Wednesday Wisdom

We all  procure and obtain wisdom. Most wisdom comes from experience and education. Many of us seek wisdom from either health or wealth specialists, as good health and financial security may improve the quality of our lives. A specialist I am not; but a seeker I am!

This morning upon awakening,  I had a thought that our bank account is like our bodies. When we put green (money) into our bank account,  it grows through interest. When we put green (nutrients) into our bodies, our health grows.

This time of year, we tend to withdraw from both our bank and health accounts.  There are small steps we can take so our growth in these areas does not stagnate. We may have already overspent financially,  but it’s not too late to counter the effects of that!

Following are some ideas to replenish our financial ” green” :  At a restaurant,  drink water instead of a beverage.  That alone can save you $2 -$10 a person. Speaking of beverages,  brew your own coffee at home until your bank account is back to where it was before the holidays. Ladies,  those party dresses you’ve been eyeing? Skip them! Follow  A Small Wardrobe blog for some great ideas on shopping from your own closet. Are your shoes looking used up? Give them a good polish and new insoles from the drugstore.  Ladies,   decorative clips can turn plain pumps into party shoes. Skip the hairdresser for your formal occasions by finding YouTube tutorials. At home,  make a big batch of homemade soup for inexpensive and quick leftovers. There are many other ideas to cut corners on Pinterest.

It is definitely a challenge replenishing our  health account during the busy holiday season! Although I make no claims of expertise, I do know what works for me

There are quick,  easy hacks to keep our bodies nourished. One is to take whole foods supplements,  as our bodies will not assimilate chemically based supplements properly. Another thing is to keep healthy snacks with you, so you aren’t as tempted to grab junk food while out and about.  Some ideas are: raw mixed nuts, whole grain or gluten free crackers, Life Bars, snow peas, hummus, natural nutbutters and low sugar dark chocolate.  Many so-called nutrition bars are no better than candy bars. Make sure they are non-GMO, all natural with less than 2 grams of sugar. Also, keep a water bottle with you at all times

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Our workout routines may understandably  be on hold  now.  Still try to get a good nights sleep, stretch a lot,  and ask for foot ot shoulder rubs. Take time for a soak in the tub with Epsom salts. 

Whether our bank accounts or health get replenished or not,  staying grateful and doing the best we can will still help us achieve in the big picture. Happy holidays!


Thursday Purge Day

Lately it turns out my general theme for Thursdays has been purging. I think it’s because there is so much we think we need in life; where in reality we do not need much. Especially this time of year, we see excess. We want to show our loved ones how much we care, and may overcompensate with gifts.
Every year I start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. This is usually a 2 to 3 day project,  as it “must ” be perfect.  Usually this involves a few more trips to the store, as it seems something is always missing. Even if we are not entertaining for the holidays,  I derive satisfaction from a festive atmosphere. It warms my heart on cold winter days.

This year my husband casually mentioned that perhaps we didn’t need a tree up, as we will be visiting family in California for Christmas.  As I surveyed our living room the day after Thanksgiving,  trying to decide where to put the tree, my husband’s words came back to me. I began decorating,  keeping in mind the new minimalist practices we are trying to adopt in our home. A small prelit tree replaced our usual tree. Only favorite pieces came out. Instead of 2 to 3 days, we were decorated in an hour.  Now I have gained time to focus on other holiday preparations and feel more focused.

My story doesn’t end here. We live in a small, private neighborhood and I noticed the neighbors putting beautiful decorations outside, which I also enjoy doing. I kept looking at our boring, empty deck. It  was unseasonably warm, no snow and I could decorate wearing flip flops. While at our local hardware store, there were beautiful winter arrangements made with evergreen trees that will last through the harsh elements. I excitedly purchased those,  along with some other outdoor decor. I’d been admiring our pretty deck for 2 weeks. Then…..it snowed 2 days ago!! My beautiful  plants are covered! This is a lesson to me that I did not need plants on a deck we will not use this winter. My emotions were caught up in thinking our deck had to look pretty for the neighbors.  In reality, they are not looking at our deck while rushing in to beat the cold! My money could have been spent more wisely. Lessons crop up at the darndest times!

Will our traditional tree go up next year? Most likely it will, as we will be home, but not from any sense of obligation. As I thoroughly enjoy Christmas,  there will always be decorating,  but the excess will be gone!