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Growing up, I learned that saying thank-you was a basic common courtesy.

The occasion for saying thank-you wasn’t limited, and it was especially crucial for those times that you received a gift or a special consideration from someone.

I remember the first big event that required me to write many thank-you cards, my high school graduation. My mom was insistent that I get everything written and in the mail promptly.

I never knew what to say in those cards. My mom said I couldn’t just say thank-you and pop it in the mail. I had to say more than that.

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According to Merriam-Webster, self-discipline is the “correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement.”

Correction and regulation don’t sound like a lot of fun.

And for that matter, neither does discipline. But discipline is the key to freedom. It’s the key to healthy relationships, spiritual growth, financial independence, successful work, good health, and happiness.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11

Self-discipline leads to a full and meaningful life.

When I was younger…

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Is it just me, or does it feel like the job of the media is to keep the population angry and fearful? Headline after headline bears the bad news of recent events spun in such a way as to lead us to believe there is no way out with no end in sight. And when we buy into their propaganda, we start thinking that there is only one right answer, found in a political party.

Yet we tune in daily, sometimes for hours at a time.

Opinion-based media continues to stoke the flames of uncertainty, casting doubt on our hopes…

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Keep your mind sharp

Fitness isn’t just for your body, it’s also for your brain. Brain fitness boosts your cognitive function helping you to remain young, relevant, and healthy as you age.

How many times do you forget what you were doing in the middle of doing it? Lose your keys while holding them in your hand? Endure momentary lapses in memory due to brain fog?

Me: Wrote a grocery list so I wouldn’t forget anything.

Also me: Goes to grocery, leaves list at home.

Don’t chalk your forgetfulness up to age with a resigned sigh thinking there’s nothing that can be done. …

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The food we eat has significant implications for our overall health and wellness.

Statistics on diseases like heart disease, cancer, and auto-immune disorders are on the rise and escalating.

For all of our advancements in the medical field, we still don’t seem to be able to get a handle on root causes to eradicate these killers.

The most troubling is when people accept disease as part of life. As if it were a natural part of living, and there’s nothing that can be done about it.

I disagree, and here’s why.

Anything we do repetitively has long term implications for…

There are many health benefits of traveling, but less than 50% of Americans were taking advantage of them even before COVID-19. Now that we have a global pandemic, many people have yet another reason to add to their list of why they won’t travel.

This is a mistake.

One of the most significant health risks for Americans today is not taking vacations. I completely made that up, but I believe it’s real, and here’s the data to support my unscientifically proven point.

The statistics on American vacations

Americans have the lowest number of paid days off of any country in the world, according to a…

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Through a series of events, beginning with the quarantine and progressing through to a child with a broken collar bone requiring surgery, my daily routine continues to be in a state of seemingly perpetual upheaval.

While I enjoy change, I’m also a creature of habit at the same time. I like my routines, and I’m comfortable and productive in them. So when they are continually turned upside down, I’m guilty of giving in to a lack of motivation.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I wonder if by chance you have ever found yourself in a similar situation?

There are…

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In the United States, we are now in week five of quarantine and social distancing.

Life isn’t what any of us thought it would be when the year began. If you think too long about it, it could drive you mad.

Finding our way and adjusting to a new normal is imperative to remain sane during this unusual, unpredictable time in history. How you choose to respond to reality means the difference between going crazy or thriving despite your circumstances.

Quarantine Life: 8 Things You Need to Do This Week

1. Acceptance

We don’t know how long this quarantine will last, so just accept that this is where we are. Stop listening…

What lies do you believe about midlife?

About a year and a half ago, I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, “Well, is this how it’s going to be now?”

I believed that my fitness level was on a progressive downhill decline and that there was nothing I could do about it.

After hiring a personal trainer, and committing to a regular gym schedule, I’ve since discovered that this was not true!

We’ve all been told a lot of things about midlife, many of them are not valid. What do you believe that isn’t true?

4 Lies We Believe About Midlife

1. Weight gain is part of midlife aging, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Our metabolisms indeed continue…

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Have you ever struggled to get your mind off of your problems? Sometimes life can feel like a beat-down.

Volunteering is a proven way to get your mind off of your problems and has multiple health benefits as well.

This past Saturday, we attended a fund-raising event benefiting a local homeless program. It’s a comprehensive program designed to help willing people gain back their dignity and get on their feet again.

During the program, we were honored to hear the story of a single mom who found herself homeless in her early twenties. Through a series of poor choices, she…

Kaylene Mathews

Kaylene is a professional freelance writer. Interested in personal development, health/fitness, travel & continuous learning. Biz website:

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