Starting 2014 late – More Energy and Travel

Energized and Traveling in 2014

I have this theory – that the Gold Coast goes to sleep over the Christmas holidays and doesn’t start to wake up until after ‘Australia Day’ – January 26th.  Then once February has gone the rest of the year just flies by.

I hope this is not the case this year as I have a lot to do in April before taking off in May Overseas.

European Cruise

European Cruise

To the women in my ever energizing Book Club – this is nothing to remark upon because they travel overseas all the time. But to me this is AMAZING!

Why?

Because I am about to realize my teenage dream of traveling to Europe and England. I hesitate to tell you how many years it has been that I have held onto this dream, but now it is about to become a reality.

Woohoo! I am so excited!

European River Cruise

I am going on a River Cruise – 15 days from Amsterdam to Budapest, and at each end will be an extra 3 days – in Paris, and then from Budapest to Prague.

The icing on the cake will be the 3 days and 4 nights in London at the start.

All this with my friend of more than 40 years, Coral.  We will have a ball.

New Smart Phone

I have a new ‘Smart’ phone (too smart for me at the moment!) so will be taking photos and just soaking up everything. I’ve even started to brush up on my schoolgirl French.

The anticipation is so overwhelming, I can only hope the actual trip will be better. But whatever it is I will be enjoying every single moment.

How does this fit in with my usual themes of ‘Feeling Young’ and ‘Being Energized’?

Well, naturally, anything new and exciting will do both, as some of the main qualities of feeling young are:

  • A sense of wonder
  • A feeling of excitement
  • Trying new things
  • Taking on new challenges
  • Enjoying every moment
  • Striving for something and achieving it
  • Learning new things
  • Mixing with different people  etc etc

These are also the things that energize us.

So, Europe here I come – new places, new places, new adventures.

If you want to read more about how to be Energized Click on this link to visit ‘The Energy Book for Life – The Guidebook to Energized Living‘ or ‘Feeling Young While Growing Older Naturally’.  Both are in Ebook as well as print.

Live with Energy, and Feel Younger every day.

Love

Joan

Feeling Young – A State of Mind

How To Feel Young – Change Your Mind – Change Your Life

Feeling Young - Energized women - Joan Small More than anything else, what we think every moment will  determine whether we feel young or old.
Joan Small

I have always been interested in staying young.

At the age of 19 I received a letter from my girlfriend who had turned 19 two weeks before me. She bemoaned the fact that we were ‘getting old’ and time was racing away. It was ludicrous to me. Old at 19! I was just setting out in life, having taken quite a lot of my childhood getting over being shy and self-conscious.

I have also always enjoyed the age I am at, and now in the ‘third age’ of life I know that our age in years is not the most important one – it is our ‘energized age’ that matters.

I am grateful to my friend because I lived with her and her family for two years from the age of 15, and I learned some things which I still practice today. She is still an inspiration in her attitude to life and the fact that she travels extensively overseas and loves it.

One thing I learned while I was living with her was how to exercise the jaw so as not to get a double chin. Sounds silly, but I still do this exercise today. It is a simple matter of just tightening the jaw while mimicking a chewing action but with the mouth open. It looks terrible, so I do it in private, but it seems to have worked because I have less of that dreaded second chin than some other women my age.

The double chin exercise is one of my first memories of picking up useful bits of information to help delay the process of aging.

I believe I have mastered (as much as we can ever ‘master’ anything) the art of ‘feeling young while growing older’ and I am sharing my insights, learnings and knowledge with you so that you too can feel young until the day you die.

The Dalai Lama said, ‘I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”

Children - Feeling Young - Joan SmallPeople often hold up childhood as the ideal of happiness. Admittedly, children living in a free country in a loving family with enough food and other necessities for life exhibit a lightness of spirit, mind and body that typifies the youthfulness I talk about in this book. I am blessed that my grandchildren are in this category, and they are energized, happy and laugh a lot. If we observe happy children we can pick up some of the energy and absorb it into our being.

We can never stop learning new ways to be happy and feel young, and I trust you will enjoy the journey.

Spirit of the child - Feeling Young - Joan Small

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Living to 110 and Being Energized with ‘Joy of Life’

 Jane Gray Shows How To Stay Young With Energy While Growing Older

 I read in the newspaper about an amazing woman from Sydney who is turning 110 years young and is thought to be the oldest independently living person in Australia.

Jane seems to have the recipe for a long and fulfilling life. Some of the things I discovered from reading about her were:

  • She had a  happy marriage of 60 years, having migrated to Australia from Scotland with her husband in 1927.
  • She is appreciated and loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who shared in her birthday celebration. Some came from as far away as Scotland.
  • She contributes to others by knitting teddy bears for Legacy and hospital patients

“I don’t drink booze and I don’t smoke,” she said. “I remember being young inScotland, going to balls and dances and meeting my husband. My favourite memory was when my babies came to me.”

Sense of Humour

Jane also has a good sense of humour –  in one article she was quoted as having said she’d ‘do the highland fling if it wasn’t so cold and her legs could keep up’. Imagine still wanting to do the Highland Fling at 110 years old.

 Jane’s photo reflects her years, and I’m sure she had her fair share of challenges and struggle, but also reflects her indomitable spirit and joy of life. She is to be congratulated on creating a long and happy life. She has seen six monarchs on the British throne  and has received more than one official letter from the Queen.

How sad it is that living beyond 100 is the exception rather than the norm, and that in later years many don’t have the quality of life they deserve.

Independent Living

You may have noticed in the text above the words ‘independently living’. This means Jane doesn’t live in an institution, hospital or nursing home. She still lives with her family. I believe this is one of the keys to her longevity.

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner, 80+ years young

I know another lady who seems to have found the key to feeling young at an advanced age. This is Joyce Skinner, and I had the privilege of helping her publish  her poetry book called ‘Oh Gawd, I’m Eighty’. Her poems are outrageous and funny, and within a few weeks of getting it printed she sold more than 100 books.  Others want to read her poetry because it makes them laugh, and so keeps them feeling younger too. Laughter is one of the keys to youth. 

Joyce has been married to Mac for more than 60 years. She doesn’t try to look younger than her years, as you can see by the cover of her book, she is just herself, and her ‘energized age’ is young.  She might easily reach 100 or more the way she is going.

A Determination to Feel Young While Growing Older

I believe it is possible to feel young while growing older and most of it comes from a determination to do so.  The body has the ability to heal itself, and no matter how much doctors and scientists try to prove to us that certain illnesses and ailments are incurable there is evidence every day of incurable conditions being cured. And I mean really cured, not just the ‘remission’ that we are told is the acceptable term.

Life Expectancy Vs Quality of Life

The power of the mind over the body is incredible. Life expectancy  in Australia is on the increase, and reached 81.5 years in 2009. 
The Sad News

However, at the same time, in 2001 the figures showed that drug induced deaths, both from suicide and accidental overdose, increased after the age of 75. I hate to put a negative slant on my post, because I like to be uplifting and energizing, but I have to say that the number of drugs prescribed for people over the age of 50 or 60 is on the increase. The slightest blip in bone density, cholesterol levels, blood pressure etc has doctors running to their drug list, and as soon as the person is on one medication it quickly leads to another and another and another to counteract side effects.

 ‘Because of the pharmacological interactions between different drugs, using a mixture of drugs is more likely to result in adverse health effects, including death, than use of a single type of drug. For example, alcohol increases the effects of some drugs, and was present in 18% of accidental drug-induced deaths as a contributing factor, rather than as the drug that ultimately caused the death.’  ABS Report 

Don Tolman (the whole food man – dontolman.com) says there are no such things as ‘side effects’, only ‘effects’.  In other words all medications have their effect on the body.   He advocates eating whole raw foods as much as possible to keep the body in balance, healthy and fit (young). His ‘Farmacist’s Desk Reference’ gives a comprehensive explanation of the magical effects produced by the nutrients naturally found in whole raw foods.

The Good News

So, if you want to live to 110 and still have that all important quality of life like Jane Gray, look to natural ways to nourish and look after your body, as you do your mind, and most of all keep your sense of humou, and remember, life is really not that serious.

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Live with Energy
Joan
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