………….. in your Golden Years!
The money you have worked for most of your life is now ready to be spent. But I know from experience that it is easier said than done. After all we have been used to saving our money, to being careful and not wasting any and always being reasonable how we spend it. The nest egg we have built that way is comforting, but now is the time to change the rules and have that nest egg do something for us.
I got my first wake-up call when my husband tried to book a cruise for us from Berlin to Prague. When he finished talking to the travel agency and told me the price my reaction was that this was more than I thought we should spend. He had no comment at first. But after a while he looked at me and said, “Well, if you want your heirs to go instead, we won’t go!”
It took me only a second to say ‘book it’ because suddenly I was scared that I might not go if I don’t go now, that my time might be limited. No, don’t misunderstand me, I do want my heirs to go on a cruise too, but honestly, I don’t want them to go instead of me!
Many friends of mine who are also in their Golden Years don’t buy or do things they would like by using excuses like, “I can get that cheaper somewhere else” or “I don’t really need that” (you don’t have to need it to want it) or “I have to think about it” – really – why?
Oh, yes and then there is ‘since I don’t know how long I will live I have to be careful.’ True – but what our generation has learned when it comes to spending money will never make us go crazy or reckless. So letting a few more dollars slip out of our purse for extra pleasures will not ruin us. And if you are healthy listen to my friend Carol who, when paying for a treat, always says ‘at least I am not spending it on medication.’
If you take this little pep talk to heart – the extra dollars spend will give you joy you deserve.
And Never Forget – A Smile Changes Everything! Brigitte
The cover of a book is your first contact with an author and his story.
If you have been to my website and read my blogs you will have seen the cover of my book Getting Over Growing Older with the header displaying a photo of me.
Since the reaction of the buyers always was “Oh, that’s a nice picture of you” and since that was not the reaction I had expected or the message I wanted to convey, I decided to change the cover – and instead of smiling at you, I hope the new cover will tell you more clearly what the book is about, namely sharing my personal experience of growing older, and assuring women in their 40s or 50s plus that growing older is not only about going down hill. But it gives us a chance to enjoy life in many new and interesting ways.
Now that you have seen the new cover I would mean a lot to me if you would tell me how you like it. Please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much
And never forget – A Smile Changes Everything
Many women don’t include colors in their wardrobe because for them there is only black. Of course, black is always in fashion and I think another reason for its popularity is that you never have to think what goes with what – black always goes with black.
But it isn’t flattering all the time; for example when you are tired it can make your skin look sallow and when you are older it isn’t a help either. You need bright colors to enhance your complexion and to brighten up your face.
My friend Jane is a case in point. She doesn’t know the word black or brown. She only wears bright, vivid colors – alone or together – and the effect of joy take years off her face and persona. You are curious how she does it – well here is Jane!
The next time you look at a red dress and think it’s not for me – look again and try it on. You might see a new you! A younger you! A happier you like Jane!
And never forget – a smile changes everything!