WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR

I don’t know about all of you, but this past year was full of surprises that crossed different avenues for me. I RETIRED!!! Never thought I’d give up my Silver Sneakers(R) Exercise Group, but after eight years, needed to let go and give the group some new instructors and new choices. They are still in full force and have added new members. Sometimes, it is the right thing to do and help the members grow and learn new moves/exercises.

Thought, this would give me an opportunity to dig further into my writing, which I have done, just not as much as I wanted to accomplish. The ideas are there and my fingers try to hit the ‘write’ keys. Some days are better than others.

Been hitting our little library a lot and going back over some of the old books again. Got interested in reading the classics and older books. Jeffery Archer had a new book out, “This Was A Man,” and I could not just get this without going back over his other novels. It was the seventh book in a series and I needed the background information. Still working my way through the series.

We had our annual meeting and good attendance. Found out our CMA, Office Manager, is being transferred to a new property and we have a new CMA coming in to keep our place in order. Will not know for a while, as he starts this coming week. New opportunities, I hope.

I find myself at ends, but not for long. It takes a while to wind down after working all your life and at times two jobs. Still, I find new avenues to travel and include my writing. I am thinking of doing some volunteer work with The Atlanta Humane Society. Since we have a “NO PET” rule at our Condo, figured this would give me something new to volunteer and give myself a pet for a while. I’d been there to an open house months ago, but couldn’t work and do this type of volunteering. I’ll let you know how this goes.

I had a quiet New Year Eve celebration and watch all the crowds gather at Underground Atlanta for the annual Peach Drop. It was cold, windy, and a little of the sprinkles falling down. NO, not the white kind that stick, only the wet, uncomfortable drizzle. Then learned this would be the last Peach Drop at Underground. Guess it has been sold, so have no idea where or what will happen–upset a lot of attendees.

My wish for you this new 2017 is to be happy and share your happy thoughts with friends, neighbors, and yes, even strangers. Be Inquisitive. Be Inspired. Be Kind.

I’ll see you in a week or so. Until then, keep yourselves busy and have fun.

PATRICIA

Check Your Joy Stick

Two friends

Hey, we are back to help you put smiles, like ours, on your faces. We love life and try to keep more positive thoughts running through our hearts and minds. The only other kind of thoughts are filled with negativity. These thoughts are self-induced and you do not get the full potential of life. Your thoughts are your actions. If you think on the down side of life, your actions become sluggish and irritating to yourself and others. Replace these actions with positive thoughts and you’ll see a change in your life and others.

Life is not just part of you, life is created by your actions and responses. When you share your joy of life, more joy will come back to you. Some live for the life of pleasure, and this gets you into trouble. Pleasure is a fleeting avenue. You feel great for a while, but it doesn’t last. Then you’ll need more and more of pleasure to get your ego stroked and this becomes self-gratification.

Happiness is an inner contentment.You cannot get happy, but you can be happy. Sure, life throws a lot of ‘stuff’ at you. Only you can make the affirmative decisions to choose how to deal with this. Manage your thoughts and emotions, and you will notice a difference in your health. Take good care of yourself with a lot of practice, practice, and more practice. This comes by learning to love and accept yourself as you continue to practice being a better you.

Look at exercise. When we exercise, we gather feelings of euphoria, which come from the release of endorphins. These contribute positive feelings through our body and mind, which can improve anxiety, stress, fatigue, anger, and self-doubt. Remember you are only a workout away from healthy mind.

Now, is the time to ‘Check Your Joy Stick.’ Get inspired with your positive thoughts and forget the should have’s and the what if’s. Check your life for connectedness, peace, love, self-respect and laughter. Do not forget laughter. Look at us. We would not win a beauty contest on the outside, but we would give you a run for your money for the inside contest. When you are happy, these smiles you make and give away, are making you beautiful from the inside out.

AND – never forget if you want to be happy, you have this power inside you. Keep your Joy Stick on the full level. Do things for others, take a long walk, get a good workout, and always smile. A smile costs nothing, but gives happiness to others.

Look at our picture, and smile with us.