Sunday Seniors on the Move: A round-up of news about active senior citizens around the world.

We all need to take part in the events in and around our communities. Participating in these events, either by being a part of the organization, or by attending as a spectator, keeps us informed on what’s happening in our world.

Here are a few happenings around the globe where senior citizens have taken advantage of staying active:

NEW YORK: Poughkeepsie Journal, Senior News: Free tour days on the Walkways Offered

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130609/LIFE10/306090039/Senior-News-Free-tour-days-on-the-Walkway-offered

UNITED KINGDOM: Todmorden News, Words Translate into Trips for Town’s Senior Citizens

http://www.todmordennews.co.uk/community/words-translate-into-trips-for-town-s-senior-citizens-1-5739823

INDIA: India Today, Delhi Government Plans more Recreational Centres for Senior Citizens

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/delhi-govt-plans-more-recreational-centres-for-senior-citizens/1/279256.html

LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas Sun, 10 Activities Senior Citizens Can Do This Summer in Las Vegas

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/08/10-activities-senior-citizens-can-do-summer-las-ve/#axzz2VlhosbE3

What’s going on in your corner of the world? Let me know about which activities are most important to you. Please leave a comment.

Setting Goals and Holding Yourself Accountable

VACATION 2010 Grand Canyon

Mridu Khullar Relph has been an inspiration to me since I became interested in writing for a living a few years ago. I even keep a folder on my desktop of her most useful posts. Whenever I run into a writing snag, I think, “What would Mridu say?” and then I look for the solution in my files.

So this morning, I was scrolling through recent blog posts and ran across this idea about setting goals and holding yourself accountable. I decided now would be a good time to set some goals of my own for the next five years.

In my wildest dreams, what  five goals do I want to accomplish over the next five years? Some of these may sound a little ambitious, but hey, I’m dreaming here, okay!

1.       Make a six-figure income a year, from writing.

2.       Become a prolific photographer and travel writer.

3.       Publish my first children’s book: Tommy’s T-shirt.

4.       Run a 5k race in every state in the USA. Use the experience to fulfill goal #2.

5.       DRIVE from North America to the southern tip of Argentina (and back, of course).   Again, using the experience to fulfill goal #2.

 

Check back to see how it goes, and feel free to share your thoughts.

Romance or Reality?

The idea of contemplating your life while sitting at a desk in front of a picture window overlooking a busy street (or country lake, or pounding ocean) sounds romantic and serene. However, the reality of it is when your income depends on you generating multiple ideas, marketing those ideas, and producing articles that entertain and amaze editors and readers, your life will be anything but serene, at times.

The stress created by deadlines and phone calls isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I prefer to work under a strict schedule, with frequent deadlines to keep me pushing forward. I am a procrastinator by nature, and when left with too much time to sit and think, I become lazy and depressed. As long as I know someone is expecting me to produce a product that is well researched, concisely written, and utterly mesmerizing to read, I can resist the temptation to put things off for a later time.

Unfortunately, there can be stretches of time when you will not have editors beating down your door to have you write that mesmerizing piece, what then? How can you fill the time when there is no strict schedule?

During the time between deadlines and commitments, I take time to read, to write lists of things I want to accomplish, some day, and to send query letters to potential clients. I set up my own “schedule” for each of these activities, to keep from lapsing into depression and procrastination.

There are those days though, when sitting at a desk in front of a window that overlooks a busy street, I find myself contemplating the past, present, and future. It’s a beautiful life, and I wouldn’t change a minute of it.

What do you do when your romantic ideals and reality clash? Please share your thoughts.