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Make Resolutions You Truly Care About

by Homewatch CareGivers | Jan 02, 2015
The new year is a time for reflection and possibly new beginnings at any stage of life. While a new year’s resolution can seem contrived, it can also be incredibly meaningful and lead to greater happiness and fulfillment in life.

A Fresh Start
The new year is a time for reflection and possibly new beginnings at any stage of life. While a new year’s resolution can seem contrived, it can also be incredibly meaningful and lead to greater happiness and fulfillment in life.

Barb Warner, author of “Keep Your Fork—Dessert Is on the Way: Savoring the Second Half of Life,” has led a full life during which she earned a degree in education, a Master’s degree from Antioch University, a certificate in Gerontology and also served in the Peace Corps in Turkey. In addition to being a wife and mother, she has worked as a Director of Volunteer Services…and then, she retired and found herself without much structure or direction.

In looking at the gifts of “the second half of life” Ms. Warner found she wanted to share them with others like her so she wrote her first book and became a public speaker. Here she offers some suggestions for resolutions in 2015 for caregivers and others to get the most out of each day:

  1. Each evening, write in a journal 5 things that you are grateful for and make these 5 new things. (This tip is explored more in Chapter 7 in her book, “Perpetual Joy”)

  2. Boost your quality of life by embarking on at least one new creative activity each month.

  3. Embrace change knowing that this can make room for something new to come into your life.

    (This tip is from Chapter 3 in her book, “Change, the Magic Elixir”)

  4. Learn new was to enhance your memory so that from now on, a “senior moment” will be one wrapped in great wisdom, power and clarity.

  5. Resolve not to settle for mediocrity in the second half of life! Research the exciting potential to create a life of joy and creativity.

(This tip is from Chapter 1, “What Does Age Have to Do With It?”)

Additional information in supporting each of these resolutions is found in Ms. Warner’s book, which can be purchased at www.barbwarner.com.