Christmas Renewal

December 25th, 2017 Comments off

Christmas is a time of hope, faith and renewal. Just as these blossoms burst forth to bloom in the cold and snow, we too can continue to shine through our talents and love. Age does not stand in the way of any of these. Instead, it gives us that much more to build on.

Whatever your faith and religious belief,
my wish for each of you is a season bursting with

Love
Hope
Understanding
Respect for each individual
& Peace

May each of these fill your heart and encompass you today and all year long.

 

With love,

Bonnie

Reflections of Age Esteem

December 21st, 2017 Comments off

Reflections of Age Esteem
The Holidays are almost here,
Oh where has gone another year?
Did I make the most of it?
Did I rise instead of sit?
Was I worthy of the days?
Speaking in the kindest ways?
Fulfilling all my greatest dreams?
Growing older with esteem!
Written by Alexandra Taylor for AgeEsteem®

Laetitia’s Chocolate Brownies

December 18th, 2017 Comments off

It happens every year. Cooks around the world will take to their kitchens to bake cookies galore and desserts that will leave a lasting impression for the new year, 2018.

Did you know that baking is a great way to express your Age Esteem?

Much like painting, baking allows oneself an avenue for creative expression. Creative expression is directly related to your overall well-being. Baking can also be a helpful way to communicate one’s feelings when there are no words to express what you are trying to say.

To get you started here is my favorite brownie recipe. – Sinfully delicious!

Laetitia’s Chocolate Brownies
225 grams margarine or butter 150 grams cooking chocolate
2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups flour
1 pinch salt 4 eggs

Melt the margarine and chocolate together. Add the remaining ingredients to the melted mixture, adding the eggs one at a time and mixing well after each one. Pour the mixture into a rectangular cooking dish and place in oven, that has been preheated to 175°C, for 25 minutes. Do not over bake. The brownies will be soft.

Cool and cut while still warm.

Get creative and use the above brownie recipe to make cookies.

I encourage you to live your age with passion, start your oven and get baking!

Less Can Be Better

December 11th, 2017 Comments off

Is it possible to shine with Age Esteem as the days become shorter and our to-do lists seem to grow longer and longer?

Did you know that you can have less, do less, consume less and produce less while leading a better life? How can less be better? When we think of the word “less”, we first think about cutting things out. Instead think about only focusing on what is essential in your life and what matters to you.

Here are some ideas on how to improve your Age Esteem with less:

  • Have less – let it go and declutter. Deal with the underlying emotions that accompany superfluous purchases. Rediscover your passion for nature and breathe it in.
  • Do less – cut back on your commitments and workload. This will allow you to consciously have more room in your life for what’s truly important to you.
  • Consume less – eliminate waste. Enjoy what you have and become content with what is already in front of you.
  • Produce less – stop churning stuff out. Focus more on the quality and less on quantity.

As you go through the busiest days of the year, I encourage you to create a balance in your life and know that less can be better!

What is on your Wish List this year?

December 7th, 2017 Comments off

A wish list is an itemization of goods or services that a person or organization desires. Wish lists often contain items that a gift purchaser can obtain from a variety of retailers. However, a wish list might also contain intangibles, things that money really can’t buy.

On my wish list, I wish for a world where age and aging are celebrated and people of all ages are recognized as important, contributing members of society and that these key ideas and concepts are embraced by all:
1. FEEL GOOD about yourself at the age you are today, every day.
2. LIVE each day and each age.
3. FEEL CONFIDENT and secure in who are you are at every age.
4. BUILD positive thoughts and attitudes toward age.
5. RECOGNIZE, SUPPORT, CELEBRATE the person you are.
6. LIVE in the present and AGE WITH VITALITY and PURPOSE.

This wish list is unique because it is about dreams and goals, purpose, and love for oneself and one’s fellow human beings.

What will you write down for your personal Wish List this year? Have fun doing this, it is about you and what matters at this time in your own life.

What is Your Symbol of HOPE?

December 4th, 2017 Comments off

“Hope is being able to see there is light despite all of the darkness…” – Bishop Desmond Tutu

This is the time of year when we celebrate the Christmas season. Traditions might vary from country to country, however we honor this season because of the hope it brings to all.

The Reverend John R. Claypool defined Hope this way: “What breath is to the physical body, Hope is to the human spirit. Hope is what consoles us. It is the fuel that energizes us, gets us up in the morning, and propels us through the day.”

Can you think of a symbol for Hope? A little bird’s egg awaiting its day to hatch, a quietly resting cocoon that may become a majestic butterfly, a child’s hand full of tiny seeds to plant in the garden to grow tall and bloom… Reflect for a moment on what brings you hope. Is it positive expectancy? Is it believing that, no matter how uncertain things may now seem, that “everything has a way of working out”…? In fact, many charity organizations end their telephone numbers with the word HOPE.

Let your Age Esteem shine by appreciating the sweet presence of Hope in your heart and within your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers during this blessed holiday season across the world.

 

Whom Do You Choose To Be

November 27th, 2017 Comments off

“When you react, you let others control you.
When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

Think of a time when you were confronted with a disappointment or disagreement. Did you respond or did you react to that situation? When a situation occurs, our body is going to react instinctively! The trick is to become aware of this initial reaction, resist doing anything, and make a conscious choice.

It takes energy to rise above the difficulties of the moment, so Age Esteemers respond by:

  • Breathing deeply. The oxygen from inhaling has a nice way of calming the moment at hand. The ‘gap’ between the circumstance and your behavior is what contributes to gaining a sense of control in your life.
  • Avoiding a “knee-jerk reaction” Which can be regretted almost immediately by wrong or unkind words or actions.
  • Responding with a conscious choice. This usually produces more amiable results. For instance, one can civilly “agree to disagree.

You are a role model at every age and creating your legacy through how you “choose to be” at each age. When you choose to respond instead of react, it rubs off onto those around you growing their Age Esteem.

Nostalgia Benefits Age Esteem

November 23rd, 2017 Comments off

“Wake up, Bonnie. It’s Thanksgiving!” As I raised my sleepy head from the pillow, I began singing with my sister Suzy, “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow. Oh!” We loved Thanksgiving Day.

During my early childhood, Thanksgiving Day was celebrated at my paternal grandparents. Cousins, aunts and uncles who we saw only on that day, would arrive to share in the feast and happy banter. It was a day of conversation, laughter, aromas, flavors, colorful foods, and a feeling of pure happiness to be together around the table. It was a day of joy, peace, and love.  – At least that is how I always remember it.

When our tummies were full and we could not eat another mouthful of even the delicious pies, the men would retire for a philosophical discussion in the living room, and the women would gather in the kitchen to chat, pack left-overs, and wash dishes.  This was a special time for us children, too. We were free to roam through the rambling house, seeking treasures like the old fox neck wrap in the middle drawer of the front bedroom, or secret places like the stair step that opened to show a tool chest underneath. We always seemed to discover something new.

Then, all too soon, it was time to drive home through the snowy, unpaved roads of the times. Suzy and I would snuggle up together to keep warm in the unheated back seat of the car. Just when we were really getting chilled to the bone, we would arrive home. Mom would make us hot chocolate with a marshmallow on top to warm us before we curled up in our beds to doze off with happy memories of the day.

Research shows that it is beneficial to be nostalgic about our earlier years. It improves our sense of well-being and gives us a more positive outlook on the future to remember happy moments. Nostalgia is good for your age-esteem.

Bonnie Fatio

Blessings of the Day

November 16th, 2017 Comments off

A blessing is defined as, “a beneficial thing for which one is grateful; something that brings well-being.”

During times when we feel like the world is crashing around us, there are blessings that still exist all around us. Even when those blessings might be difficult to notice, there is a blessing within you. The reality is that our human nature sometimes prevents us from remembering how blessed we really are. When you go to bed and recall events that encouraged you or brightened your day, your life becomes a blessing.

I challenge you to grab a journal, place it by your bed and write down 5 new blessings or things for which you are thankful for each day. Do this for a month! You will form a habit in seeing the good, blessing you with a better life.

What Is Your Gift To The World

November 13th, 2017 Comments off

“Recognize your special uniqueness as your gift to the world which you can offer in multiple ways.” – Bonnie Fatio

What is your special uniqueness that can be offered as a gift to the world? We all have greatness within us! Even if a bed measures one’s boundaries, the challenge most of us face is to accept and acknowledge the special gifts within us.

Did you know that there are actual health benefits to giving? Studies have found that giving can not only lower your blood pressure but it can lower your stress levels too. Who would think that giving of your time, through volunteer work, could increase self-esteem, decrease depression and lead to a longer life? Researchers also think that giving back might give individuals a “happiness” boost by providing them with a neurochemical sense of reward.

In this month of thanksgiving, I challenge you to find your special talents and give them to the world.