Creative Ideas: Small Action for Life-changing Impact

When I read about the $40 stove that can change a family’s life (1Stove Project), my reaction was, you will never get a deal like that at Macy’s. You will never get a deal where you invest so little money for such a huge impact.

Questions to Ask Prospective Mentorship Programs

When looking for a mentorship program that fits your interests and availability, it's important to find out as much as you can about the mentorship program before making a commitment. Here's a list of questions you might want to explore with a prospective mentorship program.

What are the specific requirements of a mentor in your program, such as: the length of commitment, number of hours per week/month, and types of activities expected?

Martina Navratilova: Advice to Senior who Sees Fitness as a Chore

I was thrilled to be able to ask Martina Navratilova this question at the AARP 50+ Expo press conference last week. 

Julia Valentine: What is your advice to anyone who sees fitness as a chore? What would you tell them to change their mind and attitude?

Martina Navratilova: Well, when you see kids running around, you don’t ever say, “You need to go a little bit faster, you need to run.” You have to actually slow them down, because they want to run, they want to get there faster.

Retirement Planning and Worrying

Eighty percent of retirement planning consists of worrying. In particular, worrying about money. When almost everyone is currently experiencing losses which negatively effect their retirement savings, it is hardly surprising.

B.C. (Before Computers) - for "lucid" seniors with occasional "senior moments"

Before God heard of computers, He was kind enough to gift each and every one of us a little boy who would stay with us forever and ever until we left this earth and returned to never never land. His responsibilities were huge. He had no breaks, no vacations, no lunch hours and only rested when we went to sleep at night. There were times when we were ripe with ideas, and so he had to put on skates and run like crazy to file away all the information that was being sent up to him.

Yin & Yang

A way of describing and comparing things;

The soft and the hard, the empty and full.

The polarities.

I am proud of my age, because it signifies a certain amount of success, a certain degree of wisdom

I have an enormous amount of respect for Joan D. Saunders, both for the amazing job she has done as an editor of the Joy Compass book and for her courage to tune out any influences that could have prevented her from creating a life she thoroughly enjoys. Watch Joan looking smashing as Greta in this short trailer from an independent movie titled Wall Street Barbie.

Julia Valentine: I would like to start by thanking you for editing the Joy Compass book and many articles that appear on the website. I love the work you have done. You are such a great editor. Everything that you touch comes out a hundred times better. It’s been confirmed by friends and family, by everyone who has seen the “before and after” versions. You have received uniform praise.

Joan D. Saunders: Thank you — that’s what I’m here for.

A Framework for Choosing a Life Planning Book: Advice to the Reader

Life-planning books are a general category of books that aim to help you with a transformation at certain pivotal moments in your life. Going to college, retiring, being in a situation where you are dissatisfied with your life and want to change something — all are examples of such moments. The common theme to these events is your need to reevaluate and reshape your life, and it is helpful to have a structured process already mapped out to make your work easier.

Logically, there are five major steps to this process, summarized here and discussed in greater detail below. We can argue about where a certain concept belongs, but the framework is fairly straightforward:

First, you will likely seek (and will be provided) some sort of inspiration to embark on this task. Even if you are completely certain that you would like to create a better life for yourself, it is immensely encouraging to be reminded that many people have already done it, and done it successfully.

The Wisdom of Chinese Medicine: Qi is Life Energy

What defines Life is movement.
The Chinese call this movement, or energy, Qi. 

The Folly of the "Summer Workout"

Saying you’re going to get in shape for the beach season or your wedding is the same as saying, “I’m going to work only during the holiday season.” How can you experience the benefits of hard work from such a short-term commitment?