Since my last post, I celebrated my 64th birthday. A few days before my birthday, I was watching Oprah’s LifeClass (with Iyanla Vanzant). The show caused me think about my life; and ask myself, “Am I living the life I wanted or asked for?” After reflecting and reviewing some of my personal notes from 15 or more years ago, I realized – with a jolt – that my basic lifestyle is what I asked for. It’s what I ordered. It’s a good life. And, every day, I am thankful. Could I have ordered more? Could I have been more specific? Yes. But, today, it is what it is. When I look at my life (and how I see myself), there are three words I use to describe me: fit…fabulous…fearless. Fit and fabulous, I am comfortable with. But, fearless? I am not nearly as fearless as I want or need to be. So, each day, I challenge myself to step out more. And, each day, I get better and better.
Now on to my nuggets… As of today, I have shared 72 nuggets. I hope that some of them resonated with you. Here are 10 more. Again, from my upcoming book, 101 Nuggets of Truth for Women who Want to Age with Dignity and Confidence.
- Carefully choose and guard your inner circle.
“Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. “ – Susan Taylor
- Think like a beginner.
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
- Have people in your inner circle who are young in mind, body and spirit.
“Hanging out with younger, healthier people helps to keep you young at heart.” –Daisy Saunders
- Surround yourself with what you love.
“Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.” – George Carlin
- Nurture yourself.
“Self preservation is the first law of nature.” – Samuel Butler
- Ask for what you want.
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- Be adventurous.
“Adventures are to the adventurous.” – Benjamin Disraeli
- Say “no”.
“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” – Josh Billings
- Be good to yourself.
“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.” ~Sonya Friedman
- Put yourself first.
“Put your own self highest on your priority list.” – Michelle Obama
If you have some nuggets (or comments) or quotes you would like to share, I welcome them. As always, I am open and receptive to anything you have to say. And, I am still looking for women who are aging gracefully (with dignity and confidence). Let me hear from you.