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Hey, there, you with the stars in your eyes ... where did that come from?!? LOL! I wanted to start off the blogette with a fun greeting and suddenly a very old song lyric from 1954 danced its way into my head. If you've been tuning in with me for a bit you've probably noticed this is not the first time that's happened. I love music and I grew up in a household where we played a lot of records. I think most of you remember records and if you don't, find an older person to explain it to you.

So, back to "Hey, there", what's up? How are you doing? If we were all sitting around in my living room right now, what would you have to say? I would love to have every one of you in a great, big (yet somehow cozy) parlor where we could chat and laugh, groan and sigh, reminisce and make plans. That's not about to happen for a bit, at least, but if you just want to talk, reply to this email me at or Message me. I'm up for a little connection without a mask.

Let's move on to a little more conversation about this week's MQ:

"Remember -- a belief is simply a thought you keep thinking."

As you know, I'm almost giddy since I realized that the key to a full, happy life is Healthy Habits. It feels like everything comes down to that and one thing that gets in our way is when our beliefs are off track. What gets in your way? Do you have thoughts along these lines ...?

  • I can't lose weight: my metabolism is too slow, it runs in my family, I don't have any will power, nothing works

  • I can't find ways to lower my stress: too many people count on me and that won't change

  • I can't meditate: my mind just keeps on racing and won't get quiet

  • I can't exercise: I'm too old, it's too late for me to start doing something I've never done, I don't like it and I can't run a mile or lift weights

  • I can't improve my health: this is just how it is, especially as we age, there's nothing I can do and I just need to accept it

What if you heard someone say all those things? Have you had some similar thoughts? Can you see how continuing to think this way leaves no room for possibility? Can you see how they become beliefs? How about changing some thoughts and creating new beliefs ...

  • I can create new habits and with support learn what works best for me to get me to a healthy weight.

  • I can learn to set boundaries that will benefit both me and others. I can learn to take care of myself and show others how to do the same.

  • I can find ways to get calm and be centered and it will be easier than I imagined.

  • I can walk down to the end of the driveway and back. Little my little, I can walk a little further and I can also find other ways that I enjoy to keep moving ... maybe dancing, yoga, or even roller skating.

  • I can learn how to make small differences in my own well-being through good nutrition and other healthy habits. Getting older can also mean getting better. I can start busting self-limiting beliefs.

See what I mean? Can you feel the difference in thinking one way over another? Can you see how it might serve you to let go of some of your beliefs and start thinking differently? I hope so because I know you can make one small change and start moving toward feeling better. You don't have to let go of all your beliefs. Just figure out which ones aren't serving you and start chipping away at them. This is what I wish for you.

Sparkles and Love,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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