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Writing Your Memoirs

man typingWhen you consider writing your memoirs, it may seem like a monumental undertaking.  After all, you’ve lived a long life and have experienced many things.  However, if you take each phase of your life as a separate entity, you will find that it becomes easier to resurrect those moments and those experiences you want to share with others.

Don’t feel overwhelmed.  You don’t have to start your memoir at the beginning of your life.  This is your story and your arrangement.  Just try to connect the stories so that it flows in some sequence or order.

Your family and other readers want to experience what happened to you just as you experienced it. … CONTINUE READING


The Power of a Single Word

Words are very powerful.  Say something mean and hurtful in anger and it may be difficult to take back or forget. But say something kind when someone needs it most and you are a savior and inspiration.  Words, therefore, are very powerful and must be chosen wisely and with much thought.

In your marriage, conversations between you and your spouse can build your relationship or break it down. With mindfulness, you can practice good listening skills and effective responses that will encourage appreciation, respect and good-will with your partner.  Or, you can always have an agenda and create divisions, animosity, loneliness and despair.… CONTINUE READING


Baby Boomer Concerns

 What kind of emotional mistakes do boomers often make?mature couple hugging

 There are several.  One important mistake is forgetting to have a good time and enjoying all life has to offer.  Many boomers are taking life too seriously. Not only does it affect how people relate to you, but it also affects how you feel.  Laughter and humor are tools to diffuse negativity and to boost your immune system. It’s an easy way to de-stress and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

Another thing to be aware of is how often you sabotage yourself through your negative thinking, worry or even fear.  How can you achieve what you want when you are fearing your failure or doubting your potential? … CONTINUE READING


Memories: Do You Remember When…?

woman contemplatingYou’ve lived long enough to experience many changes, both good and bad.  You have seen the world through the eyes of a child and now as a mature adult.  Things are undoubtedly very different from when you were young.  But thankfully, you have the memories. Your memories are closely enmeshed with emotions of love, grief or joy.  Memories affect your reasoning and decision-making, and because of your past, your present actions and experiences are affected.  Your concept of yourself, your choices, attitudes and behaviors are driven in part by what you remember and how you interpret those memories.

So when I remember the metal skates that fit over my sneakers and the skate key used to tighten them, I am conjuring up a positive, pleasant memory that brings a smile to my face.… CONTINUE READING


Family Conflict: How to Create a Safe Environment

couple yelling at each otherYour relationship should make you feel safe and secure.  It should be the kind of relationship that encourages good communication and understanding when a conflict arises.  However, you know that things don’t always go as you would like and sometimes nasty words are exchanged and you and your partner are hurt, confused and angry.

It’s during those trying times, you need to feel comfortable enough to discuss your issues, without feeling intimidated, wronged or invisible.  How do you create an environment that allows you each to speak your minds so a compromise can be established?

You first have to set down some guidelines about fair fighting. … CONTINUE READING