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Friends Are The Glue

Some of us are blessed to have a great family. You spend time together, you laugh together, you have a bond that others envy. But sometimes there are those families that, for whatever reason, don’t have that connected-ness. That’s when you rely on your friends!

I have a friend who loves to remind me that I am her OLDEST friend! Ha ha! I have to laugh because it’s true. We hardly ever get to see each other but we talk at least once a week. And I still keep up with dear friends in my old neighborhood. Do you have “old” friends that you still keep up with?

A recent study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends were about 22% less likely to die during the 10 years.

Why? Some think good friends keep you from doing things that are bad for you, like smoking and heavy drinking. Friends may also ward off depression, boost your self-esteem, and provide support.

As people age, they tend to be more selective in their choice of friends, so they spend more time with people they like.

Close relationships with children and relatives, in contrast, had almost no effect on longevity. Lynne C. Giles, one of the researchers who conducted the study, emphasized that family ties are important, they just seem to have little effect on survival.

Then there are the new friends. A couple moved into the neighborhood a year ago now and for whatever reason the four of us hit it off immediately. And we’re not even the same age! So that for sure shouldn’t be something to concern yourself with. Aren’t friends the people that you want to spend time with? We’re creating an even larger group here in our neighborhood (making sure we take necessary health precautions). It makes my heart happy that others want to share in the fun.

But this says it all:

Makes you appreciate your friends even more, doesn’t it!?

On another note, exercise is good but remember not to overdo it. For instance, not sure walking three miles was the best idea before going to a Zumba class. My legs are like J-E-L-L-O! Moderation is definitely key.

I’ll continue to promote Young Living oils–I think they are the best! So when you are relaxing after a hard workout, or just appreciating what you have, diffuse a blend of lavender, orange and bergamot. It promotes relaxation, calms the mind and clears the air with its refreshing aroma.

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Essential Oils · Exercise · Self

A Busy Hot Labor Day Weekend!

Did you have a good Labor Day weekend? Of course I did because I’m retired and everyday is the weekend! Or so says my husband Rick. Really the best decision I ever made. But here in Texas although it is September it is still HOTTTTT!! We won’t see any cool weather for quite a while. I am jealous of the other bloggers who have already said they are enjoying cooler weather. Isn’t that always the way, you want what other people have? But I am really looking forward to fall.

Our little burg Granbury always has something going on and this past weekend didn’t disappoint! There were sidewalk sales and vendors and food trucks down on the Square. We made it down there Saturday evening with friends to listen to the free concert by the Lost Shaker of Salt band (isn’t that funny?) who, of course, played Jimmy Buffett songs. I should’ve taken a picture of the street tacos I ate, but I was too hungry! Streets were blocked off and tables were set up. Being on the street probably added to the heat. But we had fun nonetheless!

And I’m still managing to keep up with my exercising, even with these temperatures.

I like to think I am making progress even though I can’t see it right away. I am involved in a couple of Fitbit challenges so that also keeps me motivated, and working out INDOORS at the YMCA also makes the workout a little less painful. My “new knee” surgery was five months ago so I am constantly stretching and bending. If you have any suggestions of short, full body workouts I am all ears!

I’m so excited that my kids and grandkids are coming to see me this weekend for my birthday, and it’s a BIG one, Elizabeth! [Those of you old-sters know the meaning of this!] We plan a lot of eating, drinking (water and wine), and swimming! Think I’ll wait to tell my kids that it also involves furniture moving. I look forward to changing things up!

I think the essential oil that helps guide me is Envision. Envision™ essential oil blend combines Black Spruce, Geranium, Orange, Lavender, Sage, and Rose for an aroma that stimulates feelings of intuitive creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in visualizing the future and awakening your inner drive necessary to achieve your dreams.

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Essential Oils · Exercise · Self

Any Little Bit is a Good Bit!

Greetings fellow fitness enthusiasts above a certain age! You know who you are. If you’re over sixty like me it’s sometimes a struggle to get in that daily workout unless you PLAN. I’ve committed to a daily workout but right now the pounds don’t seem to be melting off. My clothes are still snug. Could it be that the fat is turning into muscle? Hahaha! I know I need to be realistic. These so-called “Covid pounds”didn’t appear overnight. I have a friend who thinks the only good workout is one that is fast-paced and makes you sweaty and sore. Believe me, a yoga workout can do the same, only slower and more deliberate. However you are working to get into shape, or whatever you are trying to tackle right now, just get busy!

I have to say I’m proud of my daughter Allison. She is finally getting to follow her passion and build on a dream. She was an exceptional teacher for 15 years, but, well, you know how the teaching profession has been going lately! She and Jeff decided that now would be a good time for her to start her custom designs business. All of the details haven’t been worked out, but she’s getting there!

So what do these two things have in common? It’s all about getting started! There are so many quotes for this:

And then there’s:

I have mentioned Atomic Habits by James Clear before. His book outlines an easily achievable way to start new habits. And it starts with the little things! Put your workout clothes out where you can see them, put alarms on your phone for support, and others. I am now walking two miles each morning because it has become a good habit. But the thing I like best is listing your daily accomplishments. It helps you to realize that you make a little progress each day in whatever you hoped to accomplish. Now I’m on to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I’ll let you know in the next blog if this is also helping me to achieve my goals!

And while I didn’t exactly travel, I did make it to our downtown area where the city of Granbury landed a prestigious spot on the prequel to Yellowstone called Y1883. It was sooo exciting to see our square transformed into an old western town. If you look closely in the first picture that’s Sam Elliott hanging out of the door of the “Calhoun Hotel” aka Farina’s Winery and Cafe. Now I have to catch up on the last three seasons of Yellowstone!

Finally, essential oils are truly essential to help manage a hectic day. Brainpower, the combination of cedarwood, frankincense, lavender and melissa, helps provide clarity and stability in your home or work environment.

I hope you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Our little town (we’re the Best Historic Small Town in the US two years in a row!) has a lot of activities in store, and I’ll fill you in next week. Thank you for being a loyal reader! If you enjoy the blog, I would love it if you would Follow Me and I’ll come straight to your email!