Time Ticking Away?

 

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This morning on the way to work, that depressing song by Pink Floyd was playing on the radio – you know the one:  Time. David Gilmour sings: “Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time; plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled lines. . . .” (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/time.html)

I can relate. Time is slipping by like sand through a sieve. But what the heck can we do about it?  We certainly can’t stop time.  However, we can: manage it, savor it, and make the most of it.  

Managing time:

Focus Better with these Simple Tips

6 Ways to Set Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

The MindTools website provides 60 time management tools readers can use to “conquer time.”  

Savoring time: 

The Simple Thing that Makes the Happiest People in the World So Happy ( a worthwhile read if you can ignore the annoying pop-up ads at the site) 

 

 

Quote for the Week: August 2, 2015

 

Success - Grunge Printed Word Collage on Old Fulvous Paper.

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. (Tom Landry) 

I recently saw a video on Facebook – a young man (teenager) was skinny and wanted to build up his physique.  He had a goal.  One day, he decided to take steps toward that goal.  He started working out.  It wasn’t easy.  At first, he felt like a failure, because he couldn’t even do a pull up. He didn’t give up.  After a year of pushing himself, he reached his goal.  He was no longer a skinny teen; he now had an enviable physique. And he had learned an important life lesson.  He realized that failure is a key to success.  A goal is simply that, unless we take action, accept our failures; and never give up.

 

I need to take heed of that lesson.  How about you?  

Quotes for the Week: June 21, 2015

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “something must be done.” (Author Unknown)

 

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. (George Washington Carver)

 

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. (Albert Einstein)

Quote for the Week: June 14, 2015

 

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. (Harriet Tubman)

 

Dreams don’t have to die, just because we age.  We can keep them alive, simply by maintaining our enthusiasm for living, even as we grow older. Why not create a painting, write a book, learn a new language, or take a stand for a cause that’s important to you?

Got the Gratitude Attitude?

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 64 – 6/1/15

The other night I couldn’t get to sleep.  I’d had a difficult day at work and it kept me tossing and turning. Perhaps you’re familiar with that negative tape that continues to wind and rewind through your brain at night? Finally I managed to stop myself and put my mind to thinking about things I’m grateful for.  Not the typical stuff, like having a good marriage, an awesome daughter, and good health (though I am thankful for those things). 

No, this was all about the weird stuff.  Like I’m grateful for the sound of a train at night; for some reason, it makes me feel good.  I love cloud pictures and how they morph from one thing to another.  Frost on the windowpanes in the winter, which always make me pause to check out the intricate designs.  Ditto rivulets of water on a car window when driving on a rainy day. The smell of a freshly cut lawn. Hearing the song Somewhere over the Rainbow sung by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole (who left this earth far too soon, in June of 1997) and of course, rainbows (especially those rare double rainbows).   

Beautiful rainbow over a rain forest mountain

Finally, I’m grateful to have the ability to get up and write down my ideas at 4:30 in the morning! 

In her book, The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky wrote that expressing gratitude is the #1 “happiness activity.”  Ms. Lyubomirsky had the research to back up her assertions; but to be honest, I don’t need an expert to know that being grateful is good for me and makes me happier (along with helping me fall asleep).  I mean, it simply makes sense, doesn’t it?  

I can only speak for myself – but I know that when I’m taking my life for granted and get cranky or ticked off because things simply aren’t going my way, God has a way of showing me something that stops me in my tracks.  I’ll be watching the news, and see someone who has really big problems.  I’ll click on one of those FB posts about a child who’s suffering from a rare cancer. I’ll think about my oldest sister, who’s had her independence greatly hindered because of deteriorating eyesight; or my sister-in-law, who survived cancer and other health issues, with the help of PMA (positive mental attitude).  

Along with helping me sleep, gratitude for my life helps me focus on the positive, enhances my self-confidence, decreases my stress, and simply helps me appreciate the good stuff about growing older. And it sure beats the heck out of walking around with a dark cloud above my head.  

How about you?  What does gratitude do for you? 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living to be 100 – the Blue Zones

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 61– 5/25/15 

 

sunset on Saronic Gulf of Aegean Sea near Athens, Greece

Sunset on Saronic Gulf of Aegean Sea near Athens, Greece

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about centenarians lately. Recently in my workplace, employees had the opportunity to watch a Ted Talk video by Dan Buettner (How to Live to be 100). Beuttner pointed out that while it’s certainly not “easy” to live to 100, there are areas of the world where it is more common to do so.  He described the blue zones – places where people commonly live to a ripe old age.  And in my current class through Ed2Go (Healthy Aging), I read that centenarians are the fastest growing demographic group in the world.

One thing that struck me as I watched the video was that in these blue zone communities, there was a sense of respect for the elders (family came first, and that meant keeping parents and grandparents close, not casting them off in nursing homes) and a strong sense of community. The centenarians in these communities had a sense of belonging and of purpose.  

Lovely grandmother with her family outside their house

After all, what’s the point of a long life if you’re stuck in a nursing home or in your own home, vulnerable and isolated?  Our American society would do itself a favor by treating their elderly with respect and compassion. As individuals, we can also enhance our aging by having a “take charge” attitude toward our health and not letting those old age stereotypes govern our lives   According to health and aging researchers, we can add over a decade of to our lives, unhindered by age-related diseases,  simply by taking the measures followed by people in the “blue zones.” 

You can read more about aging in the blue zones in the March/April 2015 edition of the Positive Aging Newsletter from the Taos Institute. 

The Taos Institute 

You can get the newsletter sent directly to your inbox 

For further reading:

7 Cultures that Celebrate Aging and Respect their Elders. 

Places that you don’t live as an older person (scary and sad) 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009 – 2015

Quote for the Week: May 24, 2015

 

Stormy skies over Snowdonia, North Wales, UK

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist & Author, 1926 – 2004)

Read more about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  

 

Financial Literacy – 3 Money Savvy Sites

 Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month? Bea and her hubby are strolling into a new stage of life, since Mr. Boomer recently retired.  We need to keep ourselves money savvy!  How about you? 

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Wise Bread: Living Large on a Small Budget – written by a community of blogging contributers.  Categories include: credit cards, personal finance, frugal living, career, life hacks, best deals, top PF blogs. Pleasant looking, easy-to-read website. 

When I clicked on the frugal living link, it brought up a page that included sub-channels (budgeting, diy, food & drink, lifestyle, health & beauty, etc.)  The page had links to the latest articles related to frugal living, as well as links to the site’s most popular articles.  I read a few of the articles and found them to be informative and well-written.  

The Simple Dollar – The categories weren’t listed at the top of the site, you need to click on the icon at the top right corner of the website.  This brought up a list of the website’s  categories – which included: credit cards (with a variety of sub-categories), investing, banking, education, and insurance.  

The founder and on of the contributors of this site is Trent Hamm, who also offers a free book download when you sign up for an email subscription;  Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance On Just One Page (I signed up for the e-book but haven’t read it yet)

On the about page, you can read about Trent Hamm, and what motivated him to start this website, learn about the other contributers, and find links to the site’s most popular posts.  

Nice feature:  On the home page, the site had a list of 2015 Guides – categories included Best Tax Software, Best Online Brokers, Free Checking Accounts, Cheap Life Insurance, Best Home Insurance, and more.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy (by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) – The CPAs at this site volunteer their time to help Americans in all stages of life understand and manage their personal finances. Categories include Topics, Life stages, Tools, and Ask the Money Dr.

You can also create your own personal (free) account and profile – specifying what topics you’re interested in, email subscriptions you want to receive, etc.  

For further reading:

Suze Orman

Looking for an investing community?  Check out the Motley Fool

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015

 

Shake it Up for Vital Aging

It’s no longer the wellness project – It’s Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 37 – 3/27/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday

Bea has seen several of those YouTube videos, with a variety of everyday people lip synching to Taylor Swift’s song, Shake it Off.  

While enjoying the version sung by two country boys (one of the best ones, in Bea’s opinion), she had a smashing idea!  Bea decided to rewrite the song’s lyrics to reflect what vital aging is all about.  Bea’s contemplating a YouTube performance – but she may need voice lessons first!

So here it is, Bea Boomer’s song:  Shake it up! 

I got wrinkles on my face – got grayin’ in my hair

That’s what the mirror says, mmm hmm – That’s what the mirror says, mmm hmm

I stay in too much – got cobwebs in my brain

Now that’s no way to age, mmm hmm – no that’s no way to age, mmm hmm

But I had it with this pace – yea, I gotta make a change

And that’s what it’s about, mmm hmm – yea, that’s what its about, mmm hmm

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

Won’t let agin’ get me down, I’ll just kick it in the butt

And that’s what it’s about, mmm, hmm – yea, that’s what its about, mmm, hmm

I’ll never miss a chance, keep steppin’ up my game

And that’s the way to age, mmm, hmm – yea, that’s the way to age, mmm hmm

I keep on learnin’ – can’t stop, won’t stop growin’ 

It’s like I got this power in my mind, sayin’ it’s gonna be just fine

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up  

I love my attitude – don’t care what people say

And that’s the way to be, mmm hmm – yea, that’s the way to be, mmm hmm

I’m steppin’ up my game – get more power every day

And that’s what they don’t know, mmm hmm – yea, that’s what they don’t know, mmm hmm 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

Shake it up, shake it up

I, I, I, shake it up – I shake it up

I, I, I shake it up – I shake it up

I, I, I, shake it up – I shake it up

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015

Bea’s Aging Philosophy

Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 35 – 3/23/15

I have a simple philosophy about aging:  

  • Do the best you can with what you have.
  • Be pro-active to maintain both your emotional, mental, and physical health.
  • Take responsibility for yourself.
  • Oh yea – have fun with it! 

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For me, the key is “growing old,” not simply “getting old.”  Like my oldest sister, who is 75, I call myself “age empowered.”   I hope to always feel this way. 

Now I know darn well that no matter how proactive I am about my health and wellness, there will be things that come up that will scare the hell out of me.  But I also believe that over the years, I’ve learned to become resilient.  I’ll do my best to bounce back from life’s curve-balls.

What about you?  What’s your attitude toward aging? 

Further reading about Aging and Attitude

Book: “Attitude is Everything. 10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action.” (Keith Harrell)

This article describes 10 “thought distortions” that lead to negativity and provides some strategies that lead to positive thinking:  Positive Thinking for Healthy Aging

According to the American Psychological Association, people with a healthy attitude toward life just may live longer:  A Healthy Mind, a Longer Life

A person’s beliefs about aging (that is, whether or not they believe in those negative stereotypes) can affect both their physical and mental health: Older People Become What They Think

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. (Betty Friedan)

 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015