Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

When I decided to take early retirement last year, I knew I’d be taking a reduced pension. Financial security is a rather big deal for me (is it for everyone?). I created a budget in Excel and it all looked okay. Still, I thought I might want a side gig...

It’s All About the…Basal Metabolism

Losing weight post-menopause is really tricky business. I’m ten years into this phase and I’ve tried numerous solutions. These could also be called stages of denial or even grief over the girlish waistline I once had. This has been my path: a) do nothing, b) cut calories and/or go...

Can An Aging Woman Win the Fat War Through Intermittent Fasting?

According to Cynthia Thurlow, women over the age of 50 gain an average of 1.5 pounds per year. Indeed. She advocates the intermittent fasting lifestyle to her female patients. Better than any other “diet” as she says,  …it’s free, flexible, and simple. I’ve written twice recently about my JumpStart journeys —...

Curious Find: A List of Borrowed Books

When I was seven, I received my school librarian’s “most books read” award. I love the library. Free reads every day! Today, I found a “Checked out” slip for Jane Fri**** in my current read. Of the four books listed, three were thrillers, including the one I now have on my...

JumpStart to Better Mental & Spiritual Health

Investing time in a new season reset Daffodils are blooming in my garden already. They may be dusted in snow by day’s end, but the harbingers of longer, warmer days have started to announce themselves. If you’re anything like me, Spring means more than switching out winter clothes or...

JumpStart to Better Health

Logging food intake means losing weight The morning frost disappears, and I open windows to let in the fresh air of an approaching springtime. I’m reminded that soon I’ll trade my winter wardrobe for a spring one. I look down. There it is. The COVID baby. Yes, the excess fat...

The Five Love Languages: Reflections on Chapman’s Book

How we give love should fit the recipient Dad opened the cabinet door and ran a finger over the plates I’d just dried with a cotton dish towel. My older brother, younger sister, and I were tasked each night to wash and dry the dinner dishes. Criticism was always...

An Abbreviated Tale of a Happy Retiree

Just the thought of retiring can send an individual into a tailspin. Questions about money, fears about boredom, lack of confidence, loss of identity, are just a few swirling issues a person encounters when considering ending their current work situation. Facing retirement is like standing on a stony shore...