My Thoughts on the Benefits of Chiropratic Health

I know that many people have opinions about Chiropractic Health, Some that are good and some that are bad, but today I want to share my thoughts on why I think Chiropractic Health is beneficial, and to share some research into the subject. Before I start, here is a little disclaimer, always check with your doctor before starting any forms of alternative practices or medical procedures.

Ok, it is “Storytime”, Most of my life I have considered myself to be fairly healthy and “structurally sound”, but over the years, I have found that as my body ages that is all beginning to change. Last year I hit the 60-year young mark in my life, and find that stress causes me to have more instances where subluxations occur in my spine more often which makes it uncomfortable to sit or sleep. If you don’t know what subluxations are according to the American Chiropractic Association, and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges defines Subluxations as the “A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity, and may influence organ system function and general health.” It has recently been redefined by the Rubicon Group, “We currently define a chiropractic subluxation as a self-perpetuating, central segmental motor control problem that involves a joint, such as a vertebral motion segment, that is not moving appropriately, resulting in ongoing maladaptive neural plastic changes that interfere with the central nervous system’s ability to self-regulate, self-organize, adapt, repair and heal.” If your spine is out of wack,  Now that you know what it is, I’ll finish my personal story. I thought that after I retired I would be able to go to bed at night, get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed, but that is hardly the truth. Because I am a morning person I wanted to still get up early in the morning so I could have some “alone time” to have my morning cup of Jo and to pray and get ready for the day, but I find that my sleep is interrupted by hip pain due to not being able to lay comfortably on the mattress we have, and I get up and go to lay on the couch so I won’t wake my husband up, and if I can say anything to you, do not do that! sleeping on a couch is the worse thing you can do for your frame.  After moving to Idaho, we went to an open-air art show where there all kinds of venues, you know the ones they have every year, well while walking around enjoying the day and seeing all of the different venue’s we came upon a Chiropractor who was fairly new to the community and was opening a new practice that was going to be close to where I live and since I was looking for a new one anyway, I signed up for an appointment at her office where I would get a spine scan and try out the other treatments available for $55.00 which I didn’t think was to bad.

Once we arrived, my husband did it as well, we began our new journey into a new Chiropractic health program. Our new Chiropractor did x-ray’s and a scan to see just exactly what was going on inside with our spines, I have to admit, I have only had x-rays done once and have never had my back scanned. It was interesting to see the results, but to make a long story short, I signed up for 12 weeks of treatments to which I am not feeling great and have very little back pain and when I do I know it’s because something is misaligned and I just go to see Dr. Jamie and it takes care of the problem. I am very thankful that I go to give my spine the attention it needs to be strong and healthy.

So, If you have not made your appointment to have your spine aligned, give it some thought, go and find a good Chiropractor that will help you get your spine in shape for the days ahead when aging will start to make you hunch over unnecessarily, and you nervous system to not function as well as it should, remember, good Chiropractic health is just as important as good oral health. We want to keep our system functioning like a well-oiled machine. Here’s to good Chiropractic Health

Until the next Blog

Leslie

 

 

 

The Adventures of Moving to Idaho Part III Finally Home

Well, once again it has been a while since an update about our moving to Idaho experience. We now have a home, and wow has it been a busy 2 months. Projects galore, but they are almost finished. Since the last post, we have had the whole place painted, a pellet stove installed and ready for winter to arrive, a new french door will be added hopefully soon, and last but not least new countertops will be installed all in about another month. Starting to get really excited and relieved that it will all be done soon, and we can finally settle in for whatever the winter months may bring. Oh!, and I have to add that new gutters and downspouts have been added all around, boy are they nice.

Finally, I can say I am home, things are starting to calm down, and we can finally breathe, take a look around and take it all in. In just a few short weeks the countertops, and the French Door will be installed and the kitchen will feel more complete along with an island that will complement the table we have had since last year. I will be so glad when this phase is over and we can finally settle into our new little part of the world that is called Nampa, Idaho,

Until the next blog,

Leslie

 

The Adventures of Moving to Idaho-Part II

Well, It’s been a while since I have filled you in on the move to Idaho. I don’t think I have felt this exhausted in a while, it has been such a whirlwind of excitement. Last time I talked about the process of actually purchasing the home, but now we have finally moved in and it feels great to have my own space once again. The projects have been happening and are in full swing, it is just crazy and I am still lacking sleep because of the painting that is taking place right now as we speak except it is night, but they will be here bright and early in the morning to begin again.

I would like to say that it is best to have painters come in before you ever move in. That would make your life so much easier, but in my case that could not happen, because we had no home and it got rather stressful living with family although we were very thankful we had them to fall back on thank you, Carol and Toni, we could not have done this without you. Anyway, the painting should be done within the next couple of days, and then the french door will be coming next, then the pellet stove and then we should be all finished with the major things and we should be able to relax and enjoy the fruit of our labors.

In closing, I would like to tell all of you who read this blog, that I am grateful and thankful for all of you who take the time, so please leave a comment below with thoughts and suggestions that would help me to create enjoyable content. Once again I thank you all!

Until next blog,

Leslie

The Adventures of Moving to Idaho Part 1

 

Hey you guys!, it’s been a while since I have posted on this blog, bet you thought I was gone, but not so. There has been a lot going on since my last post, and I want to take a few minutes to share. If you have not heard me on Social Media platforms, we are moving to Idaho from Oregon. Needless to say, it has been a ride. We have learned a lot about moving and buying a house in another state that I would like to share with you so you will know how to handle each situation as it makes its appearance.

First, do not put in an offer on a house if you are under a contingency. Sellers do not work with you well unless they are sure you are going to sell, and they are never sure and neither are you. Chances are it will not go through and you will be left disappointed, make sure you are free and clear to make your offer with no strings, it will save you heartache in the long run.

Second, make sure you go to visit your property, do not make an offer based on the pictures you see online, the pictures online are not what you actually see when you go and physically visit your property in person. Real Estate photos are posted to make the property appear in better condition than they really are most of the time, and they only take partial pictures of each room and it is not always clear what you are seeing.

Third, make sure you do an inspection on your property before purchase, and go over the inspection report completely. This is the time that you can get the seller to fix and repair everything that you don’t want to do when you move in. We had an offer on a house and if it wasn’t for the inspection we would have had an expensive mess on our hands, so please examine your inspection report diligently, it could save your pocketbook.

Until Next  Blog

Leslie

Planning for the Future

What if you or your spouse were to pass away unexpectedly? are you prepared to move forward with your own life if it were to happen?  If not, now is the time to make the necessary preparations for it, because it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. If you don’t have a will, or better yet a Living Trust, when death comes it will leave you in a most unpleasant situation financially and possibly your loved ones as well.

I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine who is going through that right now. My friend, we will call her Jane lost her husband at the tender age of 58 due to cancer.   That is such a young age to leave your family. Jane is not only left grieving but has to now deal with difficult financial situations that could have been avoided if they had taken the time to do a little financial planning. One day my husband and I had lunch with Jane, and the very first thing she said to us is “Make sure you have a Will”,  in which we agreed.  We discussed the situation she was dealing with, and how she had an appointment with an Attorney that day, and how he was suggesting things she needed to do now but was really no help to her now. She was frustrated and still did not have any clear direction.

It is important to plan for the future as early as possible, while many believe they have lots of time to get this very important part of financial planning done, it is wise to consider it while you are young because you are working and can save up the money to take care of it and have it out of your way. You never know when you will be affected by the death of a love one, take care of the ones you leave behind so they can grieve without worry of how they will pay for things. It has been probably 6 years ago when we decided to have a Living Trust prepared, we found a good Estate Planning Attorney to take care of it because they know how to instruct you and show you what you need to cover. The cost at that time was $1500.00 dollars which sounds expensive and it is, but so worth it because now if one or both of us die, we know that our wishes will be carried out, and things will not have to go through probate court. In a future blog post, I will show you what the finished product looks like and what we have included in it.

I hope you will take the time to consider how important it is to make the end of life planning a part of your Budget and provide a clear plan for those left behind so that they can make sure that all of your wishes are met easily. I know this is a short blog, but very important.

Until next blog,

Leslie

 

 

Managers , You set the Expectation for your Team

As I am getting ready to retire from a 25 1/2 year transit career, I want to take this time to reflect on the types of Managers  I have worked for and their style of management. Now!, before you think I am going to just say negative things about these individuals, that is so far from the truth, Just hear me out, and if you are so inclined to indulge me in conversation in the comments about your experiences with Managers or Supervisors,does not matter if it’s  positive or negative,but be professional, as any upper-level management position does not come without its set of problems and challenges. The objective is not to bash but to shed light on ways that managers can do a better job of managing the people who report to them.

If you are just coming into a Management position, your first staff meeting should be to discuss the expectations you want the team to rise to. By doing this helps to build morale, because as with any change a company goes through it seems that morale is affected dramatically, and it’s not always positive, most of the time it is negative as employees are uncertain of how the change is going to impact their job, and the ability to perform it. When clear and concise expectations are set from the beginning your team will know what they need to do to rise to meet them.

Setting expectations from the beginning will allow your reports a chance to correct any behaviors that may not be acceptable under your leadership that they may have been allowed to do under the previous one. It’s important to let your direct reports correct their behaviors on their own before making them “the example” before beginning disciplinary action. Set an expected goal that measures their progress within a reasonable amount of time, to see if the goal has been met,  then proceed with discipline as necessary until the goal is met.

Before setting your expectations, check to see what is working and what is not. Observe what is happening within the dynamics of your group, are there rules  in place that your reports may have been working under before you came to see if they make sense, as this will give you a starting point to make the necessary changes that are needed to make good decisions about the goals you want for your group. Decide what needs to stay and what needs to go, and if they should continue as they are, or if they should be changed. It is important to provide clarification regarding the rules and behaviors that you want to change.

Managers, your team is looking to you for direction, when you meet with your them, provide clear, and concise direction as to what your goals are, and make them S.M.A.R.T. Remember these? yeah, you remember, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Review these goals at every meeting involving your team, give the team a chance to let you know how they are progressing toward meeting the goals you have set. I think you will find they will respond well if they feel that their efforts matter.

Training, is there any? I would like to take some time to tell of a recent training experience I had during my recent employment. I am going to try to keep this as positive as possible because when I stop and think about what was missing, I find it ridiculous that any employee should be subject to the kind of training I received, which for this position was seriously lacking. With that being said, I accepted a position as a Supervisor with a company in another State. I knew there would be challenges because I did not know the area, I had never been there before, but I never dreamed in a million years that I would struggle as much as I did, especially when I don’t feel it was necessary. With a proper Supervisor Training program in place, It would have been a bit smoother transition, but anyway I was determined to make this work, no matter what I need to do to become successful.

I started on the road with other seasoned supervisors, to learn the area to which we would be called to respond to keep the system running as smoothly as possible, with limited disruptions in service, It was important to be familiar with the area, and I was trying to absorb it as quickly as possible.  I drove and drove, and drove around this town until I could respond as quickly as possible, I would time myself to see how fast I could get across town within a reasonably without getting lost and made a game out of it. I have to say the response time got better every time I played the game. I would drive the routes from start to finish, I would drive them backward, dart in and out of back roads to see where they would take me and lo and behold I began to find my way.

I was then required to be a Dispatcher and it was my job to get Buses on the road with minimal disruptions,to make sure that Operators arrived ready to work on time to provide this service in a timely manner, and to observe  that they were in full uniform that they were required for them to wear every day, and to take the appropriate action if they were not.  hmm, this has been a real experience I had no idea what that job was going to require. What an eye opener, so many extra board rules, let’s see, Redline Order, rule after rule after rule, before assigning the work, oh and if don’t know the rule, and you get the operators’ assignments wrong, well guess what, you get if from all sides. I do have to say that some of the Operators were very kind and patient with me through all of my mistakes, and did what they could to help me learn, and for that I am thankful. Bless you, all, you know who you are. Needless to say that It has taken a long time to get all of it straight, but I think I  finally understood enough to keep employees assigned to their proper assignments without too many mistakes unless it gets extremely busy and then it’s questionable, but I do my best. Anyway, I could go on, but the point I am trying to make is, Clear Expectations, and a proper Training Program would have made the transition smoother, for an employee that is starting from a different state.

I want to encourage employers to save their companies time and money by working to eliminate employee underperformance by providing your new hire with what your expectations are when the first start in their new position and provide a “World Class Training Program” that will make their transition successful and eliminate needless stress and downtime that is frustrating for both the employee and the employer.

Until Next Blog

Leslie

 

 

 

 

A Season for Giving Thanks

 

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I have much to be thankful for. Within the next month, I will be embarking on a new chapter in my life as I will be leaving an industry I have work in for 251/2 years. I am not sure yet how I am feeling about it, but there are days I feel excited, and others not so much. It’s such a bittersweet time because I will miss so many people who I have gained a real fondness for, and I can truly say that I have come to really like them as co-workers, and they have become some of my dearest friends.

As the time gets closer, I am looking forward to taking a couple of weeks to travel to Utah to visit 2 of my sons, We will be staying with my youngest son Justin and his 3 kids, he has 2 boys and a girl, their names are Payson, Easton, and Kenslie. I have met Payson and Easton, but this will be my first time meeting my precious little granddaughter. I see their pictures on Facebook and get so excited to be able to go and see them, to finally spend some time with them again. It has been much too long.

Meanwhile back at work, they have already posted to fill my position as Operations Supervisor, and I can say that it feels really weird to know that someone else will finally be taking my place, and becoming  part of a unique group of individuals who will develop a special bond  as they work together to  propel Cherriots into the next phase of economic growth. These individuals have been carefully chosen to be future leaders and to set the example of Superior leadership, as another era begins.

I am so thankful for my own very special support group that helped me when things got tough and I wanted to walk off the job. (You have no Idea). It was your kindness and support that got me through the tough times and for that I am grateful. Keith Rosentrater, you are a rock star, your patience and support has been unwavering, thanks for answering the same questions over, and over, and over again until information finally sunk into my hard head. Don Rundle, you seemed to be the dad that people needed, you were always able to make people laugh, and you helped them with their home remodeling projects, you were a therapist for some, and you both you and Keith were a father to the fatherless when it was needed. Your dedication to others never went unnoticed, and it was much appreciated. Thank you!

To Al, David, Christi, Bob, and Ty, you all are a very fine group of people, and I am glad that I got to know all of you. As the new group of Supervisor begins to trickle in, I hope they can appreciate you as much as I do, and  I hope you all enjoy much success in your Careers. Just know that all of you will hold a special place in my heart.   Don Clifford, you have a big job ahead of you, and I am sorry to say I don’t envy the task before you, but you are truly up to the task, I wish you much success as the Assistant Manager of Operations for as long as you choose to stay. Mark Polson, you so far have been a real asset to this company, I appreciate your openness, and that you seem to make things fun, and interesting so far…, I wish you much success in your new position as the “Chief”.

And last but not least, My thanks to Mr. Charles Clarke, for your leadership while you were at the helm at Cherriots as our fearless leader.  I wish you much success in your new role, whatever it ends up being, and  I hope you find some comfort for your back problem and that things get better. It was a pleasure to work under your leadership, and I enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Honorable Mentions go to Keith Russell and Tara Munson thank you for your training expertise. Thanks again to all of you I wish you all the best!

Until Next blog,

Leslie

 

What to do when you lose focus

I will be the first to admit that from time to time I lose focus on what I am doing. I recently lost focus yet again after the Daylight Savings Time took effect. The Monday following when I returned to work I could not figure out why  I felt great in the morning as always when I got there, but I also felt that something was not as good as it usually was on this day. I could not

retain my focus on any part of my work, and it was draining. I mentioned this sluggish feeling to another co-worker who said she felt the same although she had been sick a few days’s before and was not sure if it was being sick or the time change, or maybe a little bit of both. I was making silly mistakes, was able to catch some, but not all and it seemed to be affecting everyone all week long. Needless to say, I was glad when the week was over, and it was time for a few day’s off. It was also Veteran’s Day holiday so not only was it a weekend it was a 4 day weekend for me. Thank you Veterans for all of your services.

As the weekend progressed, and I was diligently working to get my housework done, I check my work e-mail from time to time to try to keep up on things, and there it was the e-mail that listed all of the oversights and mistakes that were  collectively made during the week, I was not shocked or surprised as the week seemed to have affected all of us. So! was it the time change or was it a lack of focus on the work at hand. I dare say a bit of both, but possibly more the latter. When we lose focus on our work, we forget to do things, and make stupid mistakes that affect the day-to-day operation and could possibly cause a major unnecessary disruption in whatever service you provide. This is not a good thing, so what can we do to correct this lack of mental focus that seems to at times rear its ugly head? I am going to list some of the daily habits that I am going to try to incorporate in my life that will help me when I feel a lack of focus.

  1. I have installed a  chrome extension called PostureMinder,  that sends out a notification to watch my posture and to sit up straight, you can also set this extension to tell you to get up from your seat for stretching and movement. I find that slouching in my chair tends to make me tired and unfocused. When this notification pops up on my computer it directs my attention to be more aware of how I am sitting and refocus on my posture and it also makes me become more focused on the task at hand.
  2. Movement is so important when sitting at a computer most of the day. I  take a walk on my lunch break every day when the weather permits. I find that I am more alert after I come back and can finish out my day a little more alert than before the walk. Getting outside helps to bring back clarity and focus, just to be able to get some fresh air helps with getting your mind back, and regain mental focus.
  3. I know it’s not popular to share how your feeling with another co-worker or boss, but letting someone know how your feeling and that you are struggling with staying focused, may help to bring you back on task and provide the clarity needed to “snap out of it”, and continue on with more focus. (It couldn’t hurt).
  4. Admit you may have made some mistakes, we all do.  When lack of focus hits, especially when  it’s been a crazy day,  I will make sure to let the person coming in after me know that I had a difficult time staying focused and that mistakes may have been made, but make sure to check your work for the day to try to catch and avoid mistakes if at all possible, just know that there will be times that something will be overlooked. You can count on it!.
  5. Sleep…, Make sure you’re getting enough. What a difference sleep makes in one’s ability to focus. As a person who is up very early, I sometimes find it difficult to sleep after a long weekend. The weekends can sometimes, and usually does wreak havoc on a person’s sleep schedule. If at all possible, work on getting quality sleep, get the phone away from your head when you sleep, if you use it as an alarm set it across the room where you have to get up and turn it off. I am so bad at doing this because I can’t sleep, I find myself doing this very same thing. I find myself watching video’s on the phone, or turning the TV on and letting it entertain me until I go to sleep. Such a bad habit, I am working on this.
  6. Finally, don’t beat yourself up, It happens to everyone, give yourself some grace. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can re-focus and be productive once again.

I hope these 6 habits are beneficial to you and can help you to become more focused and productive in your daily work, I am personally working on incorporating these as well especially as I am approaching my last few weeks before I retire. I think they will come in very handy in the coming weeks.

Until Next Blog, Stay Focused

Leslie

 

 

What keeps you in your “Comfort Zone”

Why do we stay in our Comfort Zone? Fear of the unknown? Comparing ourselves to others?  these are two of the topics I want to discuss that keep us secluded in our little bubble of comfort. We have so many things on our  “to do”  lists that occupy our time and keep us doing busy work and not really focused on stepping out and making a real change in our lives. Why is that? first I want to talk about “fear if the unknown.” Let’s say you have an idea for a blog, or a business that you want to start, maybe you want to become an actress or some other venture that you’ve been thinking about, but you don’t know where to even start, this can create fear of the unknown, because you don’t think you will ever be able to succeed or be able to find the resources to help you create the life you imagine for yourself. Just the thought of stepping out in uncharted territory is horrifying, trust me I know the feeling, I have had many ideas racing around in my head that I have wanted to try but have always felt that fear of the unknown rise up and cause me to doubt if my ideas would ever come to fruition. I have also started things that begin on a positive note, and then after some time, that fear rears its ugly head again, through feelings of inadequacy even though the project has only begun. I am discovering that I just need to press on, with the thought in mind that my en endeavor may and probably will take time to blossom into something profitable, or of value to others. Sometimes you just have to keep putting yourself out there until someone discovers the value of what you are trying to accomplish.

The next thing is “Comparisons”, Comparing yourself to others is sometimes a very difficult thing not to do. Many times we look at other people’s lives through the lens of Social Media, or maybe a person you know who you look up to and think to yourself ” Man, they have it all together”, but as you step back and take a closer look, you find that the things they had to go through were not easy either, and they had doubts and fears of the unknown, but pushed through that fear and continued on until their dreams became real for them. They refused to let fear of the unknown stop them from pushing forward and not paralyzing them from taking the steps needed to achieve their vision for the life they want.

If you have ever felt this fear of the unknown,  don’t let it stop you from creating the life you want, find a mentor, who has done what you want to do and make that to do list be more than just tasks on a piece of paper or post-it note, write out your to-do list in such a manner that it directs you toward the steps needed  to bring you out of your comfort zone and moving toward making your dream a reality.  Step out and show the world what you’ve got!

Until Next Blog,

Leslie

Embracing Your Age!

Your age is nothing to be ashamed of, yes that’s right!,  you should embrace the woman who you  are becoming right now. The old  is gone and the new has come.  The new woman who is beginning to emerge as we enter into this new phase of life called “Getting Older”. We have grey hair, we may not be as slim as we once were, but we have so much more wisdom, and we have gained many experiences to share with the younger generation. Some will listen and some may not, but we can move ahead with confidence knowing that we are still intelligent, confident and beautiful women who can be influential in the lives of others.

The last few day’s I have been trying to decide what to blog about this week, and then as I sat in the wee hours of the morning preparing to go to work, I began to write down ideas for this post. I wrote the typical things like Motivation, Time management, you know the same old stuff, then I thought about the aging woman, so many blogs and topics around aging gracefully have been written on this topic, so I thought I would put my two cents in on it as well. I am 59 1/2 as I write this blog, and there are many days that I think about how I have changed over the years, my hair is turning white, my middle is expanding, (but I am working on that), I find that I have a low tolerance for non-sense from other people , my patience is not what it once was. Now!  with some of my flaws out in the open lets talk about this next phase of life called “Getting Older”, shall we…

This blog is all about retirement, and moving from  working a full-time job to starting a blog and a YouTube channel as a way to express my creativity, and to share what I have learned over the years. I am learning about a side of me that I have never known, and  to see if I even have a creative side, I am going use these platforms to express them with others who are moving in the same direction as I am.  When I talk about  “Getting Older”  it does not mean we lay down our dreams, ambitions, and creativity at the door and never be productive, or learn and grow as women, we need to take the time to reflect on what we have to offer the world and to then ” Let our little light shine” in  the lives of others.

A time of reflection, is a key element of “Getting Older”, it is time to sit quietly down with pen and paper and take stock of where you want your life to go. Like I said in my previous post, Don’t let life’s circumstances dictate the direction of yours, you are the master of your one ship, if you will… there is still a lot of life to live yet. You  may going through a difficult season in your life, but you are stronger than you think you are, and with a little motivation and drive, you can get thru anything. Just push through.

Motivation,   How does one gain perspective on this concept? There is a lot of  information on  the topic of  motivation out there, and it’s all good information about how to get it, but  if your like me, I  can listen to all of the motivational speakers or read articles that are meant to inspire , but there is time when motivation is hard to find despite doing these things. I find that many times motivation is renewed in the quiet moments of reflection and soul-searching to find out what is on the inside just wanting to come out Stealing quiet moments especially in the early morning hours when there is no noise to distract you is the best time to sit alone with pen and paper,your thoughts and prayers, write them down and prioritize them and then start the work.

Time management is  also very important, even when you retire. It should be a little easier to manage time during this phase of your life because you’re not rushed and hopefully life is a little less demanding. When you make your daily to do list, prioritize your time and you will find your time will be utilized better and you will get more accomplished than you ever thought you would.

In closing, this sounds much easier to do than what it is sometimes because we are distracted with many things. There are times when the demands out weigh the times of peace, quiet and solitude, but don’t be discouraged find the time I promise you it will be worth it.

 

Until Next Blog

Leslie