Well-balanced, tasty meals. About three months ago, we deleted wheat products. After a few weeks it’s made going past desserts at buffets a little easier. There are always gluten-free bakeries if we feel a strong craving!
Organic vegetables and fruit are appearing in more local grocery stores and markets, along with great varieties of locally-grown produce and exotic foods.
Sleeping ~ How much is enough? How much is too much?
Health experts suggest a minimum of seven hours. I’ve read that any hour before midnight is extra powerful.
From personal experience the times I go to bed before 10:30 make waking up and getting up at 6:30 very easy. Rested, bright and alert, ready to greet a new day.
To you, dear blog readers, I share what I wrote in my introduction to Out of Frantic, Into Focus Workbook.
Dedicated to readers who may feel:
Frantic with worry
Rushed with living
Anxious about what is happening
Nervous about what might happen
Calmy, with an inner, self-satisfied smile,
we release silly worries, foolish friends, guile.
“Awesome aging is living fully this minute with the delight of a child and the wisdom of an adult who knows that life offers no guarantees.” ~ Pauline Duncan-Thrasher
Excerpt from Swimmin’ Women: Ride the Waves of Change and Dive Into Life:
‘Awesome aging’ is a positive, spirited response to life that illuminates everyone you meet.
Awesomely aging folks choose to respond to life’s ups and downs with flexibility and resilience. If the heights become too scary, they know when to pause and restore equilibrium.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
~ Chinese proverb
Your song begins as an independent spirit. You may still remember your rebellious nature as a teenager. Maybe you argued just for the sake of arguing. Maybe you kept your responses churning inside. Maybe you couldn’t wait til you were old enough to make up your own mind. As an adult, you discover that there is a price for independent thinking but also a joy.
DO focus on creating a life that is wonderfully fulfilling every day.
Starting fresh each day gives us permission to forgive ourselves for past mistakes, to forgive others and to concentrate on enjoying the moments before us.
How often do we find ourselves complaining about what is going wrong: the weather, our looks, our relationships, our work?
UNDERSTAND that although everyone seems to have free advice, the bottom line is that you are the one who needs to wade through all of the ideas until you arrive at what suits you.
Your choices may mirror what your parents want for you or they may be vastly different. You may need to put your foot down to let family and friends know your right to decide is your right.
Each of us has the right to choose what we believe to be important. You may be the first in your family to graduate from university or you may be the first to choose to not enter university, instead embarking on a year or so of travel, volunteer work or combined work experiences with part-time study.