Ted Talk Tuesday: Becoming More Mindful

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. (Eckhart Tolle) 

Andy Puddicombe is the co-founder of the site, Headspace, which describes itself as a personal trainer for your mind.  The site provides guided meditation training to its subscribers.  Check out the Headspace blog for articles in several categories, including mind, body, relationships and more.  Continue reading

3 Fashionistas to Follow on Instagram if you Love Style!

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These are my three favorite ladies to follow when I’m looking for fashion and style options. 

Leanne B. from Classy Yet Trendy.  Leanne is my favorite capsule wardrobe e-book creator!  Leanne has great style, and creates lovely capsule wardrobes for women of all ages.  If you want to simplify your wardrobe, yet look classy and trendy at the same time, this is the woman to follow on Instagram! Thanks to Classy Yet Trendy, I’ve downsized my wardrobe, saved money, and improved my style all at the same time.   Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Older is Happier

As I rapidly approach the sixth decade of my life, I realize I’m happier and more content than I’ve ever been in my life.  Is that to say I’m happy every day?  Nope.  I’m realistic enough not to expect that feeling every day. Sometimes, I’m a grump; sometimes I get the “blues” and feel better after a good cry. But that doesn’t change the fact that aging has helped me reach a sense of well-being and peace of mind.  This is something I never expected from growing old.  Continue reading

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from Aging

I’ve lived through 5 decades of my life and am entering my 6th on May 30th of this year.  Wow.  I can’t believe I’m turning 60. No way.  One freaking minute ago I was turning the big 5-0!  What in the heck happened?

Well, the good thing about aging is that I’m enjoying it.  And I’ve learned from it.  (Thank goodness. I’m very grateful for age kicking me in the butt and insisting that I don’t keep making the same mistakes I made as a young person).  The scary part about aging is not being old, but rather, not knowing how much time we have left on this side of the dirt! 

10 Lessons I’ve learned from my five decades on this earth: 

  • Facing negative experiences and adversity is crucial to personal growth and builds character.
  • Hanging on to the past is a sure way to get stuck in life.
  • If you don’t accept yourself, nothing you surround yourself with is enough.
  • Accepting yourself doesn’t mean you can get away with treating others like crap, then trying to justify it by saying, “Well, that’s just me.”
  • To make a dream come true, you need to take that first step, then persevere.
  • Life isn’t here to be fair to you. You are not entitled to a good life; but you can do much to make your life a good one. It’s up to you.
  • People leave you. But that doesn’t mean you should close yourself off to loving them.
  • Constant complaining gets you nowhere.  Be grateful.
  • It’s okay not to be happy every day.  It’s okay to feel your feelings!
  • Sometimes, it’s the little moments you share with others that are the most precious.

©Vital Aging for Women 2017

Ted Talk Tuesday: Shawn Achor and the Science of Happiness

Shawn Achor is a psychologist and the CEO of Good Think, Inc. He is the author of the books Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage (both of which are on my “to read” list).

In this humorous, fast-paced Ted Talk, Shawn talks about his experience with positive psychology, and provides some insight about the science of happiness.  Continue reading

Benefits of Strength Training for Senior Women

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What are some of the things that happen to our bodies as we age that make us feel “old?”

  • We lose muscle mass.
  • We gain weight, often around our stomachs.
  • Our bones become thinner and more porous.
  • We become more prone to injuries due to losing our balance and falling.
  • We have muscle aches and pains.
  • Our brains don’t seem to function as well:  we forget things, may become confused, lose some of our “smarts.” 
  • We get diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and all those other diseases that make life unpleasant, at the very least.

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Ted Talk Tuesday: Elizabeth Gilbert and Creativity

I recently read Big Magic, Creative Living beyond Fear, written by Ms. Gilbert (she also wrote Eat, Pray, Love, and several other books). Big Magic provides some intriguing strategies to develop your creativity.  It was informative in a fun, friendly way, and reading it convinced me to keep working toward my dream of writing a book.  

In this Ted Talk, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the creative genius we all have and how to keep that genius alive.

You can read more about Elizabeth Gilbert in this online bio