to their list, but to raise it in conversation with others hmmm, that's more difficult. Why now? Recently a number of I, and friends and colleagues have been touch by death, and the discussion has [...]

By |2019-08-27T16:20:54-07:00August 27th, 2019|Aging, Life - general, Retirement Planning, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Talking about Death

Summer Dreaming

Vacation Time If you are anything like me, vacation time is not just for recharging your batteries. It is a time of deep reflection and re-defining your goals.  Better than any New Year's resolutions, my vacation time helps me put things into perspective. Epiphany I always have some sort of epiphany about my life – why have I not written that book yet? I am going to start exercising (after vacation, of course), my job is not fulfilling me. I am going to make some changes! The tyranny of the urgent But then when I return home, I get sucked right back [...]

By |2019-07-24T15:34:24-07:00July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Dreaming

Getting out of my Comfort Zone

How often do you try something new?  Me, not often enough and that is why over the next 12 months I’m going to do something new each month, something that pulls me out of my comfort zone.  I believe it’s good for me to try new things or go to different places.  Things that pull me out of that comfort zone that keeps me stuck, without realizing, or realizing but ignoring it!  I think it helps me grow, and in growing I am more compassionate, more empathetic to others and a much better support to those I serve. And, in putting it [...]

By |2019-06-24T15:47:28-07:00June 24th, 2019|Learning, Life - general, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Getting out of my Comfort Zone

What to do with Worry & Anxiety

    The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~ Buddha      “That was great for Buddha, he didn’t live today, when life is running at a breakneck pace and if I don’t anticipate and worry about tomorrow I won’t be successful!”  How many times have you said that or something similar? How much time do you spend worrying?  I remember a time when worrying was a daily habit!  Yep I [...]

By |2019-05-01T17:46:01-07:00May 1st, 2019|Aging, Balance, Life - general, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What to do with Worry & Anxiety