Healthy, Wealthy And Wise! Living The Dream!

Healthy Wealthy And Wise!  Living The Dream!

I love a good party and making celebrations last as long as I can–so now with the new year comes a new regular feature on Tribute Journal“Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!”

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!

Every year, my husband strives to keep a good balance in his life and works hard to up his game in his ongoing pursuit to be healthier, wealthier and wiser!  I have to hand it to him, these are certainly worthwhile achievements–they’re why I’ve decided to devote a journal entry each month to exploring some good options in each of these categories.  While much of the information I will be posting won’t necessarily be new to you, I hope it serves as a friendly reminder to be proactive in your life and take action where needed.

Be Healthy!

Being more healthy always seems to be at the top of everyone’s list of things to do for the new year!  I would imagine that it’s pretty fair to say that with all the information available to us on the topic of living a healthy lifestyle, that for the most part, we are all aware of what we should be doing.  Often it’s a matter of taking time to make a plan, then incorporating it into our daily lives that seems to stump us up!

As a nurse, I work with a lot of doctors who are qualified to offer fundamental advice for optimizing our overall wellbeing, but for this post, I asked my own personal physician for his input–without hesitation, he said that keeping track of our resting heart rate and blood pressure, along with other lab tests, such as blood glucose and cholesterol, was of utmost importance in order to establish a good medical care regimen.  By doing this, your values can then be compared to those recommended for people in your age group and treatment or medications ordered accordingly.  Obviously, these things can best be monitored by getting regular check-ups.


Most pharmacies and drug stores have medical equipment for public use so you can tract your blood pressure.  Local hospitals also routinely conduct public health fairs where vital signs and other lab tests are done for free or at a minimal charge  

At these appointments, your health history can be reviewed and updated; any medications you are taking can be adjusted accordingly, as well.  Other tests that might need to be done can be scheduled at this time too.  My son-in-law is a doctor who is doing his residency in emergency medicine concurs with this wise counsel–he told me that it’s imperative to try and keep current on anything regarding your medical care…preventative medicine plays a substantial role in decreasing the likelihood of ever having to visit the emergency room!  Cole also said that too many people underestimate the havoc that smoking has on their bodies and the toll it takes on your overall health at a very early age!


My husband is a financial planner, but if you were to ask him what it means to him to be wealthy, you just might be surprised by his answer: “Wealth isn’t always how much money you have.”  Often he will advise his clients to work hard to save and invest their money wisely so that they will have enough to live comfortably, as well as provide for a “wealth” of experiences to enhance the opportunities to live life more fully.

For our family, financial security has meant not taking on a lot of debt, with a few exceptions:  One being for schooling, which will ultimately help you be qualified for the best employment available to provide an adequate income.  A second one being for the purchase of a home.  Although my husband and I were in a position to help our children with most of their expenses when they were teenagers, they all worked part-time jobs while they were in school to help pay for some of their extracurricular expenses, by doing this they learned valuable budgeting lessons!

Saving money.

Most money advisors will counsel that saving even a small amount, while you work towards investing as much as ten percent of your income in reliable investments, leads to better financial security.   

My husband also believes that it’s never too early to start saving your money and setting up a retirement account.  If your employer has a 401K retirement fund, if possible, he’ll usually encourage you to invest the maximum amount since the money set aside is on pre-taxed dollars and is automatically withdrawn from each paycheck, it provides a ready savings plan for those that have a hard time doing it on their own.

Using wisdom.

In his book, “Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter” Hal Urban states that we make two important choices regarding our minds:

1.  What we let into them.

2.  How we use them.

Mr. Urban says that we should be as selective about what goes into our minds as we are about what we put into our bodies.  “When we nourish our minds by observing, reading and studying, we can condition them to be more creative, to learn more quickly, to think more strategically, and problem solve better.”  Some people like to do Sudoku word games or solve cross-word puzzles to help their minds stay sharp and agile.  My husband and I have fun quizzing each other on current events or trivia questions like the names of groups singing certain songs on the radio.


One of my favorite ways to give my mind a little mental gymnastics is to put technology aside for awhile each day and read at least one good book every few weeks.

Someone once said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste–and why would we want to…when used constructively, it can help us to both appreciate life and live it more fully!

       “In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded in life lies in the difference of their habits!”  Og Mandino

I always have to chuckle whenever I ask my oldest daughter’s husband, Shane, how things are going for him and he replies…

“Just working hard at doing what I need to do and living the dream!”  

Here’s to our success as we continue to explore ways to strike a good balance in all that we have to do as we live out our dreams—-even those we didn’t know we had for ourselves!  Ha!

Finding balance in our lives.

I’d love to know what health and money habits, or mind games you practice to help you keep plugging away at life.   


Women’s Health–A Common Sense Approach!

Women’s Health–A Common Sense Approach!

I love the latest ad campaign for Walgreens Drug Stores:

Walgreen's Ad Slogan- "At the corner of happy and Healthy!"

When the lighthearted announcer tells us that feeling good is “at the corner of happy and healthy” –at the very least, it serves as a reminder that a big part of our happiness really does rely on being healthy!  As a nurse, I have never met anyone who likes being sick–this especially seems to hold true for busy women who often have the added responsibility of overseeing their family’s health too!  Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month–I figure it’s also as good a time as any to take inventory of our general, overall health, as well.

Good Health Cartoon

  “Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well!”  Marcus V. Martial

Sensible Wellness Checklist!

Since I’ve been a nurse on a women’s and newborn unit for several years and have the privilege of working with many amazing physicians, here’s the common sense approach I’ve learned to take when it comes to living healthy!

Womens Health--A Common Sens Approach!

  • Take a good vitamin.  This seems simple enough….and it is, but you’d be very surprised to find out that even in my line of work on a hospital maternity floor, how many expectant mom’s don’t take their prenatal vitamins consistently.  Companies today even go so far as to make vitamins that are specific for particular age groups.  As women, we usually need ones with added iron and calcium to protect against anemia and osteoporosis.  At regular check-ups with your doctor, he can inform you when to add fish oil tablets for your heart health and perhaps glucosamine for your joints.  Also, be sure and take any prescribed medications as directed too.

Keeping track of yur health.

  •  Keep track of yourself!  You might be thinking that this sounds like some sort of preventative program against Alzheimer’s disease, and perhaps in a round about way, it is.  We should all be in tune with our bodies enough to have a basic knowledge of how we feel when we’re enjoying optimal health, then if there is ever the feeling that something isn’t quite right, we can then make notes of concerns we have, along with changes in diet or activity that have occurred.  It is also a good idea to write down any questions we might want to ask our doctor if we decide that the symptoms warrant closer inspection.  Keep track of the dates when blood tests and exams like mammograms, pap smears, etc. were done so they can be rescheduled each year as needed.  Recording exercise regimens or keeping a food diary can be of great value as we strive to live healthier too.     

Women's Health--A Common Sense Approach!

 “Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live!” 

                                                                                                           Jim Rohn

Women's Health--A Common Sense Approach!

  • You are what you eat. This phrase is often uttered with a bit of jest, but in reality, a good gauge of what we see in ourselves on the outside is determined, in large part, by what we put inside our bodies!  Drats!  There is no lack of information available for what comprises a healthy diet–in fact, researching the topic can definitely prove to be information overload.  Most nutritionists recommend the updated version of the food pyramid called the My Plate approach to eating healthy–it’s an easy way to determine a good balance in the foods we should be eating.  The bottom line is…we all know that by eating healthy servings of fruits and vegetable, along with proteins, whole grains and dairy products, we just feel better.  Eating a good balanced diet also seems to go hand in hand with maintaining a healthy weight.  This doesn’t mean I won’t be having dessert or a few sweets on occasion.

As I’ve gotten older, I have seen the humor in this quote by Mark Twain that my dad often repeated.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not!”   


Womens Health--A Common Sense Approach!

  • Smile for your health!  It seems rather simplistic to say that by being happy we’ll surely experience better health, but I think we can all agree, it’s usually true!  Jullian Michaels of the TV show “Biggest Loser” fame, goes so far as to say, “Good health and fitness create an entry point that leads to helping you build a happier life.  When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks.  You will feel much more confident to go the extra mile.  You will have the energy to be a better person.  You will feel more deserving of love!”  This being said, there are sure to be those days that require us to muster up all the strength we can to put on a happy face and brave through them….but that’s OK!    

What I’m learning now is…

My father recorded in his life history that his good health was one of his greatest possessions and made for better contentment in his life.  What I’m learning now is that good health and the ability to be content and enjoy life are two of the ultimate sources of happiness!

Also, here is a reprint of my “Think Pink” acronym to help us all remember to be proactive when it comes to our breast health.

Think acronym for good breast care awareness!

Here’s to good health and happy, happy times!!

What are some fun things you do to stay healthy?


The Hippocratic Oath!

The Hippocratic Oath!  Never Do Harm!

NYU Medical School Graduation 2014

My husband and I just returned from visiting our youngest daughter, Mandi, in New York City and seeing our son-in-law, Cole, graduate from NYU’s Medical School!  Health care debates aside, there are many good reasons to be hopeful for the future of the world of medicine and for having a renewed faith in those who have dedicated their lives to overseeing that the best outcomes for our health and well-being are made possible!

The Original Hippocratic Oath


Original Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath has withstood the ages of time and still sets the precedence for high standards to be set by all doctors to follow as they establish their medical practices.  Like many other medical school commencement services taking place throughout the United States, New York Univeristy’s School of Medicine, Class of 2014, recited the Hippocratic Oath during their graduation ceremony.  (Cole’s graduating class recited a modified version of the oath adapted for our modern times by the late Professor John G. Curtis.)

“I do solemnly swear by that which I do hold most sacred:” 

 “That I will lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor;”

“That into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the good of the sick to the utmost of my power;”

Hippocrates Oath!

The keynote speaker at Cole’s graduation, Dr. Samuel Shem, a Rhodes Scholar, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, and a noted medical author, told the graduating medical students…

“Be part of the best America has to offer!”  


“I holding myself aloof from wrong, from corruption, from the tempting of others to vice;”  

“That I will exercise my art solely for the cure of my patients, and give no drug, perform no operation for a criminal purpose, even if solicited, far less suggest it;”

NYU's Medical School Graduation 2014

Dr. Shem also wisely counseled the students to…

“Speak up if you notice cruelties in your profession, don’t spread more suffering around, at the very least, don’t just doctor–HEAL!”


“That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of men which is not fitting to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret;”

“These things I do promise and in proportion as I am faithful to this oath may happiness and good repute ever be mine–the opposite if I shall be forsworn!”

The Hippocratic Oath!

Dr. Shem’s closing remarks included this advice to these new doctors as they look forward to their various residency assignments…

“Be carriers of caring!  Learn your trade in the world–and know that your patients are your world.”

Like all wise words we hear, these truths hold their integrity for all of us in our various walks of life!  I was deeply touched by the spirit of enthusiasm for their ability of now being able to contribute to the power of healing that was exhibited by the fine men and women of New York University’s School of Medicine 2014 graduates!

Congratulations, Cole and Mandi! 

You deserve only the best as you continue your next four years in New York! 

Do you have an oath or life motto you try to live by–either personal or professional?