Carolyn L. Braun (

Plans for the new year – eat the dessert!


We’re a couple of weeks into a new decade, a new year. It’s the time of year for making resolutions, goals and plans. For some us us – in our somewhat tarnished golden years, however, it is time to make to-the-end-of-life plans. This is not about planning to die – which will happen to all of us. It is planning to live the best life we can as long as we can.

Following are a number of suggestions to consider:

  1. Spend your money. Don’t save it to give to others. If you want something – and can afford it – buy it. It doesn’t have to be something you need. Also, buy the deluxe model – if you want it. Don’t settle for the stripped-down version.
  2. Eat the dessert. I often find that, if I wait to the end of the meal, I am too full for the dessert. There are only so many opportunities left for dessert. Try eating dessert first – or – occasionally just eat the dessert. I had french fries, a malt and a piece of my favorite (lemon) pie once for lunch. I felt like a criminal – but a happy criminal.
  3. Stay up late or sleep in. This is especially true if you are retired or it is on the weekend. Don’t change your plans for everyone else. Just do it.
  4. Plan for each day. It is good to have a purpose each day – something you want to accomplish. However, make your plans knowing full well that your plans might change. You might not have the energy. Even better – you might decide to do something else. And that is okay.
  5. Travel. If you have issues that prevent long-distance travel, take a day trip. It doesn’t have to be a long day trip. Just somewhere different. If you can’t travel at all, get some books and travel through the words or watch travel videos or TV shows. (Don’t forget to use any senior discounts that are offered!)
  6. Either continue or get a hobby or hobbies. Remember – ‘creativity is intelligence having fun.’ (Albert Einstein)
  7. Attend social events. Socialize and put your focus on others. Listen to what they say – and while you do that, you will not dwell on your own issues. It doesn’t have to be a big event. Go to lunch, meet someone for coffee, go to the library, go shopping, go to a movie, go to a local baseball game, etc. Even better – go to a concert or listen to music. Music is good for your soul.
  8. Be kind. There is a lot of mean-spirited conversation now. Stay away from that. But also don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself if necessary.
  9. Take care of yourself. Follow the medical advice of your doctor(s), nurses(s) and other medical staff. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions. You are your best advocate.

Thanks for reading! I hope you will return.

The recipe for Lemon Meringue Cupcakes is found on the World Financial News website. A quick google search will take you there.

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