I stumbled upon this yesterday and it's just too good not to share!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years young, who wrote for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. "My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the ...column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
"2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
"3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
"4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Some of your friends and all of your family will.
"5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
"6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
"7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
"8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
"9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
"10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
"11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
"12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
"13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
"14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
"15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry, God never blinks.
"16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
"17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
"18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
"19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
"20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
"21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
"22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
"23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
"24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
"25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
"26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
"27. Always choose life.
"28. Forgive but don’t forget.
"29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
"30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
"31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
"32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
"33. Believe in miracles.
"34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
"35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
"36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
"37. Your children get only one childhood.
"38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
"39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
"40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
"41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
"42. The best is yet to come.
"43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
after I have heard and read a bunch of hype, I couldn't resist.
I didn't really have any unrealistic expectations going into this
all I really had to lose was 20 bones. And so much to gain... sleeeeep!
Sweet, sweet slumber and maybe a happier/less fussy baby?
Yesterday afternoon I put the necklace on her and within an hour she was asleep.
(she doesn't normally sleep when we are in the office or if she does it's very brief)
She had a solid hour + nap and woke up in great spirits!
She seemed a little calmer and while she still wanted to chew and chop on things like a rapid dog,
she wasn't whiny and fussy as she had been.
Even once we got home from the office she napped for another hour (hardly ever does that!)
woke up in a great mood, played and enjoyed her exercauser a little then fed and went to sleep.
She slept for about 5 hours before waking up to feed again and then slept for another four.
The past month she has been so restless at night wanting to nurse all night
(more just use me a soother) that we both haven't been getting much any sleep!
Last night was so different.
So my less than 24 hour assessment of the amber is MAGIC!
Here's how it works:
Amber is not a stone or mineral but fossilized tree resin or "tree juice" if you want to get technical!
the thick liquid turns into a transparent solid that contains succinic acid
(sounds bad but is really, really good). Amber is a natural pain reliver and anti-inflammatory , it works by warmimg up against babies skin and releasing its healing medicine. It also helps strength their immune system to fight off other ailments .
Taking care of the necklace is simple, keep clean by washing with warm water. The necklace is meant to be worn not to be chewed on and will last for years.
So like I said this is my less than 24 hour review.
We'll see what happens this week but I am hoping for more sleep!