Conquering Procrastination

Chariot, Horses, Carriage, Whip, Ancient               Be a conqueror!

 

Conquering procrastination is one of the most important changes we can make toward being more productive and successful. There are many ways to go to war with this destructive habit. I have only scratched the surface in this post.

 

For your reading enjoyment, and information on ways to conquer procrastination; I decided to list some helpful hints in acronym form using the word procrastination. I trust you will find some, or all of them, useful in your battle against the “Big P”.  We all fall prey to this enemy of success at sometime in our lives.  I know I have often, that’s why I am writing about conquering it.

 

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“Procrastination is the greatest enemy

or barrier that needs to be overcome.”

― Steven Redhead, Life Is Simply A Game

 

 

PROCRASTINATION

 

P

Purpose change

 

Purpose to change. Set your mind toward the goal of conquering procrastination. The beginning of any change is to make the decision to change. Change takes time; but it will never happen until you decide you want to change; and that you are willing to change.

 

Time For A Change, New Ways, Letters         Purpose to change

 

R

Reward good behavior

 

When you manage to do some task without procrastinating; reward yourself. Come up with small rewards.  Something such as, putting aside a small sum of money toward a treat, for each half hour you spend working instead of procrastinating.  Or promise yourself a walk outside on a sunny day after you have completed a portion of a task.  You could reward yourself with a cup of coffee with your favorite creamer.  I hesitate to reward with food; but maybe to some it could be incentive; especially to those who love chocolate.    🙂

 

Chocolate, Kisses, Sweet, Dessert, Food          The ultimate reward

 

O

Obtain information

 

Search out information on strategies to thwart procrastination. Reading this post is a good start. Search the internet for more information on how to cure procrastination. Come up with a list and then put your favorites first, or in order of what you think will work best for you.

 

Flourish, Line, Border, Decoration

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow.

I know that I should stop it.  In fact, I will–tomorrow”


― Gloria Pitzer

 

C

Cease negative self-talk.

 

We must be very aware of what we say in our own minds (or our self-talk). If that self-talk is positive, you will want to keep it and add to it. Positive self-talk propels us forward toward our goals; and works toward good self esteem. When you are positive, you aren’t likely to be depressed, and you will believe that you can do whatever task is in front of you in a timely manner.

 

Quote, Wall Art, Message, Dream, Achieve                  Believe to succeed

 

If however, our self-talk is negative; it is a motivation killer. It will depress us and drag us down. Negative self-talk leads us to doubting ourselves and our abilities. When we doubt ourselves; we become afraid to do things. Fear of failure is often caused by our own self-talk; or old tapes playing in our minds of someone from our past who belittled us.

Scrapbook, Scrap, Craft, Elements

“We are so scared of being judged

that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.”

― Erica Jong, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life

 

R

Relax, recharge and release creativity

 

Take time to relax if you are feeling tense. Sometimes we try to push ourselves; when we would be better served by taking the time to relax first, and work second. Stretching exercises can help you to relax. Play some soft music and close your eyes for 20 minutes to a half hour. Take a walk or a nap. Do 20 to 30 minutes of meditation or prayer. Try deep breathing. Taking even 10 minutes out for exercise or relaxation can be a great help to recharge us.

 

Battery, Charge, Recharge, Plus, Brown                 Relax, recharge and release creativity

 

When a battery runs dry we replace it.  When our cell phone charge is getting low, we plug it in and recharge.  Why is it when our energy runs low, we think we must just push through?  Shouldn’t we stop and do whatever is necessary to recharge?

 

When you are able to relax and release built up tension, you will be better able to release your creativity. When your creativity is released, you will find yourself better equipped to tackle the task at hand. When you truly enjoy what you are doing, procrastination is rarely a problem.

 

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“Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear.

When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”

― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor

 

A

Analyze

 

Analyze your procrastination. What emotions are contributing to your lack of action? Is there something in your environment that may be holding you back? Are interruptions a problem? Are you able to concentrate? If not, why not? The second step toward change is to search out what is causing the habit you wish to change. You can’t change something until you understand why you do it, or don’t do it in the first place.  The trick is, to analyze without getting too caught up in the act of analyzing.  We can analyze ourselves right into paralysis of action, if we spend too much time and energy on it.

 

Spirograph, Abstract, Pattern, Geometric

“Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis.

It’s important to think things through,

but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”

― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding

 

S

Schedule

 

Coming up with goals and assigning time limits, may help with procrastination. Break down large tasks into smaller more manageable portions. When you get one part done, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that could spur you on to the next step. If you write out your schedule; you can cross off the portions as you finish them. It helps to have visual evidence that you have made headway toward your goal.

 

Composition, Fountain Pen, Hands            Schedule yourself to action

 

T

Teach your brain to think positive

 

You can teach your brain to think more positively. One way to teach positivity is through affirmations. Feel free to make up your own or look them up on the internet. I listed some below (concerning procrastination) from a site called freeaffirmations.org

 

I am turning into a proactive person
I will stop procrastination and change my life
I will become someone who takes action
I am finding it easier to begin large projects
I will always get started right away, even if I don’t feel like it
I am becoming more productive with each passing moment
I am changing into someone who effortlessly gets things done
I will take charge of my time and achieve my goals
Taking immediate action is becoming a natural part of who I am
I am finding that I naturally choose work over procrastination

 

Suggestions:  Repeat your favorite affirmations out loud several times a day.  Write them on sticky notes and put them where you will see them the most during your day.  Write them each down 10 times every day.  Record them and play them over to yourself while doing other things or before bed.

 

The more you fill your brain with positive affirmations, the less space there will be for negative self-talk. Think of it as deleting the negative, and correcting with the positive.

 

I

Imagine and imitate

 

Use your imagination. We can’t accomplish things we can’t imagine. You could try visualizing yourself as having already conquered procrastination. What would that look like? What would be better? How would your life be improved?

 

You can also look around and find people who you believe have mostly conquered procrastination in their life, and then imitate them. What do they do differently? How do they accomplish their goals with a minimum of procrastination. Ask them for help if you know them well enough. If not, read what they write, or listen closely to what they say. Look for any clue to their success.

 

Spirograph, Pattern, Design, Geometric

“Everyone has the same amount of hours per day,

it’s not that you don’t have enough time,

it’s that you don’t have a clear focus”

― Bridget English

 

N

Now is the time

 

Now is the time for change. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for moving forward. Now is the time for breaking the chains that have you bound. Now is the time to leave procrastination in the dust.

 

Spirograph, Abstract, Pattern, Geometric

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

― Karen Lamb

 

A

Action is the key

 

The simple cure for procrastination is A C T I O N! Procrastination is actually inaction or delayed action; so it makes sense that the cure would be to do the direct opposite. Act! This idea may seem a bit too simplified; but it is the truth, just the same.

 

Flourish, Floral, Swirl, Ornament

 “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life,

you’ll find you’ve done it.”   ― George Bernard Shaw

 

T

Today is the day

 

Today is the only day that we can successfully live in. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the day!

 

Leaf, Swirl, Blue, Decoration, Border

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday”

― Don Marquis

 

I

Invest in improvement

 

Some degree of procrastination is pretty much inevitable; but we can invest ourselves toward making positive changes toward less procrastination. We may not be able to eradicate procrastination from our lives; but we can definitely improve ourselves to procrastinate less.

 

Upgrade, Board, Clock, Update, Renew           Upgrade to less procrastination

 

O

Organize your life

 

Organization can benefit us in many areas of our lives. Being more organized makes us more productive. We should organize our work space. An uncluttered work space contributes to an uncluttered mind. When we make a schedule and we can organize the tasks in order of importance. Evaluate what needs done. What is most important? What can wait? What can be done quickly? Which tasks take more time?

Work Space, Home Office, Office, Space         Organize your work space

 

N

No more negligence

 

Procrastination is negligence toward your own well being. Negligence is the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern. Decide that there will be no more negligence.

 

Arabesque, Pattern, Forms, Swirl, Tree

“You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin

 

When we procrastinate, we set ourselves up for several negatives. For one, procrastination is stressful. When we know something needs done; and we aren’t taking care of it; we usually get upset with ourselves which causes us to be stressed. When we delay starting something we know has a deadline; we set ourselves up for a frenzied hassle to finish before the deadline. It is a direct result of our procrastination. Procrastination often results in us losing something, or at least not gaining something desirable. Deadlines don’t wait for us to get done procrastinating.

 

Birds, Branch, Ornament, Swirl, Love

“You may not be punished for your procrastination,

but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”


― Debasish Mridha

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Ten Personality Traits That Hold You Back

Defend, Protect, Control, Safety

 

What holds you back. 

What keeps you from moving forward

with your plans or following your dreams? 

What keeps you stuck, renders you immobile,

and thwarts your creativity?

 

 

I have come up with ten personality traits that hold you

back from becoming all you were meant to be.

 

Affirmations, Appreciations, Positivity

 

Personality traits are ways of thinking and acting that make us who we are. They can be either  positive or negative.  Positive personality traits help you move forward with your life and plans. They help you accomplish your goals. They also may make us a better friend, spouse, family member, or business associate.  Negative personality traits sometimes hold us back in life; and can have a detrimental effect on all our relationships. They can make us feel stuck or unable to move in positive directions.

 

Personality traits are not written in stone. They can be changed; but first you have to realize you have a particular negative trait, and that you want to change. Or you may think you want a positive trait that you don’t currently possess. We can shape our personality traits. We can begin to work on changing the negative traits; and we can begin the process of acquiring the positive traits we want.

 

The first step is to listen to feedback from others. Many times we are blind to some of the ways we think, feel or act that are holding us back from becoming all we were meant to be. Or we may not notice a positive trait that we already possess. If we listen to what other people say and then evaluate it; they can be like looking in a mirror for discovering our personality traits.

 

Vampire, Dracula, Blood Sucker, Damned

 

Please note that I said to evaluate what people say. Some people are more like looking into a mud puddle than a mirror. They have their own agenda, and it is not to help us find our personality traits; but instead to muddy the water. They may be jealous, insecure, or just plain mean; but looking into a puddle of muddy water doesn’t give a correct reflection. Keep this in mind as you evaluate what they have said.

 

If we are honest with ourselves, we will be able to tell the difference between the looking glasses and the mud puddles; but only if we are not afraid to see ourselves as others see us. When someone has said something that was meant to help; but has offended us, it is easy to dismiss what they say in anger.

 

Shouting, Angry, Face, Woman, Scary

 

It is easier to be angry at them than face the truth about who we are. Or we may face it, or even agree with it; but feel powerless to change; or just say, “It’s just who I am”. That puts the ball back in to their court, doesn’t it. You don’t have to change. They need to either except or reject you the way you are. Though there is a bit of truth in that; it is also a cop out, so you don’t have to change, or because you think you can’t.

 

In this post I would like to list some of the negative traits that hold us back. At a later date, I might do a post on positive traits that propel us to success. The negative traits need to be recognized and dealt with first.

Me, One, Unique, Distinct, Novel

 

 

Ten personality traits that hold us back

from becoming what we were meant to be. 

 

 

 

1.   We are stuck in the past

 

We cannot let go of something or someone from our past; so we are stuck. We keep going over in our minds things like: why did this happen, what could I have done differently, how can I get this person or thing back. Or we may be holding on to a vengeful, unforgiving attitude toward someone or something from our past. We are unable to move forward, because the load of past baggage is too heavy to move on with us.

We are stuck in the past with our heavy load.

 

Hard Labour, Sacks, Transportation

 

2.  We are trying to live in the future

 

Fortune Telling, Future, Magic

 

There is nothing wrong with planning, goal setting, and looking ahead toward future victories; but if we are more concerned with tomorrow than we are with today; then we are stuck in the future. We will be happy when (fill in the blank). Or we will do this when (fill in the blank). Today is the only day we can actually live in.

 

Yesterday is a cancelled check,

tomorrow is a promissory note;

but today is cash in hand.

 

Money, Dollar, Cash, Us, United States

 

3.  People hold us back

 

This is a hard one because we may have to make a choice of moving forward without someone we care deeply for; or we may decide not to because we don’t want to lose them.

 

Puppy, Hound, Schillerstövare

 

Usually people hold us back because of selfish motives. It could be their insecurities, or fear of losing us; or they might be afraid we will somehow succeed and leave them in the dust.  (jealousy)

 

It could be though, that they fear we will be hurt, or harmed in some way, and they are seeking to protect us by holding us back. You could search for a compromise; but it may have to come down to a choice you must make.

 

4.  Fear of failure or success

 

We may be afraid of failure. We may have our dreams, plans and goals; but not be at all convinced we can achieve them. We may have voices from our pasts echoing in our minds that said we would never amount to anything. A part of us may still believe those negative voices. We may be afraid to start, because we fear that any action on our part may prove the voices right.

 

Insecurity, Judgment, Relationship

 

Or we may be afraid of success. What will happen to us if we are successful? Will it change us? Will we lose something of ourselves in the process? Will it make me a target for scams, robbery, etc. These are all legitimate questions; and the only way to move past them is to just “feel the fear and do it anyway”.

 

The book “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” by made a huge impact on my life when I read it several years ago. If you are interested in reading it you can find it at Amazon. Just click on the link below.

 

 

5.  Procrastination

 

Procrastination (the action of delaying or postponing something) is a trait that holds us back in many ways throughout our lives. The only cure for procrastination is to just start doing something. It doesn’t matter as much what you do, as that you do something. Action is the key that will spark more action. So stop procrastination in it’s tracks by just doing something, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

 

Take one step, then another, then another.

Graphic, Concept, Success, Successful

 

6.  Perfectionism

 

Sometimes we are so concerned with things being just right that we observe, we plan, we design, we contrive, we set goals; but we don’t take action. Why? Because it isn’t perfect. News flash! It never will be perfect. And if we are waiting until it is; we will never take action.

 

7.  Negative self-talk

 

Depression, Voices, Self-Criticism

 

There is no conversation we pay more attention to

than our own self-talk.

 

Whether our self talk is negative or positive; we are very attentive to what we are saying to ourselves and about ourselves. So be aware.

 

Positive self-talk can bolster us and spur us onward and upward; while negative self-talk can hold us back or plunge us into the depths of despair. Feed the positive self-talk and starve the negative self-talk. Be kind and supportive with yourself. Don’t allow your self-talk to demean or discourage you or hold you back from being all you want to be.

 

8.  Poor health or physical disability

 

Poor health may hold you back, and there are times you must of necessity, cut back, or cease striving and just rest. However there are many heath conditions that while serious, can be worked with or around. Many physical disabilities can be worked around, by certain helps; such as a walker or wheelchair for mobility. Eye sight issues with magnifying machines and working less hours, etc. Back pain or arthritis may be worked around by alternating periods of work with periods of rest. Self-talk can be important to being able to work with, or around our poor health, or physical disability.

 

Action, Adult, Athlete, Champion

 

9.  Worrying about what others think

 

Communication, Head, Balloons, Man

 

We all care what others think of us. It is part of being human. But we can have a healthy attitude about other people’s opinions about us. It is their opinion; nothing more, nothing less. We don’t need to agree with it. If we are always worried what someone will think; we will always be afraid to act. That worry is like when people are afraid of heights and the fear immobilizes them. We can be immobilized by our concern over what people are thinking or saying about us.

 

10. Interruptions or lack of concentration

 

The question isn’t, “Will I have interruptions?”.  Interruptions are inevitable. Instead we might ask ourselves, “How do I handle interruptions?”, or “How do I minimize interruptions”? There are times we just need to deal with interruptions with a “whatever will be will be” attitude. Or if it is a person, perhaps you could reason with them, or set boundaries.

 

Some people have a huge problem with concentration. They just can’t seem to stay on task. They jump from one thing to another with no definite plan. I hate to tell you; but I have a tendency toward this one. If I am really interested in what I am doing, my concentration is good. But if what I am doing doesn’t thrill me; I have the tendency to let my mind and body drift from this to that, and back again. The best way I have found to counteract this tendency in myself is to have a written plan to follow.

 

Brain, Turn On, Education, Read, Book

 

There are many strategies for minimizing interruptions. I will give you just a few. If you want more, there are many helps on the internet. One way is to set certain work times and reinforce with family and friends that you are not to be interrupted during these times. Turn off cell phones. Turn off the TV. Have a special workplace where you can shut the door to keep the world out. Don’t answer the door, if your serious enough about not having interruptions.

 

Error, Please Do Not Disturb

 

 

These ten personality traits that hold us back, are just a few I came up with. I’m sure there are many more that could be listed.

 

If you have something to contribute concerning anything I wrote in this post, or you want to mention a trait I didn’t list; please feel free to elaborate in the comment section below. I love comments and will answer them all to the best of my ability.

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At your service,

Jeannie

 

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What Does The Bible Say About Aging?

 

What does the Bible say about getting older? There are many Bible verses that directly speak about aging.  A favorite verse of mine is:

 

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,

yet the inward man is renewed Day by day.   2 Corinthians 4:16

 

It seems as though elderly people; particularly males, were respected in Biblical times. It was assumed that people who have lived a long time have acquired much knowledge and therefore were to be listened to and respected.  They were referred to as elders.

 

We used to be taught to respect our “elders”.  (Back when parents taught their children about manners, etc.)  Teaching children about manners hasn’t been of great importance to many parents in the last 20 years or more.  Though there still are a few who do teach their children to respect others.

 

Instead of commanding respect as we get older; we are more likely to find ourselves to be the targets of disrespect, flippancy and impertinence.  Fortunately by the time we get a certain age; most of us don’t really care what people think anymore.  Lol.  Our self worth shouldn’t be in what others think of us or how they treat us anyway.

 

Our self worth is best measured by the one who created us and

knows us even better than we know ourselves.  Jean Brickley

 

So let’s get down to business and see what the Bible has to say about aging.  I was able to search out quite a few verses; but I’m sure more could be found.

 

 

Bible Study

 

Bible verses that have to do with aging

 

Give honor to elders

 

Leviticus 19:32 – Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

 

Job 32:4 – Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

 

Proverbs 23:22 – Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

 

Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

 

Respect for both men and women

 

1 Timothy 5:1 – Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

 

1 Timothy 5:2 – The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

 

Older teach younger

 

Older men teach younger men:

 

Titus 2:2 – That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

 

Titus 2:6 – Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

 

Older women teach younger women:

 

Titus 2:3 – The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

 

Titus 2:4 – That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

 

Titus 2:5 – To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

 

Bible study and devotions.

 

 

Age brings wisdom and understanding

 

Job 12:12 – With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

 

Job 32:7 – I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

 

Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 

Grey hair and old age:

 

Proverbs 16:21 – The hoary (grey) head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

 

Isaiah 46:4 – And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar (grey) hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

 

Psalms 71:18 – Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

 

 

The crown of old age

 

Proverbs 17:6 – Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Note:  Do you glory in your grandchildren and great grandchildren?  I know I do.

 

Baby and Kitty

 

 

 

 

Renewed in old age

 

Ruth 4:15 – And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

 

Isaiah 40:29 – He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Note:  This is one of my favorite Bible verses.  How many times He has given me strength, when I had none of my own.  How many times has he lifted me up above my troubles (as if on eagles wings).  If we don’t have all this at our age; we can still look forward to having all this and more in Heaven!

 

1 Corinthians 1:8 – Who shall also confirm (reinforce) you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Living to a “good old age”

 

Psalms 91:16 – With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

Genesis 15:15 – And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.  (Abram)

 

Genesis 25:7 – And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

 

Genesis 25:8 – Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

 

1 Chronicles 29:28 – And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.  (David)

 

Job 5:26 – Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

 

Psalms 71:9 – Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

 

Yielding fruit in old age

 

Still Life, Fruit, Maroon, Flowers

 

Psalms 92:14 – They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Note:  I can relate to this verse.  How about you?

 

Genesis 21:1 – And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Genesis 21:2 – For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Genesis 21:3 – And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

Note:  I’m not sure I would be up to this particular fruit bearing at my age.  What do you think?

 

If you would like to yield fruit in your old age, click on the link below:

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading some of what the Bible says about aging.  I’m sure if you researched, you could find more.  If any verses come to mind, feel free to list them in the comments section.  I love comments.  I will answer them all.

 

Come back again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

To read my post with a collection of retirement quotes, go here:

Retirement Quotes

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Retirement Quotes

Enjoy these humorous retirement quotes

 

                      

 

I just thought we would have some fun today.  I searched out a collection of retirement quotes.  I hope they will be enjoyable reading for you.  Use them as you will.  Print them up and stick them around where you will see them.  Or pick out a favorite or two.  Make them larger, fancy up the font, add some color and frame them.

 

Display them in plain view where

they will inspire you or make you laugh.

 

 

Baby laughing

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

– Author Unknown

 

Humor is an excellent tool for pulling us out of the doldrums of everyday life.  Work can be fulfilling, action or exercise is invigorating, spiritual pursuits are uplifting, inspiring and comforting; but there is nothing like humor to relax and refresh us.  And laughing at our problems or worries makes them seem smaller and less significant.  So read, laugh and enjoy.

 

 

Retirement Quotes

 

Life begins at retirement. – Author Unknown

 

Retirement: No Job, No Stress, No Pay! ~Unknown Author

 

Retirement, when every day is Saturday! ~Unknown Author

 

Retired — No Alarm Clock. No Commute. No Problem.

~ Unknown Author

 

Retirement . . . is when you stop living at work

and begin working at living. ~Unknown Author

 

Retirement: The time in your life when time

is no longer money. ~ Unknown Author

 

A man is known by the company that

keeps him on after retirement age. ~Anon

 

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work

So I do it three or four times a day! ~Gene Perret

 

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job. ~Ella Harris

 

Retirement takes all the meaning out of weekends.

~Unknown Author

 

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous.

When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. ~ George Burns

 

When is the right age to retire?

When you dread going to work. ~Mary Bright

 

Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day

and say, “Hi, Honey, I”m home – forever.” – Gene Perret

 

Retirement is waking up in the morning with nothing to do

and by bedtime having done only half of it.~ Unknown Author

 

When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you

to the one who married you. – Gene Perret

 

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces.

Women go right on cooking. – Gail Sheehy

 

There’s never enough time to do all

the nothing you want. – Bill Watterson

 

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Retirement: World’s longest coffee break. – Author Unknown

 

I’m retired – goodbye tension, hello pension! – Author Unknown

 

When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband

but only half the income. – Chi Chi Rodriguez

 

Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race,

but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. – Gene Perret

 

The trouble with retirement is that you never

get a day off. – Abe Lemons

 

Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing

without worrying about getting caught at it. – Gene Perret

 

The question isn’t at what age I want to retire,

it’s at what income. – George Foreman

 

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees

on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water,

or watching the clouds float across the sky,

is by no means a waste of time. – J. Lubbock

 

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.

But other times it’s essential to take time off

and to make sure that your most important decision in the day

simply consists of choosing which color

to slide down on the rainbow. – Douglas Pagels

 

 

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When you retire, think and act as if you were still working;

when you’re still working, think and act a bit

as if you were already retired. – Author Unknown

 

 

Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought

First tired of working, Then tired of not. – Richard Armour

 

 

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,

of just going along, listening to all the things

you can’t hear, and not bothering. – A.A. Milne

 

 

There is an enormous number of managers

who have retired on the job. – Peter Drucker

 

The challenge of retirement is how to spend time

without spending money. – Author Unknown

 

 

Youth would be an ideal state if it

came a little later in life. – Herbert Asquith

 

Retired. So I am not interested in anyone telling me

about their problems at work.~ Unknown Author

 

 

Before deciding to retire early…Stay home a week

and practice watching daytime television.~Unknown Author

 


There’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit…retire!
~Groucho Marx

 

Retirement must be wonderful.

I mean,you can suck in your stomach for only so long.

~Burt Reynolds

 

The company accountant is shy and retiring.

He’s shy a quarter of a million dollars.

That’s why he’s retiring. ~ Milton Berle

 

 

I like retirement life. It’s something to do

when no one wants you to work anymore. ~Unknown Author

 

Don’t act your age in retirement.  Act like the inner

young person you have always been. ~J. A. West

 

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Enjoy every retirement day as if it was your last

and one day you will be right about it. ~ Unknown Author

 

Retirement: When you stop lying about your age and

start lying around the house. ~Unknown Author

 

I feel like early retirement is an incredible retirement gift.

It’s a gift that everyone should give themselves. ~ Unknown Author

 

Post retirement Hobby Quotes

 

What do gardeners do when they retire? ~Bob Monkhouse

 

Ahhh Retirement: Fishing Yesterday, Fishing Today,

Fishing Tomorrow! ~ Unknown Author

 

If people concentrated on the really important things in life,

there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. – Doug Larson

 

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw

it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to

waste energy going back to pick it up. – Tommy Bolt

 

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. – Dean Martin

 

 

In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once

or twice every day. It’s either that

or buy a new golf ball. – Gene Perret

 

 

Don’t play too much golf.  Two rounds a day are plenty.

– Harry Vardon

 

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Golf is played by twenty million mature American men

whose wives think they are out having fun. – Jim Bishop

 

Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache

unless you play golf. – Gene Perret

 

Golf is a day spent in a round of

strenuous idleness. – William Wordsworth

 

 

Retirement is when the living is easy

and the payments are hard. ~Unknown Author

 

Sooner or later I’m going to die,

but I’m not going to retire. ~Margaret Mead

 

Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit

at the appropriate time. ~Malcolm Muggeridge

 

Retirement is a one-way trip to insignificance. ~Mason Cooley

 

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records.

A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. – Bernard Baruch

 

Don’t simply retire from something;

have something to retire to. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

Retire to the Internet! Sharing your knowledge, to make the world a better place, makes YOUR retirement rock! – Wendy Fisher

 

You can retire to the internet. 

Simply take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate University.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my collection of retirement quotes.  I trust they have made you laugh, or inspired you.  Remember how awesome you are; and don’t ever stop being who you were meant to be.

Be the best YOU that you can possibly be!

 

Thank you for stopping by.  I love company.  My door is always open and you are always welcome here.  New content is added weekly for your reading enjoyment.

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Eye Ailments in the Elderly

Hello friends.

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How’s your sight? Not many of us have 20/20 vision when we get older. Our eyes age just as the rest of us does. There are also ailments that effect aging eyes. Let’s explore some of those ailments.

 

Cataracts

Many people get cataracts when they get older. You may have known someone who had to have a cataract operation, or you may have had one yourself. The lens of your eye gets cloudy. So you may notice a difference in your vision. Your vision may become blurry or cloudy and less focused; colors may seem muted and you may be more sensitive to light and notice a glare.

Treatment:

In the early stages, you may just need a change in glasses or use better lighting. When your vision loss gets worse and begins to interfere with reading, driving, etc.; surgery may be recommended. If you choose surgery you will be referred to a specialist who will remove the cataract. Cataract removal is a common and relatively safe surgery. Your eye surgeon will remove the clouded lens and replace it. About 90% of those having cataract removal surgery will have a good result and better vision.

 

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Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common ailment among older people. It has to do with your eye’s production of tears. Your eyes may not produce enough tears or the tears might not be of a consistancy that is beneficial. It is experienced as a burning or scratchy feeling in your eyes. They may look red and irritated. It makes your eyes tire more quickly when reading. It can be uncomfortable while using your computer or electronics. I suffer from dry eye.

Treatment:

The only prescription drug to treat dry eye is Cyclosporine. It is an anti-inflammatory medication. Your physician may recommend an over the counter eye drop such as Moisture Eyes or Advanced Eye Relief by Bausch and Lomb. My doctor gave me some drops called SootheXP which are also made by Bausch and Lomb. Doctor’s don’t recommend the drops that “get the red out”. I sometimes get some relief from steaming, or resting with cucumber on my eyelids. I close my eyes quite frequently to rest them when working on the computer or with other electronics.

 

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is usually found during an eye exam. It is associated with excessive pressure in the eye. It damages the optic nerve and may cause vision loss or blindness. It affects peripheral vision (or side vision). My mother had glaucoma before she had bleeding behind the eye, and was diagnosed with AMD.

Treatment:

Early detection and prevention are key here. Be sure to have a comprehensive eye exam every two years. Be sure to have your pupils dilated to check for glaucoma. Eye drops are usually prescribed to slow down or halt the progression of glaucoma. Be sure to use them as directed by your physician.

 

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Diabetic Eye Disease

Those of you who have diabetes will want to keep your eye on this one.(pun intended) Diabetic Eye Disease is a leading cause of blindness. The most common type is a retinopathy that occurs when diabetes damages the blood vessels inside the retina.

Treatment:

Controlling diabetes with diet and exercise is the best way to control diabetic eye disease. It has no symptoms, so regular eye exams are crucial to early detection. Laser surgery can be performed to help control the progression; but it can’t bring back sight that has already been lost. Laser surgery can reduce the risk of blindness by 90 percent in some cases.

 

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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

You may know someone who has this eye ailment. AMD gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Loss of central vision will eventually cause blindness. You will not be able to drive or read anymore. My mother suffered blindness from AMD.

Treatment:

Researchers at the National Eye Institute tested whether taking nutritional supplements could protect against AMD in the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2). They found that daily intake of certain high-dose vitamins and minerals can slow progression of the disease in people who have intermediate AMD, and those who have late AMD in one eye.

 

Here are the clinically effective doses tested in AREDS and AREDS2:

500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
400 international units of vitamin E
80 mg zinc as zinc oxide (25 mg in AREDS2)
2 mg copper as cupric oxide
15 mg beta-carotene, OR 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin

To read more:

https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts

There are injections that that may be given to inject drugs into the affected eye. Laser therapy and laser surgery are also an option in some cases. Prescription eye drops may be given. Be sure to follow your eye professional’s directions. My mother had several laser surgeries and was prescribed three different eye drops to slow the progression of this disease that took most of her sharp central vision.

 

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Low Vision

With low vision, which most of us suffer from to some degree as we get older; our everyday tasks get more difficult to do. For instance, even with your glasses on, it may be more difficult to thread a needle. Anything you do on a day to day bases can be more challenging. Small intricate work becomes frustrating without clear vision. Reading a book or a recipe or our mail is not done as effortlessly as it once was.

Treatment:

There are many ways to help cope with failing eyesight.There are vision helps on computers that make everything larger, and most electronics have some type of voice activation. For writing, there are stencils you put where your signature goes, so you can write inside the rectangle and keep your signature straight. There are talking watches, talking alarm clocks, and many different types of magnifiers and magnifying machines. My mother had talking watches and talking alarm clocks. Although the magnifying reading machines are rather expensive; they can be an invaluable tool for someone who has always loved to read; but can no longer make out the words because of low eyesight. Here is one I found on Amazon.

 

There are many other ailments of the eye and if you want more details, there are an infinite number of sites on the internet that can supply you with more information. Just type in something like “eye ailments of the elderly”. You will find a wealth of information concerning eye health.

 

The best cure is prevention and early detection. Be sure to have regular eye examinations. If you have diabetes, it would be best to go every year. Otherwise, every two years is sufficient. Be sure they dilate your eyes to be able to see if you have pressure, glaucoma, AMD, or some other problem.

 

Eating for better eye health

Studies have shown that consuming yellow and green vegetables can help prevent age-related macular degeneration or AMD. Everyone knows about carrots being good for eye health, right?

Onions and garlic may help protect the lens of your eye from cataract.

Grapes and blueberries have anti-inflamatory and antioxidant properties which may help improve your vision.

 

Eye Exercises

Put a warm wet cloth on your eyes for 15 to 30 seconds

Roll your eyes. Look up, then right, then down, then left, and back to up again. Do 10 times clockwise and 10 times counter clockwise.

For focus: Hold a pen at arms length, focus your eyes on it and then bring to 6″ in front of your nose. Then move it back out to arms length. Do this 10 times.

Rest your eyes. Put your head back and close your eyes for 3 to 5 minutes.

 

Get plenty of sleep so your eyes can rest and repair.

 

Eye vitamins could be a good preventative measure as we get older. Here are some I have found on Amazon for you if you are interested in preventative care.

 

 

I trust you have found some useful information about eye ailments that can affect the elderly. I know there is a lot more information on the web yet to be discovered. If I have peaked your interest, then go searching on the internet for anything to do with your eyes and eye health.

For other physical health posts go here:

Apple Cider Vinegar for Health Issues

Coconut Oil Uses for Health and Beauty

 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you come back real soon. I love company, and my door is always open.

 

Please use the comment section for questions or comments on this post. Thank you.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Hello my good friends.

 

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Have you lost your joy? Is it hard to find something to feel joyful about? There is so much evil in this world you say. Does anyone really have joy? Yet the Bible tells us that we are to rejoice in the Lord always. So how does God expect us to rejoice always? Does He really mean in all circumstances?

 

Rejoice in the Lord alway: again I say, Rejoice.

Phillipians 4:4

 

The word rejoice is in the Bible 194 times,

rejoiced, 45 times, rejoiceth, 18 times,

and rejoicing, 28 times.

 

Do you think maybe God was trying to get our attention? If the word rejoice, rejoiced or rejoicing is the Bible that many times; the Lord wanted us to recognize the importance He places on our rejoicing in Him and in our salvation.

 

For our heart shall rejoice in him,

because we have

trusted in his holy name. 

Psalms 33:21

 

It’s easy to rejoice when everything is good in our life; or as the song says, when we are up on the mountain; but what about when we are down in the valley? It is when we are in the valley (or hard times) in our life, that our faith is being tested.

 

It’s much harder to rejoice in the valleys of our life.

 

When someone we love has gone on ahead of us to be with the Lord; we feel lost and alone, sad and depressed, and rejoicing is probably the last thing on most people’s mind who are in this circumstance. But our Lord, in His infinite love, doesn’t want us to stay down in that valley. If we can rejoice in His salvation and in Him; then our heart is drawn away from our pain; and in to His comforting care.

 

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD:

it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalms 35:9

 

Can we rejoice in this circumstance? It hurts. It makes us cry and feel alone. But we are not alone. This is our first reason to rejoice. Our Lord is always with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. And like the Bible verse above says; we are to rejoice in the Lord alway; again I say, Rejoice!

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness;

and be content with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee,nor forsake thee. 

Hebrews 13:5

 

The next reason we can rejoice is to rejoice in our salvation. We will see our loved one again in Heaven. Our separation is only temporary. And we can rejoice that our loved one is already in Heaven where there will be no more pain, tears or sorrow. They are free. They have been released from the constraints on this earth. They are now enjoying the benefits of their new “Heavenly” body.

 

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:

and let such as love thy salvation say continually,

Let God be magnified. 

Psalms 70:4

 

We can rejoice in the fact that we can place our sorrow at the foot of the cross. We don’t need to bear it alone. There is a comforter who lives inside of all Christians. The Holy Spirit that Jesus sent will comfort us and give us peace.

 

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 

John 14:18

 

He wants to reach down and pull us out of the valley we are in, to a higher place with Him. There we can dwell in the shelter of His wings.

 

Because thou hast been my help,

therefore in the shadow

of thy wings will I rejoice.

Psalms 63:7

 

If we place our trust in Him; and look to Him for our help; He will deliver us. That is reason to rejoice.

 

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:

let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Psalms 5:11 

 

When our marriage ends after a long battle of trying to save it. We feel betrayed. We feel like failures. We feel exhausted and spent. We fear living our life alone. But we are not alone! Rejoice in the Lord; again I say Rejoice! Our Lord is with us!

 

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,

whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Psalms 146:5

 

We can take our failed relationship to the foot of the cross. Jesus will bear our sorrow. The Holy spirit will comfort us. He will heal our broken heart, and bind up our wounds. He will give us His strength in place of our weakness.

 

He healeth the broken in heart,

and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalms 147:3

 

When we give Him our sorrows; He can begin the healing process. When we place ourselves in His loving hands, He will give us peace in the midst of whatever hard circumstance we are going through. And He will keep us (the righteous) safe in His strong tower. So rejoice in the Lord.

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower:

the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 

Proverbs 18:10

 

What if we lose our employment and have no source of income? We feel unappreciated, undervalued, like we have failed, and lost the ability to provide for our family. Then when money gets tight and the bills pile up, stress mounts. How will you provide? May I introduce to you Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. Let me remind you that He does not leave us alone.

 

What do you do with your unemployment situation? Take it to the foot of the cross and leave it there. Trust in the Lord to provide. Pray and tell Him your needs. You will be surprised at how He will provide for your needs. (not to be confused with wants)

 

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,

believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 21:22

 

Are you beginning to see a pattern emerging here? Okay. Once again, the Holy Spirit can give you peace, comfort and healing. Once again, your help comes from the Lord. Our provider will reach down to provide food, shelter and all your needs. Your job is rejoicing in the Lord always. His job is to provide your needs.

But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus

Philippians 4:19

 

You may have to do some work toward receiving provision; such as signing up for unemployment; contacting the bank about your mortgage payments, coming up with a plan to pay partial payments on bills, picking up odd jobs until you find something permanent. Or maybe putting aside your pride to let others know you need help, etc. But if you put your trust in God, He will direct your steps. He will show you the path to take.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:

in thy presence is fulness of joy;

at thy right hand there are

pleasures for evermore 

Psalms 16:11

 

Let’s see if we can come up with some definite steps

we can take to insure that we can rejoice in the Lord always.

 

Ten steps to take toward Rejoicing in the Lord always.

 

  • 1.    Face your situation. Don’t try to hide from it or pretend it’ not happening.
  • 2.    Remember you are not alone, no matter how alone you feel.  God is with you.
  • 3.    Take the problem to the Lord and leave it there. Jesus will bear your burden.
  • 4.    Put your focus on God, and not on your problem.
  • 5.    Surrender control to God and He will comfort, strengthen and sustain you.
  • 6.    Take action where you can; and leave the rest to God.
  • 7.    Trust that no matter what you face, you and God can handle it together.
  • 8.    Rest in His care; don’t worry or fear, just trust.
  • 9.    Pray for your needs and His provision, healing, peace, and joy.
  • 10.   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice!

 

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:

and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalms 32:11

 

This is the point where you are all saying, “It sounds good in print; but I don’t see how it will work in practice.”  Obviously, we will all suffer in this life; and faith in God is not a band-aid that will cure all.  There is a period of mourning when we lose someone we love.  It cannot be escaped.  But our faith definitely can ease the amount of anguish we experience; if we are able to surrender and trust God.

 

There is a peace that passeth understanding.  The world will wonder how we can have peace in the midst of our wretched circumstances.  It is a peace that only God can give.

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

shall keep your hearts and minds

through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

 

I can’t think of a better place to end this post than right after that wonderful Bible Promise.  My dear readers, may the peace of God, which cannot be understood by the world, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  May you experience His peace and rejoice in your salvation today.

 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you come back again soon. I love company! My door is always open. New content is added weekly for your information and enjoyment.

 

For more posts on Spiritual Health go here:

 

From Heart of Stone to Heart of Flesh – The First Heart Transplant

Why Do We Need Patience?

The Light That Overcomes the Darkness

 

Please use the comment section to respond to this post.  Thank you.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Is Your Memory Loss a Normal Part of Aging, or Something More Serious?

Hello again my fellow retirees and other friends.

 

 

Are you forgetting more lately? Having trouble remembering what you just did? Are you losing your keys, your glasses, your phone? Do you go to another room to get something and by the time you get there you have forgotten what it was you went there for? Are you making more lists and writing things down more because you just can’t be sure you will remember? Are you wondering if your problems with memory are just a normal part of aging or something more serious?

 

Advancing age does seem to bring with it a certain amount of forgetfulness. And as frustrating as it is to misplace things frequently; it usually isn’t anything to worry about. Writing lists is a good practice because it helps us cope with the changes in our memories. Forgetting someone’s name temporarily can be rather embarrassing; but as long as you can remember it later, it’s not really a cause for worry. In fact stressing or worrying about your memory loss may actually make matters worse.

 

Though all these symptoms could be signs of dementia, in most cases they aren’t that serious. The words dementia and Alzheimer’s can strike fear in the heart of anyone who is experiencing memory loss symptoms. In most cases it is just a consequence of getting older; but it can be a wake up call to change some unhealthy habits and exercise our brains more.

 

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What is Dementia?

 

Dementia is more of a syndrome than a disease. It is a collection of symptoms effecting how we think, reason, communicate and perform daily activities. The changes manifest themselves through our cognitive abilities, the ways we think, how and what we remember, how we process the input we receive. Changes in how we attend to our daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, etc. may be an indication that we are experiencing dementia. There may be confusion, depression, and differences in how we interact with others.

 

What is the difference between

Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

 

Although these two terms are used interchangeably; they are not the same. As I stated above, dementia is a syndrome, or a collection of symptoms. It has several different underlying causes.

 

One of those causes is a disease called Alzheimer’s.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease has no cure. It is a progressive disease that eventually takes the life of it’s victim. The person with Alzheimer’s Disease suffers gradual decline in mental, physical and occupational areas.  They exhibit symptoms of severe memory decline. They may not only forget names; but faces.  There could be changes in behavior such as fits of anger, not understanding normal conversation, and asking the same questions over and over.

 

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The only way to make a completely correct diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is to do an autopsy on the brain postmortem. Physicians make a diagnosis from physical examinations, cognitive tests, blood tests, and sometimes brain scans. They can make a correct diagnosis about 90% of the time. Most people live 8 to 10 years after diagnosis; but some can live up to 20.

 

What are some other causes of dementia?

 

Dementia may be caused by vascular conditions, or hardening of the arteries. Vascular problems decrease blood flow which may cause strokes and disconnects in the brain. Dementia can also be caused by diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. Though many of the symptoms are the same; it is the differences in symptoms, and physical and mental examinations, that aid physicians in making their diagnosis.

 

Medications and treatments:

 

If you suspect dementia due to symptoms being experienced by you or a loved one, it is important to see a doctor for diagnosis. There are medications that may help and treatments that may slow the progress.

 

In my mother’s case, the side effects from the medications prescribed prohibited them from being a wise choice for us.  Others may not experience the same side effects, or decide that the benefits are worth suffering the symptoms.

 

Alternative Options.

 

 

For those who decide against the medications; or those of us who have not been diagnosed with any kind of dementia; there are some preventative measures that can be taken.

 

Healthy eating habits, daily exercise, eliminating harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and smoking, finding ways to reduce stress and participating in social activities may all be helpful.  Healthy oils such as coconut oil are said to have a beneficial effect on the brain; and may help keep Alzheimer’s away.

 

To read my post “Coconut Oil Uses for Health and Beauty” click on the URL below:

Coconut Oil Uses for Health and Beauty

 

 

 

Just as our body needs physical activity to stay healthy; our brain needs mental activity to remain healthy.  Activities that keep the brain active such as reading, crossword and other puzzles, brain teasers, brain games, artistic or creative endeavors, and social interaction can be beneficial.

 

Stress may be reduced by listening to music, relaxation techniques, prayer and Bible reading, and physical exercising.

 

 

As we age, our brain will age with us; but putting into practice some of these healthier habits, may slow down that aging.  Just as our bodies age at our own unique rate (which has a lot to do with how healthy our habits are); our brain aging will also respond to healthier habits.

 

In addition to taking care of your body; with healthy habits such as exercise, correct eating and eliminating harmful substances; also take care of your brain by making sure you are using it. Learning new things, working puzzles, reading and writing all contribute to keeping our brain healthy.  I am keeping my brain active in a learning community called Wealthy Affiliate.

 

 

 

Our brain also responds to pleasant activity.  Listening to or playing your own music has a soothing effect on the brain.  Artistic or creative endeavors both spark and relax the brain.

 

So as the old adage goes:

Use it or lose it!

 

I trust that this post has answered some questions for my readers concerning whether their memory problems are just a normal part of aging or if they may have something more serious.

 

To read my post “About Our Brain” click here:

About Our Brain

 

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you come back again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.  New content will be added weekly for your information and enjoyment.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Disclaimer:  I am not a physician.  The information contained in this post was obtained by online research, and my own experience and opinions.  Please consult a licensed physician if you are experiencing mental decline and worried about your symptoms.  This post is for informational purposes only and should not be used for self diagnosis.  Thank you.

 

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5 Step Process for Choosing and Implementing the Best Hobbies For You

Hello my fellow retirees and other friends.

 

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Hobbies

What interests you? What do you like to do? What sparks your joy? What things make your life worth living? Everyone has interests and things that make them happy. We just need to search them out and do them. Usually we call these interests “hobbies”; although they may reach further or be known by some other name. I have come up with a 5 step process for choosing and implementing a great hobby.

 

Our interests change over time. We may not be interested in doing the same things we enjoyed when we were younger; or we may not be physically able to pursue the same things. As we live, grow and experience, our interests will naturally evolve with us. There are times in our life, that an experience has a profound impact on us, and changes many aspects of our personality. A religious experience would be one example of this. Also being exposed to a life very different from ours; such as observing how people live in other countries; may also have a profound effect on us. I could come up with other examples; but I think you get the idea.

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During the time I was caring for my parents; I put many of my interests aside to care for them.
I am now trying to seek out and remember what things interest me. I am asking myself anew:
What do I like to do? What makes me happy? What consumes me while I’m involved in it. What brings me contentment and fulfillment?

 

When I was younger, married with children, I used my spare time on artwork, sewing, crafts, etc. Even when there wasn’t a lot of time to squeeze in the things I liked to do; I felt it was important not to lose touch with those things that made me feel fulfilled, vibrant and alive or, even just content and peaceful.

 

Background, Scrapbooking, Paper, Heart

 

When the Lord came into my life and heart, it had a profound effect on my life. Ever since, I have been growing in my faith, and changing as the Lord leads me. I was doing a lot of gospel singing at gospel concerts and nursing homes, etc.; but I limited most of those activities to have more time to take care of my parent’s needs.

 

But still, while caring for them, I pursued what I felt the Lord calling me to do.  I took mail order classes, working mostly nights on my lessons. I now hold an Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in ministry. I serve as Associate Pastor at my church, and speak at other functions when asked. The reason I am telling you this is so you will understand how we grow and change, and how our interests adapt to the changes that occur in our life.

 

Here are 5 steps for choosing and implementing the best hobbies for you.

 

1.  DECIDE you want to pursue a hobby:

 

If you have been so busy you haven’t had time for hobbies while making a living. Now is the time to get back in touch with those things that interest you, and decide what you would enjoy doing, now that you have the time to pursue those interests.

 

2.  DETERMINE what your interests are.

 

If we have put that part of our life on hold for some time, figuring out what we love to do may be a challenge. In my case, I am looking back at some of the things I used to do; and deciding if I still have an interest in those things. I am pursuing one of my interests just by writing this post. I have always loved to write, share and help others to find a way to live life to it’s fullest.

 

Everyone’s interests will be different. If you have always been physical; then you can still pursue hobbies with a physical nature; but you may have to adapt them to current physical condition. If you enjoy crafts, you may have to change to different ones because of failing eyesight or arthritis, etc. If you are a musician, you may have some problems playing the way you used to; but there are always alternatives.

 

Music, Notes, Melody, Sound

 

Music is a wonderful hobby. If you play an instrument or sing; you can enjoy your hobby and give others joy from listening. It has also been found that music is very helpful in reaching out to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It really does have a soothing effect and certain songs can bring back memories of younger days and happier times.

 

If music is an interest of yours; but you don’t play an instrument. It’s never to late to learn. You could take piano or guitar lessons. Or just buy a harmonica and see what you can do with it.  If you know others that play or sing, perhaps you would rather just go listen.

 

 

If we have been avid readers, our failing eyesight may have made that pursuit difficult or impossible. My mother loved to read until Macular Degeneration stole that joy.  She enjoyed others reading to her, and she liked help to do the crossword puzzles she loved. If your hobby was reading, and your eyesight is declining, there are android devices that will read for you; such as Kindle. You can still read the books you love; without straining your eyes. These devices are great for anyone; because you can listen to them while doing other things.

 

 

Some of us enjoy solving puzzles.  Some examples are: crossword puzzles, sudoku, jig saw puzzles or Rubix Cubes. If this is something you like, there are many free apps for your phone or android device.  There are also puzzles you can solve for free on the internet.

 

If you are artistic, you may enjoy taking up painting or sketching. You could take some lessons, or just get some supplies and start. People who are artistic usually like things like dance, music, crafts. If you like dance, you could take some courses in ball room dancing, or just put on some music and flow with it. There are many different crafts that may peak your interest. Many women enjoy sewing, quilting, crocheting, needlework, and knitting.  There are people who find joy in taking articles destined for the trash and making something beautiful or useful from them. Some enjoy using artificial flowers, lace, ribbon, etc. to make various articles beautiful. Or you can buy a craft kit and just follow the directions.

 

 

I like to draw and sometimes burn those drawings into wood. This is called wood burning. Sometimes after wood burning, I paint with water colors and cover with clear coat to protect. I used to sell them. People would commission me to draw their pets, or people close to them. I also kept an inventory for people to buy for gifts, etc. Here is one I did many years ago with the draw, paint and clear coat method.

 

Collie wood burning 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a hobby I may want to get back into. Here are some I did more recently. They are simply drawn and wood burnt. I can also add wood shapes with glue.

 

Faith Hope Love Wood Burning

 

 

 

 

Faith wood burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this is something you would like to try; perhaps you could start with a kit. They come with a wood burner, and plaques on which drawings are already stamped. The wood burners included aren’t usually the best quality; but they are good enough to practice with.  New wood burners have a habit of cutting to deeply. If you are having that problem; either lighten your touch or sand of some of the sharpness with sandpaper.
Here is a kit I found on Amazon:

 

 

If you have an interest in writing; perhaps you would like to try your hand writing on the web. If you search, you will find places on the web where you will be able to write about things that interest you. Or you could build your own website, and write until your heart’s content. If you wish to learn how, you can start with a starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate, 7 free lessons and two free websites. And the best part is it is free!!

 

 

If you have always been a housekeeper, you may have interests such as, cooking, organizing, home decorating, coupon clipping, etc. Or if you have children, you may have a lot of helpful hints for other parents. The list could go on and on. Maybe you would be interested in writing about your interests? Or maybe some of the things you like to do could translate into extra income.

 

Now for men (and some women too), your interests may be more in line with hunting, fishing, playing golf or tennis or watching football on TV. Some men are born mechanics and enjoy working on vehicles (or collecting and restoring antique cars). Others may have a knack for carpentry or cabinet making and enjoy building and creating things out of wood.

 

3.  CHOOSE one or two to try:

 

Hopefully the ideas I wrote about in this post served to get your creative juices flowing. You are the only one who can decide what your interests are and what ones you would like to build a hobby around. We all have a creative nature. If you really think about the things you have enjoyed in the past, or something you have always wanted to do; but didn’t have time for you will come up with at least a few ideas.

 

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4.  START to do one of the choices you made.

 

It is important to dream, research, think and plan; but without action, we will never know for sure what hobbies will be the best ones for us, or how much joy and purpose they may add to our lives. With some of the ideas, you may need to do some training; but you can choose to enjoy the journey while working toward something. Sometimes the learning itself can be almost as enjoyable as the hobby itself. It isn’t even as important to know for sure what we want to do, as it is to do something. Start something. The rest will just happen as a result of the motion. It’s like dominoes that someone has arranged close together in an intricate pattern. All you have to do is touch the first domino. All you have to do is start something, to open up a new more exciting life for yourself.

 

5.  ENJOY!!

 

Pursuing hobbies or interests is very fulfilling. You will find pride and joy in creating something with your own hands. You may make new friends as you take some classes to learn more about new hobby or interest. It is a wonderful feeling to pursue and capture your dreams! We are never to old to learn new things. We are not to old to dream, plan, set goals and achieve! As long as we have breath, we can learn, grow, change, develop and conquer our fears. No matter what it is we try; isn’t it better than sitting mindlessly in front of a television? The TV may entertain us; but it is passive entertainment. There is no achievement on our part. We were made to dream, plan, create and enjoy what we have achieved. Enjoy your hobbies! Enjoy your life!

 

Thanks for reading. I trust this post has sparked your interest to pursue and capture a hobby or two that you will enjoy. Let’s live life to it’s fullest; not just exist! Follow these five steps to a more fulfilled and interesting life. 1. DECIDE 2. DETERMINE 3. CHOOSE 4. START 5. ENJOY!

 

If you would like to read about one of my hobbies, check this out:

 

Decorating Your Artificial Tree for Each Holiday

 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you come back again soon. Remember, my door is always open. I love company. This site was created for retirees; but I hope the content is such that anyone who stops by can benefit from. New content is added weekly for you, my readers, to learn from and enjoy.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Six Months at Wealthy Affiliate – Received Dedication badge

Hello fellow retirees and other friends.

 

I promised that I would take you along with me on my journey at Wealthy Affiliate. This post is to inform you that I have now been with Wealthy Affiliate for six months.  They give badges for achievements. I got a badge for being a member for six months. It is called a dedication badge.

 

It has been a wonderful six months.  I have learned a lot; but the more I learn, the more I see I need to learn.  There is so much quality training on this site.  Sometimes, if I try to go too fast or forget to take enough breaks, my mind can suffer from information overload; or as I lovingly call it, IO.

 

It is entirely possible to indulge in too much of a good thing.  As my mind is not as young and quick as it once was, IO can sometimes creep up on me unexpectedly.  Especially if I forget to take needed breaks; or get the required amount of sleep.

 

Despite the occasional bout of IO, I have acquired much knowledge about internet affiliate marketing. I find repetition to be the best learning method for me. I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could by following the steps in the training.

 

I will attempt to give you a list of my accomplishments; but I’m sure I will forget some.  This list is not for the purpose of bragging; but to let you know that anyone can achieve what I have done.  In fact, many of you may be able to achieve more than what I have in less time.

 

That is one of the good things about Wealthy Affiliate.  You can learn at your own pace.  The information is there for you to absorb at your own rate.  If needed, you can go back and go over anything you may have not taken in the first time around.  As I said earlier, repetition is my best learning method.  I think that my brain sometimes acts more like a sieve than a solid vessel for containing knowledge.  So if I can learn and achieve, so can every one of my readers.

 

If you would like to learn how to make money

online with internet affiliate marketing

Now is the time.

 

You will get 7 free lessons, 2 free websites

and a free starter membership.

Yes!  That’s right!  $0.  Just click below:

 

 

 

 

Here is the list I have compiled for you to see on a small scale what can be accomplished within the WA learning community:

6 Month Accomplishments

 

Built the first website I ever built

Bought my own .com domain

Authored 29 posts and 5 pages on my website

 

Participation in the WA community:

Earned Top 50

Current rank of 34

Gained 791 followers (and growing)

Wrote 66 posts on WA site

 

Training:

On Certification Level 4, Lesson 3

Boot Camp: Course 2, Lesson 1

 

Affiliates:

Joined several affiliates and

Began to monetize my site

Made my first (small) sale as an Amazon Affiliate

 

Social Media

Signed up for Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

I have shared posts on Google+ and Facebook.

I am still learning how to use social media to promote my website.  I had no experience with social media and have a lot to learn.  But there is much training I still haven’t tapped.

 

If I can accomplish all this then you

may be able to accomplish much more.

 

The Wealthy Affiliate community is wonderful and I have made many good friends there.  But the blogs written by Wealthy Affiliate members are phenomenal!  They constantly build me up with quotes, positive comments, and sometimes posts that make me laugh.  I am constantly amazed at the diverse talents Wealthy Affiliate members possess.

 

And these very talented people write excellent tutorials about affiliate marketing, social media sharing, and much more.  The Wealthy Affiliate community is always willing to share their knowledge for the good of the community.

 

With over 600,000 members, from all over the world; it is an extremely diverse community. It’s amazing to think that I talk to people from all over the world every day.

 

If you want to be a part of this community, learning, growing and sharing your own knowledge.  You can get started today!  Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

 

 

When I stumbled across Wealthy Affiliate, I had recently lost my parents whom I had provided care for almost nine years.  Since caring for them was my main focus; I not only lost the presence of my parents; but I also lost my purpose.  I was at loose ends.  I needed something to fill my days so I didn’t sink into depression.

 

I wasn’t sure what affiliate marketing was, or if it would work.  I didn’t know if it was something I would even be interested in.  I researched and assured myself that it wasn’t a scam.  And it was free, so I figured I didn’t have anything to lose; and I wanted to explore what I had to gain by learning about internet affiliate marketing.  Maybe pursuing a new venture would provide a new purpose for me.  It was worth a try.

 

So I joined for free, and started my free lessons.  I was amazed that by the second lesson I had built a website by following the instructions in the lessons.  I had never done anything like this before.  I felt a great sense of accomplishment.  Before the 7 days of free lessons was up, I knew I wanted more time.

 

A premium membership for the first month was discounted to only $19; so I joined. Where could I get this kind of training for less than $20?  I thought it was good that I would have another month to decide if this was really for me.  I have been learning and growing in this community ever since.

 

I am using my creativity. I am using my brain. I am working on my lessons and writing posts on my website and on the Wealthy Affiliate community site. Exercising your brain as you get older can sometimes keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay.  No dementia for me!  I learn something new every day at Wealthy Affiliate!

 

The Wealthy Affiliate community has given me a purpose, and helps me set goals to accomplish what I desire to do with my website and affiliate marketing business.  Instead of sitting in front of a TV set and eating; I am learning and using my time creatively working toward the goals I have set for myself.

 

I don’t want to just live day to day.

I want to live my life and live it to its fullest.

 

If you would like to take your own learning journey at Wealthy Affiliate, and create your own website you can join for free.  Are you ready to start learning?

 

 

If you aren’t ready to make that step, you may continue to follow me on my journey.  I will be writing more posts to bring you updates from time to time.

 

Thank you for stopping by.  I love company; And my door is always open.

 

Please feel free to use the comment section if you have anything to add or any questions.  I love receiving comments.  Your thoughts and opinions are important to me; and will answer all of them just as soon as I  can.

 

If you haven’t read my previous posts concerning my journey at Wealthy Affiliate you can find them here.

URL’s

Retired and on Fire

Top 100 at Wealthy Affiliate

Three Months at Wealthy Affiliate

Another Wealthy Affiliate Goal Reached – Top 50!

Finished Certification Course Three at Wealthy Affiliate

 

At your service,

 

Jeannie