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Eight Things You Can Do To Live Younger Longer

September 25, 2017

Adding more years to your life, and more life to your years sure sounds good — doesn't it? I like the idea of living younger longer, and I am always interested to learn about habits and behaviors that can improve my life and bring me joy. This is especially important because we live in a time of distracting technologies; that gobble up our precious time and overwhelm us with too much information. As it turns out, the secrets to longevity lie not in modern technology, but in more simple ways.

(Photo by: Kristen Coffield)


There are places in the world known as Blue Zones; where people consistently live longer and healthier than any place else on earth. It is interesting to note that, even though the Blue Zones are located in different countries and continents, they all have certain things in common that contribute to the happiness and longevity of their people. It would appear that many of our modern advances actually distance us from the very behaviors that the people in the Blue Zones enjoy and that keep them living younger. 


8 healthy life style habits to help you live younger longer

  1. Exercise like you mean it. Exercise keeps us younger on a cellular level.
  2. Sense of purpose. Statistically, people who find meaning and purpose in their lives live up to 7 years longer.
  3. Deal with stress. Meditate, reflect, sleep more and sleep better. People with long lives manage stress, it does not manage them.
  4. Eat less. Stop eating when you are 80 percent full. Blue Zoners enjoy their food; they savor it, and the pleasure of dining with others.
  5. Eat a plant based diet. Your diet should be largely organic plant based, include beans and just a little bit of meat.
  6. Moderate alcohol consumption. 1-2 drinks a day are enjoyed in the Blue Zones. Good news — moderate alcohol drinkers tend to outlive non-drinkers.
  7. Friends and Community. Surround your self with positive people who support you. Find a faith-based service to which you can relate. Attending such services 4 times a month can add 4-14 years to your life.
  8. Invest in your family. Support your family with your time and love. Strong family bonds can add years to your life.

Being conscious of your present circumstances puts you in the best position to adopt new patterns of behavior that can contribute to a longer happier life. Once you organize these 8 areas of your life to support how you want to live, now and for the foreseeable future, time will slow down. You will be less distracted and able to live more in the present. While these are 8 tips for living longer, they can help you live better and enjoy every minute of your life.

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Reinventing, Organizing and Enjoying a Beautiful Life

February 27, 2017

I had a personal Tsunami of sorts, an overwhelming confluence of physical and emotional events that literally took up all the bandwidth in my life. Parents passed away, houses had to be emptied, storage spaces filled with ancestral artifacts had to be sorted, finances got tight, the last child left for college, pets died and cancer reared its ugly head. Hundreds of WTF moments strung together, holding me hostage and stealing my joy.


So, what does a girl do when life gives her lemons?  I made warm lemon water a daily habit, crafted beautiful lemon topiary displays, and squeezed lemon rinds for aromatherapy.  I took those lemons and made them mine. In doing so, I learned how to find happiness in the organization and simplification of things within my control; by clearing my physical and mental spaces of unnecessary (and sometimes dangerous) clutter I was freeing my creative energies and tapping into life’s infinite possibilities. I was creating and curating life…on my own terms.

Kristen Coffield (Photo by: Kristen Coffield) Kristen Coffield


The funny thing is, big changes started with small actions. The activity of sorting through life’s detritus, drawer by drawer, was empowering and cathartic. Identifying and discarding what doesn’t serve, bring joy or have sentimental value, is purifying. Making decisions and thinking outside of the box is liberating and, to be honest, almost narcotic. Small creative projects fuel my soul, feed my eye and calm my chattering brain. Time expands and contracts in different ways and freeing space for new and exciting ideas is energizing.


The activity of cleaning a drawer isn't just clearing a drawer, it is clearing clutter that takes up physical and mental space to free you for better things. The magic begins when, rather than thinking yourself out of doing something, you act on your thoughts and make something happen. The best part of reinvention and organization is that you can start right away, it’s absolutely free, and you benefit immediately. When you look at the things in your life ask yourself:


-Is it useful?

-Is it beautiful?

-Is it sentimental?


You will be absolutely amazed at how many things in your life are expired and, therefore, not useful.  


So, given the broad implications of expiration dates, and starting with a simple example, a safe place to start would be with the condiments in your refrigerator.


Expired condiments in your refrigerator: 

 - The best-before date refers to the quality and taste of a product.

 - The use-by date refers to the last safe date before it turns bad.

 - Mayonnaise, catsup & BBQ sauce keep for 4 months after opening, mustard for a year.

 - Jams & jellies keep for one month after opening 

(I confess there were jellies and mustards of indeterminate age in my refrigerator ).


I look forward to inspiring you to Create & Curate and be amused by the process.

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