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Boomers Stop Chasing Your Tail

Book review of Dr. Wayne Dyer writings about finding happiness. Good advice for Boomers.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

This is a post from the past which has a timeless message. Each day I find it is necessary to meditate. Meditation brings inner peace.  One of my favorite authors is Dr. Wayne Dyer.  Dr. Dyer was born May 10,1940 in Detroit, Michigan.  He spent the first 10 years of his life in foster homes and orphanages.

Today Dr Dyer is a motivation speaker, author, therapist and an self help guru.  Dr. Dyer is the father of eight children and resides with his family in Maui Hawaii.

Dr. Dyer has compared happiness as something being in one’s tail.  Dr. Dryer says, “Don’t chase Happiness, it will find you.  love who you are.”  Don’t be like a cat.  Stop chasing your tail.  Dr. Dyer says,” live life as you want not as others want you to live.”  People will have different opinions of how you should be but more importantly is that you love who you are.  Hang strong and enjoy inner peace.

The message is clear: Allow happiness to find you.  Stop the rat race of chasing.  Enjoy the moment!

My favorite quote by Dr. Dyer is, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the Floor.  It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”  Dr. Dyer says, ” How people treat you is their karma, how you react to it is yours.”

Boomer Living

Boomer life can give you the feeling of being  pressured and stressed.  In addition to everyday life such as Doctors appointments, medicare, discovering new wrinkles, loss of a friend, children having problems, etc.   It is still important to do a self check.  Enjoy the moment and Stop chasing your tail.

Book review- by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Originally posted 2013-04-19 23:51:51.

Facing Life With A Little Boomer Humor

Some boomer humor can help you deal with life’s ups and downs. Working Boomer shares a little humor from her life today.

As some of you know, I use humor to deal with some of life’s little irritations.  It works for me!  Today thus far was no exception.  I woke up at 4 a.m. today full of things to get done prior to my work night tonight.  I wanted to write a blog about city retirement and things to do in St. Louis, Missouri.  Obviously that has changed due to my mind going in too many other directions using humor.  I am determined to write though because one of the first things on my mind today was a song from the past, “You Are On My Mind.”  Yes, computer friends, I mean you, so I am going to share a little boomer humor.  This is how I used humor to change negative thought to positives in just a few hours.

  1. I bought a new hair color product to cover my gray roots.  Since I have a cosmetology license, I did not see a problem with this.  It was!  The new product had totally different ways to color white and gray.  I read the directions.  I followed them.  The results was dark brown.  The box said light vibrant red brown.  I wanted what the box said.  Well, I will be trying to enjoy my new look of dark brown.  Lesson learned, I say!  It will grow out.  If necessary, I will wear a cap or hat for six weeks.  There is no use to sweat the small stuff.
  2. I look forward to the Retirement Media Daily News Paper that comes out in the evening.  There was no paper last evening due to some problem on the computer.  You got it!  There was no paper this morning either.  No problem, I will have double to read when it does appear.
  3. I wanted to air out the apartment today with the fresh spring air.  I opened the patio doors.  There was no sunshine but a nice rain with chilly air.  Instantly my head started to pound because I have allergies.  The lawn folks cut the grass yesterday.  Again, no problem.  The patio doors are closed and my head ache is easing down underneath my dark brown hair.   It will make a great day to sleep before my midnight work shift tonight.
  4. Then I remembered there were a few things that I still needed from the store.  With umbrella in hand, I proceeded out the door to my car.  Now, I am here to let you know that traffic in the early a.m. should be avoided whenever possible.  Even more so on a rainy day at the end of a week when day folks are trying to get to work.  That is another lesson I learned this morning.  The lady saved the day that horned her truck horn at me when she almost hit my car.  Need I mention that I was sitting still and she was the one moving.  No auto repairs or injuries and that is good!
  5. Sweetie, my dog, was a wee bit disappointed about the rain too.  She wanted to chase rabbits but she does not like her feet wet.  All the better for me because I don’t like my head wet waiting for her to do her number in the early morning hours.  Yep, that was another positive turned to a negative.
  6. I saw that the gasoline prices went up again overnight.  One more penny and it will be at $4.oo a gallon.  Lucky me!  I didn’t need gas today.  Maybe it will go down again before my tank is empty.
  7. The clothes that I picked up at the laundry mat are in good shape, even though I managed to drop them in the wet grass. They were nicely hung on hangers in strong clear plastic.  Whoops!  That was close!  I am so glad that I don’t have to go back to laundry mat and do them all over again.  Now how is that for turning a negative drop to a positive thought.

I have had a lot of fun writing this blog even though it is light and a little off beat but so is life at times.  Remember as I always say; This too shall pass.  Life is getting too short to waste on the small things that we can not control.  Try and find something that you can laugh about each day!  Have you had a good BELLY LAUGH today?  Just try it because it feels good!

You have a choice, laugh or cry.  I hope that you share your laugh with us so that we all can laugh with each other. Need some more boomer humor.

Originally posted 2012-03-24 14:08:00.

Boomers – Real Life Tips for Online Dating

Recently I read an article about tips for Senior online dating. Some of it I agreed with and some I had my own opinions. It took me to a place and time where I met a few people online. Then the day came for the face to face interaction which is an all different ball game no matter how much you learn from the Internet affair. Some of my experiences were rather humorous so I have a few tips to offer for the real deal.

Boomers online datingRecently I read an article about tips for Senior online dating.  Some of it I agreed with and some I had my own opinions.  It took me to a place and time where I met a few people online.  Then the day came for the face to face interaction which is an all different ball game no matter how much you learn from the Internet affair.  Some of my experiences  were rather humorous so I have a few tips to offer for the real deal.

  1. Be prepared for the eye shock.  Pictures from the Internet can be very deceiving.
  2. Don’t get offended if he says, “Wow, you are a lot fatter than I expected.”
  3. Keep your composure should he change his mind at the last minute, not show up, and disappear completely from the Internet site.  He probably did not die of a heart attack and has gotten cold feet before.  Better yet, he likes playing games with peoples feelings.
  4. Run like hec if he comes dressed in a large over coat and it appears like he is carrying a weapon in his coat pocket.  Don’t be so noisy that you have to ask him about it.
  5. Don’t let your mouth drop open in shock when he takes his hat off to reveal his bald head.  I know you thought he had a full head of hair in that cowboy hat pic that you saw on the computer.  Now this is the real HIM.
  6. Try not to make too big of a scene at your local restaurant if he should say at the end of the meal, “Do you mind paying, I forgot my billfold.”  After all you might want to go back to that same place someday WITHOUT HIM.
  7. If he should start talking about all his Ex’s put a time limit on listening.  Oh, and by the way, all ex’s don’t just come from Texas.  I have met up with guys that have them scattered around the world.
  8. If you met for dinner and he is a health food nut then accept that.  Never but never though resort to eating carrot sticks for your meal instead of a nice juicy steak if you are hungry.  If he tries to change you at the first meal then imagine the rest of your life eating with him.
  9. If you see something protruding from his hair that looks like a Bobbie pin, it probably is.  Leave it alone and don’t ask.  Maybe later if there is a second date you can discuss the hair piece that you did not know that he wore.
  10. Just take it in stride if after the meal he excuses himself to the men’s room to clean his teeth.  Be glad that he did not take them out at the dining table.  Again remember in person is much different than on line dating.
  11. Then of course there is the nose blower.  The one that has excessive sinus issues and has to do a lot of blowing while you two are eating your dinner.  Have a heart and appear understanding.  Who knows next time you may have to blow.
  12. If you hear a rattle in his pants when he walks, NEVER BUT NEVER ask him if he wears Depends.  There will be another time and place for that discussion if there is a next time.
  13. Get concerned if he takes out a pill bottle and takes a pill right after a discussion of sex and the first date.  It might be Viagra and he might start rushing you to finished your meal quickly.  You do not want to take the chance of choking.  Chew slowly, take your time.  Don’t be worried about him paying ten dollars a pop for those pills because that is his problem, not yours.
  14. If you are a man give her a chance.  Maybe she forgot her glasses when she ordered the most expensive meal on the menu after your on line dating discussion of being frugal.
  15. If her hair looks purple, it probably is.  I know she said it was white but some of those white white hair rinses turn a ladies hair purple.  Just keep quiet about it.  It will wash out or discuss it at another time.
  16. If one of her eye lashes falls off keep cool.  Older ladies have to do what they have to do to look beautiful for you and sometimes those darn things just get loose.
  17. Oh yes and men just remember that women too wear hair pieces, wigs, lift up bras, girdles, and all their ex’s did not come from Texas either.

Be nice if she invited her girlfriend along because she was a bit scared of meeting you in person and had her sit at the next table. When she keeps giving the high sign to her just ignore it.  She probably will not want you to know so just do not mention it.  If she starts texting though, instead of listening to you, there might be a problem.  After all you are in control if there is a NEXT  time date.

Now after reading this do not let this influence you as for getting ready for that first meet up after the on line dating experience.  I am all for being a free spirit and putting spice in your life.  You might just luck out and none of the above will happen.  Then of course do not forget that there are senior centers, adult groups, cruises for singles, churches, and many other events where you can meet people your age for the first time.  It is OK.  Try getting out there.  That special one might just be right where you did not expect him or her to be.  Feel free!  Venture out into the unknown.  It is your life.  Live it.

Live, Love, Learn and Laugh!

Originally posted 2011-09-07 12:43:58.

Health: The Weight of the Nation

We have been watching the HBO movie titled The Weight of the Nation, about confronting America’s obesity epidemic. Even though we have seen several other movies of this type like Food Inc. and other, this was a shocking reminder to be mindful of what you eat.

We have been watching the HBO movie titled The Weight of the Nation, about confronting America’s obesity epidemic.   Even though we have seem several other movies of this type like Food Inc, this was a shocking reminder to be mindful of what you eat.

The movie shows in a practical way how bad things have gotten.  Some examples and facts they give were quite enlightening, although not surprising.

Food obtained outside the home tends to be higher in calories and fat than food prepared at home.  40% of every dollar spent on food is spent on food prepared outside the home.

In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American’s diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.

Children consume more than 7.5 hours of media a day, 7 days a week.

In the United States in 2010, over 63% of people are overweight or obese.

The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week for adults.

The movie showed all the “cheap” processed food that people eat lke snacks and dollar menu items.  They are cheap but the health care down the road is going to be very expensive.  It is much better to eat quality food that may cost a little more but is healthier for you because of less fat and more nutriments.

As Ann has pointed out many times, getting up and get moving to get some exercise is the other part of the solution.

If you want to get motivated, see this movie Weight of the Nation.  You probably already know a lot of this stuff, but the graphics are strong and will surely motivate you to take action.

I think it worked for us.   Today rather than grilling a hamburger we went the the market and came back with the fruits, nuts, and vegetables pictured at the top of this post.   Now that’s yummy!

Weight of the Nation

Boomer Health

Originally posted 2012-05-27 15:06:36.

Baby Boomers (Seniors too!) Save Money

boomers discountsBoomer Place is adding more content to show Baby Boomers how and where to find the best price when you buy.  Getting a good deal to save you money for a better life.

Watching your expenses carefully in this tough economy pays off saving your money for better things. Finding a job may be difficult but saving money is something we can do to improve our finances.

If you are young just starting out or older maybe wiser, getting a better price when you buy and finding the best deal to save money will pay off big time.   We are here to help.   Look for our new posts with tips to help you find better prices on things we Baby Boomers are buying.

Also check out our Boomers Discounts page

Originally posted 2011-12-23 14:43:14.

Baby Boomer Generation Retirement

Baby boomers are not all the same and we do not all fit in one box. We have different needs and wants.

We are each different individuals.  This is true of Baby Boomers, Generation X and every human being on earth.  I have never been one to fit in another person’s box.  Lately in the news, I have read articles encouraging Baby boomers to continue working.  I have read articles telling us that we may live to be one hundred.  The economy is uncertain.  There are many opinions about social security and the health care system.  The housing market is up and down.  Jobs are not plentiful.  Budgets are being cut.   Then someone writes about why we should work until we are eighty years old.  There seems to be a lot of loose ends.  We are not all the same.

Those before us had worries too.  We are just experiencing life as it is today.  Therefore each of us can take what we want and leave the rest.  Some have good suggestions but we must evaluate our own situation when making a retirement decision.  No one knows the exact moment that one is going to die.  There is no guarantee about tomorrow and there never was.

I am one that has to keep it simple and fit in my own box.  Therefore my choices may differ from yours.  The one thing that is true is, each of us has but one life to live and that living moment is Now.  This is my box today which contains needs and wants.  Some things I have control over and others I can strive to obtain.  I have thrown away the crystal ball because it serves no purpose.  The main ingredients for this list is hope, perseverance, wisdom and the will to accept life on life’s terms knowing that my needs are far most the most important.  If you can use any of these things then please do.  If not then make your own box because in the end it is your life and it is up to you live it.

  • Work!  Yes, I want to work as long as possible but not full time but it might be necessary for me to do that.  As a single boomer, that is where I am.  My dream would be to have a home of my own near the ocean or in a peaceful place near nature.  I have seen these places in many states as I viewed houses for sale in 55 plus communities.  They offer a life style that I would love to experience such as activities for boomers and seniors.  As we all know, it is important to engage in these activities as we age.  It is a way to meet new friends and enjoy life.  This is not in my box due to my financial situation so I am looking at other alternatives such as apartment living for seniors 62 and older.  Hopefully this need will come true.  I am doing my part to fit it into my box.  If you can do it though then maybe you should.  Why not?  You earned it.
  • Reality today is that I must have health care.  It is a few years before I am eligible for Medicare.  In the mean time, I am living as frugal as possible to save for that day when I can retire.  It is always good to not be wasteful but if you have the money then use it to enjoy life.  You are the only one that knows what you would like to do.  Fit pleasure into your box.
  • It is possible to change jobs at age sixty-three.  Also having a job that one enjoys and is able to perform is important.  I have worked all my life.  I am one of those if given a choice, I would travel, experience places that I have never seen.  Then for once in my life, I would like to just prop my feet up, listen to the ocean waves on a sea shore and enjoy the sunshine as the wind blows across my body while reading a book.  One of my favorite escape dreams is watching a beautiful water fall, listening to the birds sing, watching wildlife as it scurries around in nature.  Also there is the dream of a fishing pole, a shade tree, and a lazy day on my own farm where I take in homeless dogs and raise them.  As it is now my box consists of finding a senior apartment near a senior center or adult learning center in an area that has great parks.  At the senior center, I can participate in activities with others my own age.  I can take a trip with some of the folks I meet to view sites and places in the area that I have not experienced before.  I can watch nature at the park.  Also if I choose just right, the area in which I reside, will have a small waterfall in that park.  On sunny days, I can go there for peace and tranquility.  I can listen to the birds sing.  Then there is the dog pound where I can visit.  There I can volunteer and maybe even adopt a loving pet to be my special pet friend.  After all, I have lots of love left to give and I can still enjoy receiving love too.
  • It would be wonderful to have my own personal trainer for good health but that does not fit in my box.  Is it a need?  Not really.  I can walk on a trail, join the other folks my age at the mall and do mall walking.  If you can do it with a trainer, I hope that you take fitness seriously and do it.
  • Most of my family has passed on to include parents, siblings and others.  Yes, I wish I had them back but that does not fit in my box.  Instead, I can reach out to others that I meet and share with them.  That is in my box!  Some of my computer friends and co workers I call brothers and sisters.  No, they are not real family but each one is dear to me.
  • I want to be healthy.  Yes, that is a want and also a need.  I have control over changing to healthy life style changes as far as exercise, eating and removing bad habits.   As of today, I still have the ability to get up and move.  I like my new reclining chair but it will be for relaxing only not a full time place to sit and waste precious moments of my life.

As a member of the baby boomer generation, I want to leave this world knowing that I lived and did not just survive.  It is up to each of us to look at our box and fill it with what we can.  There are many baby boomers needs and wants.  But after all, life is reality and it is ours to live it the best way that we can.  Be good to yourself and others while enjoying the journey.  IT IS ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE!

Originally posted 2012-01-11 21:19:05.