This is my granddaughter excited to see her new baby brother for the first time. He was born in April, 2020 when siblings were not permitted to visit new arrivals in the hospital, so big sister had to wait until he came home…
This is (still) one of my favourite pictures of this granddaughter!
This list of rules is not my own creation, (I found it on Facebook) but in my opinion it sums up some sensible advice for a happy new year…
Don’t Sit on the Couch and Wait, Go out, Make a Change
This is a great piece of advice. I am always so impressed by people that make lemonade out of the lemons they are dealt with in life. Whether it’s a job, a relationship or even your appearance you are unhappy or dissatisfied with, no one is going to knock on your door with a solution. You and you alone are the solution, or at least the instigator or driver behind the solution.
Smile More, be Excited, do New Things
Have you ever noticed how smiles and laughter are contagious? Not only are they contagious, but they are natural mood enhancers. Surround yourself with people that make you smile and laugh. On the flip side, remove people that make you sad or angry from your life.
Throw Away What you have been Cluttering
A good purge is good for the soul, not to mention the appearance and even the health and safety of your home. Especially if you donate all the stuff you purge. Purging and donating clutter is a win/win solution for both you and whomever you donate to. This rule also applies to the clutter in your mind. While you are purging your home, be sure to purge your brain and heart too! Get rid of the negativity.
Unfollow Negative People on Social Media
Have you noticed how negative social media can be? Not just mildly negative, but disgustingly so. It does not seem to matter what the intent or purpose the initial post/message has. Nasty, negative, inflammatory retorts always outweigh the pleasant, positive comments. Why is that? Do people have nothing better to do than attempt to break someone down with hateful words? Whatever happened to the saying “If you can’t say anything good, keep your mouth shut”? Or, in this case, keep your fingers still.
This negativity was blatantly obvious during our recent Canadian federal election. Social media has its benefits for sure, but as with many other things these days, a little goes a long way. When negativity outweighs positivity on your feeds, simply unfollow those that spread the vitriol. I have.
Go to Bed Early, Wake up Early
I’m not sure of this piece of advice. It must have been written by a (much) older person than me. I do prefer late evenings more than early mornings. I do admit to the benefits of a quick nap once in a while especially if the previous evening was very late or the current morning was very early. The point is that sufficient sleep is important regardless of when you sleep.
One of the downfalls of social media is the fact that people can say things without looking a person in the face when they say it. Of course this can and does happen without the use of social media, but it sure makes it easier to do. Gossip feeds cowardice and bullying within the perpetrators and low self esteem even depression for the victims.
Show More Gratitude
Gratitude is one of those untouchables that is equally important to give as it is to receive. Every human deserves to feel gratitude just as every human should be grateful and demonstrate their gratitude for what they have. To improve your life, reduce or eliminate taking things or people for granted in 2020 and beyond.
Do Things that Challenge You. Be Brave
This goes back to the very first point about getting off the couch; you must get off the couch to challenge yourself. Often though, change and challenges do require bravery. Have you ever noticed how children are not as fearful of failure? On the other hand, we adults are so fearful of potential failure that we avoid challenges. Maybe because we feel we have more to lose if we fail. The point to remember is that challenge creates personal growth, whether the specific challenge results in success or failure.
How many of these rules can you implement in your life for 2020? In the meantime, visit my gardening blog to see what’s not happening this winter.
Health Canada is putting their money where their mouth is, asking for help with a drug checking technology challenge. Most of us are aware of the opioid crisis here in Canada and around the world. For more information, please check out the detailed article in the link above. It describes the challenge to discover or modify the technology involved in detecting lethal, potent drugs like Fentanyl as well as other toxic substances. The article also contains additional links for those wishing to increase their knowledge of the crisis we are facing as well as one for substance abusers too.
Drug checking technology is out there, it just needs to be improved for increased reliability, accuracy, adaptability, ease of use as well as affordability. Any innovative (for or not-for-profit) Canadian post secondary institution, company, research or industry association is eligible to apply, although only the selected semi-finalists will be able to compete for the pilot phase and grand prize.
This challenge was launched on October 2nd, 2018 and the deadline for application is February 1, 2019. That means there is no time to waste! Semi-finalists will be announced February, finalists in June and grand prize winner in January 2020. Oh, and the prize is a cool million dollars.
It must be my thirty years of laboratory work; this challenge certainly piqued my interest. Do you have an innovative, ambitious personality with the resources to create a design ? Where can you apply? At the bottom of the webpage linked to above. Or right here!
If you have been thinking of eliminating wheat from your diet, why not start today? I gave up wheat 18 months ago and have noticed a significant decrease in my cholesterol level, increase in my iron stores, and decrease in my asthma symptoms since then. I have also shed 10 pounds of weight, most noticeable around my middle.
The good news is you don’t have to have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat to reap the numerous health benefits when you eliminate wheat from your diet. You will be amazed at how fast you notice a change in your body!
Many of my friends and family members have shown interest in my wheat-free diet, so I thought I would start a blog on the subject…
Please send me your comments, questions, suggestions, and success stories; we can all motivate each other for a healthier 2013…