Hi there– Everyone should have at least one smartsy friend. I know I do. I don’t just say that because she has a journalism degree from Cal or that she sets me to reading books I probably would not have attempted each month for our Lit Group. It’s because when Jenni talks, we’re all ears.
Like yesterday. A bunch of us got together for breakfast and Jenni gave a little chat, to all of us sixty-ish friends, about living your last decades well. She promised to give us 50 good ideas, so I thought I’d pass along a few:
Leaving a legacy– Your testimony is the best thing you can leave your children. You don’t have to be a writer to tell your story… (also family jewelry is nice to pass on now!)
Food– Stop clipping recipes (I don’t know if I agree with that one!) and perfect your best simple meals. Plant a veg garden. And streamline your kitchen. Do you really need all those gadgets?
Clothing– Get to the size you want to be and stay there! Then invest in timeless clothing with pieces that all work together (Pretend you are packing for a trip).
Housing– Is it time to downsize? “Keep nothing in your home you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris.
Books, Magazines, Paper– You don’t need to keep every book you’ve read. Use the library! And as for piles of paperwork– “Consolidate, sort, act on it”
Gifts– Give your family and friends events/memories, not more stuff. She took her grown son the the NCAA basketball playoffs for his birthday. Now that’s fun!
Relationships– Put your time and energy here. She used the quote, “Spend all your kisses.” Don’t let hurts go unreconciled.
Planning and Dreaming– She said, “There is great health in having dreams & goals.” and “If you intend to be a lifelong learner, you will have a quality end of life.” Then she told about an 85 year old nurse friend who does medical missions trips still.
She summed it all up mentioning a life lived with “intensity & intention”. Loved that. Thanks (once again!) Jenni for giving me so much to think about…
PS- The photo above is Jenny at her front door with her sweet husband, Jim.