Hand In Hand Down The Success Trail

The Whole Gang

The Whole Gang (Photo credit: ClaraDon)

Supporting each other through exercise has been so helpful for my husband, daughter and me.  It is really a difficult task for all of us to get on the path together because of our schedules, but there is support and encouragement continuously.    We want each of us to work diligently on our exercise routine and to be cautious of what we feed our bodies.  However, each of these tasks, exercise and meals can be challenging, as mentioned before…because of our schedules.

I am not saying that we hold each other’s hand literally, but we do hold each other accountable for our choices and this does help in our path toward achieving success on the trail of a healthy lifestyle. But, there are several people who believe they do not have a support system that can be there for them.

I need you to think about this…

Everyone does have someone, but it’s about what you know they would be willing to offer.

Not everyone will support you in your efforts.  However, in your goal setting, you have various things that you want to accomplish and you need to decide what support you need from them for that goal.

Assignment:  Make a list of about five items that you would like support with and then decide who would best help you with that goal.  Remember, not everyone will be supportive, but there is something within all of us that will help someone.



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Walking the Fine Line of Being A Grown Child

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As a grown child…who has cared and still holds responsibilities for her parents.  My mother still holds me near and gives guidance in this stage of my life, and I do the same for her.  For those of you who are just following me, my dad whom I love dearly has dementia.  With this debilitating disease, I am gradually experiencing the changes in his life and how it affects him, my mom and our interactions.

My dad is a very gentle soul with a wonderful smile, still has a hearty laugh and still knows who we are; however, the daily routines are changing and that is where our trips to the mall are different.

What do you see and truly experience when in the mall or on a trip to the grocery store?

The average person has a list, goes through the aisles and identifies what they want for purchase. As you are in the mall, you have specific clothing items that you are looking for and you are on a hunt to find it.

Imagine a time when you go to the grocery store and you truly see the vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables, detect the various smells or aromas throughout the store.  In the mall, you notice the people for their features, how they talk, walk and move through the stores, and you identify with a smell that relates to your past.  

This is what it is like when we go places.  It is almost surreal, because dad though my parent can be intrigued by the colors, smells and ambiance because he is appreciating and identifying with the little things that we take for granted.  And, deep down, we’ve noticed that we must be near each other at all times.

When you walk the fine line of being a grown child, it can be rather interesting, because you want the old, but the new is what you must live.  Giving joy in life is what makes this time amazing and helps in the ever-changing time in our life.

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Valuable Time: A Couple’s Night Out

EugeneandJewelCouplesNightNo matter what you and your husband do, each moment shared should be done for just being a couple.

What do I mean by that?   My husband and I did just that after we attended an event.  We decided to just take the time to listen to each other, laugh, reminisce, and value our ‘couple time’ prior to returning home. We always appreciate a night out.  It is special.  Whatever you think, we don’t always have couple’s night out Fridays, like so many people participate in weekly or monthly. Often our schedules do not permit that for one reason or the other; however, if there is a date night we make that time special.

Thought for the day:  Time is important even if it is for an hour; it allows you to remember why you became married. We thought we would share just a little with you!

Assignment:  Share your valuable thoughts about a time you and your husband had time together and what you cherished about the hour, day or even minutes with them.


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