Hills have valleys. Valleys have meadows.

09 Aug

Do you get stuck and wonder how you will ever get out of the rut? I do too. I’ve spent a lot of energy being depressed about my depression. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that daily balance waxes and wanes, if you just let it.

Over the years, I’ve gathered infinite types of advice, resources, and ideas to help get me get out of the ruts of life.  I’m an expert at procrastination, but, I have learned to embrace it and get shit done.

Here’s a few gems of what I learned: Lazy begets lazy. Procrastination can be a virtue, until you no longer know who you are. That is why having a daily spiritual practice will help set you free of yourself and merge into your Self.

If any bad impressions or any bad habits enter into your mind, it is very difficult to remove them, but if you keep good company and stay in a positive environment and culture, then you can change your habits. Dance the Light at Winter Solstice celebration 2013
If any bad impressions or any bad habits enter into your mind, it is very difficult to remove them, but if you keep good company and stay in a positive environment and culture, then you can change your habits. Dance the Light at Winter Solstice celebration 2013

Get up. Move. Dance. Sing. Now is the time.

You are the one you have been waiting for.

those cramped airline seats can be a pain

06 Aug
stretch in the airport
stretch when you can

It’s so glamorous to think of flying off to some far away place, but getting there is not always glamorous. A long trip can easily make one’s body stiff and tense after hours of being couped up. Especially if you’re unlucky enough to be crammed in the middle of 6 other passengers.

I’m sure it looks good on paper, but our bodies are just NOT designed to be cramped into these ridiculous seating arrangements for hours.

But if you like to travel, or you travel a lot, it’s a must to find your own special way to convert this small little space into your own personal gym…without looking like a total freak.

It’s pretty easy to make your body happier just by small little shifts of your body in your seat every now and again. Yes, it’s really possible to stretch in that little cramped space! Practice being small and lithe, and I say that as a rather large woman. It works and you won’t tick off the person tightly squeezed next to you.

Try these little movements next time you’re in a cramped space.

NECK: gently tilt your head to one side until you feel a gentle stretch. Take a deep inhale and exhale as you tilt and hold on each side. Hold a few seconds before stretching to the other side.

SHOULDERS part 1: Slowly. Smoothly. Move your shoulders forward, rolling them up, then roll them backwards as you roll them back down. Do this three times in one direction. Switch directions.

SHOULDERS part 2: Bring your hands into the small of your back with palms facing out. Push your elbows back. Imagine your upper crust expanding across the hull of the plane, but don’t expand across the seats of your partners.

ANKLES: Lift one foot and circle your toes in one direction, and then the opposite direction.

BUTTOCKS: Squeeze your buttocks together hard. Hold. Take a deep inhale and exhale as you hold the squeeze. Release. Do this many times until your butt can’t sqeeze anymore.

And then, get up and walk. Don’t be afraid to get up and walk up and down the aisle. Walk to the toilet, even if you don’t use the toilet. You want to get circulation into your limbs. If the poor trapped gentleman (or woman) next acts annoyed…think positive. Remember, you’re inspiring them to get up and move too.

Financial Freedom

29 Aug

Darla-Hueske-moneyDo not let fear get in the way of making wise and prudent financial decisions that could have a positive impact on your future. Stay in touch with others who are supportive, caring and sensitive to your situation, and above all, don’t get overwhelmed. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, smile and remember: you control your own life.

Tighten your belt: stop spending and don’t live above your means.

Stash it away: put as much money as you can into your 401(k) and other retirement plans.

Hands off the house: stop yourself from tapping into your home equity for cash.

Cut the cord: stop helping your adult kids. Put money into your retirement fund first, and then the college fund.

Stay healthy: this generation of “after 50s” will most likely have to work many more years than we had expected, so we want to get and stay healthy.