A little MuZing to get your thoughts energized.
Thank God it's Friday!
So what are you going to do? Out with friends for drinks? Maybe a dinner while you're at it, catch a movie or stay cozy at home make it a family night game night!
But one of my favorite things to do after managing to get through Monday, over hump day all the way to Friday night, is give myself some "Me" time! Tending to everyone's need during the week, from kids to husband, so I like to make my Friday night, my night. I will rejoin the family on the weekend.
One of the easiest things is drawing a bubble bath, lavender scented preferably, relaxing spa like music playing on my smartphone (far from the water of course) and a good book in my hand - yes! A book, hard cover, paper smelling book! And for a little while, I travel to distant worlds, a different setting or country and immerse myself not only in healing, soothing water but also in a foreign story, a made up story to swish me away from reality.
My way of starting off the week end! What's your way?
Today is a good day to start anew.
Let yesterday be the lesson you learned
And tomorrow be the promise of bloom
But today is the day
you will begin again and it will
So Ladies, young and wise, tall and short, skinny girls and voluptuous ones... DON'T FRET about anything and start a new habit; put aside half an hour or an hour for your own Self, because your Self needs it. It's not about Me too, it's about Me time, Me deserve it, Me my Self and I! Make that time available to re-energize and re-call what makes you smile. It can be a paint brush, or a yoga mat that has been waiting for you, or the masseuse at the corner of the street that you pass daily, some may simply enjoy the corner of their room sitting back cozy reading a book they've meant to read for a while.
What ever your pleasure, you alone knows, but make that time for it if you have not already. Enjoy life.
The Key to longevity: lots of friends.The secret isn't a big secret, those with the largest number of friends survive the longest.But don't go accepting a bunch of friend requests on your facebook account. We're talking about real friendships, the ones you actually pick up the phone to reach, or make a lunch appointment to catch up. And those few with whom you get to see daily sharing recipes and eggs.
Studies have shown that older people with a good set of friends they associate with, live longer and happier lives. As a woman in my forties, I figured I should be planting the seeds of friendship and cultivating them today so when harvest arrives (at 65), I will have good friends to socialize with.
Some will never go further than the status of acquaintance, others will develop into deeper relationships, and then there will be those that will disappear for various reasons. Starting now will most definitely get me a lot of friends by the time I am retired.
Not long ago, my girlfriend and I were strolling through the mall, looking for a store where we would spend our gift cards, and we saw four ladies sitting in front of Nordstrom where they have nice seating and tables. they were having a good time chatting and playing scrabble, so involved in their activity they were unaware of their surrounding. We chuckled saying that's what we'll be doing someday. It was however such a nice thing to witness, thinking of so many older folks alone in their homes with no one to talk to, these ladies had each other and were happy.
I am very busy and so are many other women, juggling work, family, husband, the kids, school volunteering, the activities and so on. It seems there isn't that many hours in the day, but I always take ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in late afternoon (coinciding with my coffee breaks) to call up a friend. I keep in touch with those far away, those who hardly pick up the phone and make a conscious effort to accept invitation for coffee or tea even if I am tired or have loads of laundry to do.
Friendships will fade if you don't nurture them. What I love the most is spending quality time, even if it's just half an hour over coffee, chatting and specially finding ways to laugh together.
I should add laughter to one of the secrets to longevity!
I believe a few good close friends who understand you, who hear you (even when you're not talking), those are the true friends that will stick around. Nothing more satisfying than calling up a friend you haven't heard from for a long time and still feel it was just yesterday you spoke.
So don't let your daily grind control you, pick up the phone and call that friend, you'll be igniting a tremendous good feeling within them and yourself and know that you'll be contributing to your longevity.