Creating The Lifestyle We Want

by on April 22, 2014

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by Betty Burr

Want to discover some entirely new career?
Looking for meaningful volunteer work?
Hope to retire and travel or work on hobbies?
Want to continue in your current career, but find more time for other facets of your life?

Learn a unique 3-step process that involves balancing the head, heart and spirituality to build the lifestyle you desire.

Being at mid life in the 21st Century is totally different from what it was a generation ago. And it requires the use of unique planning tools to help you develop a fulfilling second half of life. But while scientific and medical advances have added 20 to 30 years to the average life expectancy, many people finish their primary careers in their 60’s, and are left without planning or structure, wondering what to do next.

Society expects that by age 50’s and 60’s people know what they want, but that is not always so. A lifetime of putting others first may have caused you to bury your true desires. The key to successfully “restarting” your life is using planning analysis technology to assist you in replacing work functions.  By looking back at the first half of life, seeing what you put aside in the interest of other obligations, and finding those “discards” which touch your heart, spirit and mind, you will know which direction to go.

Whether your direction is finding the next paid job, entrepreneurial work, or a volunteer position, it’s important to take steps in the right order.

Here’s the wrong order:

  1. Figure out how you can sell yourself in the current marketplace (job or volunteer opportunity)
  2. Go out and be persuasive

The mistake here is trying to find direction “out there.” While this process works sometimes, for some people, it skips a few critical systematic steps that make all the difference in finding something you will really enjoy doing. That’s because the true answers lie within.

The Steps

  • Step 1 – Use analysis tools to identify all your skills, abilities and experience.
  • Step 2 – Determine which of these you wish to use in this next stage of life.
  • Step 3 – Then start looking for opportunities that match the results of your systematic analysis.

Because your desires may be buried deep, it can be challenging to take these steps alone. It’s best to find a group or workshop to help you move through them and keep you motivated.

One recent workshop participant, a newly retired accountant, had failed to do the first two steps prior to looking for a volunteer opportunity. She was snapped up by a non-profit seeking financial advice. After a short time, she realized she did not want to work again in finance, and left the organization.  Later, by using the workshop analysis tools, she keyed in on “learning” as one of her highest values.  From that step she was able to find an opportunity to learn non-profit management working directly with the CEO of a small non-profit.

The PJCC is presenting a workshop led by Betty Burr – certified mid-life coach, gerontologist and PJCC staffer. You’ll use proprietary analysis instruments and be referred to helpful on-line and printed tools.  Working with others in guided visualization and “friendstorming” will be very supportive and help you avoid wasted time and energy after you leave the workshop.

Passover Fun Facts

by on April 12, 2014

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Are you hungry for facts and stories about Passover? Here is some interesting information you might enjoy and ponder.

The Burning Bush
We learn in the Passover story that Moses experiences a holy moment with God when he notices a burning bush in the desert. Many historians and scientists indicate that in ancient times, desert brush would catch on fire, spontaneously, quite regularly. This miracle of the burning bush was most likely not that fact that it was burning, but that it was burning without being consumed. This strikes me as a good lesson about the power of observation – sometimes things that seem quite ordinary, are in fact, anything but, and offer us extraordinary opportunities for holiness, and in Moses’ case, finding our destiny.

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Happy Trails: Hiking in the Bay Area

by on April 9, 2014

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by Rhonda Press
Guest Author, Rhonda Press, is an Adult Program Coordinator at the PJCC and an avid Hiker.

I happen to love hiking.  Being out in nature restores my soul.  Living in San Mateo County, we are lucky to have many miles of hiking trails.  There are hikes that are more like city hikes and others that will take you deep into the redwood forests.  I’ll share 3 of my favorite hikes plus one that is brand new.

Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is located in Redwood City and is right off Edgewood Road between Alameda and Highway 280.  There is a formal park entrance with a parking lot but you can also park just immediately west of the 280 overpass at Edgewood

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Fitness Tip: Bosu Squats

by on April 7, 2014

Utilizing a BOSU helps to engage a number of muscles that might get overlooked in a normal workout. Standing on the BOSU requires balance which works your core. Add in the squats to work your upper legs while giving your core a good workout.

This fitness tip is presented by PJCC Personal Trainer Cynthia Newman.

Video by Teddi Kalb

Adding An Extra Pinch Of Health To The Passover Seder

by on April 3, 2014

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Like the 10 commandments, the passover seder menu can seem like it’s written in stone. Passed down through generations and laden with family tradition, it feels almost sacrilegious to deviate from what our grandparents served their guests. But it’s that very menu, with all the starch, fats and sugar coated desserts (most often eaten for two nights in a row) which can make you feel as if you actually at the stone tablets of the commandments for dinner.

Don’t let the tradition of the seder weigh on you. This year start your own traditions with a lighter and healthier version of two seder classics–Matzo Ball Soup and Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake.

HOMEMADE GRASS FED CHICKEN SOUP WITH QUINOA NO-MATZO BALLS
(Gluten-Free)
Serves 10

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Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

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This amazing dark chocolate cake has ground almonds in the batter and toasted almonds sprinkled on top, making rich in plant-based Omegas.

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder – 65% or higher
½ cup raw almonds
2 Tablespoons sugar
¾ cup date or maple crystal sugar (or regular sugar)
3 oz. dark chocolate, – 65:% or higher – coarsely chopped
½ cup Greek Yogurt
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
5 egg whites, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon toasted slivered almonds (optional)

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Gesundhiet!

by on April 1, 2014

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“Ahh choo, bless you, ahh choo, gesundheit “ are the expressions one hears this time of year from allergy sufferers and their companions.   People who have migrated to California from other parts of the country are surprised to experience allergy symptoms they never had previously.  Allergy victims march into doctor offices and pharmacies every spring because of the combination of the long growing season here, habitat for many species of plants in California, and windy days. The “bless- yous” and “gesundheits” exclaimed by empathetic bystanders are exclamations based on an ancient superstition to forestall evil spirits from entering the body after one sneezes, but now it seems impolite not to offer consolation.   Sneezing usually heralds the onset of a cold, but can also be triggered by exposure to sunlight or strong odors.  This time of year, sneezing portends hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis. You may be one of the estimated 20% of Americans who have this condition and if so, keep reading.

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Mindfulness–What Is It & Why Do I Care?

by on March 24, 2014

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Ok, now it’s on the cover of Time Magazine. Mindfulness meditation, that is. Mindfulness is everywhere! Newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of mindfulness; medical journals report on the latest research about mindfulness; businesses have mindfulness programs to help combat stress and to increase creativity and productivity; schools have begun to introduce mindfulness meditation to students and mindfulness is even taught is preschools; there are classes in mindful parenting; even commercials refer to mindfulness.

What’s this all about? Why has mindfulness suddenly become a cultural icon?

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Amazing Things Happen When We Work Together

by on March 21, 2014

October 2013 was intense around here.  Well, at least for me; and certainly for our Artist-in-Residence, Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen.

The Center was filled with excitement, anticipation and inspiration for me and the hundreds of you who participated in one of our 28 mural painting sessions.

Our community, under Jay’s guidance,  took 1,560 square feet and 8 planter tops of blankness and transformed them into a work of art. A work of art that communicates social justice themes such as Environmental Stewardship, Human Rights & Dignity, Economic Justice, and Food Justice.

Do you remember eating lunch outside by the J café and seeing the steady progression over 15 packed days?  Or perhaps coming back after an absence to notice the work fully realized?  I remember October, but this documentary by Chip Curry brought back vivid details by capturing the communal spirit and offering candid testimonials.  I’m delighted to share it with you.

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Asparagus Season!

by on March 18, 2014

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Asparagus has always been a delicacy to me. When I was young, my older sister found a large patch of asparagus growing wild in a wooded area behind the neighborhood grade school. Each spring she would forage her way through the pointy stalks, bringing home with her handfuls of this wonderful vegetable for us all to enjoy. For me, asparagus was a taste sensation that came only once a year and I savored each bite because I knew I what I was eating was special.

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