Amanda and Patrick

Today’s Resolution: Join an Over 80 Club

Today's Resolution: Join an over 80 club

Octogenarians and older have a wealth of wisdom to share. These are people who have seen the world change in so many ways over the decades. They grew up during the Great Depression, saw their fathers and uncles go off to fight in WWII, enjoyed Big Band music, and may have witnessed the leadership of over 15 US Presidents!

Spend some time with someone aged 80 years young or older and see what you can learn from him/her. The elderly are a vital part of a community: the sages of today.

Today’s Resolution: Add up Checks and Balances

Today's Resolution: Add Up Checks Balances

Keeping a close eye on your pennies can save you dollars in the long run. Establish a routine and organized method of balancing your checkbook or other bank accounts.

If this is part of your current practice, examine unnecessary monthly fees that may accrue without you realizing it. Does your bank charge you each time you use your ATM card? Can you set up more bills to be paid online to save yourself the cost of a stamp? Even not maintaining a monthly minimum balance can cost you money. Find ways to cut costs without spending anything but a few moments of your time

Today’s Resolution: Assert Your Will Power

Most people don’t think about making a will until they get married, have children, or both. Mortality is not a subject we are very comfortable talking about, but have you done any planning in the event you are no longer around? Talk with family now while you can make your wishes clear. Write down who you would like to have specific personal items so they do not end up in a yard sale.

Don’t feel like you have accumulated enough wealth to be too concerned about a will? Think again. Make an appointment with an attorney to preliminary discuss your concerns and what steps you should follow to put your mind at ease.

Today’s Resolution: Avoid Running on Empty

Today's Resolution: Avoid Running on Empty

Take an inventory of what needs to be restocked in your desk, the pantry, your car, or your drawers. For items that spoil or expire too quickly, pick up extras to have handy. There’s nothing worse than to be in the middle of something to find you have run out of a significant ingredient to complete a task.  Watch for sales and pick u several at once. Common items to survey: tape, laundry detergent, gasoline (for car or for lawn equipment), eggs, toothpaste, shampoo, you get the idea. My personal favorite: chocolate!

Today’s Resolution: Dare to Be Different

Today's Resolution: Dare To Be Different

Resolve to do something out of the ordinary today. Drink your coffee black if you normally do not.  Change your hairstyle. Wear a color you don’t normally wear or one that is not in your wardrobe. Change does not need to be overly dramatic. Take a different route to work or school; take the long way home. Break out of the everyday.

Today’s Resolution: Make Movie Madness

If you have spent any time at all on a weekend in front of your television, you are probably aware of “marathon” sessions of shows or movies. There are familiar and recurring entries: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Rocky, and many others. Instead of being victim to what might be monotonous hours of heavy breathing by Darth Vader or bloodied faces in a boxing ring, try planning your own video marathon. Clear your schedule of 4-6 hours (or more), invite family/friends, organize a menu and let the movies begin!

Today’s Resolution: Answer the Question “Will It Blend?”

Today's Resolution: Answer the Question “Will It Blend?”

There is a series of YouTube videos that has made its mark with the title, “Will It Blend?” and experiments each segment with throwing random items into an ultra-hardcore blender to see how well things will blend. How often do we really use a blender for anything anymore?  We rely on others to do the “blending.”  A popular refreshment that we allow others to blend for us is the smoothie. They range in flavors, sizes, and prices. As accessible as they might be, it is even more convenient and inexpensive to make your own at home. There’s no magic or cost involved. Experiment with flavors. Often you can take what is readily available (bananas, yogurt, ad handful of berries, and some ice) and create a sweet smoothie that is healthy and easy to make. Straw not included.

Today’s Resolution: Celebrate Christmas in July

Each year as the winter holidays roll around, I find myself scurrying to get holiday greetings out to family and friends. It even seems more and more acceptable to get them out as late as January after the major holidays have passed. This year, why not resolve to get the correspondence out 5 months ahead of time when the pace is slower?

Personalize a letter and attach to an email for friends and family. They will not be expecting it, and they will appreciate a detailed update on what you have been doing. If you want to splurge a little, buy holiday cards with festive stamps and use snail mail to spread the holiday cheer. You might even get some special responses!

Today’s Resolution: Put a Lid On It!

Make a concerted effort to check your lids around the house, apartment, or condo. Check your toothpaste tubes, ketchup bottles, and trash cans. Clean up any excess goop or mess around tops and lids. Can’t find that elusive lid to the Tupperware? Put all of the lids in one place or match each one of them up with its counterpart.

Instead of discarding containers, try to re-use plastic containers that do not have lids. Look in the garage or shed for any hazardous materials that need a cover or should be properly disposed of or recycled.

Today’s Resolution: Avoid Being Overdue

One under-utilized resource in your community might be the public library. When was the last time you went? Do you even have a library card? You do not even have to leave the comfort of your couch to have access to classic Greek dramas to Do It Yourself guides. Many public libraries now have free downloads of your favorite authors and topics.

You may have to download software for the appropriate reader to open books, but that is free too. Make a point of exploring what is available through your local library; you are long overdue!

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