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How many of us love our busy lives filled with both positive and negative stress? Yet, how many of us experience a feeling of fatigue and burn out sometimes? How do you find balance? It may help to remember to take a moment or two for our own self care.....something we choose to do, that is specific in providing care for our physical, spiritual, emotional, or mental good health. Different things work for different people. This is important so we can replenish our sense of self in this challenging and amazing world we live in. What did you do today for your Self Care?

Whooooooo Hoooooo!!!! It's Saturday!!!

Posted By Beachwalker on Mar 28, 2009 at 6:36AM

Hello Friends, It's Saturday again, and another really full week here. I hope everyone is doing well, and is enjoying the improving weather. I am going to be working at work again today, hopefully will not have to work tomorrow. I am excited about leaving to go claim our condo. LOL - our friends have gone down to bring loads of stuff, but we are yet to embrace it :hug: ourselves. : ) Well, soon. With paint brush in hand!!!

Lots of goals we set this past month or so have been met. We finally found a good match for tennants for the property we had to rent before we could go on our trip. We live in a fishing village, and rented it to two young commercial fisherman, one with a daughter. I think it is a pretty good match - the vibes from these folks were good, and I am hoping they will be content in their new place. The daughter was cute - I told her we were looking for a little 'beachgirl' and she was skipping up and down at the thought of being able to walk to the beach with her dad!!!

Well, with that and most of the packing done, we are almost ready to shove off for most of April. We will be back on the 26th.. Still some work to do at work, but I will have to keep digging till I get to the bottom of my pile. I have my most high risk cases being left under the caring wings of my collegues, and most of my clients will be fine till I can see them after the 26th. Planning and goals are so important in life, in balance to the 'in the moment moments'!!!

Best of Spring to all of You, and will be in touch soon!!! Hope everyone is doing some Great Self Care!!!


Whoooooooooo Hooooooo!!! It's Saturday!!!

Posted By Beachwalker on Mar 21, 2009 at 5:48AM

Whoooooooooo Hooooooo!!! It's Saturday!!! And I must work. Well, it is all in the spirit of getting ready to go away for a few weeks and there are still some mountains of work to climb. Frosty this morning here, but it looks like it is shaping up to a sunny day. I hear that the temp. is going up this week!!! YaY!!!

The deal fell through with a prospective renter for our unit here, but I have another showing on Sunday. Also, am happy to say that I have the Florida condo already booked for three rentals, one in May, one in June and one in August!!! That will help with expenses, and friends and family are getting a really good deal. Win/Win - Love that!!!

I planted some bulbs at the office and it looks springy here!!! Hope everyone is enjoying Spring and taking good self care!!! How's it going for you?

Well, now to work.

Whooooooo Hoooooo!!! It's Saturday!!!

Posted By Beachwalker on Mar 14, 2009 at 5:34AM

Whooooooo Hoooooo!!! It's Saturday!!! Hello Friends!!!

I am having some problems with my new Internet - I changed to high speed and have had some problems with it. My emails are jammed up, and sometimes I can get in, and sometimes, I cannot. Sorry I have not been in touch. I got a portable card, but it is limited so, I think I will have to be checking in once in a while now. I love reading your posts and want to be in touch.

Anyways, besides that, it has been uber busy at work, and we are also busy at home. A little too busy right now, but it is of our own doing, so we just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Sunday we show our rental property here, and hopefully it will be rented. We are working to furnish our Florida Condo and have sent a load down with friends. We are now preparing our own load of stuff :).

I have been scouting the thrift stores, and am purchasing some big pics to hang for about 20 - 30 dollars. I don't care what the pics inside are, just so that they have a great look matte border, and a great frame. I will replace the existing pics with tropical pics when I get to Florida, and will have nice big pics for a low price!!!

Work is super busy, a lot of our clients are in crisis .....a long winter, and tough economy. We realize you have to take care of the care giver. One self care thing we did as a group was to have a great beach party pot luck lunch to break up the winter blues. We decorated the lunch room to tropical and some of us dressed tropical, had summer food, :feedme: and enjoyed each others company :dude: . It was uplifting. Lots of good laughs at the whitest legs and best beach dancing contests!!!

This weekend I am going to recharge and get my personal sense of peacefulness and balance in order. I hope everyone is taking good care of yourself. What is new, and what are you up to today or this week?


Why Hair Goes Gray....

Posted By Tiffany Sollog on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:18PM

Why Hair Goes Gray
Study Blames a Chain Reaction That Makes Hair Bleach Itself From the Inside Out
By Miranda Hitti

WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Feb. 25, 2009 -- Scientists may have figured out why hair turns gray, and their finding may open the door to new anti-graying strategies.

New research shows that hair turns gray as a result of a chemical chain reaction that causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.

The process starts when there is a dip in levels of an enzyme called catalase. That catalase shortfall means that the hydrogen peroxide that naturally occurs in hair can't be broken down. So hydrogen peroxide builds up in the hair, and because other enzymes that would repair hydrogen peroxide's damage are also in short supply, the hair goes gray.

Putting the brakes on that chemical chain reaction "could have great implications in the hair graying scenario in humans," write the researchers, who included Karin Schallreuter, a professor clinical and experimental dermatology at England's University of Bradford.

The study appears online in The FASEB Journal; the FASEB is the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Tagged with: gray, grey, Hair

It's Sunday, and I Am Grateful

Posted By Beachwalker on Mar 1, 2009 at 7:41AM

It's Sunday, and I am Grateful. Today, I am grateful for time. That has been of short order lately, so I am grateful to have some time to myself, to think, to get into balance, and to plan for some of the things that will be taking up my time in the next while.

Right now, I have a lot on the go. I am getting ready to send the first envoy to Florida. I have some work friends going to our Florida condo, before we even get to go. They are taking the first truck load of "stuff" down for us - like chairs, a table, all the cook stuff, cleaning stuff, bedding and linen stuff, and they are going to pick up the first bed for the main bedroom!!! So I am sorting through the pile one more time!!! Eventually, we are going to become one of the Canadian "snowbirds" going down sometimes in the winters and springs. And we will be also sending some snowbird friends and family down. I guess we will be doing our small share to contribute to the global economy : ).

Here is a picture of the condo. It is on the lake, where we stayed last time we were in Florida. It is not fancy and needs some work, so we and some family, friends and acquaintances will be doing it. It is win/win because we are trading free time in Florida for help. Win/Win - Love That!!!

Ours is the 3rd with the little Palm Tree in Front Ours is the 3rd with the little Palm Tree in Front

We can hardly wait to get ready to go down in April to do some renovations - we are putting down a ceramic floor on the ground level, and painting the downstairs this time round. Have 3 weeks to do this. YIKES!!! Should be an interesting experience.

Meanwhile, here at home, I have a lot of work, at Work to do before I go, and we have to rent out a condo we have here. Yes, we are entrepreneurs contributing to small business, to help us and to help the economy. There is always a way to have a creative response to world market changes, and we have been through it all. So to all the young people here on team, take heart, there is always a creative way to look at the economic turns, and to grow through them!!! Think outside of the box. Start small and build :HEART: Always try to help others whenever you can.

I hope everyone is doing good self care, and is finding something to be grateful for in life!!!

Happy Sunday!!!
xO Beach

Whooooooo Hoooooo!!! It's Saturday!!!

Posted By Beachwalker on Feb 28, 2009 at 5:07AM

Whooooooo Hoooooo!!! It's Saturday!!! Another Saturday!!! Freedom Day!!! Tomorrow it's March :jumpin: It's Sunny here, and today I am taking my mom to the Local Indoor Spring Flower Show. She has been sick with the flu, and is feeling a little housebound. She says that she is willing to rally to go. I am a little tired from the week, but really want to take her, so we will go. It will be nice to see and smell all the spring flowers!!!

How are You doing, and what are you or have you been up to?


Who Packs Your Parachute?

Posted By Beachwalker on Feb 21, 2009 at 5:37AM

This is a thankyou reflection to my friends here at team sugar who inspire me, challenge, support and entertain and enlighten my thoughts! Thankyou for being part of my life, my self care, and letting me be part of yours!!!. :HEART:

I recently read a great story about Captain Charles Plumb, a graduate from the Naval Academy, whose plane, after 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam, was shot down.

He parachuted to safety, but was captured, tortured and spent 2,103 days in a small box-like cell.

After surviving the ordeal, Captain Plumb received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and two Purple Hearts, and returned to America and spoke to many groups about his experience and how it compared to the challenges of every day life.

Shortly after coming home, Charlie and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. A man rose from a nearby table, walked over and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

Surprised that he was recognized, Charlie responded, "How in the world did you know that?" The man replied, "I packed your parachute." Charlie looked up with surprise. The man pumped his hand, gave a thumbs-up, and said, "I guess it worked!"

Charlie stood to shake the man's hand, and assured him, "It most certainly did work. If it had not worked, I would not be here today."

Charlie could not sleep that night, thinking about the man. He wondered if he might have seen him and not even said, "Good morning, how are you?" He thought of the many hours the sailor had spent bending over a long wooden table in the bottom of the ship, carefully folding the silks and weaving the shrouds of each chute, each time holding in his hands the fate of someone he didn't know.

Plumb then began to realize that along with the physical parachute, he needed mental, emotional and spiritual parachutes. He had called on all these supports during his long and painful ordeal.

As a leader, how many times a day, a week, a month, do we pass up the opportunity to thank those people in our organization who are "packing our parachutes?"

Whooooo Hooooo It's Saturday!!!

Posted By Beachwalker on Feb 21, 2009 at 4:55AM

Whooooo Hooooo It's Saturday!!! It's Saturday Again. Freedom Day!!! And ow my head still hurts. Been grappling with a bad flu, and I think it is dwindling, but one of the main symptoms is a sore head from sinus infection, and really low energy. Hope it will be gone soon.

Apart from the flu, life is going ok. Really trying not to get bogged down in negative winter blues energy. Part of our survival plan while we keep working and working, towards retirement is to have something to look forward to and keep working towards.

As part of of retirement planning, which is still a few years away, we purchased a condo there that needs a lot of renovation, so we have to get strong to go and work on it. It will be quite a challenge doing that, but we are both up to it. We also have some help of some dear friends and acquaintances, that love the idea of bartering for time in Florida. It is win/win. It is good whenever that can happen.

How has your week been, and how are you doing? I hope you are staying healthy and doing good self care!

“To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done.”
From the book - "The Power of Discipline" by Brian Tracey

Quote by Albert Schweitzer

Posted By Beachwalker on Feb 16, 2009 at 5:13AM

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light."

Albert Schweitzer

Tagged with: Inner light

Quote by Christopher Reeve

Posted By Beachwalker on Feb 16, 2009 at 5:10AM

"I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us...if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do."

Christoper Reeve