Around Our World (in one room)

We call the main floor bedroom the “gramma” room as it is where my mother stays when she visits. It has a vintage quilt on it and the pattern is called “around the world”. I picked it up at an estate sale a few years ago and felt that the colours worked well within that space. We have had several travel items sitting in there  and so I hatched the idea that Continue reading

Obligations

There are certain aspects of life that you just can’t hide from like taxes. You can ignore them for a while but eventually you must make time to do the less thrilling parts of life. So I set out today to get some financial obligations under control. My other half had done his share this week and submitted our taxes which was nice as we both have a sweet refund coming our way soon. So for me today it was just a matter of doing the books for the last two months and updating a shwack of stuff for our financial advisor. I always swear I’m not going to let it build up and yet I turn around and I’m behind in it again. I have spent quite a bit of time stream lining the processes from where we were at 3 years ago but still find it easy to neglect it. It took me a long time to embrace technology but now I am happy to do my online downloads in Money and then the budget update from there. It seems onerous but tracking our financial spending for the past 34 years has been worth it so we can make informed decisions.

Other obligations also require regular attention and so I did a 1 km walk and a 5 km run this afternoon. It’s important to MAKE time to take care of body and mind. I didn’t really learn this lesson until in my late 40’s but I am putting it into place everyday by the choices that I make.

I also wore my volunteer hat today and hopefully have nailed down the last few details for our upcoming 35th class reunion this fall. I wore my family hat and did our booking for the Christmas Mexico wedding. We are going with Ron’s mom and our children and their significant others so it took a bit of organizing to make sure we were all on the same page.

Obligations are complete and so now it’s Friday evening and party time but I am going to leave you with a link about obligations and living life fully. It’s written for those in their 20’s but is actually relevant to all as a review of where they are at in their life. 

http://www.the-open-mind.com/20-things-to-do-when-youre-30-that-will-make-life-better-at-50/
Bernie

Clarity

Any day that starts with a swim in a fabulous pool has to be considered a great day in my books. When the day ends with another dip in that pool which was preceded by incredible sauna time gets full marks for being the kind of day you remember forever.

Amazingly enough that was not the highlight of the day. It was a totally empowering day with three fabulous group leaders who increased our knowledge base, challenged us to work with ourselves and gave us the tools to do so. They did this with humour, grace and a balanced approach to helping us “break busy” so that we can focus on the things that are truly important in our own lives. It’s always a bit overwhelming when you spend the whole day working within your own mind set as well as mastering group dynamics and yet today I came away with clarity.

It was hard to pick only one “take away” message that will result in a behaviour change when the options seemed endless. I believe I have new tools to help me find the energy to stay balanced in all aspects.

 

 Bernie