Lifestyles Report…It’s a New Year

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I know this has been said a hundred times, but I still can’t believe that we are in the year 2014. It wasn’t long ago that we were preparing for the disaster of Y2K that never came about. For those of us who are baby boomers, a friend of mine said we are heading down the side of the mountain.  I guess he is right, once you are over 50 you begin to look at retirement and how you are going to live the rest of your life.

I’m not one for resolutions, but I do like to make adjustments in my life that I hope will make it better than the year before.  I plan to shop less and save more, eat less and move more, and less Candy Crush and more movies and books. I absolutely love to read and I like a good movie.  If you haven’t been to a good movie let me recommend a few to rent or go see. I just saw “American Hustle,” long but worth watching, Blue Jasmine, fantastic, ladies you will love this. I went to see “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and truly enjoyed it. I really didn’t want to see it, but I wanted the fellowship of my girlfriends. I am so glad I went, the movie was great and the fellowship was even better.

This movie really made me appreciate the birthday gift I received from the Pettigrew’s for my 60th birthday. They gave me “Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs.” The book is wonderful and now has so much more meaning. As I looked at it I saw scenes that I saw in the movie and some of the fashions that Winnie Mandela wore were depicted in great detail in the movie.

Each year I buy a desk calendar, I like to select something that has meaning where I will learn something each day from the calendar.  Last year’s calendar was the Shopaholic’s Daily Calendar and I want to share a few yearend tips that I believe in. “Coming home empty handed is not a sign of failure; it is a sign of self-restraint. If you have spent your time just browsing and getting an overview of what is available, then you have picked up ideas and it is time well spent.” I so agree, often when I am browsing I see things that I already have and see a new way of putting it together, and then I go home and dig it out and rework it.

Here is another tip: Style is like a muscle: you have to exercise it regularly or you will lose it. Working from home or going on maternity leave is no excuse to let go of your look. The more you schlep around in drawstring pants and tees, the less you’re going to be able to pull yourself together when necessary. Likewise, the more you walk out of the house feeling like a cool million bucks, the more you are going to want to get out and make an impression. Think about dressing up, even for days spent around the house.

(Email the columnist at debbienorrell@aol.com)

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