A Pharmacist’s Advice on how to have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season

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Lisa King

I love the holiday season.  If you are like me, it is full of family, friends, shopping, eating and germs.  As much as I enjoy this time of year, I always end up getting a bad cold or a tummy bug that seems to occur at the worst time.  Luckily, this year I have a secret weapon and thanks to my friend, Lisa King sharing her insider tips, so do you!

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A Message To My Younger Me

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My daughter just turned 30 and I really want her to know that she is just beginning to live.  The first half of our lives is really about surviving. We work at doing well in school, growing in our careers, raising children and paying bills.  At a certain point we cross the line and the second half of our life is about thriving.  We can focus on what really matters to us.  We have raised our children, our careers are on point and hopefully our finances are more fluid for personal fun. 

The truth is we are a youth obsessed culture, if you have wrinkles and stretch marks, you are somehow less valuable to society.  The reality is if you have stretch marks, you are a super woman who has made another human to help take care of the world. If you have wrinkles, you have lived, survived and kicked ass at being a woman making her way in the world.

If I could talk to my 30 year old self, what advice would I give?  I would tell myself the following;

  1. Take care of your body, it really is the only one you will have
  2. Find someone who you love and who loves you for who you are, companionship is wonderful
  3. Learn to not take yourself so seriously, life will humble you and you have to laugh at situations you want to cry over
  4. Trust your gut…. it will never be wrong.  Your pre-conceived notions may be.
  5. Figure out what really makes you happy and always  find a way to make time for it.
  6. Believe in your self worth, you are enough as you are and you are spectacular.
  7. Getting older does not mean that you are less, you get better.  You are wiser, smarter and have more to offer.
  8. Nurture good friendships. True friends are hard to find  You will always have acquaintance type friends and they will come and go.  True friends are the ones who are there for you no matter what.
  9. You will be capable of more then you know.  Life will throw you curve balls and you will survive an get stronger. 
  10. Never let societies definition of aging let you define yourself.  Your best you is yet to come.

I wish I had read my list 30 years ago, I would have been a little better prepared for the life I’m living now!