Good Advice for the New Year

I like to look for ways of improving myself and keeping in touch with what others are doing to stay at the top of their game. This week I happened upon an article that I think offers some great advice. It was originally publisehd in primewomen.com

The beginning of a new year is a great period of time to become a bit more introspective than normal—a time for new year reflections. It’s a chance to take an honest, reflective look at the past year and how you’ve performed versus how you intended to grow in the coming year. Using the following G.R.O.W. factors, rate yourself on last year’s performance, then use the same factors to help set new standards.

G: Go-Getter

How much of a go-getter have you been? Self-management is one of the most difficult areas of life to conquer. Yet without it, it’s easy to end a year satisfied with less than you may have been capable of accomplishing. One’s go-getter potential is merely measured by one’s ability to be self-directed and follow through, despite barriers. Economic conditions may tighten, yet go-getters find ways to hurdle financial barriers by being innovative, creating new markets, even expanding existing contacts by probing deeper. What criteria will you set to measure your new year’s go-getter ability?

R: Righting Wrongs

Poet Robert Burns was right when he wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.” Things do go wrong. It’s recovery that provides the magic. Looking back on things that went wrong this past year, regardless of whose fault it was, ask yourself, how may of the wrongs were you able to make right? Sometimes righting the wrong means accepting a financial sacrifice, yet far more often it merely requires an honest, personal connection. Often it’s as simple as saying, “I’m sorry—I messed up.” What will your philosophy be to right wrongs in this year and how willing will you be to admit when a mistake is yours and yours alone?

O: Over-Delivering

Over-delivering should not be confused with the trite statement of “under-sell-and-over-deliver.” No. It’s important to sell right to begin with. Whether it’s a product, a service or a personal commitment, perhaps you’re able to not just deliver on time, but early. Or, in the case of a personal commitment, perhaps you can make a commitment to someone just when they least expect it. Should you be unable to deliver on time, how about taking time to do something totally unexpected, like writing a simple handwritten note? When is the last time you got a personal, handwritten note from someone who underperformed on a project for you? See what I mean? Most importantly, what new and unique ways can you use this year to pleasantly surprise someone by over-delivering?

W: Weed Well

Every gardener knows that in order for the best crop to flourish, it is necessary to occasionally weed out others. The same is true of your client list—and sometimes, even organizations you’ve been involved with as well as your personal relationship list. As you grow, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate where and how you spend your time. Unfortunately, there are always a few current clients, organizations, even personal relationships that may need to be weeded out so others more fruitful and meaningful can come into full bloom for this time in your life. A new year is an ideal time to evaluate your weeding, as well as your planting. Be sure you weed thoughtfully, with kindness and grace.

By incorporating these simple G.R.O.W. factors into your new year reflections and applying well thought out responses to your planning, you will improve your performance and growth in the year ahead.

Did you enjoy this article? Were there things here you can relate to? I think for me, the paragraph that resonated most was the one about Weed Well. I think, all too often we get too bogged down in things that don’t push us towards our goals. For me, minimizing events and commitments that don’t enrich my life or the lives of my community, might be the thing to do this year.

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living Facility

 

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Living Your Best Life

Living well, Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente Villas, Brazeau Farms, business owner, community personAs this years comes to a close, I was thinking about some things. For all of us, at one time or another, life can get pretty stressful. Sometimes we get stress from things going on in our own lives, but often, it’s from things that are happening to people we love. I was wondering what could be done to help move away from the stress and keep more of those happy feelings in my soul.

I came across a great post in, of all things, Reader’s Digest. Here are some excerpts from their post. I hope then help you live your best life:

Smile… To Spread Happiness

“The simplest and most reliable way to make someone smile is to smile at him,” says Marianne LaFrance, a Yale University psychology professor and the author of the book Lip Service.

“Smiles are the most contagious kind of facial expression, even among people who don’t know each other,” LaFrance says. That’s because seeing a smile and showing a smile originate from the same area of the brain.

Skeptical you can change your world by just smiling more often? LaFrance suggests trying this experiment: For one day, vow to not smile at anyone. The next day, smile at everyone.

Then compare both days. Chances are the second day will be one of the best you’ve had in a long time.

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Sleep Well for Seven Hours a Night … To Look Younger

Researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have shown for the first time that poor sleep can contribute significantly to looking older. Women ages 30 to 49 who said they usually slept fitfully had more fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity and recovery than those who said they regularly slept well for at least seven hours per night.

Sleep acts as a repair shop for the skin, according to Jeffrey Benabio, MD, physician director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. While you’re snoozing, inflammation subsides, soothing conditions such as eczema and acne.
“Beyond using sunscreen and not smoking, the best thing anyone can do to preserve his or her looks is to get a healthy seven to nine hours of sleep every night,” explains Dr. Benabio.”

These are just two of the examples of things we can all do to bring more happiness into our lives. If you would like to read the rest of the post, here is the link: https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/key-moves-live-your-best-life/

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living Facility

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Thoughts for the People of Texas

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Here in California we rarely have hurricanes, but we do get earthquakes. In South Orange County we have been fortunate so far. Most of our earthquakes are relatively small and they havent done a great deal of damage. They have left us without power for a day or two, but that is about it.

As I watch the devastation in Texas, I am simply broken-hearted about what this hurricane has done to the cities affected by it. People’s lives are going to be disrupted for years to come. They will be fighting with Insurance companies to get their claims paid. Some of them will lose money to soe of the contractors who unscrupulous. There are those who don’t have flood insurance on their homes because they aren’t normally in a flood zone, and who knows how they will be able to put their homes back together.

Everyone is focused on them now, but at the speed the local government will be able to issue building permits,and with the sheer volume of what has to be undertaken, it’s going to be a long process.

I am going to hope for the best for these people. I am going to hope that all the millions being raised will go to help people re build their lives and to take care of each other.

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living

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Memorial Day Fun at the Villas

WE love to throw holiday parties at San Clemente Villas for our residents, their families, our friends and our community. At Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day we invite local service men and women to join us for our celebrations. [Read more…]

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The City of San Clemente

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San Clemente is one of the most beautiful cities is Southern California. It has access to hills, sea and sand. The weather is pretty temperate, it does have seasons of a sort, but it never seems to get too cold, or too hot, at least not for very long.

What I didn’t realize is that San Clemente is in fact one of the very first planned communities. I have seen the Ole Hanson homes and been intrigued by them, but for a long time I didn’t think much more about them. Then I saw some articles that addressed the history of this area and how Ole Hanson began his master plan, and I was intrigued.

Ole Hanson attracted folks from the Los Angeles area  with his grand plans and free food and went on to sell over 1,200 house lots. In the 1920’s, house lots started as low as $300, and went as high as $1,500!! Call you favorite San Clemente Realtor and you will find that there are very few buildable lots available and the prices are considerably higher these days, with lots closer to the ocean listed in the million dollar range!

If you spend any time in the older areas of San Clemente you will see Ole Hanson’s homes. They are all built in  the Spanish style, with white stucco exterior, red tile roofs and wrought iron decorative touches. He did put deed restrictions on each of the properties he sold that ensured the new homeowners comply with the Spanish style of architecture that he wanted for this new planned community.

Paul and I  love San Clemente. Each year that we can we participate in local events, one of our favorites being the car show on Del Mar.  The Ole Hanson Beach Club has been restored, and it’s still a great place for locals to gather and to take their daily swim.

San Clemente by the sea!!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

 

 

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What We Do at SC Villas

I am a person who rarely sits in complacency, and my San Clemente Villas is a reflection of who Paul and I are as people. We love to entertain and to make people happy. Whenever we can, we bring that joy of living to our residents and their families, and we throw some great parties at San Clemente Villas.

One of everyone’s favorites is the group the Kelly Boys. We recently had a great country how down, the band and the Kelly Boyz helped take our dance to  a whole other level. A great time was had by all!!

My favorite photographer, Mark Montgomery was once again on hand to snap some great photos of the festivities. He always makes us look good, but beyond that, he is able to capture the joy we all feel when we host, and participate in these events..

Take a look for yourself:

Aileen Brazeau

 

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Alzheimer’s and Emotions

 

happy seniorI generally leave posts about the elders to my San Clemente Villas blog, but there have been some developments in the research of Alzheimer’s which I would like to discuss here, and then we will get back to the fun things.

We have an Alzheimer’s wing at the San Clemente Villas, and I can tell you that Alzheimer’s is a complex disease. Not being able to remember the most recent events in one’s life doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t feel deep emotions. In fact, most who are afflicted by Alzheimer’s still feel emotions deeply after the event has faded from their mind, giving experts reason to challenge accepted beliefs about our feelings in general.

Alzheimer’s patients may continue to feel jubilant or somber for years, even though some of the events which contributed to those emotions are long forgotten. They could have been watching a sad movie and they just cant remember or experience.

Researchers said Alzheimer’s patients are ‘profoundly impacted emotionally by events that they cannot recall’ and that this has implications for careers and family members who are trying to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

The worse the patients’ memory,the longer the feeling of sadness persisted for it was found, suggesting that being unable to remember what made you sad makes it more difficult to lift the mood.

One patient in the study said: “I feel like all my emotions and feelings are rushing in on me. It’s extremely confusing and I do not like that feeling.”

The authors said: “The persistence of this patient’s intense negative emotion and her inability to conjure up a logical explanation for the cause of her feelings illustrate the bewilderment that a patient with Alzheimer’s disease may experience in the face of an apparently inexplicable feeling.”

I know from experience that while there are certain symptoms of this devastating disease which are common to most, each person who has Alzheimer’s has their own unique set of symptoms. I am doing everything I can to support research and ultimately a cure for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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What Have WE Been Up To?

San Clemente Villas keeps me plenty busy, but Paul and I are also co-owners of the Brazeau Throroughbred Farms here in California. The farm is so different from what we do every day at the Villas. I feel lucky to have both of them in my life. One let’s me give people the beauty and luxury the want in their Senior years, in a beautiful, beach-side city. The other lets me be a part of something natural, to walk the farm, to see the horses train and become powerful winners.

Braeezu Thoroughbred Farms Aileen Brazeau

 

If you want to know what I have been up to, it’s pretty simple. Work first, then exercise, then the Farm. AT the Villas, we are entering our busiest time of the year. First their were all of our regularly scheduled activities, plus decorating for Halloween, and we can’t forget Oktoberfest!

 

November will begin the Holiday festivities and our San Clemente Villas will be decked out for the Holidays!

Stay tuned for more news!!

Aileen Brazeau

Supporting families, supprting Camp Pendleton Marines and Navy, Charities, Sponsor, giving, Aileen Brazeau in Action

 

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Fun at the Villas

Some people have the perception that living in a retirement community is boring. I don’t know about other communities, but at my San Clemente Villas, we have a good time.

There is always something going on. We hold Charity events, Chamber Mixers, celebrations and we even have Poker and Casino nights for our residents, and often times other members of our San Clemente Community and families of our residents attend our events.

We also take field trips to various landmarks around Southern California, and hold classes, exercise sessions and best of all, dances with good music. No one is required to attend, but all who live here are welcome, and most people love our events.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas

 

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The Importance of Music

Music programs at Aileen Brazeua's San Clemente VillasFor some, economic recovery has begun, for others struggles remain. Our Orange County schools are among those who are dealing with cutbacks to sports and music programs. In much of South Orange County parents have stepped in to keep programs going in schools where there have been cutbacks. In other, poorer neighborhoods, where parents are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet, there was little to nothing left over for extracurricular activities.

Some schools are just this year beginning to plan for the reinstatement of music programs in their schools and more are feeling hopeful with the vigorous, healthy real estate market and some job recovery, they will be able to once again fund their music and sports programs.

As someone who works with people, I will tell you that being involved in music programs can literally change lives, no matter what age. It even makes a big difference in the lives of those you would not think would affect.

For children and teens, no matter what their economic status, music is a form of self expression, a way to get lost in something beautiful, and for many, a path to self esteem. Seniors love their music as well. It brings them together, for some, the songs bring back fond memories, and just the sheer joy of singing or playing an instrument lights people up and fills their souls. I know I sound dramatic, but if you watch people when they play an instrument or sing, you can see it. You can see their countenance change, their posture, and the looks of happiness on their faces. Our residents light up when local musicians come and play for them, and the musicians themselves are always thrilled at the appreciation and applause they receive after a performance at the Villas!!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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