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July Random 5 – Aging apps, Shirley MacLaine and self-care

It’s Sunday, mid-July, and here we are cruising down hill towards August.   Time for 5 Rapid Fire Randoms from my world.  Ready? Set – Go!

1   Aging apps – friends on Facebook are posting results of an app that ages you by 40 years.  Here’s one to try- ha!

Dog days of Summer –  Our West MI Summer took it’s sweet time arriving.  Our first 80F day was June 20th.   But now that we’re into July – with more than 3 weeks of warm weather behind us – folks are already CRABBING about it.  I was doing fine until that sweltering sweaty muggy stuff landed last week ~ the hot, humid, dank weather that steals your breath away at 6am.   The humidity so high that you sweat AFTER a shower.   Our local AM radio host cheerfully announced, “The heat index – with the humidity – is already over 90F.”     I turned up the fan and suppressed my crabbiness.3 Grand Dames – I read a recent interview with actress Shirley MacLaine.  Always liked her.  Classy, smart, sassy … takes no prisoners.  This quote resonated with me:

“I have what I consider just a perfect life … I eat what I want, I sleep when I want.  Not that much bothers me. I think attitudes are a choice.  Anger is a choice, peace is a choice, sarcasm – which is what I’m good at – is a choice.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

I wanna be Shirley MacLaine when I grow up!

the incomparable Shirley MacLaine

4 Stopping when necessary – As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten better at stopping what doesn’t work for me.   Try something new but don’t like it?  Don’t keep doing it.  Order a new food that disappoints?  Set it aside.   The same goes for books – I LOVE to read, as in l-o-v-e to read.  Summer = reading for me.   But just recently I started a book with characters so awful – I had to stop.  The female character allowed herself to be manipulated by a narcissistic and cruel man, a man who enjoyed  the “game,” playing with her emotions and physical safety like a cat with a mouse.    I could see where the story was going after reading just a few chapters. Yes, I knew she’d probably become her own kind of hero but I just couldn’t sit through the abuse.

So I stopped reading it.

I didn’t give it away, I didn’t turn in for re-sale or donate it.

I threw it out.

You might be empathic if …

5  Heading to a corporate conference this week ~  practicing self-care now – there – and thereafter!

  1. Ever stopped doing what didn’t work for you? 
  2. Does Shirley’s quote resonate with you as well?  Why?
  3. How do you practice self-care? 

 

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6 thoughts on “July Random 5 – Aging apps, Shirley MacLaine and self-care

  1. I love that you threw the book away! As for taking care of myself, lots and lots of quiet me-time and naps. And doing healing work every now and then.

    • Bad energy belongs in the trash!
      I love your response – lots and lots of quiet me-time and naps. Can’t go wrong with that! I think the healing begins in the quiet time 🙂
      MJ

  2. I agree that you should be willing to stop when appropriate. Rather than thinking of yourself a quitter, you can think of yourself as a an explorer, willing to keep trying new things.

    • exactly — try & keep or try & toss. Either way, I don’t get hung up in it anymore ~ whee!

      Thanks for your comments, Jim.

      -MJ

  3. I love that you threw out the book. A few years back I bought a book written by a blogger. I love her blogs but the book was full of foul language and the main character (a women) made really stupid choices. I couldn’t stand it. Never got beyond 60 pages. I don’t like books where women are incredibly stupid or manipulated. Life’s too short to read stuff you don’t enjoy! Have a great week!

    • Kindred spirits. Not that I’ve never made a stupid choice, I have, but I’m not inspired but stupid is as stupid does characters – no – – and yes, not reading stuff I don’t enjoy = Here’s to a great week! MJ

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