3 easy ways to kick start your Spectacular New Year


Feeling Spectacular means eating in a healthy way. Think through your food selections. Make your nutrition choices something worthy of the Spectacular life you will be living! That means you quit the all-day snacking. Stop reaching for the junk food. And forget about skipping meals. Feel better about your life by feeding your body better. Picture yourself in something SaSS-Y! (rather than sweatpants.)

Drink More!

Water that is. Replace some of the calories from juice, soda and alcohol. Fewer calories could mean weight loss. Which always makes us feel better. And feeling better is a big part of living a Spectacular life. Refocus on that SaSS-Y! image you generated earlier in this post.

Be Merry!

Can’t live a Spectacular life if you are wallowing in a negative attitude! Bust out of it! You decide how you feel about your circumstance. Turn that frown upside down. You don’t have to whistle a happy tune, but you do have to reframe your thinking. Find a joke, silly song or comical sit-com rerun to get your mood elevated each day.

You are well on your way to living 2021 in a Spectacular way! Reply to let me know what you are doing to move into the Spectacular you

Looking for a way to Spectacularize this holiday season? Send me an email from the contact page. Just type the word ‘GIFT’ in the message box. And I’ll send you 6 Ways to Merry Your 2020 Christmas. A gift from me to you – to brighten your holiday season

Those were the days!

I am experiencing a streak of nostalgia! In the last post I shared memories of cherished Sunday afternoon drives with my Grandfather, and the special treat he sometimes provided by stopping at Dairy Queen®.

This recalled another memory. A few years ago, I invited a dozen or so friends to join me in celebration of my birthday at the DQ® near my home. The store was usually not very busy on Saturday afternoons. So the date was set for lunch on the Saturday of my birth week.

It was my first opportunity to enjoy a DQ® cake and the manager could not have been more gracious while explaining the various options. He even offered to customize the decoration!

For me, a gathering is not really a party if there isn’t entertainment. So, entertainment I provided. Yo-yos, wheelies, spinning tops, whistles, bubble makers, kazoos, sketchers, and even miniature air hockey games.

We had a great time that afternoon. At least I did! So did the other customers as they observed my friends of all ages enjoy the trip down memory lane with me.

Sharing this memory with you is another way to show how SaSS-Y we each are in our unique way. You may not have sweet memories of Dairy Queen®. But you DO have fond memories.

Instead of dwelling on what we cannot do today, why not revive a distant memory that evokes thoughts of days past? Revel in them for a while. Resurrect them. Bring them momentarily back to life. Enjoy them again while you allow them to envelope you in the warmth they originally generated.

I think that is a pretty SaSS-Y! thing to do.


Photos: S. Richardson


One of my fondest childhood memories is of afternoon drives with my Grandfather. Every once in a while he would gather the grands on a Sunday and drive out into the country-side. Sometimes it was with my siblings. Others included my cousins. But regardless of who else was along, it was going to be a grand time!

Those were the days before seatbelts. The days before electric windows. The days of huge steering wheels and shiny hubcaps. I remember a number of different cars, but most were Chevrolet®. Always clean, with gigantic windows; front, side and back.

I always enjoyed time with my Grandfather. But these drives were extra special. Often we would stop at Dairy Queen®!   I thought it was the best ice cream!  So soft, with the delicate curl at the top of the cone. It was never too hard, never too cold. Always. Just right. Spectacular!

Maybe that is where I developed my desire for a spectacular life. The joy of a Sunday afternoon ride in the country, sweetened by a Dairy Queen® treat.

Joy in the simple things in life. Time with special people. Warm memories of cherished events.

Dig down in your treasure chest of memoires. Find those SPECTACULAR moments and live them all over again.

Let’s hear it for the SPECTACULAR life! Let’s hear it for the SaSS-Y Women!

Let’s Talk!

Experts tell us that social isolation is detrimental to both physical and mental health. That is why it is so important for us to stay connected with ‘the outside world’ during our aloneness.  So whether by choice or by chance – we must work to include communication of some sort into our SaSS-Y! routines.

Calls, cards, letters, texts, emails and video chats are all great resources to help us stay connected. They provide ways for us to communicate when distance, mobility or health prevent one-on-one visits.

But what about those who have a limited number (or no one) with whom to communicate? AARP has an answer! One of the resources offered by the organization is The Friendly Voice.

We all need someone to chat with from time to time – and The Friendly Voice is available.  Request a call by signing up with AARP. Or call directly to speak with someone.

But the Sass-Y! thing about this?  It is a volunteer opportunity that does not require you to leave home. AARP trains the volunteers; all you need is a phone and the willingness to help a neighbor.  

 Learn more about Friendly Voice at 1-888-281-0145 or visit AARPCommunityConnections.org. Sounds Spectacular to me!   Enjoy!