Blogs for Boomers: Living With Passion

Aging With Passion

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AGING WITH PASSION

How do Boomers successfully age with passion? Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn kept their passion for life and for each other!

So, for all of those rockin’ baby boomers out there, this post is for you!

Previously, in a blog post titled, “How to Enjoy a More Productive Retirement”I shared 

3 P’s to help us remember what is important: 

  • PASSION
  • PURPOSE
  • PROMISE               

 

Therefore, I dedicate this post to the first part of the formula for staying cheerful, patient, productive, and joyful, even in our “aging season”.

HOW TO KEEP OUR PASSION

Passion can come in many forms. We can be passionate about:

  • OUR PARTNERS
  • OUR FAMILIES
  • OUR JOBS
  • OUR HOBBIES
  • OUR PETS

And you can probably list more things I haven’t thought of.

My goal is to inspire you to find passion in growing older. I will be sharing articles and videos to urge you to keep enjoying life in your journey.

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF A TED TALK ON AGING WITH PASSION

Published on Sep 3, 2014

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

This video is about 8 minutes long. I have watched it three times! Isabel is funny, entertaining, and insightful. I would like to write some of her comments on index cards and place them on my bathroom mirror.

I hope you also laugh and absorb wisdom on how to stay passionate as we age!

Please comment on this post to let me know if this “rang true” for you!

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Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief, is Born!

WHAT A RIDE! 

I am so honored and awed at the response since launching my book on October 10!

THANK YOU to all of my friends and family for spreading the word, sharing posts, liking my Facebook author page, and BUYING the e-book and print version of Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief. (You may click on these links to go the FB author page and Amazon Sales Page.

 

THANKS TO YOU:

My book reached #1 Newest Bestseller ranking in FOUR categories! It even received the Amazon ribbon in the Love and Loss category. (I don’t know much about it, but I am told that it is a big deal:))1-in-love-and-loss

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO…

LAURA COLE GONZALEZ for the countless hours she spent before and during the launch to make banners, take screen shots, and make it so easy for others to share the book on social media. (Click on her name to go to her website and find out how talented she is in so many areas!)

JAN GRANGER for enthusiastically rallying the troops in Fort Worth, Texas on launch day. Her experience with book launches and outreach was invaluable and still is!

BILL UNGERER AND PAM SCHOFIELD for reading and editing my copy after it had been professionally edited. They found many ways for me to make my words clearer and more meaningful!

JOEY UNGERER for making Bart’s photo come alive for my designer to use in the book cover

ALLISON WOFFORD for taking incredible photos of me to use for my author picture

ALBERT ALMENDAREZ for lovingly pushing me to finish the book and for giving me the the space and time I needed to focus on completing my goal

AMY GRANGER MALONEY for pre-reading the book and helping me see how to make the introduction better, and for loving me and patiently waiting for me to finish this book

WHAT’S NEXT?

Please continue to pray that God can use this book to encourage, comfort, and give hope to the grieving;but also, that all who read it will draw closer to Him and His Son through faith in what He can provide.

Please continue to share the Facebook posts and blog posts (you may use the sharing buttons at the end of this post)

Please encourage others who read the book to leave a review on Amazon. (you can click on the red to go to the review page)

BOOK SIGNING!!!

Come Join Us for a Book Signing Party On SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 1pm-3pm

WHO: KARYN ALMENDAREZ

WHAT: SHE WILL BE SIGNING BOOKS, PRINT BOOKS WILL BE ON SALE!

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH 1:00-3:00pm

WHERE: MONTROSE PAVILLION, 1800 PAVILLION DR.

WHY: TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF TRAGEDY’S TREASURES, A MOM’S JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF

HOW: BY DRINKING WINE AND BEER AND EATING CHEESE

 

 

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Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief Is For Sale on Monday, October 10th!

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I am nervous and excited that this book is going on sale on Monday, October 10, 2016!

Six years…blood,sweat, and tears…

Why October 10th? For the last nineteen years, this day has cast a shadow over my heart. Bart died on this day nineteen years ago.

For the first time since that tragic day, I am excited for October 10th to get here. I am still sad that Bart is no longer with us, but I believe he knows that this book is a labor of love dedicated to him, his family, and his friends.

My daughter, Amy, and my grandchildren watched the emotional video of me opening my proof copy of the print version. In case you have not seen it on Facebook , I am including it in this post. She let me know that my grandsons think I am a celebrity. I was quick to tell her that they are a huge part of why I wrote the book.

I chose to self-publish to have control over the content, marketing, and pricing. Print on Demand is different in that I don’t stock books and mail them out. Anyone may go to Amazon.com and order the print copy. Create Space is Amazon’s print on demand company. They print it and mail it directly to your door.

On Monday, the e-book will also be available. You do not need a Kindle to read it. You can download a Kindle Reader App on your desktop, phone, or iPad.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783640

For 24 hours, the e-book will be on sale for $.99. This is my way of thanking all of you who have helped edit the book (Bill Ungerer and Pam Schofield), create and perfect the cover(https://www.fiverr.com/pro_ebookcovers  and Joey Ungerer), photograph me for the cover (Allison Wofford), format the book (Amit Dey, and help me market the book on social media and on this website (Laura Cole Gonzalez and Jan Granger).

I also want to make the book available at a discount for anyone who has lost a child or loved one or who knows someone who is grieving.

The more people who buy the book on Monday, October 10, the higher up in the Amazon rankings the book climbs so that it is visible when anyone searches a book on grieving the loss of a child.

I would be SOOO grateful if you would leave a review (hopefully favorable 🙂 ) on Amazon. A five-star rating does not mean the book is perfect, only that is worthy of others buying and reading it.

I could not have written and published this book without my husband, Albert, encouraging me, spurring me on, and giving me the “kick” to get this baby birthed!

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Beauty for Ashes

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WHAT IS MOURNING?

WHAT DOES GOD PROMISE?

WHY DO WE HAVE TO MOURN?

SETTING THE STAGE

In Luke 4:13-19, the Bible says that soon after Jesus was tempted by Satan, he began His ministry in Galilee. He went into a synagogue in Nazareth, boldly stood up, and quoted scripture from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[j]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”[k]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204&version=NKJV



EVEN more amazing and reassuring is the fact that Isaiah (in the Old Testament) had spoken these same words about the Lord to his discouraged and heartbroken people:

Isaiah 61:3,4

3 To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,

They shall raise up the former desolations,

And they shall repair the ruined cities,

The desolations of many generations.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+61&version=NKJV


This is OUTSTANDING NEWS!

Jesus of the Old and New Testaments, and the Jesus of today and tomorrow consoles and comforts us anytime we are grieving or mourning.


WHAT IS MOURNING?

Does this just apply to death? I don’t think so…

Perhaps it also refers to the “ashes” left from sadness or mourning after the loss of:

  • a job
  • financial security
  • a relationship
  • a pet
  • our health, etc.

WHAT DOES GOD PROMISE?

In the painful, lonely, and debilitating process of mourning, God promises to give us:

“beauty for ashes”

Christ comforts us and sustains our most pressing needs. He knows we cannot stay in the “pit” of our sadness, isolation, anger, depression, and desire to give up.

Through

  • believing in Him
  • staying connected to Him through honest prayer (telling Him how we really feel)  
  • learning more of His limitless grace by reading and studying His Word (Bible)

We receive:

1. “the oil of joy for mourning” We are eventually able to feel joy and sadness again, instead of building a thick, “feel nothing” wall around ourselves.

In trusting that God is in control and knows what is best for us, we draw on our faith in Him. This provides the power to keep thanking Him and praising His Son until we receive:

2.“the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”


WHY DO WE HAVE TO MOURN?

Then comes the hardest part for me to take…

The Reason For Our Suffering:

3.“That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

When we suffer and continue to trust the GRACE God supplies through faith in His Son, God uses us as trees planted and rooted in the Lord to glorify God. WOW!

This brings me to tears! 

Not only because I have to wait to see my son, Bart, in Heaven.

Not only because I still cry remembering his death and how much I miss him!

BUT BECAUSE:

When I accepted Christ as my Savior, mentor, and provider, I signed up to be a tree planted anywhere God chooses, so that He may be glorified.

Just as the high wind makes a tree’s roots grow deeper and stronger to support the tree, my grief and mourning have made me stronger.

MOURNING HAS FORCED ME TO DEPEND ON HIM MORE.

It hurts, it is painful, I didn’t want it, and I don’t understand it.

But, I TRUST God to continue to give me:

“beauty for ashes.”

“the oil of joy for mourning.”

“the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

This blog post was inspired by the July 14, 2016, daily devotional on the website, Our Daily Bread.


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