Boredom Is Good For You

Boredom Before Greatness

I started craving boredom. Strange, eh? Don’t sign off yet.  This blog is for everyone at all stages of life.  

Picture of Boredom

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I recently retired.  Well, not that recent, I guess.  I retired from my more than full-time career as a financial advisor in February 2016.   About two months ago I realized I was busier than ever and had very little time to myself.  Sound familiar?   

I surveyed others about the benefits of being bored, and everyone cringed or started touting how full a life they had. Did I want to be called “a bore”?  I started to pull away from the thought of being bored fearing I was heading down the wrong road, but it kept raising its head.  So, as usual, I did some research. Continue Reading

Upcoming Fall Journaling Workshops

Back By Popular Demand

The journaling workshops held this past Spring were a big hit.  It really is time for you to take the bull by the horns and learn about the benefits of journaling. I know you have probably thought about journaling, but ” ugh, when will I find the time?” Right?

I will share with you my personal story of how journaling changed my life and business. I promise you will leave the workshop with the tools you need to begin. Journaling isn’t just about keeping a diary type notebook. Yes, that is one form of journaling, but there are so many other types of journaling that just might work for you and your lifestyle.

  • learn to journal effectively based on personality and style
  • set your goals and dreams in motion
  • and improve your mental and physical well-being through journaling

Two of the workshops will be held at my home and the other two workshops will be at the Westwood Council on Aging.  You are invited to both.

Check out my website for more details.  Journaling Workshops


Flower Power – Bullet Journal

Most people love flowers.  Some love flowers more than others.  The technique at the end of this blog will take flower lovers of any level to new heights.  The 1960’s activists may have been onto something with their “flower power” for peace.

Rutgers University recently conducted a 10-month behavioral study that explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction.  Their findings show that flowers are a natural moderator of moods and have positive effects on emotional health.  Here is a link for more on that study. Rutgers University Flower Power Study

Short Version – Benefits of Flowers in Your Life

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Journaling Workshops

Never been able to get into journaling, but wanted to?  You are in luck.  I am giving free one-hour workshops that will give you the reasons why you should journal and the techniques.

Achieve Your Life Passions

and Goals Via Journaling

I will share with you the science behind the benefits and power of journaling. Learn why journaling is beneficial to your health, wealth and well-being. Experiment with different journaling techniques to discover what will work with your personality and schedule.
Participants will
  • learn to journal effectively
  • set their goals and dreams in motion
  • and improve their mental and physical well-being through journaling
  • Each attendee will receive a free copy of Joan’s book (your choice of either of her books)
Questions: email
Joan Marie Gagnon has written her first two books in the series Journal Your Way To. Joan started her CPA and Financial Planning business from scratch in 1997. In 1998 she learned from successful WSN members about journaling.  Joan is able to look back on those years and review her journals for evidence that journaling helped her make huge strides in her business and personal growth. Her desire is to help others embrace journaling as one method to attain ultimate health, wealth, and well-being.

Singing Your Heart Out

For those of you with questionable singing voices, please don’t click off this blog yet.   I struggled with how to keep you reading on.   Can you hum?

Joan Singing Climb Every Mountain

Recently, Dia, a friend of mine sang to her husband on a Facebook post.  It was so touching, I thought I’d look up the benefits of singing and humming.  Guess what?  Of all the many health benefits, singing and humming directly contributes to “world peace”.   If we all sang and hummed daily in our showers or in our cars, we would contribute to “world peace”.  Stay tuned for the upcoming challenge for world peace.

First, let’s talk about the health benefits.  Continue Reading

Unexpected Benefits of Hobbies

Do you have a hobby?

A hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.  There are so many benefits mentally and physically to having hobbies.  Most people that have hobbies are very passionate about them.  When you are in hobby mode, you are generally in a state of mindfulness and presence.  It is a form of meditation for many.

Young woman with a guitar.

Hobbies are a great way to divert your busy life into another totally different direction from time to time.  Studies have shown that hobbies are beneficial to your brain because they can release positive chemicals into your brain such as dopamine and create new neuro-pathways.   Hobbies can reduce anxiety.  For instance, I get very anxious on airplanes.  The first thing I do is whip out my crocheting and I am good to go.  No need for tranquilizers as long as I have my crocheting project.

Many hobbies enable you to express yourself like no other.  You put your own mark on your creations such as painting, woodworking, singing, gardening, even cleaning or decorating your home.  Having hobbies can generate a sense of pride and accomplishment.

They sometimes enable you to have a special group of friends outside of work that has the same interests or benefits from your hobby.  Socializing is now being touted as a must for good brain health.

Hobbies can contribute to key pathways to human flourishing.  They can provide happiness, friendships, community, beauty, purpose and meaning.  These are just some of the pathways.

Are you nearing retirement and work 24/7?  Continue Reading

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