Girlfriend’s Network…

Do you have a bucket list?  I don’t, but my childhood friend Tracey does.  A year ago December, some of the PJ girls took a 60th birthday celebration cruise. I met them for breakfast before they left on the cruise. PJ girls date back as far as elementary school. We all grew up together in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. At breakfast that day, Tracey was talking about her bucket list. I asked her what was on her bucket list. Reluctant to share with me, she finally told me one of her bucket list items was to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans on a float.

I told her it was a long shot, but I would ask my dear friend Tiffani if she could assist in this matter.  She is a native of New Orleans.  You never know the power of the girlfriend’s network. That December day, Laurie, Lorna, Bev and I all agreed we would share Tracey’s bucket list experience with her if this long shot happened.

This year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tracey will be riding in Orpheus on Smoky Mary – the largest float of all Mardi Gras floats, on the 6th car on the bottom floor on the right hand side of the train.  Laurie, Lorna and Bev will be with Tracey to share the experience. Share the fun!

Never be reluctant to share your goals and bucket list items. You never know!  Girlfriend’s Network…  Amazing how powerful it can be!

I want to thank Tiffani and her girlfriend Debbie from New Orleans for making it possible for Tracey to experience Mardi Gras this year on a float with her girlfriends enjoying it with her.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Tracey, Laurie, Lorna and Bev with you in spirit!

Have a blast!! Hugs

same goal and determination

It’s hard to find someone who has the same goal and determination. Who would be as dedicated to achieving a goal as you are?

It’s Andrea’s and my one-year anniversary of playing tennis together. We met while I was walking Monty my dog around the Del Vista. I had rented a furnished apartment at the Del Vista for 2 month’s last year when I first moved to Florida. We started playing when I moved into my place, which is across the golf coarse from Del Vista.

Andrea and I have played 49 weeks out of 52, 5 days a week, for 1 hour and half to 2 hours in the morning. Surprisingly weather was only a few times the reason we couldn’t play.

In the beginning we sucked. As we persisted slowly we got better. The better we got the more fun it became. Always play in the morning at Del Vista. I text, Andrea when I arrived at the front gate of Del Vista gives her time to get ready, start my coffee and get out the door. Andrea makes me coffee every morning we play. I supplied the balls. Monday’s when we play you can tell we hadn’t played since Friday. Some days we play better than other but Fridays seem to be our best day for hitting back and forth.  061A0868-BCD3-4F3C-8CE8-2D6BADCC2133

We do play games. But both agreed that it was more fun and a better workout if we didn’t. It’s hard enough being able to keep up a controlled rally.

Andrea being a working mother of two young children it’s not easy to crave out time for your self. With the support of her husband and children it made it easier for her to play tennis. For a bit Britta would come hit with Andrea and I on Wednesday mornings. She would bring her son he was not quite a year old so Andrea and I would take turns watching her son. Britta played for her college team in Hawaii so it was great practice for both of us.

Being able to hit a tennis ball back and forth has always been something I have wanted to be able to do since I was 8 years old. Since I started playing with Andrea we have pushed each other to strive to be much better players. Getting up to play at 7:30 am something I would of never consider until it was the best time to play in Florida summers.

I sweat. Not a little but a lot. That is normal for a good workout. That is health! Drinking lots of water has been something we both do. I like to put electrolyte in my water. Wearing makeup is a waste of product and time when working out. Stretching is part of normal things you do. You can’t keep up a work schedule like ours and not eat healthy too.

Both of us have seen noticeable change in both our bodies. Stronger toned tight more muscle definition both of us look and are physically fitter. Now both of us can run back and forth on the court to keep it in play. Hitting a ball for both of us has been really good therapy. My hand eye coordination has greatly improved. One of the great-unexpected surprises is Andrea’s two children now love to play tennis with their Mom. Their abilities are greatly approving they are both looking forward to taking lessons.

It’s hard to find someone who has the same goal and determination and I’m glad we have each other Andrea. It’s been a fabulous year. Looking forward to another year of playing tennis with you. Happy 1 year Anniversary!

Hugs

 

How’s your New Year’s resolution going?

Did you know that 40% of people make New Year’s resolutions? Only 8% of that 40% successfully achieve their resolution. What’s their secret? They set them selves up to succeed.

I like making New Year resolutions. Some of my resolutions this year are to expand my cooking skills, improve my tennis game, always working to improve my relationships. What’s your resolution? Losing weight, starting a workout plan, new job, better relationships are the most popular resolutions. Overall most popular resolutions – goals are to live a healthier, happier, lifestyle.

I have found in helping other’s to achieve their career and personal goals you have to have a starting point. Understand better key areas about youself; diet, exercise, lifestyle, what makes you smile to determine what you are currently doing. A starting point before you start losing weight, getting fit or start living a happier life. What do you eat? And what are your fitness habits? What’s your style? What makes you special?

Diet+ Exercise+ Emotions work together. If one is out of balance it affects the other two. When two are off, your whole equilibrium system goes into overload. There are very few things we can control. Eating and exercise we are in total control of.  Emotions are much harder. But when you like the person looking back at you in the mirror it’s easier to handle most everything. The health benefits are so positive. The fact is, it slows down the aging process. It’s the secret to an Ageless Healthier Happier Life.

Looking at Diet+ Exercise+ Emotions at the same time gives you full view of you. After answering the different “Baseline Balance” questions pertaining to diet, exercise and what makes you happy we are able to determine a starting point. Most are surprised how a little change to what you are currently doing is all that is needed to lose weight, get fit or make you happy. How little things like standing straight or smiling can make you look 5 years younger. By not eating after 8 or cutting the amount of rice you eat in half you would be astonished how much weight you would lose. What if you could take a walk before or after dinner around the block? Make it your special time. A time to be shared or time alone to meditate. Your time for thinking about all the things you achieve rather than the pile that needs to be done. Or something simple like going to bed early and sleeping 8 hours which could make such a big difference.

Would you like to have a little help to achieve your resolutions? Asking for assistance and sharing is something we need to learn how to do better. It sparks conversations, new ways and approaches to doing things, good to have support and it’s fun to share! Maybe it’s time to do something different?

Schedule your free first step “Baseline Balance” session. Maybe creating your own “Baseline Balance” is the secret to you being one of the 8%. Actually losing weight and maintaining it too, starting a workout plan that you enjoy, land that new job or re-entering the job market, and have better relationships. Enjoy a healthier, happier, lifestyle that will make you happy.

Baseline Balance

6 – week workshop to create your Diet+ Exercise+ Emotions baseline balance to an Ageless Healthier Happier Life.

Workshop will be held weekly on Thursday’s starting

October 18th until November 29th 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

October 18                                         Let’s get started “What makes you happy?”

October 25                                         Feeling beautiful

November 1                                       I wanted to be a rock star!

November 8                                       On a scale of 1 – 10 rate yourself

November 15                                      Let’s talk

November 29                                      Building the team implementing balance

Introductory offer Let’s get started Workshops is FREE

Baseline Balance Workshop                 $15.00 per workshop

DYNAMom’s member’s                         $ 5.00 per workshop

Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach Moms special preregistration price  $12.50 per workshop

 

Baseline Balance

 

6 – week workshop to create your Diet+ Exercise+ Emotions baseline balance to an Ageless Healthier Happier Life.

Workshop will be held weekly on Thursday’s starting

October 18th until November 29th 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

October 18                                         Let’s get started “What makes you happy?”

October 25                                         Feeling beautiful

November 1                                       I wanted to be a rock star!

November 8                                       On a scale of 1 – 10 rate yourself

November 15                                      Let’s talk

November 29                                      Building the team implementing balance

Introductory offer Let’s get started Workshops is FREE

Baseline Balance Workshop                 $15.00 per workshop

DYNAMom’s member’s                         $ 5.00 per workshop

Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach Moms special preregistration price  $12.50 per workshop

 

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season.

IMG_2561It’s been a “Good” year. I’m pleased to say, I have had some “Excellent” moments. I feel very lucky and blessed. I promised myself that I would continue on the same path, it seems to be working for me.

Celebrating this time of year to its fullest sounds like a good plan.  Both my children were born around Hanukkah and Christmas, so birthday celebrations are a part of my extended holiday season.  I start celebrating on Thanksgiving and continue until around January 10th.

This holiday season I plan on:

Cooking and Baking     Cooking and baking makes me happy; I smile through the process, and it makes my home smell inviting (added bonus!)

The oatmeal cookies I made (without raisins) for the ninth graders at FDNY High School Prep For Success’ after school program were a huge hit! I’m looking forward to spending more time in my kitchen this holiday season. Holidays, for me, are about the list of dishes that are “must have” favorites. It’s also a wonderful time to try new recipes. My friends are not shy about asking me to bring something to their place.  My Lemon Pound and Sour Cream Cakes are everyone’s favorite gift.Sour Cream Cake

Entertaining     This summer, while visiting with friends in Moscow and Italy, I was inspired to fix up my place.  From the minute I got back home, I had the remodeling bug. One day, I couldn’t look at the carpet in my place any more. So, I ripped out.  Once everything was gone I discovered a floor under the carpet! Getting rid of the carpet forced me to get rid of more “stuff”. . I now have room in my closets! I rearranged everything.   I still have a lot to do. But I am having the grandest time transforming my home to fit me.  For the first time, in a long time, I’m looking forward to hanging out at home with my family and friends.   IMG_0044

Getting out of the House     It’s been so long since I went to the movies that I forgot what I saw? I need to do new stuff too. It’s been too long since I crossed the park to visit the Guggenhuim.  I plan to be out and about this holiday season!

Starting with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,  New York City has a special holiday energy. All the stores and buildings are decorated for the holidays.  The classic New York Christmas “must see” traditional spots: Rock Center Christmas Tree, 5th Ave Store displays, Macy’s. Madison Avenue store windows must be lovely at this time of year too- I’ll have to check them out. I’ve never ice skated in Central Park, maybe I’ll try that.

Closing out the Year    Year ending means goal setting for the New Year. Getting ready for the New Year is exciting.  During the holiday season, I assess my work year and think about strategy.  I reflect on what I did.  What I should have done differently. I’m glad some commitments have ended, excited to begin new endeavors, and I’m very proud of on-going projects that are moving to the next level- super cool!

Enjoying Downtime     Home spa days are a “must do” for girls any time of the year. On spa days, I love wearing the most comfortable clothes, looking through fashion and cooking magazines or watching Lifetime romance stories. This time of the year, how can you not watch all the Christmas classics?

Connecting with My “girlfriends”     Sharing the holidays with my girlfriends makes it more fun. Some of my closest friends live in different parts of the world. Getting together is hard. It is especially hard to stay in touch during this time of year with work hectic schedules family and holiday obligations. Modern technology has made it so easier to bring the world together. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email, texting and phones make it so easy for girlfriends to keep in touch. It’s not the same as being in person, but it’s fun having coffee together via Skype.

IMG_0009Saying Thank you     I plan on making a conscience effort to thank people.  I discovered when you say and give from your heart it reverses the aging process, as well as, numerous other health benefits.  I suggest putting it into your daily routine.  This time of the year is the perfect time to get started by saying “thank you”, “you are the best”, “greatly appreciated”, “I’m grateful”,  “ I like you”, “I love you”.

Holiday Magic     I plan on making this holiday season memorable by saying “yes” to the out of the ordinary.  Say “yes” to unknown surprises or any unexpected spontaneous things that come up.  Friends from out of town visiting…yes.  Letting someone show me the holidays though their eyes…Yes. Go with the flow; Let it all happen like magic.

That’s a long list. I’m excited to start the celebrating and enjoying the holiday season to the fullest.IMG_0010

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy & happy holiday season.  Make a promise to yourself to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest. Make your own holiday “to do” list with all the things that will make the holiday special for you.

Join me on my holiday adventure @NewLifeSusanne or Facebook.

Hugs  Susanne

“Turning Off the Boxes”

In the coming year, I’m resolving to turn off my “boxes” – computer, TV, cell phone – a little more often.  Instead, I’m going to use that time to focus on connecting with a real, live person, whether that person is myself or someone else.  IMAG0393[2]

I confess that I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with computers.  Back in college, I remember taking a computer-based math course, and after only a few weeks of the course, I remember wishing for a tutor to save me from being completely overwhelmed.  I protested the existence of computers altogether because I thought they would destroy our creativity and social skills.  A few decades later, having seen how computers have been instrumental in enabling me to become a writer and to be successful in business, I have to admit that I owe a lot to the “boxes” I’ve worked with over the years.  But I can’t say that my initial reaction was entirely off the mark, either.

Computers do help us become more creative – and to tap that creativity in new and different and magnificent ways – but sometimes we forget that ideas start with a human being.  After all, what good is an Excel spreadsheet filled with numbers if you don’t know what those numbers mean?  And if we’re being honest, surely all of us must admit that we’ve taken to talking less since the advent of the cell phone.  Yes, we text, we email, we speak over the phone, but how often do we seek each other out for face-to-face connection like we did before these “boxes” became such a big part of our lives?

The problem with all of this digital “talk” is that there’s no real depth. I’ve noticed that on all these online dating sites, when I talk to people and they ask how my day was, if I go beyond, “Good,” they lose interest.  I worry that technology has made us lazy, and this laziness has carried over into the realm of our social communication.  We’re all become accustomed to instant gratification and speed and anything that will make our lives easier.  As a result, we’re not willing to put in the time to really listen and connect. Is a “smiley” emoticon really an acceptable substitute for a smile?

For me, it’s an essential truth that nothing takes away from the real.  Touching, feeling, being a part of three dimensions – there’s nothing like it.  Our boxes certainly make us more productive, but they’re also isolating us from each other. When you’re sad and having a bad day, it’s hard to curl up in bed with some great e-mails from your friends. Sometimes you just need real intimacy, and for that you need a person.

For that reason, a little while ago, I started turning off my boxes.  On one occasion I turned off the television for a day.  Then I turned off my computer for a day. It’s interesting what happens when you turn these things off and you have to amuse yourself instead.  You get creative.  You read a book or cook a new meal or simply spend some time outside.  You seek out other people, whether that’s calling your mom or meeting up with an old friend for lunch.  I found that when I turned off my boxes, that time became a gift.

I want to encourage everyone to give themselves this same little gift.  Every day, even if just for an hour, turn off your boxes. Just like a diet, it may be hard to stick to at first, but if you make it “a must,” I promise that eventually you’ll start really enjoying it.  You’ll become more selective about how you spend your time, and as a result you’ll use it more productively and focus more on the things that truly make you happy.  It’s very empowering to realize that you know what to do with yourself if and when the boxes go away.

We all need to devote a little time to ourselves, to doing something different and growing and discovering.  And when we do this, we find that we’re more open to other people as well.  We realize that we’ve been missing out on a lot of information, and all of a sudden we remember how to communicate, and how to let others in.

This year, let’s all stop hiding behind our little square boxes, whether it’s the computer or the television or something else.  Instead, let’s rebuild the foundations of our lives by seeking out more human contact, by getting emotionally involved and being open to deeper communication. There’s no substitute for a real experience, and no connection that can’t be enhanced by taking out the electronic middleman.  Let’s turn off the boxes and make better use of our time, together.