Monday, August 26, 2013

The End of Summer

September marks the end of another great summer for me here in my Jensen’s community. There were so many great events that took place over the summer that I cannot wait till next summer to do them all over again.  Here are some highlights of the events that I participated in: July 4th picnic, weekly water aerobics, swimming, monthly ice cream socials, three pot luck dinners and of course just visiting with friends and neighbors in the community building as well as at my house or theirs. 

Some pictures of the events that happened this summer are below.

As you can see everyone had a great time!  We didn’t let Mother Nature “rain” on our fun; we just moved the activities inside and still had a great time.

Not only did I get to enjoy all of these great activities, but I also went on several trips and visited with my family and grandchildren.   Sometimes I just enjoy just walking around the community and seeing all of the beautiful flowers that my neighbors planted. It gives me some ideas for the types of flowers I want to plant next year! 

As we head into the fall, with all the colorful foliage and great weather, we start to plan for the holidays.  I am looking forward to spending time with my family, but also all the fun events that are planned in our community for the upcoming months. 

Until Next Time,

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Realigning Priorities

People often say that as we get older the years fly by.  It does seem true, but makes us realize we do need to enjoy life.  When we were young and impatient we couldn’t wait to be 16 to get a driver’s license or reach the age to vote.  While everyone doesn’t look forward to the big milestones (30? - 50 ugh! - 70 really?) with equal vigor, they should celebrate and embrace life!

There is no stopping time but there are ways to make time more productive and enjoyable no matter how you might choose to define or spend it.  Most would agree that family and friends would rank on the top of the list while home maintenance would not.  Your work may rank somewhere in between.  It is really about the choices we make and how we look at our priorities that will help us determine the rewards we can achieve.  Think about what is taking up your time and what you would prefer to do.  Do you have the balance that is appropriate for this stage of your life?

So much time is spent with financing and work around the home.  Streamlining those items can help make more quality time for activities we like to pursue whether it is spending it with family, pursuing hobbies, travel or volunteer work.  Realigning priorities as we move to retirement is a process not an event.  Shifting should come in stages so we can adjust and make changes that better suit us.  A plan is needed!  If you are not quite ready to sell and move from the family home, you might start thinking a lot more about what you want.  Start looking for places that will better suit your current lifestyle and add to your discretionary time.

Kris Jensen III

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