Author Archives: Patricia Yager Delagrange

Spring Has Sprung

With the arrival of March 20th, Spring is here! For us in California, we are finally FINALLY getting the rain that perhaps just might keep us from an upcoming drought. But the weather people say that no matter what, there’s no way (given what’s “normal” for California) we’ll have enough water for the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Which brings us to conservation. We Californians already know what it’s like to go through a drought, i.e. low flow toilets, only one shower a day, no watering lawns, no washing cars, no brushing teeth and running the water at the same time. Need I go on? We’re aware what we have to do when Mother Nature doesn’t step up to the plate.

In reality, we should always take care not to “waste”, no matter what it is, right? I grew up hearing about the “starving people in Africa” and I’m betting many of you did as well. That old saying, “waste not, want not” is embedded in my brain forever.

So now California not only has a reputation for not having enough clean water to sustain us for long, but we also have those dreaded earthquakes. Everyone who’s NOT from here is scared to death of ever experiencing one. Whereas many of us here think twisters and tornados and floods are anathema to a “normal” life.

Actually I love California. Yes, we have our problems, but it’s a wonderful place to live.

What say you?

Life Is Short

From the Texas Country Reporter – a beautiful video about love and home and work and how life is short.

http://www.coolestone.com/media/8112/Purple-Hulls—Right-At-Home!/#.UxeEbyhOqQY

One Little Joy

Sometimes it seems hard to stay positive. There are so many things each day to bring us down. However I’ve chosen to take the very difficult road of trying to look at all the good things in life and not focus on the negative. Yesterday I read a line in Ralph Marston’s Daily Motivation that I receive as an e-mail every day. It said:

Even when there’s something big that’s getting you down, you
can find something small to lift you up. Just one little joy
can change your outlook in a big way.

I recall another tidbit I read a few months back that said not every day is a good day but you can find something good in every day. THAT really struck me as something I could use.

We all have bad days but does it have to last the entire day? I bet no matter how down you are or how much negativity you’re experiencing, you can probably find something to lift you up, something to be thankful for, a thought that brings you an attitude of gratitude.

Right?

Several Important Reminders for 2014

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It’s the New Year. It’s 2014. And most of you reading this post are women. I just wanted to take a few moments of your time to remind you of several very important things you should do sometime in 2014 IF you haven’t already scheduled them.

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1.  Get a yearly health exam. It’s a good thing to do. You only need to see the doctor once a year — unless there are other reasons you’re going: you’re sick, have a chronic health issue, etc. But even if you don’t “need” to, you need to anyway. Everyone should be checked out at least once a year. You never know what new and exciting questions your doctor may ask you that might help you in keeping healthy all year round and live a longer life.

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2.  Get an annual mammogram. They’re changing the guidelines all the time, but I think most doctors suggest you have a mammogram once a year after the age of 40. My breast cancer (DCIS) could only be detected in a mammogram, not by a monthly self-exam.  So, GO DO IT. Make that appointment now. You could be saving a life, i.e. YOUR OWN.

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3.  Get an eye exam. I used to poo-poo these but as we age, our vision can change with time. You might need glasses, or maybe your prescription isn’t strong enough. Why strain those beautiful baby blues (or greens or browns or whatever color your eyes may be) if you can see your eye doctor once a year and get checked out.

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4.  Exercise. We all know we should exercise to keep healthy, reduce stress, and lift our overall mood. I never exercised when I was younger. I skated and rode a bicycle when I was a kid, took the bus instead of walking when I was a teenager. It took me years and years of generally not feeling quite “up to par” for me to hear, “Stop drinking caffeine and exercise” for me to take it to heart. Now, if I don’t incorporate a short bike ride into my daily schedule, things feels a bit off. And it’s fun to get outside, especially since many of us are so tied to our computers.

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5.  Take time for yourself. We’ve all heard this a million times, I’m sure. Taking time for yourself can mean many things for different people. I do yoga several times a week. It keeps me limber so I can ride my horse. And riding my horse is something I do solely for my benefit. I get to be in the wilderness, breathe fresh air, see the trees and the sun and the flowers and the birds. Which really makes me happy and does wonders for my mental health. Find something you like to do and DO it. For YOU.

THIS IS BY NO MEANS A COMPLETE LIST. There are other things, like having a yearly dental exam, losing excess weight, etc., but these are a few of my favorites.

WHAT WILL MATTER

I realized on New Year’s Eve that I was scheduled to write a post for January 3rd.  I thought about what I could say to wish everyone reading Women Unplugged a Happy New Year. So I decided to repost what I read in my friend Sheri de Grom’s blog today. It’s just too valuable to keep to myself and I hope it has meaning to you throughout the year 2014 and the year after that and the years after that.

“What Will Matter”  by Michael Josephson

“Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you where beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but how you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter are not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.”
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