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Month: August 2014

Transitional Friday: Setting SMART Goals

Transitional Friday: Setting SMART Goals

Last week, we discussed 9 ways to set realistic goals, but left off with SMART goals.  So what are SMART Goals? S=Specific—a specific goal  {ex.I will lose 20 pounds by the last day of November} M=Measurable—a concrete way to measure your goal.  {ex. I have 3 months to lose 20 pounds.  That’s about a pound and a half a week.} A=Attainable—Decide how to reach this goal and the steps that need to be taken to achieve the goal.  {ex. I…

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Creative Thursday: 9 Ways to Discover Your Creativity

Creative Thursday: 9 Ways to Discover Your Creativity

I’ve often had people tell me, “I’m just not creative.” Perhaps, that person isn’t a musician, dancer, artist or writer.  However, that person most likely still has some creative flair.  Often it’s just discovering what the passion is and taping into it. I’ve seen these same people become excited about designing a room, throwing a party, or working on various crafts.  All of these are creative outlets. So, how can you recognize your creative side? Passion—notice the things you are…

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Caregiving Monday–7 Ways to Help Senior Adults Deal with Loneliness

Caregiving Monday–7 Ways to Help Senior Adults Deal with Loneliness

Last week we discussed loneliness in senior adults.  This week I would like to explore suggestions on how to help senior adults deal with their loneliness. Visits—schedule regular visits with family, friends, church {or society/community} members, etc.   Ask friends to visit your senior adult on a regular visit, but remind them your loved one tire easily.  Ask them to not stay for more than an hour or two. If you have a large family nearby, maybe everyone could take a…

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Transitional Friday: 9 Ways to Set Realistic Goals

Transitional Friday: 9 Ways to Set Realistic Goals

We’ve been discussing the importance of our choices and overcoming failure.  I thought it was important to discuss setting realistic goals. So how do you set realistic goals? Write your goals down—look at the big picture for each area of your life {ie…career, finances, weight, relationships, spiritual walk, etc}.  Write down where you would ideally like to be in one year, five year, ten years, fifteen years, etc. Break the goal down—now break that goal down into smaller portions that…

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Creative Thursday: 5 Ways to Deal with Procrastination

Creative Thursday: 5 Ways to Deal with Procrastination

        I often find it too easy to procrastinate and put off both what needs to be done and has to be done.  These are a few things I have done that have helped me overcome procrastination. Self-Talk—often I just have to give myself a good lecture and remind myself that the sooner I get to work, the sooner I’ll be finished. Scheduling—often I will schedule the task into my day, so that I have no choice…

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Caregiving Monday: Loneliness in Senior Adults

Caregiving Monday: Loneliness in Senior Adults

One of the greatest complaints in senior adults is loneliness.   Particularly as they grow older, are limited in their abilities and/or stamina, become home bound and experience the loss of the majority of their friends.  I’ve heard GG*, Mrs. H, Mrs. B, Mrs. T, and Mrs. W {all women I worked for} all make these same statements. As family and friends it is important to understand the limitations the senior adults in our lives face and to be understanding to…

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Transitional Friday: 9 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

Transitional Friday: 9 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

    There are times when no matter how much we try, we continuously face failure.  There have been several areas of my life, where nothing I’ve tried has succeeded.  I continue to face one failure after another.  Over time, this is enough to make anyone grow weary, frustrated, overwhelmed and even defeated. So how do you continue to move forward when nothing is working? Don’t Give Up—if you are pursuing a dream, never give up, no matter how much…

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