Juicy Olive

The quest for “the good life” should never be complete but it should definitely begin now.

H.A.L.T. May 4, 2009

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I’ve been in a funk all day long. I’m not sure why – everything seems to be going quite well in my life. I’m healthy. My job is secure, and I’m performing well there. My family is doing well. I have a great group of friends. And, recently, I’ve gone on a few dates with a very nice gent.

So why so low?

I spent some time ruminating on my weird mood today and it boils down to something a good friend once shared with me – never get to H.A.L.T. or you’ll be heading into trouble. For those out of the loop (I was until my friend clued me in), H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Yep – the recipe for disaster.

And all of the sudden, it hit me. I had a fun weekend, but it was busy. I went each night and stayed out too late – each night. I ate junk food. And I was feeling a little bitter that I worked a lot (something I don’t normally have to devote my time to on Saturdays and Sundays).

It’s no surprise that I’m feeling wobbly (physically and emotionally) today.

I’m excited that I’m taking a dose of my friend’s remedy to H.A.L.T. tonight. I’ve just chugged yet another bottle of water – the elixer of all good things. In just a few moments, I’ll be meeting Ann for a long walk. When I get home, I’m planning on having a nice, green salad for dinner. And, I’m leaving my Crackberry in the “off” position until 7:30 tomorrow morning. If all goes well, I’ll be in bed at 9:00 this evening and off to sleep the funk away.

Goodbye H.A.L.T.; Hello HAPPY!

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Thank you, my friends, for my health! April 23, 2009

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Ringing in 2009 with the Chicago girls

Ringing in 2009 with the Chicago girls

This morning’s New York Times had an article that caught my eye: What are Friends For: A Longer Life. The journalist reported the results of a number of studies that found an increase in overall health for people who have an established and substantial circle of friends. Moreover, those with deep social networks had fewer incidents of obesity, longer-lasting brain health and a lower likelihood of unexplained death.

WHOA! So, what Tara Parker-Pope is telling me is that in addition to the silly vacations, champagne-filled afternoons, marathon phone calls and near-obsessive instant messaging, my interaction with all of you will keep me around longer? Hot damn!

My dear friends from college - Amy, Gina, Ashley and Becca

My dear friends from college - Amy, Gina, Ashley and Becca

I’m sure it seems a little sappy to the casual reader that I’m always gushing about my friends and how important they are to me. But this article backs me up! You all ARE important to me! And, as Lindsay always says, if you’re a true Juicy Olive, you pick your friends for the wonderful qualities they exude, the values we share and the promise of goodness to come. For my friends and I, that means independence, humor, honesty, integrity, intelligence and sophistication. What does it mean to you?

Amy and Charlotte - out way too late

Amy and Charlotte - out way too late

On this gorgeous spring day, say a little prayer, raise your glass, give a hug…take sincere action to thank the universe for the friendships you have and the health they bring to your world.

 

Striking a pretty pose with Stephanie

Striking a pretty pose with Stephanie

Good friends are good for your health.
~ Irwin Sarason

Colorado ladies livin' it up in Vegas

Colorado ladies livin' it up in Vegas