Taking Care of Your Life

Resolutions fading? Here's how to Motiv-Eight yourself

Written by Dennis Bova. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

After a year in which many things familiar were turned upside-down, there’s one time-honored tradition that opens 2021, as it does the start of every other year: the making of New Year’s resolutions. Research shows that about half of all Americans resolve to lose weight, save more money and spend less, be a better partner and person, be more organized—or any other type of personal improvement—in the new year. However, fewer than one out of 10 of those resolvers carry through with those good intentions.

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Lessons from the Great Blizzard of '78

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Readers of a certain age will undoubtedly recall the Great Blizzard of 1978. (Where was Global Warming when we really needed it?) Actually, the Great Blizzard was a series of three separate storms that struck in January and February. The first storm bypassed Ohio but hit New England with nearly two feet of snow within 48 hours. We got our share during the second phase of the Blizzard.

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Spiritually Speaking - Where do we go from here?

Written by Sister Mary Thill. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Perhaps you MAY have a truly happy New Year now with the promise of a vaccine that will control the coronavirus for many if not all of us. I understand that it will still take time to vaccinate so many millions of us during this new year, but at least we have a sense of life returning to some kind of normal. I hope and pray that we take time during this new year to ask ourselves some serious questions about just what kind of “normal” we are looking forward to developing for ourselves, our families, our society, and our world. Perhaps you have already been doing so for yourself and your family, and I would suggest that you participate in planning the new normal at other levels that affect your life and the lives of others.

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Does your portfolio fit your retirement lifestyle?

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Most portfolios are constructed based on an individual’s investment objective, risk tolerance, and time horizon. Using these inputs and sophisticated portfolio-optimization calculations, most investors can feel confident that they own a well-diversified portfolio, appropriately positioned to pursue their long-term goals.¹ However, as a retiree, how you choose to live in retirement may be an additional factor to consider when building your portfolio.

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A Walk in the Park - Ya gotta have a plan

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

I had a boss who always insisted, “Ya gotta have a plan. Nobody plans to fail; they just fail to plan.” It was not unusual for me to have 40 or more projects under way at the same time. Some of them were routine; some were year-long, complex undertakings in support of corporate strategies. Juggling the work would have been impossible without bringing order to the chaos. What were the objectives, what tasks were required to meet them and on what schedule, what was the budget, how were the results to be quantified and judged as success or (gulp) failure?

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Declutter your home and your mind will follow

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Every item cluttering up your home demands some degree of your focus and energy, whether it’s because you have to pick up or clean around it regularly, it’s taking up already limited living space, or simply because every time you see it, you have that fleeting thought of, “Oh, that thing’s still here.” Simply put, a cluttered home causes stress—and after the year we’ve just been through, who needs additional stressors?

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'Tis the season... for seafood?

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Good food and the holiday season go hand in hand, and there is remarkable variation in the types of foods families serve at this time of year, depending on their traditions, heritage, and individual preferences. For example, some families make a scrumptious, spiral-sliced ham or beef tenderloin the focal point of their holiday meal. Others essentially serve “Thanksgiving redux,” with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other traditional favorites returning for a delectable encore. Still others take their inspiration for their holiday repast from the sea. In fact, seafood, in one form or another, graces a great many tables in the US and around the world at holiday time.

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