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Meet Dr. Ramani Durvasula: Psychologist and Relationship Coach //wp.readers.com/blog/holiday-traditions-advice/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:05:44 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=11995 Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!  Meet Dr. Ramani Durvasula, our latest Glass(es) Half […]

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Midlife Advice

Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips! 

Meet Dr. Ramani Durvasula, our latest Glass(es) Half Full contributor! Dr. Ramani is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, and relationship expert. Read her guest post below for advice on how to make the most of the holidays!

Enjoying the holidays

Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Dr. Ramani Durvasula

The holidays can spin out of control as we get older, our families grow, and our expectations get bigger. I think we all realize that the sweet spot and magic of the holidays is found in the experiences and not in the stuff (we’ve taken enough trips to Goodwill to recognize what happens to those gifts!). Here are my six tips to continue holiday traditions as your family gets bigger!

1. Trim it down.

As families get bigger, the gift-giving expectations can spin out of control. I have observed that large families will often do a gift exchange where they pick names out of a hat and set a budget.

2. Pay attention and build on the traditions you have in place.

Some families have traditions that are as old as the hills. You might feel like you don’t have any tradition, but you probably do! You just might not have realized that after 10 years of doing the same things, traditions are formed.

I am divorced, and yet my ex and I keep some key holiday traditions in place. One of our daughters is in high school, but her dad still leaves carrots and bells in his front lawn and the girls go look for them on Christmas morning (with some fake eye-rolling but tremendous appreciation). The family structure may have changed, but those traditions act as the glue that keeps us all connected. Cookie baking, tree trimming, menorah lighting — these simple things matter!

3. Make it about the kids.

The treasure of the holidays is watching adults make time for kids and seeing kids just be kids. Focus on the throwback elements of the holidays. For most of us, the holidays are an evocative time. Think about what you loved as a kid and what you wish had been different. Then, make it happen!

4. Don’t forget your friends.

The frenzied focus on family is lovely, but remember all of the people who are there for you the rest of the year, too. For many of us, particularly as we get older, it is our friends we rely on. Don’t lose that during the holiday season. Whether it’s a getaway, a party, a night out, or a gift exchange, make sure you celebrate your friends!

5. Give back.

Every agency in town hosts holiday events, and it can be wonderful to give back whether at a meal program or by providing gifts to families in need. It is a reminder of what this time of year should be about. Bonus points if you find a way to engage your family’s younger generations as well!

6. Let it go.

Lives and families change over time, and traditions might too. Your daughter may spend the holidays with her in-laws or you might lose a family member. Don’t make the holidays about ego and perceived rejection — be nimble and flexible in the face of change and find new ways to celebrate.

Thank you to Dr. Ramani Durvasula for sharing her advice with us just in time for the holidays! Be sure to stop by her website for more advice on everything from relationships to health and wellness.

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Meet Rhonda Caudell: Family Caregiving Coach //wp.readers.com/blog/advice-on-being-a-caregiver/ Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:31:48 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=11367 Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips! This month’s […]

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Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

This month’s Glass(es) Half Full post is written by Rhonda Caudell. Rhonda is a relationship and communication expert who helps families work through caregiving solutions. She believes developing long-term strategies and focusing on the positive of caregiving, rather than the negative, can tremendously help families confront what can often be an emotional time. For more information on Rhonda’s Endless Legacy coaching services, visit her website! Read on for her expert guidelines and advice on:

How to Be a Better Caregiver

Rosalynn Carter once said: “There are only four kinds of people in the world, those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” If you are a caregiver or are just beginning to see signs that your aging parent is losing their ability to live independently in a safe manner, you are not alone. As the population ages and more people develop chronic illnesses, the number of adults who find themselves caring for a sick or elderly family member continues to increase.

Another common thread among these adults is that no matter your age, education, or life experiences, most people are at a loss when it comes to the “how-to” steps of caring for aging parents. If you still have one or both parents living and you choose to accept the fact that they may need your help as they continue to age, I offer you the following list of helpful strategies and tips. This methodology behind caregiving can positively affect both their future and yours!

Note: Perhaps you are already a parent caregiver and things aren’t going so well. If that’s the case, use these guidelines to help change your strategy as if you are starting all over.

Caregiving Tips and Advice from Rhonda Caudell

1. Assess the conversations you currently have with your parent(s):

  • Do you do most of the talking, or do they?
  • What are they saying, or not saying, about their future?
  • Are you truly using your best listening skills during conversations?
  • Does what they say and what they do match?
  • Is it difficult to get them to consider the possibility of needing help?
  • Do they treat you as if you are still their child and not a responsible adult?
  • Do you speak to them as if they are a child?

2. Adapt conversations and develop strategies that lead to a long-term care plan:

  • Ask questions and listen in a way that will allow your parents to open up to you about how they want to live out their final years.
  • Write down what they say even if it is not realistic. Your goal is to help them find a plan as close as possible to what they want, while keeping in mind what is realistic.
  • Have a family meeting to set guidelines for the future.
  • Reaffirm that all actions are from love and respect for the parents and will only be taken with their permission.
  • Plan steps and actions that will allow them to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
  • Solicit anyone’s help who is willing and list what actions they can provide.
  • Gather your team of professionals to help: legal, financial, in-home care providers, physicians, pharmacists, and social service providers (to name a few).
  • Identify others to help: church members, neighbors, friends, or extended family.

3. Implement the plan and adapt as situations change:

  • Create a communication system that allows everyone on the team to get regular updates and report the results of their actions.
  • Have backup plans and crisis prevention where possible.

If you work through these guidelines and still, none of your efforts seem to be working, it might be time to seek the assistance of an objective party. Get in touch with someone of integrity and authority who your parents trust, a professional conflict mediator, or a skilled geriatric care professional to help work through tough issues.

Thank you Rhonda for these helpful tips on developing an effective and thoughtful caregiving strategy! For more guidance from Rhonda, head on over to her coaching site Endless Legacy

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4 Steps to Health & Happiness in Midlife //wp.readers.com/blog/self-improvement-women-over-40/ Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:48:29 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=11250 Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips! Meet Debra Boulanger, our latest contributor in our […]

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Glasses Half Full

Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

Meet Debra Boulanger, our latest contributor in our Glass(es) Half Full series! Deb is an expert in helping women over 40 renew their lives, often after a time of crisis or change. She approaches the women she coaches with objective-based plans to help them actively work toward new goals in health and happiness. Whether it’s issues with food, relationships, or work, Deb loves helping women move closer to living a happier life on their own terms. Read her guest post below for inspiring advice for women and four steps you can take now to begin your transformation!

Deb Boulanger

Here we are – in midlife! You might find yourself asking, how did this happen so quickly?

Where’s the energy I used to have?
Why can’t sleep through the night?
Where is the passion, excitement, and fun in my life?
What happened to my brain?
And by the way, have you seen my glasses?

Don’t get me wrong. I love being my age. I’m 57 and have never been happier or healthier than I am right now. But I had to do some work to get here, and in the process, I created a formula for health and happiness that anyone can follow.

Most women I work with don’t start paying attention to themselves until something goes wrong — a scary health report, divorce or death of a spouse, an unplanned career change, or a sudden heartbreak from an empty nest. It’s then when they wake up and say, “What about me? I’ve spent so many years taking care of everyone else around me, what do I do now?”

Great question. What do you do now?

Here is my four-step guide to health and happiness in middle age. Start now! There’s no sense in waiting until something goes wrong. The amazing part about this process is that once you start changing your life in one area, you will start looking around you and creating more ways to feel happier in other areas. You’re not getting any younger, so what are you waiting for?

Step 1: Start where you are.

The first step is to make an honest assessment of what’s working and what’s missing in your life right now. I created a quick and easy quiz called The Happiness Quotient® that will help get you there. Hint: you can go ahead and take it now, here!

Step 2: Create your vision.

Where in your life are you least satisfied? Start asking yourself: “What does it look like when I feel happy and satisfied with my health, money, relationships, career, or spiritual life?” Get a journal and paint a wonderful future vision of how you would like to feel. What would you be doing? Who would you be doing it with? What does being happy look like to you in that area of your life?

Step 3: Pick a starting point.

Ask yourself, “What one thing could I do right now to move me closer to that vision?” It could be to schedule a date with a friend. Take a walk. Eat organic and healthy foods. Create a budget. Ask for a raise. Start your own business. Meditate or pray. Whatever it is for you, make a promise to yourself to take action!

Step 4: Watch out for your inner critic.

We can’t help it. Each of us has an inner mean girl. She keeps you safe, but sometimes keeping you safe also holds you back. She may say things like, “You could never afford that.” “You won’t stick to that routine, you’ve fallen off the wagon before.” “Who is going to date you at your age and in that body?” “Why should I ask for a raise, I probably won’t get it.”

It hurts to hear it out loud, but it’s true isn’t it? Now is the time to live outside your comfort zone. Staying in your comfort zone is what got you here in the first place, so tell your inner mean girl, “I’ve got this.” I love midlife because every day is a new opportunity to push myself further, try something new and bust out of these self-limiting beliefs.

Since my divorce four years ago, I have completely changed my diet and started my own business. I meditate daily and have found new love. But I didn’t do this all on my own — I had a team. I tapped top experts who could guide me on the path of where I wanted to be. I hired a health coach, a career mentor, and even a love coach. I called them Team Deb.

Think about it: Who do you want on your team?

I have an amazing vision for my future and take steps every day to ensure that my next number of years on this planet, however long that might be, will be lived to the fullest!

Thank you to Deb for taking the time to give us such valuable, motivating advice! Make sure you visit Deb’s website and check out more of her resources on living a healthy and happy midlife!

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7 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Midlife //wp.readers.com/blog/self-improvement-tips-for-midlife/ Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:39:39 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=11120 Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips! We’re excited to introduce Wayne Levine as a […]

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Glasses Half Full

Readers.com asked midlife topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

We’re excited to introduce Wayne Levine as a guest writer for today’s post. Wayne is a professional life coach, specializing in guiding men through midlife and helping them become the best fathers, partners, and leaders they can be. He’s the author of Hold On to Your N.U.T.s: The Relationship Manual for Men and spearheads BetterMen Weekend Retreats. While Wayne mainly coaches men, his advice below is beneficial to anyone looking for inspiration as they navigate midlife. Take it away Wayne!

Wayne Levine: Life Coach

Oy! That was the sound of aging in my family. A refrain heard often these days from folks our age. Bending over. Oy! Dealing with your kids for the hundredth time over the same issue. Oy! Having to hear the same complaints from your aging parent, again and again. Oy! Being invited to an interesting or exciting event that may go past your bedtime. Oy!

As we get older, many of us tend to grow less tolerant, less physical, and less willing to be adventurous. Oy! That’s no way to grow older! As a 53-year-old, I might have a little more wisdom than some, and a little less than others. But I know this: I feel younger now than I have in decades. So let me share some of the wisdom I’ve received from those wiser than me that has guided me to make positive changes as I’ve entered mid-life. Here are seven ways to make the most out of mid-life!

1. Stop Acting Your Age

When was the last time you went to a night club? “Oh, that music is for the kids, not us.” Oy! To that I say, phooey! Being the only 50-year-old in a sea of 20-somethings might not sound like your cup of tea. But once you focus on enjoying the music and the dancing and your date, your age simply vanishes. Plus, being amidst that young energy is invigorating.

Being self-conscious is natural. But allowing it to cheat you from having the kinds of amazing nights you had when you were 20 or 30, is down right criminal. My wife and I have been those old folks in a sea of kids, even with our own kids. And I’m always amazed at how few of our contemporaries are there. “Don’t they realize what they’re missing?” I always wonder. I guess not.

Whether it’s a music festival, a trip to an amusement park, picking up a musical instrument for the first time, learning a new language, painting, or taking a class at a community college, doing now what you might have done when you were younger is one way to stay cool. And when was the last time you entertained the possibility of being cool?

2. Use Your Body

Use it or lose it. It’s easy to look around to see those who have chosen to lose it. But there are also so many good examples of men and women who have chosen to get the most joy possible out of their bodies. Yoga, cycling, hiking, Pilates, running, surfing, boxing, and martial arts are all excellent ways to keep your body strong and your mind sharp.

Some of you may be reluctant to jump in for fear of looking foolish when compared to those who’ve been at it for a while. Poppycock! This is your world, too. You have every right to explore and discover whenever it suits you. Once you start, you’ll never look back.

3. Seek Out Healers

Whatever’s been ailing you, there are countless competent and innovative healers who just might have the solution you need. Nutritionists, chiropractors, Chinese medicine doctors, naturopaths, holistic dentists, healers who work with body, colon therapists, and many more specialists offer new and ancient ways to learn about your body, to nourish it, and to heal it.

Don’t let your aches and pains convince you that your time has come and gone. Fight for your health and build a team to fight for it with you.

4. Quit Assuming You Know

The older we get the more closed-minded many of us become. Been there, done that. Well, maybe sometimes, but not always. I spend several hours a week with men who think they’re the smartest guys in the room. They really do. It’s funny. But just when they think they’ve got it figured out, invariably, some other dude makes a suggestion that upends everything that smart guy thought he had figured out.

When you open up to others, reveal yourself and ask for help, you will be astonished by the wisdom you receive. Getting stuck in ruts is a terrible but avoidable trap for the maturing. Don’t get trapped!

5. Be Spontaneous

Speaking of ruts, avoid getting stuck in one by making spontaneity a part of who you are and a part of what your relationship is all about. It’s so easy to get comfortable on that wonderful couch or recliner. Once you have a routine you enjoy, it’s easy to stop being creative, romantic, or adventurous. But it’s these equalities that keep us full of life. Be daring. Suggest new stuff to do. Tear it out of the Sunday paper and go!

Some of you may be afraid of hearing “NO” from your significant other. Well then, you just may have to go do it alone, first. If you want to make a change in your relationship, you’ll have to have a vision of what that relationship looks like, and then lead your partner down that path. Patience and commitment are key. Change can be very scary to some. But complacency can be deadly.

6. Improve Yourself  & Your Relationships

It’s all an inside job. How you show up to the world reflects how you feel physically, how satisfied you are with your choices, and how you feel about who you are. That’s why it’s critical that you continue to improve on your efforts to be the best you can be. That means reading, counseling, retreats, podcasts, and whatever else inspires you and motivates you to take action, to learn, and to become happier and more patient with yourself, your partner, and everyone else.

7. Embrace Your Spiritual Journey

One of the true gifts of maturing, if you’re fortunate enough to take notice, is to see the spiritual underpinnings of everything around us. Whatever your religious or spiritual bent, spend more time in prayer, meditation, or thoughtful contemplation. This work that brings you closer to your higher power is what will sustain you and guide you as you strive to be that healthier, vibrant, more loving and courageous adult.

And perhaps you’ll be able to replace that Oy with a much healthier Om.

Thank you to Wayne for sharing such great advice! Make sure you head on over to Wayne’s website for more life-coaching expertise, and don’t forget to check out his favorite Readers.com picks: The Jet SetterThe Arizona Bifocal Reading Sunglasses, and The Gershwin.

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5 Adventures You Can (And Should!) Take Now //wp.readers.com/blog/travel-tips-for-empty-nesters/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:05 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10937 Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach […]

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Glasses Half Full

Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

Today’s guest post comes from Donna Hull, the blogger and writer behind My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel. Donna and her husband Alan (he’s the photographer) travel the world recording their experiences and inspiring empty nesters to get off the couch and go! Donna was kind enough to share her top five adventure destinations for those ready to catch the travel bug. Read on for her picks!

Alaska Cruise Excursion

Is your idea of travel changing? Would you like to trade that seat on the tour bus for a swim with the rays in the South Pacific or a jet boat ride in New Zealand? You don’t have to be a hardcore adventurer to experience the adrenaline-pumping fun of trying something new. Here are five of my favorite boomer adventures. They’ll push your boundaries while boosting your confidence!

1. Kayaking in Alaska

On a small ship cruise in Alaska, my husband and I kayaked for the first time ever. The ship’s guide helped us into the kayak, offered instruction, then pushed our kayak out into the quiet cove. The only noise was the sound of our paddles dipping into the water, accompanied by the screech of a bald eagle peering down from a treetop. Cruises are a great way to try this type of adventure. Look for lines that offer activities divided by ability, like Un-Cruise Adventures — that way, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

2. Hiking in Glacier National Park

We stood in a meadow just off the trail to Bullhead Lake in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. The guide motioned for us to be quiet, as a moose and her baby slowly moved down the hillside. The moose’s heavy footsteps were accompanied by the clicking of cameras. It’s one of my favorite memories from a Road Scholar Hiking Program. Of course, I could have hiked on an independent trip to Glacier National Park, but enjoying the camaraderie of hikers in my general age bracket added to the experience. And knowledgeable guides meant that I learned something, too!

Donna and Alan Hull, My Itchy Travel Feet

3. Four-Wheeling in Colorado

The Jeep Rubicon lurched along a narrow trail climbing into the San Juan Mountains, farther out than our feet would ever be able to take us. Near a steep drop-off, I shut my eyes to avoid gazing down below. “Look at that!” my husband said. I opened my eyes to see a ghost town of abandoned vehicles, homes, and equipment — remnants from Colorado silver mining history. We discovered this combination of mountain scenery and history on a Jeep Jamboree. Prefer to have someone else do the driving? Many different types of guided tours are available in Ouray, Colorado.

4. Exploring Slot Canyons in Arizona

The journey started by walking along a crack in the Arizona desert. Soon, the crack widened, leading down a metal staircase into the twisty, curvy, colorful world of Lower Antelope Canyon. You won’t need a group to go exploring in Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona, but you will need to purchase a ticket and be accompanied by a Navajo guide for the real experience!

5. Swimming with Stingrays in Bora Bora

Can you find adventure on a cruise? I did on an excursion in Bora Bora. Standing in the crystal clear water of a lagoon, the guide fed a manta ray while I touched its silky, smooth skin. The rays glided around me, bumping into my chest looking for more food. I couldn’t stop giggling. It’s a cruise excursion worth repeating.

So, are you ready to jump off that tour bus and into adventure? Come on in. The water’s just fine!

Thank you so much to Donna for sharing her traveling adventures with us! Make sure you sign up for her newsletter on My Itchy Travel Feet for more boomer travel news and advice!

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5 Tips on Cooking for Empty Nesters with Nathan Lyon //wp.readers.com/blog/meet-chef-nathan-lyon/ //wp.readers.com/blog/meet-chef-nathan-lyon/#respond Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:49 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10654 Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach […]

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Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

Today’s Glass(es) Half Full post is by Emmy nominated chef Nathan Lyon. Nathan is known for his simple approach to cooking, which he captures in his book, Great Food Starts Fresh. Learn more about Nathan, his cooking shows, and cookbook on his website (plus try out a free recipe)! But for now, check out five tips from Nathan on cooking for empty nesters, and learn how to get excited about your kitchen all over again! Read on below.

Nathan Lyon - Chef and Cooking Show Host

Its been quite a few years since you’ve had the household to yourself, and now it’s time to slow down, breathe, and reassess how the heart of the house (the kitchen) is going to best function to suit your needs! Here are five tips to get you started:

Reacquaint yourself with cooking

You can finally say farewell to the days of cranking out large quantities of food geared towards your kid’s culinary interests. Now is the perfect time to rediscover what you and your partner actually enjoy eating! Set aside time to cook together and embrace one of life’s greatest pleasures — eating delicious foods that you want to eat at the time and place of your choosing.

Reclaim your kitchen

It’s time to spring clean your kitchen and reorganize. Go through your fridge, pantry, all cupboards and drawers, and pull everything out. Take inventory of what you have and make a plan to downsize. Do you really need 19 pots and pans? Even the one with the melted plastic handle? Now is the time to donate cooking items or appliances you haven’t used in the last two years. That box of pancake mix your kid said they had to have years ago that’s just taking up space? Say goodbye … off to your local food bank! When it comes to a well-stocked kitchen with good flow, remember that less is usually more.

Plan your meals in advance

One thing is for sure: Structure will set you free, which is why I recommend sitting down and planning out your weekly meals in advance. In this way, your shopping is streamlined into one weekly trip to the grocery store and/or your local farmers market. Gone are the days of asking, “What’s for dinner?” at 5:00 p.m. while standing motionless in a packed grocery store! How lovely, right? 🙂

Love your leftovers

Making meals that can be repurposed is a great habit. Here’s an idea: Extra grilled vegetables can be pressed into a warm cheese sandwich, baked into a tasty vegetable tart, or folded into tomorrow morning’s omelet. Freezing extra portions can be a time-saving tool as well. Single or double portions can be frozen for a quick meal down the road and freezing into individual portions offers you complete control over portion sizes.

Shop smart

Do you still need to purchase an entire gallon of milk every week? Chances are, no. What about that package of 30 chicken breasts for just the two of you? Probably not. Take time to re-examine how you shop. When you purchase items in bulk (not pre-packaged) it allows you to buy only what you need. Purchasing less equates to less waste, saving money, and less clutter in your kitchen!

Thank you so much to Nathan for taking the time to share his expert tips with us! We’re inspired to get back in the kitchen. 🙂 

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Meet Laura Schlafly: "Career Detour" Expert //wp.readers.com/blog/laura-schlafly-interview/ //wp.readers.com/blog/laura-schlafly-interview/#respond Thu, 29 May 2014 19:25:28 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10445 Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach […]

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Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

Today’s post features a professional who is more than just your typical career coach. Laura Schlafly has a passion for guiding midlife professionals through career changes. Whether her clients want to switch fields, build a new career from scratch, or simply investigate their opportunities, Laura has the experience to help them! She’s successfully switched career paths five times and wants to share what she’s learned with other midlife professionals. Read more about Laura’s story on her Career Choices website and check out her excellent advice on searching for a new job below!

Laura Schlafly: Career Expert

If you’re over 50, you might remember the 1970s television series, Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the Los Angeles homicide detective, Lt. Columbo. Every episode began with the commission of a crime. We all knew the perpetrator from scene one. The thrill was not from finding out who the criminal was, but watching Columbo work backwards and solve the case, clue by clue.

Searching for a new job can often feel like solving a case. In order to land on the right opportunity, you have to do some digging as you piece together the clues of your job search. Use these six crime-solving techniques, just like Lt. Columbo, to lead you in the right direction on your career detour.

1. Design your career first.

Search for the job only after you know what you want. This key point applies to everything, from custom crafting your resume, to targeting the companies you want to work for and the people you want to interview. Single-minded focus is the key here. Columbo always started his detective work with the outcome, then looked for the clues that led to it.

2. Pay attention to workplace fit.

This is important so that you don’t accidentally end up in the wrong job. Analyze what you enjoy, how you work, and what kind of work makes you proud. Jobs that showcase your talents and brilliance are where you should focus. Columbo’s work style was perfectly on point. His unassuming, affable manner always kept the perpetrator off guard.

3. Look for opportunities that present problems you know how to solve.

If you’re over 50, you have expert knowledge that an employer needs to tackle problems. This is your advantage over younger workers. Find companies facing challenges where your experience gives you an edge. Just like Columbo, be persistent and ask the right questions when researching opportunities.

4. Don’t cast a wide net.

By the time you hit midlife, you probably have expertise in more than one area. Yes, do research the jobs that fit, but hold back on applying until you’ve defined what you want. Remember, a well-aimed rifle is more effective than shotgun spray. This is how Columbo would do it — working from general to more specific clues as he closed in on his suspect.

5. Search creatively.

Columbo would never follow a single trail of inquiry. Likewise, just replying to online postings is no way to find a job. Managers prefer to interview and hire people they know, or who are referred by people they trust, so don’t wait until a job in your desired company is made public. Connect in advance with the decision makers and give them a concise proposal of results you could deliver. When a position does open, you are already known, which is much more effective than any resume.

6. Repeat steps 1-5.

Columbo kept after the suspect, with his classic line, “Just one more thing…” That’s pestering — your strategy is persisting. It’s easy to throw in the towel after a rejection and focus on the negative. Instead, keep it positive by using neutral statements like “another candidate was selected” and remembering that you are one step closer to a “yes.” It’s not a crime to get a “no,” but it’s criminal not to keep at it.

Laura, thank you so much for sharing your expertise with our Readers family! Don’t forget, you can read more of Laura’s career advice on her website

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The Best Men's Style Tips from Ask Andy About Clothes //wp.readers.com/blog/mens-style-tips-andy-gilchrist/ //wp.readers.com/blog/mens-style-tips-andy-gilchrist/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:43:32 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10200 Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach […]

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Glasses Half Full

Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips! 

Ask Andy About Clothes

Andy Gilchrist is a style expert from Southern California, author of the book The Encyclopedia of Men’s Clothes, and owner and editor of the high-trafficking men’s fashion site Ask Andy About Clothes. After working in men’s retail, Andy realized there was a need for a comfortable space in which men could ask their questions about style and fashion without feeling embarrassed. As a solution, Andy created his website! Ask Andy About Clothes continues to grow as more men take to the forums with their fashion conundrums. We asked Andy to share his style knowledge with us by dishing out some expert advice of his own. Read on for Andy’s fashion tips for men over 40!

Andy’s Style Tips for Men Over 40

1.  Always look your best

Think clothes don’t matter? Every time you leave the house or answer the door bell, dress  as if you are headed for a potential job interview. This of course can be casual dress (but nice casual), since we’re talking about going to the grocery store and running errands. You just never know who you might meet when you’re out in public!

2.  Say no to “Dad Jeans”

The ubiquitous jeans do not look good on most people. Have you heard of “Mom Jeans?” Well, “Dad Jeans” look bad, too. Replace them with khakis for casual outfits and dress trousers for more formal occasions.

3. Embrace your natural hair

Are you balding? Do you have grays? Bald looks best bald — just say no to combovers or wigs. Being bald is very masculine and actually has an appeal for the ladies. Gray also looks great and is much better than fake dark hair dye.

4.  Stylish socks

When you’re wearing business attire or dressing up for formal events, make sure your socks match the color of your trousers.

5.  Hat rules

Always remove your hat or cap when you enter a building, when the National Anthem is playing, and especially when you’re inside eating.

6.  Match your accessories

Belts and shoes should always match in color and fabric. For example, wear brown leather shoes with a brown leather belt.

7. Button up, not down

Never button the bottom button of your suit, sport jacket, vest, or cardigan sweater.

8.  Fit trumps all

When you’re picking out clothes, make sure what you wear is appropriate for the occasion and fits you well! Fit is the most important part of clothing. Inexpensive clothing, like a suit or jacket, can look just as great as its expensive counterpart if it’s been tailored to fit you perfectly.

9.  Become a color and pattern expert

Different colors and patterns flatter and accentuate your body in different ways. Vertical stripes play up height and slenderize. Simple patterns or solids in dark colors also look slimming. On the other hand, bold patterns expand anything they wrap.

10. Be careful with your billfold

Sitting on a bulky billfold can cause nerve and muscle damage that can lead to back pain. Clean out your billfold often. Carry two thin wallets in each of your front trouser pockets. You can even sort the important stuff like your driver’s license, credit cards, and cash from the insignificant — and hand over the insignificant wallet if you ever get mugged!

Thank you to Andy for sharing his advice. You’ve inspired us to always look our best!

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Fashion Tips for Women Over 40 from Stylist Bridgette Raes //wp.readers.com/blog/bridgette-raes-style-advice/ //wp.readers.com/blog/bridgette-raes-style-advice/#respond Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:31:57 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10172 Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach […]

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Glasses Half Full

Midlife can and should be the best years of our lives, but they can often fall short if we let life get in the way. To ensure they are the best, Readers.com asked topic experts to share special advice on everything from healthy living to planning for retirement. Our experts’ uplifting stories will inspire you to approach every situation with a Glass(es) Half Full mentality, so check back each month for more in this series and like us on Facebook for additional tips!

Bridgette Raes has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years. As author of Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want and president of Bridgette Raes style group, Bridgette knows style like we know reading glasses! We asked Bridgette to lend us her fabulous expertise on fashion for women over 40. Read her style tips below, and make sure you visit her website to learn more about Bridgette and her stylish life.

Bridgette Raes

Five Things Stylish Women Over 40 Should Know

The 40-year-old woman of today is nothing like who she was 40 years ago. It’s said that 40 is the new 30. While this may be true in regard to outer appearance and looking young, being 40 is nothing like being 30. It’s better. We, the 40+ women of today, are bolder, more vibrant, spicier, and a lot more comfortable in our own skin. We’re risk takers, truth-talkers, and we know what we want and where we are going. The second-guessing is over, the regrets of youth have now become valuable life lessons, and once the threshold is crossed, few 40-year-olds have much of a desire to go back to their younger days. Yes, 40 is the best kept secret among older women.

Yet, when it comes to style, embracing this inner power outwardly can seem difficult. How does this woman of a certain aplomb show the world that the best is yet to come? Here are five things I think that every stylish woman over 40 should know.

1. Dressing young and dressing youthful are two different things.

Young Vs. Youthful: Style Advice for Women Over 40

We must embrace age by recognizing the difference between dressing young and dressing youthful. When a woman dresses too young, she looks older, as if she is desperately clinging to her youth. Meanwhile, the woman who dresses in a youthful manner looks like she is honoring her age with pride.

2. Buy less and invest more.

A 40+ woman knows her own value and the value of her surroundings. We don’t have the time, nor desire, to keep anything around that doesn’t belong. We must keep our wardrobes small and tight and invest in ourselves by buying and wearing items of value.

3. Own at least one pair of nude shoes.

Nude Pumps

With a desire to have less and get more, and because it will elevate any look, the stylish 40+ woman needs at least one pair of nude pumps in her closet. Not only are they just as elegant as we are, but they have slimming and lengthening effects for showing off our legs.

4. Take risks.

By the time a woman reaches 40, she is done proving or explaining herself to others. Our wardrobes should reflect this. We must embrace ourselves and comfortably shows it off to the world! Don’t be afraid to be bold.

5. Accessorize!

accessories

Not only will accessories maximize the usefulness of a streamlined and value-driven wardrobe, but accessorizing is also one of the best ways to infuse everything that is amazing about us on the inside, outward.

Whether you’ve been embarking on the journey of your 40s and beyond for some time now or this is new terrain for you, these stylish tips will help you be just as bold on the outside as you already are on the inside!

Thanks again to Bridgette for her fashion tips! We can’t wait to try them out for ourselves. 

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