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Someone once said to me; “Why don’t you just age gracefully”
I am still not sure what that person meant or even what the term “growing old gracefully” means? Perhaps I should have asked.
My definition of growing old gracefully is taking care of myself and being the best version of my current self!
I try to do the right things; stay out of the sun, I don’t smoke, get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat right and the list goes on!
Sure I have a couple of Botox injections a year and have had Thermage® http://www.thermage.com/ done 3 times in 10 years, but I haven’t had any plastic surgery done or anything extreme; I’m just trying to maintain my youthfulness.
Part of my looking younger is really genetics, the rest is all up to me. I believe what I am doing is exactly that; I am growing old gracefully! Who says we have to just get into the proverbial rocking chair at a certain age and start wasting away or start neglecting ourselves and not caring about our appearance! Of course we should!!

Shame on you if you are one of “them”

I get compliments all of the time about how great I look for my age (I am still 29 haha) and of course that makes me feel great. But there is no magic pill for youthfulness!
Aside from genetics it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, you can’t just throw some lotion on your face and call it a day, it really is a combination of many things that you do that will keep you young.

I will be writing a book about anti-aging not sure how long it will take me but it is in the works so look for it in the next year or two.
Until then, stay young and don’t let anyone tell you any different!
Oh by the way, the person that told me I should just age gracefully; that was my daughter. I believe once she is my age she will have a different perspective. I love her and all of my children more than words can convey!

Look for my next topic on age discrimination.

Betty J Budd

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I am Jay, a YESS Champion

Posted: December 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am Jay, a YESS Champion.

Become a Y.E.S.S. Champion today!

Please become a Y.E.S.S. Champion today and help this wonderful organization and the youth in our wonderful city!

Then connect to me please. My ode is FZ74

Thank you

Here is the link

http://www.yess.org/events/champions-of-yess

Betty J

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Blog | Giving Tuesday

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Blog | Giving Tuesday.

I posted a picture on Facebook the other day, here it is:

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I was surprised, shocked and disappointed that not one person made a single comment! Not a one! I had posted a picture of my new car last month and got a ton of likes and comments. Pictures of my vacation; tons of likes and comments! (Of course I didn’t want anyone to “like” the picture above) but I was expecting some acknowledgement of the situation though; empathy maybe, something, anything, but no, nothing! I am hoping that maybe the message was taken to heart by some and they just didn’t comment.

I am even more surprised that there are homeless youth in a place like Edmonton, AB, Canada! According to The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Canada is the 9th richest country in the world and many sources show that the richest province in Canada is Alberta! So why are our children living on the streets? I don’t have an exact number; not even one homeless youth is acceptable!  I know that number is much higher or we would not have a place like Y.E.S.S. Thank God for this organization! http://www.yess.org/  I went to this website after seeing this picture and found a great need: I decided to post the “In-Kind Donation”, wish-list http://yess.org/donate/in-kind-donation/ on my Facebook with the following comment:

“While you’re all out Xmas shopping, how easy would it be to pick up 1 or 2 of these items?”

This Week’s Wish List

  •  Healthy snacks (nuts, yogurt, fresh fruit, etc.)
  • Granola bars
  • Juice boxes (100% juice)
  • Sports rehydration drinks (Gatorade, Fuze etc. – not energy drinks)
  • Fruit cups (unsweetened)
  • Tuna/canned meats
  • Pasta sauces
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shoes (new or gently used)
  • Deodorant
  • Sweatshirts/hoodies
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrushes
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Feminine care products

One person responded, and that person was in “the system” as a youth and knows very well the hardship these young people encounter. I hope to post his story in the near future! I was wishing that everyone would have commented or at least liked the post, but again bitter disappointment. This didn’t deter me; I got some of the items on the list and brought them to the shelter. I vowed to myself to “make a difference”.  And that is what I intend to do! And I am asking anyone reading this to please, go one step further, however that looks for you; a donation of a needed item, a one-time cash donation, a monthly donation, volunteering, just please do something more than nothing!

I have travelled and seen many homeless youth in 3rd world countries, but Canada! But I am even more dismayed that more isn’t being done and that it isn’t being acknowledged as much as it should be.  If this was a young child on that sidewalk, there would be outrage! But suddenly between the ages of about ten and 13 those children are transformed, but in reality are still very much childlike inside but are suddenly viewed as adults by the vast majority of the population, including some of their parents and even discriminated against. It is a fact that the adolescent brain continues to develop until about the age of 25. Physically teenagers appear to be adults but cognitively our youth are still very immature, the parts of the brain that are responsible for expressing emotions and for seeking gratification tend to mature sooner than the regions of the brain that control impulses and that oversee careful decision making. As one expert puts it  http://preventionhub.org/training/adolescent-brain the teenage brain “has a well-developed accelerator but only a partly developed brake.” This is one reason why teenagers sometimes make poor decisions and sometimes turn to drugs. If they come from an unhealthy dysfunctional environment, it is just one more hill to climb. As the old saying goes; “It takes a community to raise a child”. Well, come on community! Get on the band wagon!

More to come……

© Betty J Budd