Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

One day one may wake up and choose to be “outdoorsy.”  The journey starts when you start to plan your outdoors life.  You may need a car with racks on top for example, to be able to transport kayaks.  You may look at RV websites for a Winnebago.  You may stop at the Secretary of State for a State Park membership and map.  There are local beach websites one may also research.  Then of course beach activities like bringing a volley ball or beach ball, Frisbee or aquatic shoes to the beach.  Some beaches promote artistic endeavors, where you fill your van with a table and an easel and paints then set up at the beach to paint the vista or boats or people.  You may venture off to lodges or remote locales that you arrive by boat and walk the nature trails etc.

It’s worthwhile to scout local, state, regional and national parks and locales and collect and study maps.  There are dunes and caves to be explored across the country.  Look in the book “Caves and Caving:  A Handbook and Guide to American Caves-from simply enjoying them to professional spelunking,” by Don Jacobson & Lee Stral.

The common things one needs to lead an adventurous and outdoorsy life are things like: tents, back packs, coolers, maps, kitted out van, cooking utensils, binoculars, kayaks, canoes, boats,  rig up for bikes on back of car,  simple outdoors clothing, art supplies, sporting or gaming apparatus, fishing poles, water sports equipment, books, and journals. It’s good to buy a car with possible trunk bike rack and roof boat rack.

You can look at magazines like Midwest Living to find out about remote lodges in Michigan.  You can look at the cabins and lodges for rent or sale on Craigslist.  You can purchase within a natural setting or on a lake or you can vacation in natural areas around the world.

You can picnic frequently or stay in tune with fruit harvests or flower bloomings. Travel to treks, mountain ranges, waters or forests.  You can engage in intensely beautiful studies and place on your calendar, perhaps weekly gardens. Convene around the fire.  Buy a kite.  Take a pilgrimage.  Pack up a back pack and go exploring around an area with picnic and snacks.  You can grill a variety of things even pineapples to serve with yogurt.  Travel down a coast and rent a cottage with good sunsets. Travel to a cider mill in season and go apple picking. You can use natural beauty products from like Himalaya Lotion or rose water spray.

You can plant a garden and your own ecosystem.  You can bring the outdoors indoors and grow an indoor vegetable garden with pots and plastic trays or egg cartons.  You can buy windsocks or wind chimes, or sew a teepee, or put up a Bedouin tent in the backyard.  You can light a fire and sing songs.  You can go for long walks or runs.

You can tie and dye in the backyard or dye fabrics.


Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

If you find that your suits are not fitting well enough, you may need to define your muscles.

As do many bodybuilders, a man or a woman, but especially a man, men need muscle or bodybuilding powders to build and define their physique.  Suits may drape strangely on a man who has yet to define his muscles then pump up with weight training.  Muscular development may be a basic part of being a man.

One police officer said it is important for his position to be able to “run 2 miles fast.”  2 miles fast is a benchmark of good health and endurance.

Another important point to know with summer coming is that outdoor swimming pools absorb rays from the sun.  Tanning and slimming are therefore hallmarks of swimming pools.

It’s a nice time to get a “hard body” plan design.  Some people work out with the same personal trainer for even 30 years.  A good job is often one that you can turn into a later business and that affords good health and beauty.  What generally is good to include are liposuction, exercise weights, yoga, stretching, pool time and possibly a dog to get in enough walking.

The eyes really benefit from attention in the way of drops or eye gels.  It’s a noticeable experience to have creams and drops just for the eyes.  Try Oil of Olay Eye Gels. Other good products by Oil of Olay are “Regenerist Cream” and “Grapefruit Extract Facial Towelettes.”   You can also work on your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

Spring is a good time to gear up with fresh and sweet designs for the warm weather.  You can purchase online madras, plaid or batik fabrics to make cool tunics for the spring and summer months with matching pull up pants.

Spring cleaning can be deeply rewarding.  Try to deep clean and clean carpets; replace mattresses, can openers, car, water filters and toothbrushes often.  Every spring cleaning try to at least replace your mattress-it will freshen your house tremendously.  It’s good to deep clean doorways and even spray clean your shoes with Windex or other cleaners so dirt is not tracked into your home.  Usually, salts and things linger in carpets and in doorways coming out of winter.   A good caddy improves cleaning as well.  You can carry around a bucket of cleaning supplies.  Be sure to dust with something like a swifter duster and clean thoroughly all the window sills where spider eggs are for later hatching.  In the spring, things do start hatching.  If you live in a brick house expect some ants.  Try to number your tasks.  Perhaps clean twenty things in a room.  Move out beds and furniture and vacuum below.  Clean out the vacuum too.  It’s good to replace all bulbs for good Feng Shui. Try to improve the light in your house.  Open the windows while you clean and let fresh air into the house.  Clean off cupboards, thoroughly dust artworks.  Get all your framing done and work on your art collection.  Get all your dry cleaning in and meditate on a clean home and spirit.  Try to professionally clean your house.  Know how to emergency clean it too.  Research cleaning, cleaning tools and agents.  Clean drapery and blinds as well.

Try to spiritualize your home and plan some “intellectual good times.”  You can spiritualize with music, core value books or spiritual readings such as “Don’t Look Before You Leap,” By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO).  Other books by OSHO:   “112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within,” “Madras for Awakening Chakras,” “The Book of Secrets,” “Love Freedom and Aloneness,” “Courage,” “Finding Your Inner Power and Your Potential.”

Intellectual good times may be dates to the library by yourself to research your career.  Check out books in your field or career choice or try to learn a new skill or do research.  If you are so inclined you may write a research paper.  What can be a quick thrill is to research books in a keyword search on the computer while there and order them online after.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

One of the best books you can buy on fitness is called “Stretching” by Bob Anderson and illustrated by Jean Anderson. You can order Stretch and Strength Charts for your home gym or exercise area from:
Stretching Inc.
Box 767
Palmer Lake, Colo. 80133

Bob Anderson offers stretching charts for the following: Aerobic Exercise, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boardsailing, Bowling, Computer and Desk, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Everyday (general), Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Groin/Hip, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, In-Line Skating, Kids, Legs, Lower Back, Martial Arts, Motorcross, Neck/Shoulder/Arms, Over 50, Partners, Pregnancy, Racquetball/Handball/Squash, Rodeo, Rowing, Running, Skiing (Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Walking, Weight Training, Wrestling, X-Country Skiing.
He also offers pocket sized cards for running, cycling, every day or travelers.

It’s beneficial to intellectualize your fitness regime and become knowledgeable about health simultaneously.  Good fitness may start in the brain!  See below Fitness Book List:

Fitness Book List

Stretching, By Bob Anderson
Stretching at Your Computer Desk, By Bob Anderson
Getting in Shape Workout Programs for Men & Women, By Bob Anderson
Alexander Technique, By Wilfred Barlow
Awareness Through Movement, By Moshe Feldenkrais
Bike Tripping, By Tom Cuthbertson
Breathing, What You Need to Know, By Ruth and Edward Brecher
The Complete Book of Running, By James Fixx
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, By Elizabeth Noble
Foot and Ankle Pain, By Rene Cailliet
Guidelines To Successful Jogging, By Rory Donaldson
Healthful Eating Without Confusion, By Paul Bragg
Helping Yourself With Foot Reflexology, By Mildred Carter
Hypokinetic Disease, Disease Produced By Lack of Exercise, By Hans Kraus
The Knee in Sports, By Karl K. Klein
Knee Pain and Disability, By Rene Cailliet
The Knees: Growth-Development and Activity Influences, By Karl K. Klein
Low Back Pain Syndrome, By, Rene Cailliet
The Massage Book, By George Downing
Mucusless Diet Healing System, By Prof. Arnold Ehret
New Aerobics, By Kenneth Cooper
Oh My Aching Back, By Leon Root and Thomas Kiernan
Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries, By John Pagliano
Richards Bicycle Book, By Richard Ballantine
Run, Run, Run, By Fred Wilt
Runner’s Medical Guide, By Richard Magni
Running Free, By Joan Ullyot
The Shocking Truth About Water, By Paul Bragg
Super Brain Breathing, By Paul C. Bragg
Touch For Health, By John F. Thie
Treatment of Injuries to Athletes, Don H. O’Donoghue
Track Technique, By Fred Wilt
Van Aaken Method, By Ernst Van Aaken
The Mindful Practice of Falun Gong, Meditation, Health and Wellness Beyond, By Dr. Margaret Trey
Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi
Light on Pranayama, the Yogic Art of Breathing, By B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar, His Life and Work, By Iyengar
Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan, By Richard Hittleman’s
Yoga for Women, Nancy Phelan and Nancy Volin

The majority of the book list is extracted from the bibliography in “Stretching” By Bob Anderson pg. 189

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

An OB/GYN said that 50% of women have uterine fibroid tumors. Some have reported grape sized others have reported grapefruit sized. Wikipedia may be somewhere to curate a binder on technical women’s health. Try searching a variety of topics and printing pages for a binder.

It’s good to throw out old make up just like it’s good to practice culinary’s FIFO-first in, first out or just check your pantries sell by dates and rid of all your unsafe products and make up.

Drops in the eyes, such as Thera Tears and Refresh are a beauty secret that gives your eyes a twinkle and health. Drops also help lubricate and wake up tired eyes. Beware of eyes that get irritated by perfumes and can get bacterial infections. Heavy perfumes can be dangerous to the eyes.

You might want to try getting a large plastic bin and throwing all your mending into it. Some time you will mend and have all these old new clothes. You can darn favorite socks that get a hole. It’s nice to keep a sewing project going all the time. Try your local public library for good sewing and craft books. Try making a mouse puppet or a mola or a quilt. You can check books out then order them later at home on to build your craft library and start up projects. You can also turn closets or walk in closet or extra rooms into sewing nooks which can always be a good time. Add a little boom box or an IPOD and some little hard candies, have bins for fabrics and a tackle box for threads and scissors and bin for patterns. Fit projects into little bags to keep track. is a good place to search for books and classics ideas. It’s nice to start reading goals and record in a book log all the books you read. Some read even 388 books a year. 1 book through the week, one on the weekend and check out four at the library on a subject of choice.

Scarves are a nice way to quickly spruce up your look. Even wrapping your head in a scarf like a babushka is romantic and beautifying. Scarves around the neck add haughtiness. Earrings are another quick spruce. Always be on the look- out when traveling or online or in catalogs for nice earrings.

Doctors often when you’re in their office and say you have pain will ask you to pinpoint the pain to see if for example you have pain in your muscle or pain from your bone. It makes a huge difference for your back if you have maybe a worn out disk, or need a muscle relaxer for strain, or a steroid to build your spine up.

It’s also good to sometimes change to a doctor who specializes in some of your key issues. If you find you are having prolonged issues maybe you can talk to more doctors or see a different doctor for new advice. Some primary care specialize in orthopedic areas others in OB/GYN others in other things.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The best TLC for the blues is a haircut. If your pony tail is not thick and you are unable to make a bun, perhaps you have a fine hair and may look better in a bob or shorter cut. Thicker hair generally looks better long and can go into those pony loops, pony tails, buns, front braid, French braids and on and on.
Salons are the ultimate change agents. It’s interesting when one decides in a hairstyle or just a basic trim or classic look. Make sure you get the sharpest scissors for nice ends. If you by chance have fine hair, one stylist recommends blow drying it up, then coming down for volume. If by chance you want more volume, you can use a round vented brush and a thin stream direct nozzle to blow curling up ends then reverse and blow curling under the second time. What can also be nice for fine hair that can’t have too many products may be products like Infusium and a hairspray spritz like Aveda’s Witch Hazel. You can also try spritzing ends you are curling with hairspray for more hold or sometimes for straighter or smoother looks. Try Infusium and air drying for a natural softer fluffier look.  It works differently on different hair, but generally a good hair tonic for most hair.
The basic point is to really analyze your hair. Is it fine, is it thick, what complements my face shape, would bangs, would a friar cut or a China Doll cut, or a curly natural look? The best test is the pony tail test. Some buns that are too thin from fine hair can look really horrific. Sometimes that would suggest perhaps a medium length or a shorter cut?
It’s also nice if you’re growing your hair to prune back and thicken when taking vitamins like Biotin. To thicken prune back. Think about no style vs. style? There are also some very beautiful bouffant styles.
You can think back to bushy Yoko Ono hair circa the “Imagine” Album for good natural long looks.

Paul Mitchell and Aveda both have good smoothing agents.  Try Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo, Lavender and Mint Moisturizer, and Lemon Sage Body building shampoo-all available online from 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

It’s good to first look at all the remedies you can try for a knee pain for example like: Steroids, exercises, insoles in shoes, joint juice, weight loss, Tiger Balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/laying percentages, yoga, stretching overall body, stretching all parts of knee, physical therapy, Voltarin gels, and finally-if none of that works or does work in some ways, try surgery.

Surgery in the end can really remedy an acute problem and cure it. Sometimes there are perhaps 4 things wrong-maybe you have a meniscus tear, a dislocation, and arthritis or are overweight. Perhaps you have to pin down your problems and address each of them. Surgery can heal long term ailments.

Then of course there is the after-care following surgery. Wounds may bleed or drain and you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean wounds and to remove the blood stains from your clothes like one hardcore nurse for a menstruating patient.

What one may simply do is create a list for your loved ones to pick up for you like: canned soups, case of Vernos for the nausea, orange juice, Activa Probiotics, laundry detergent and bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, gauze, an Ace Bandage, Band-Aid bandages, Triple Ointment, crutches, aspirin for fever or pain relief or swelling, and numbers to reach on call doctors should you have any problems. A caring loved one and a list, can save a distressed patient after returning from the hospital. Good to have those kinds of “First Aid,” items on hand anyway.

You can also make up your own pretend hospital bed with white bleached sheets, which is always fun when you are healing to create for yourself a sterile and welcoming place to heal. Keep a set of sheets that are your home hospital sheets.

Part of extended after care can be to get your scars removed after wounds have turned into scars. You can see a plastic surgeon to have scars removed.

Once you’re back on the block and you decide to return to the gym for a light work out and do your rehabilitation exercises, what can be nice is to strap on a velcro waist support to start molding your waist line, low impact. The heat and tightening should show some results. It’s also nice to get some 18 Hour Bra’s as another “low impact” way to tighten the waist and lift the breasts-you can train your body, especially when you are just returning to working out. In these ways you’re working out, when you’re not working. Then once you are feeling committed and tenacious, you can draw up a fitness plan. Perhaps ease your way with your ailing part and work other areas, perhaps upper body.

Later on you can graduate into yoga and dance. One yogi was featured in a “Natural Awakening Magazine” as a 30 year practitioner and looked sun kissed, supple and deeply beautiful.

Finally what can really perk up one’s life is creating a “fantasy” for your life (eg. A writers life) and writing a “Life Guide.”
Include in your “Life Guide,” dates, career plans, transitions, education, businesses and long term goals and map out your whole life if you can? Many things you can plan and the more planning the more prepared. After you get older you may settle into a career trajectory or business and your life gels and forms. Try to put some fun things “on deck” and plan an interesting life for yourself.

Another wonderful thing to do in winter is pick up some Blistek Medicated Mint Balm in a little green tube, it softens lips nicely.

A lot of times what we write in emails, chronicles our lives and feelings. What’s nice is to get a spiral notebook and paste in emails and type journal entries for a little homemade journal, from more than one perspective. One is what you tell people, which may be candid and the other is your journal or diary to yourself. Try getting glue sticks and pasting in things. Many writer’s, enjoy journalistic development as one of their styles. Try a multi perspective style of pasted emails and write ups and other interesting memorabilia, even calendars from “Time and Date” to remember your life as it was at one special time. You can use it to piece together memoirs or autobiographies or histories later.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fall can bring out the warmest and softest clothing like a snowflake fleece favorite or a Pooh Bear sweater.  It’s interesting to contemplate new vs. old or crisp vs. eclectic.  Avoid the overly faded, unless that’s the look you’re going for.  It’s a nice time to look for a little capelet and go to an event or fundraiser.

You can almost one day sit down and figure out what will be your life’s work.  You can plan your talents and execute the plan.  For example you may like linguistics, music, art, poetry, and sewing.  You may become a pianist or a singer or a horn player.

Even giving can be something you may like to include in your trajectory.  Try to give regularly, it creates good karma and you start to live positively in people.  People may think highly of you and it creates respect for you.  When they think back on your “string” they will remember that kind thing you did for them and that becomes who you are to them.  When you give people associate you to “prosperity,” and think of you as having a surplus, not poverty.  Even after a period of impoverishment it may also be good for one’s own PR and self-esteem to give.  The people with the best PR give. You can easily give with Amazon or tips on blogs or donations to places you visit or to colleges.  Giving is always positive and good for you.  Try to remember birthdays and holidays as well.  Keep track of all your dear friends birthdays and send a personal, loving and caring gift.  You can send poems, recipes and a card with money-give! It’s good to  give to your children, so that when they grow up, they will also know how to give.

You can give your hands a peel with creams like “Salacyn.”  Salacyn can remove little rashes and things from the hands and peel the hands to deeply clean them of some disease and more clean in general.

Back pain is a common problem that sometimes occurs from arthritis, or worn out discs or a need for a straightening and to see a chiropractor.  It’s in your best interest to get an X-Ray and check for worn out discs and also to check for arthritis.  What can work are massages with Icy Hot, or a round of Steroids from a Spine Doctor and physical therapy, or a massage with Tiger Balm or an anti-inflammatory aspirin or joint juice and to straighten your spine perhaps with a velcro brace or corset style brace and whatever a chiropractor or spine doctor would recommend.  Also yoga can be good to have a nice elongated Kundalini as well as keep you young, supple and limber.

It’s really interesting the Vaseline that grows the skin and all those steroids that rebuild the bones plus joint juice.  Apparently over time it’s good to “rebuild” bones, joints and skin to look and feel good into old age.  Targeted steroids are really key for this for rebuilding.  I think the general idea is to keep rebuilding joints and bones that wear down.





Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A big part of beauty is managing life’s rough turns that leave you with physical and sometimes even emotional scars.  Apparently “Vaseline” may be an underrated little gem.  Vaseline can be placed on some burns; even those with blisters as a protective layer and heal in amazing ways (Dermatologist recommended).  Another step can be to see a plastic surgeon or surgical nurse for scar removals with perhaps what is called an IKON machine.  Some surgical nurses have little tricks where they might cut something out and turn it into a scar, like a tattoo for example, then after it has turned into a scar, use scar removal devices.  Part of beauty is maintaining clear skin and skin that is scar free-and it can be done!  Even stretch marks etc. can be removed.

The CPAP device also truly works wonders to restore the cells, the skin and the lips.  You can notice really dramatic changes to the face after using it.  It is so aerating it can give you gas, but the results are dramatic.  Especially if you were one of these late smokers who killed skin cells, discolored lips and fingers.  CPAP is a godsend.  It may help with swimming and sports.  Getting oxygen is just simply something great to give the body that it truly, truly needs.

Another good tip I found recently was not completely blow drying the hair but scrunching it with the hands to give it a hand perm, then almost dry it so it has some spring back from the drying process and gets more curl.  If hand perms do not work, or perhaps another thing to try, you can pin the hair in forms with bobby pins while wet and let it dry then keep or remove the pins.  You can pin the hair up or make easy waves or finger waves or 1920’s styles or bouffant styles.  Make long hair, short hair with bobby pins.  Droopy and ringlet styles, kind of school teacher looks.

What is really great is maintaining all your new vitamin grown hair!!  If you ever tried  Biotin and Zinc, they form really interesting young newly sprouted hair!!  Be very gentle with your new hair.  Also to recap again to try to dry it partially not all the way and let it dry naturally as much as possible for the most beautiful hair.

One important aspect of health is having enough time to stretch.  A nice book to follow for home practice of yoga is Richard Hittleman’s, “Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan.”  There is an exercise at the beginning of Hittleman’s book where you bend your arms at the elbow and with palms facing outward to open the chest that is really wonderful.  Collect and learn stretching exercises from magazines, books, tapes, personal trainers, classes.  I would also highly recommend in car emphasized states to get a treadmill and spend some time walking or running.  Even simple hand weights and strap on weights then marching gracefully can do wonders.  One personal trainer uses steps and squeezing the buttocks inward with each step to firm the buttocks.

Actually holding the downward dog position in yoga works on the whole body and has some special magic this writer is trying to decode.  If you’re sick and have been bedridden try exercising right in bed or in your bedroom or collecting books and exercising alone.  One can be too sickly to go to a class after a long period of sickness and may produce gas in a yoga class from a sluggish colon.  Sometimes you can’t keep up with a class regimen and need to go at your own pace.  Don’t be afraid to get a file of exercises together by making copies etc. and just begin.  You might have a yoga book or try doing a few simple exercises you remember like downward dog, plank, chair, balancing, sun salutations, deep breathing. There are also personal trainers who can tailor things to your needs and are worth every penny.  It’s nice to designate space in your house for exercise.  Look for some place to walk or get a treadmill.  Be very careful to not never walk.  I heard about the Camino de Santiago in Spain that has a nice walking pilgrimage.  You may try taking a walking holiday of your own design or look for a good pilgrimage area.

A wonderful experience can be to work on the values that will guide your life.  To look at what will be others perception of you, but also what your life will stand for or be your life’s primary goal areas.  These are not daily or monthly goals but rather those things at the back of your head that guide you and become who you are.

What can really make or break a relationship can be what one’s perception is of you.  Perception becomes the “boxing in” of a friend or family member into a positive or negative idea.  Sometimes it has to do with a time period or the context of the relationship, one friend may see you as a revolutionary, another may see you as child or have known you in childhood.  Some friends don’t see you all the time and their perception may or may not enlarge in tandem with your growth.  You may want to steer clear of those you don’t feel have a very positive perception of you.  Two things to watch out for that impact your self-esteem are “perception” and “dimmer” qualities.  Some may hold you within an idea, whether it be astrological, work oriented, related to an experience, adventure, a particular skill, your looks, gift oriented, a sickness and others at times like to dim a person’s abilities to increase their own using a reductionist model.  Perception may also be one’s personal branding.  Those two items can impact beauty and one should be aware of them.  Something you can do is say not less, but more or invite them over-the general idea is to inform their idea of you, tell them about yourself a little so when they speak of you, your information is on a mental string, not a convoluted poor perception. High self-esteem-not ego, but quality, can serve you in these kinds of conflicts as well as sharing and being informative.  Keep up to date with friends and family and do not allow them to live in old perceptions without regard for your growth.

Last point, is about counter culture lifestyles or those who pierced and tattooed and desired to live in a subculture or choose an alternative lifestyle.  Some people will cross social taboos or lines and desire to be on the outside of those lines or choose a wholly creative path that is aligned with social and physical designs which I find interesting.  I may have desired it as a young woman with a nose ring and tattoos.  Even an actor may lead a counter cultural life style going from theater to theater, character to character.

You still find a lot of counter culture but you might find yourself wanting a nice supplemental work or a creative career and one that is more foundational.  You may work in education, and then take all your vacations in acting.  It can be really nice to find interesting ways to live a creative life or an imaginative life, or athletic life, or culinary and writing, teaching and engineering etc.  I am finding the transition in later life can be getting into duplicity and trying to squeeze in all the things you love into a life.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Planning Good Times Around the Calendar

Continued from the work of happiness


End of month China, Chinese New Year 5 days (4000)

Skin resurfaced

Frenchie Faire, reading in French



Warming alcohols, hot toddy’s

New Years



Chinese Take Out Party, Sake, mai tai, Sapporo, sodas,

Cocoa Party and Cakes (250)


Valentines (100)

Drawing and painting, collage, illustration

Quilted art

Make prints

Movie Night


Mexico  4 day weekend  (3,000)

Mexican Fiesta, Margarita’s, Posole, meat pies, bunelos

Sewing Bee

Movie Night, Danzon

Drawing session

Reading days in Spanish

Arizona or Texas out west, mountains, resort, restaurants

Study Spanish

Meet Spanish teacher in Mexico

Get work books

Flash cards out

Spanish TV

Spanish subtitle movie

MUSIC, Susana Baca

Agua de rosas


Corona with lime




Gardening (100)

Cleaning (300)

Easter (300)




Eggs and Babka


Ham and Cheese

See a Play

Spring Recital

Rites of Spring



Facial and spa

Choir, classical, nature, relaxation, hippie faire, folk, Joni, carpenter, 70’s

Movie night


Spring cleanse

Get spiritual

Falun gong readings and exercises

Plant a garden

Prune bushes


Buy some plants for the inside





Panera take out pastries


Blood of Christ



Bunny cake


Bake Bread

Little salads



Ice cream cones

Look through recipes

Pad Thai

All favorite dishes

Invite chefs to cook

Culinary travels

Garage sales

Fire pit



Music store

Fairlane shopping trip

Order clothes


Open up pool


Plan presents for yourself

Rehearse music

Musical theater

Drawing and painting hire models

Bake birthday cakes all month

Game Night (250)

Frankenmuth (150)

SPA facial, mani, pedi, hair conditioned, cut

Buy new beauty products

Work on beauty

Get lots of exercise


Quiet writing time



Movie night


BBQ (150)

Poolside with cocktails (250)

Shopping Trip Fairlane Detroit (600)

Cocktail Party

Vintage Photo

Breakfast with Panera and eggs sausages, casserole, frittata



Road Trip

Holland Michigan

Pentwater rent  beach cottage  (500)

Dinner party (400)



Friend visit 4 days, pub, dinner, cook, Vietnamese, bucket a chicken for lunch, Michigan Theater, ARK, case wine, Copernicus, desserts, movies, Midnight movies, matinee, Café, The Earle, BBQ, drawing, photo, pick up pastries, bake, parfaits

Summer Solstice Celebration

Crochet, Baci, Badminton, pool sports

Shopping dishes

Brazilian Samba



Wiards Orchard and Farm visit

Beach  (1000) Traverse/ Petoskey Camping , Mackinaw, thrifting, antiques,

Grinders,  hotel, Ypsilanti, cook, BBQ, Swim, concert, French restaurant, rubber raft, kayaks, pop up van, smores,

Fireworks (100)

Steak house

BBQ Soul food

Burger Bash

Friend visit,  read,  eat, drink,

Jamaican Night


Ghana  (3600)

NYC Film  (2500)

Cherry Trees and picking

Seasonal fruits and veg


CBC Road Trip  Book Signing

Plymouth Cider Mill

African Night, African Music,

Reading African books

Cider Mill (100)

Tailgating (250)

Fire pit

Reading play or poetry, singles, articles

Shopping Trip Detroit (350)

EMU Football Game



Music Store



Fire pit

Tailgating UM & Michigan chili dogs, brats, nachos

caramel apples

Halloween Candy

Spider cookies with Peanut butter cups and chocolate legs with eyes

Oktoberfest Frankenmuth

Bar for beers

Friends for beers and brats

Country Drive

Read Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne, Mystery, Dumaurier

Visit dead relatives, go to a cemetary

Poetry reading

Cider Mill

Halloween notes and films

Donuts and Coffee

Witches coven, pagan, Macbeth

Movie Night

Zombie thriller



Herbal first aid kits



Sewing Bee


Live Music

Michigan Theater


Plymouth Cider Mill

Day of the Dead and Mexican Faire


Thanksgiving  (1200)


Chicago play  or a concert, shop xmas, restaurant (125)




Christmas shopping fairlane, boutiques,


Movie Night


Tree lighting (50)


Read Russian


Christmas Lights

Meat pies

(2)Cocktail Parties (550)

Merry Mary  (400)

Opera (300)

Movie Night

Recital, rehearse Christmas music

Frankenmuth (400)

Loved ones Christmas Eve

Dad 2 days after Christmas exchange gifts meat pies christmas stuff

Homemade Egg rolls





EID  Middle Eastern Night

Caramel Corn



Carolling Christmas piano

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #31

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #31

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Some basic thoughts about what makes you rich and what makes you poor, led me to see that very often poor health can impoverish you and “health becomes prosperity.”

Salutaris Prosperitas

 Being impaired in anyway physically or psychologically can diminish one’s income.  Poor choices in childhood or as a young adult can lead to poor later health in aging. Be careful of promiscuity which led to a lot of epidemics and sickness.  Aging and ill health are likely two main factors that can lead to poverty.  Basic inability to work or care for oneself properly can lead easily into poverty.  Care in general of the body and positive health choices can be deeply wealth creating.  Making oneself as attractive or beautiful as possible and as healthy as possible, can build wealth.

It’s good to maintain the body with exercise, to scrub the feet of dead skin, to trim the nails clean, to push back cuticles, to manage stubbed toes, to trim the hair, to put drops in the eyes, to use Ammonium Lactate creams on the feet and hands to soften them, to keep the body disease free.  It’s important to keep weight down because weight on the neck impacts breathing, and impacts joints, knees and mobility.  What really makes you poor is often sickness, lack of education and aging which can all lead to lack of work in your own business or within a job.  What really makes you rich is often education, planning, health and work.

Aging itself can be painful and one may experience weird pains in knees etc. as you start to shrink in older age or while aging.

What really became paramount to this writer was how to achieve “happiness” or rather what is

“the work of happiness.”  It is believed that the work of happiness can be divided into three main areas that are:  “planning,” “sets,” and “money.”  Planning is then subdivided into about 60 plans believe it or not.  One can document their plans on paper, set them up and live them.

Laborare Felicitas: planum, scaena, nummus

The true work of happiness is how well you plan for example around the calendar your holidays, your dinner parties, your experience of seasonal foods, your travels, your major events and gatherings.  You can plan for cider mill visits or Chinese Take Out Food Parties with a few bottles of sake. You can plan to learn songs or Chinese Calligraphy, or read in certain languages at certain times before or after travels.  Other things one might plan are a balanced budget where you make certain that your expenses equal your income and needed savings plus leisure and holidays, retirement plans, assets, your children’s education, trusts, financial planning with savings and investments, emergency plan, serving goals, exercise goals, music plan, death plans, cleansing  the body and cleaning plans, skills plan, talent plan, collections plan, marketing plans, business plans, wealth building plans, daily/weekly/monthly and annual goals, debt plan, library planning, career variety, wisdom planning, growth planning, clothes and wardrobe plan, giving and contributions plan, house design planning, books plan, store plans, blog plan, joining clubs or orgs plan, technology plan, international affairs knowledge plan, beauty plan, estate planning, child planning, nature planning, degree planning, long term vision, bio planning, applications planning, awards planning, house financial plan, advanced studies and knowledge plans, time itself, sports plan, spirituality plan, vehicles and recreational vehicles plan, instruments plan, holiday décor plan, private instruction plan, your services plan, international locales, restaurants plan and on and on.

Your sets are how you set up your life, your home, vacation home and business, the actual “physical stage of your life.”  This would include how well you planned for education within your dwellings, fitness, your comfort, your culinary, your holidays, your furnishings and wall coverings, your art that inspires your life, your entire home design is included in your “set.”  All of these things will determine on a level how you live your life.  Did you plan for a pool or a BBQ Pit?  Did you think generationally? Do you have a place where you will educate your children? Did you plan a library? How fit can you be within your dwelling? Have you loved on your home or valued your home?  Do you get enough privacy?  Is your home a loving, welcoming and social home?  How many can you sleep in your home? Do you have good Feng Shui? Have you planned all four seasons?  Have you physically set the stage for grand and memorable holidays?  Do you have storage for boats or RV’s?  Have you built sandboxes and experiences for your children? Have you planned for gardens, house plants and landscaping?

Money will come to play when you plan your budget and incoming monies and attempt to balance them.  You should make a career plan and generally the more education the better.  It’s good to forecast in your plan that I will do this for 7 years then at age 54 for example I will enlist here and go there and get another degree and perhaps go overseas and retire in the Foreign Service.  It’s good to use lots of calendars and timeline trajectories, excel spreadsheets and writings to do the necessary work of happiness.

Stay tuned for upcoming book, “Happy Life,” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu