Relax Refresh Recharge

We think life’s too short, so go ahead and take a moment, and push that refresh button, it’s simply never too late!

Do yourself a favor and take some time for just you. Here are some suggestions*:

Health and Fitness
Have you reached your optimal weight?  Is your gym attendance still what you wanted it to be?  Have you kept up on those healthy habits you started?  Now is the time not to give up, but to solidly commit to hitting the gym and eating better, especially now that healthy fruits and vegetables are in abundance at local farmers’ markets. If you have more time this summer, sign up for fitness classes, such as yoga. Even if you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, lace up and go for a walk or hike. You’ll feel better and look better – what isn’t to love?

Don’t let your checkbook go awry in the summer with vacations, trips, and parties.  Think back to your resolution, whether it be to balance your checkbook regularly, to pay off loans, or to save more than you spend.  Make sure you outline a clear goal so that you know exactly how much money you have, and what you need to pay off or save up, especially for an emergency fund, special gifts or things you may want to do.  It would also be a good idea to find out your credit score by using a free credit site like CreditKarma.

Have you taken all the classes that you wanted to take, or started to pursue the degree or certification that you need to take you to the next level?  There are plenty of options available- community colleges, university’s and the like. Most school districts offer options for adult education, with courses ranging from knitting to line dancing to watercolor painting.  It is a great opportunity to dabble in different fields for a low price, and to also meet new people in your area.  You can also find classes at art studios or other specialty facilities and schools.  If you think you are still too busy for further education, explore the wide range of online courses offered by local colleges or colleges across the country.

Many people make the seemingly simple resolution to spend more time with family and friends, but sticking to this resolution can sometimes be tricky. Make a schedule and plan to spend one night or a couple of hours with your own grown children and share conversation, especially if you are lucky enough to live in the same vicinity. If not, find a way to continue an adult relationship with your own grown kids – they’ll always be your kids no matter how old!  Though Facebook and texting can keep you linked with your friends, an old fashion phone call is still more intimate, so pick up the phone to catch up every now and then, or meet up at your local coffee shop for a quick catch up on the latest news.


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