Nighty Night–8 Tips For A Better Sleep By Arianna Huffington

I am one of those people who leaves the card on my bed at the hotel because I want the linen changed each day (give me a discount, and I might not).  As I reached for the card at my last hotel stay, I read something that made a lot of sense. It was Arianna Huffington’s  8 Tips For A Better Sleep.

As I have matured sleep has become more important.  At one time I could function very well on 4 to 5 hours of sleep, but as I have matured I need more.  As women of a certain age sometimes our sleeping patterns can go into some craziness because of the dreaded menopause.  You know, you just can’t get to sleep, or you wake up and then you are just up for the rest of the night.

Will her 8 tips work?  I’m not sure, but I do agree with trying them.  There are some things that I probably won’t do.  I can drink coffee at 10 PM and then go to bed, and it does not bother me.

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Take a look at the list and hopefully you will get some idea(s) on helping you get a good nights sleep–it’s worth a try.  Sleep does make you feel better and even look better. Ms. Huffington has written a book about the importance of sleep in our everyday life–The Sleep Revolution. It sounds like an interesting read.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Have a good nights sleep.  Sweet dreams!  In the comment section, tell us some of the things you do to get a good nights sleep.

Spring Break–Take A Break

Every time women of a certain age talk about Spring Break, we automatically think of Spring Cleaning.  We think of putting away winter clothing, changing the comforter, clearing out the pantry, deep cleaning this and that.  Why do we do that?  Is there an unwritten rule that we have to use our time away from the office working while everyone else is enjoying their time off?  What’s to keep us from doing the Spring Cleaning a little at a time after Spring Break?  This year I decided to do just that.

When I left work on the Friday before Spring Break, I went home and did my weekend cleaning that night–I was determined that this would be my Spring Break.  There would be no deep cleaning this Spring Break.  There would be the day to day cleaning, but nothing that would take all day and/or all week.

Here is my week of during Spring Break. What was yours like?

  • Sunday–great church service at Carter Metropolitan CME Church, and then dinner with my husband and our youngest daughter.  Then I did a movie (Creed) in my pajamas with my husband and popcorn and wine.
  • Monday–massage at Perfect Touch with Katie that made me want to lay there for a couple of hours.  Went walking with my sorority sister and made my steps then coffee at Starbucks afterwards. Then I decided to make homemade peanut butter cookies.  The kitchen was smelling good.  We ate them while we watched the movie again (it was rented for 2 days).
  • Tuesday–my guilty pleasure of a facial.  I absolutely love getting facials especially at my favorite place Ageless Perfection Skincare.  Miss Ruby is the best. Started reading “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles for a book club I just joined. It is a very exciting read.
  • Wednesday–my best friend since second grade and I went to the Amon Carter Musuem of American Art to check out their latest exhibition–American Epics (Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood).  Yes, it is very good and educational.  Then we were off to West 7th Street to have lunch outside because the weather was just perfect.  We tried our tastebuds at Mash’d, a place we had never gone to.  The best lemonade bar none.  I like mine tart, my friend likes hers sweet, we were both happy. Then my daughter cancelled our walk, but I went anyway–got my steps in.
  • Thursday–manicure and pedicure at Zizi’s.  Even decided to have a glass of wine while I was getting serviced.
  • Friday–going to a networking event for women sponsored by the women’s division of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.  Got my TABC certification so that I can volunteer for the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival.
  • Saturday–meeting with volunteer coordinator for Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival to get my assignment.  Then on to Fair Park to cover BeautyCon so that I can report about it to you, and see what they have for women of a certain age.

I started each morning with my prayers and coffee in my pj’s, and ended each night with wine and prayers in my pj’s. The house is still clean, yes the sweaters still need to go to the cleaners and be put away (well maybe, this is Texas weather). I’ll just drop them off on my way to work after Spring Break.

Spring Break is not for Spring Cleaning, it is for taking a Break during the Spring.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–you can clean next week.

Old Ladies and Crazies

I love the story in the video below.  Each Sunday morning I tape Sunday Morning on CBS to watch after church.  I started watching when Charles Kuralt was the host.  Each time he went “On the Road” in his van, it seemed that I was traveling with him.  Over the years I’ve taken road trips with family and friends–they have been some of the best adventures.  When I saw this segment on a woman of a certain age, Inda Lou Lambert Schell who was also a fan of Charles Kuralt and his favorite places from “On the Road”, I knew it would be fun to watch.

Miss Lou and her husband of over 50 years had thought about going to some of Charles Kuralt’s favorite places that he had written about in his book “Charles Kuralt’s America” which featured 12 of his favorite places in America.  As would happen Miss Lou’s husband passed away, but she was not to be deterred.  She enlisted the assistance of her sister, informed her children that she was about to spend their inheritance, and with their blessings she and her sister set out to spend a month in each of the 12 places featured in the book.  Even with her sister getting ill and having to go home, Miss Lou completed her journey, even writing a book “Revisiting America”.

As Miss Lou says “God takes care of old ladies and crazies”.  What’s your excuse for not doing something out of the norm that you have always wanted to do.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–God takes care of us all.

The Doctor Brings Her Prescription Home

Dentist, businesswoman, humorist, loving mom and grandmother, best-selling author and Fort Worth native, Dr. Moe Anderson will come home to Fort Worth to share her newest book as she begins her book signing tour.

Dr. Mo AndersonAs a woman of a certain age, Dr. Moe Anderson has written a book for “every” woman who wants to achieve more fulfilling relationships in all aspects of her life.  Her book  Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships and Selective Amnesia is a conversation for women on how to find their happiness and boost their own self-worth.

Dr. Moe Anderson has put out her shingle and is awaiting patients.  You can meet the doctor for a personal consultation on Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 6 pm at Marie Antoinette Parfumerie and Spa located at 101 W. 2nd St. in Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Dr. Moe Anderson knows “thisis(her)yourbestyear”, and so should you.

Conversations With Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush continued her White House Initiative in Fort Worth, Texas by speaking at the TarrantNET banquet benefiting Read 2 Win! This program is a faith based program that offers reading tutoring to elementary students. Churches are partnered with elementary schools to assist in bringing students up to grade level in reading.

I had a wonderful time sitting at the media table with Jill Darden, editor and CEO of the Fort Worth Black News, Anna Tinsley, reporter for the Star-Telegram and Britine Burton, professor at Dallas County Community College District and of course former First Lady Laura Bush who is now a very happy grandmother who enjoys reading.

To find out more about this organization go to www tarrantnet.org/read2win.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

An Evening With Laura Bush–To Fight Illiteracy

laura-bushFormer First Lady Laura Bush will be the featured speaker at the Tarrant Net (networking churches reaching Tarrant County) banquet. The proceeds from this event will benefit Tarrant Net’s Literacy Initiative Read 2 Win. The event will be held on September 9 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  The check in will start at 6 PM.  You must have photo ID to gain entrance into the banquet.

Tarrant Net has a purpose that seems to be right on target today.  It’s mission is to see churches and ministries from across racial and denomination lines working together to raise up an army of volunteers to make a difference in the cities that comprise Tarrant County, Texas.

Read 2 Win is striving to eradicate illiteracy by matching first grade at risk students with volunteers that are committed to helping the students of Tarrant County. Eradicating illiteracy was one of Mrs. Bush’s initiatives while she was in the White House.

You can find out more about this event by going to http://www.tarrantnet.org/laurabush/

Remember ‘thisisyourbestyear”.

 

Instinct–The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

On a beautiful Sunday morning after sending my tithes to my home church, my friend and I were off to The Potter’s House of Dallas for “Instinct Sunday”. Bishop T. D. Jakes was giving a sermon on “your” instinct, and how to listen to it. The sermon did not disappoint. It held something for all ages. My sisters of a certain age, he did not leave us out. His sermon came partly from his new book “Instinct–The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive”.  It’s not really a self-help book, nor is it a motivational book.  It is a book about what we all have–INSTINCT.

Bishop Jakes continued his message on “Instinct” and transformation on Oprah’s Lifeclass where he brought it home to the “women of a certain age”. I invite all of you to find this episode–it resonated with me. Remember, I’ve told you that I don’t have a bucket list, I have an I’m gonna do list.

One of my favorite quotes from the book “Instinct” comes from chapter 17 (Instinctive Relationships). I remember my mother telling me something similar. The quote is:  If you network only with people who do what you do and have what you have, then there’s no intersection of variations. You might make a nice mop or wig, but you won’t have a net that benefits the world! Networks are built on strands that cross lines and make connections in spite of facing different directions or diverse perspectives”.

This quote goes along with the saying that I gave you about the 6 girlfriends–we need to get out there and hang out with people other than those that are just like us.

I think this book can be a single read, book club read or a supplement to a class. It is a book about all of us.

Below are pictures of Bishop Jakes and “Instinct Sunday”.

Bishop Jakes concluded his sermon by telling the congregation that we need to ROAR after listening to our “Instinct”, and take charge of our lives. I hope that we will begin to ROAR as we remember “thisis(our)yourbestyear”.

You can view Bishop Jakes on Oprah’s Lifeclass on the OWN Network. He is doing 3 parts. If you miss these episodes, you may be able to find them On Demand. The book is In bookstores on May 6. You can also order from the Potter’s House on their website.

The Potter’s House: http://www.thepottershouse.org/

15 Books About Black Women’s History Everyone Should Read

I recently started to subscribe to a wonderful site.  It is called For Harriet.  I also follow the site on Facebook and Twitter.  She has some amazing informative articles.  The latest post that I read on Facebook is listed below,  When you go to the post you can get a synopsis of the books that are listed.  I think the first book I’m going to start with is Freedom’s Daughter.  Which book(s) have you read or which one will you read first?

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.

http://www.forharriet.com/2014/03/15-books-about-black-womens-history.html?m=1

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