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Aileen Brazeau finishes Race for the Rescues, irvine, Ca

This past Saturday I participated in the Race For The Rescues. I am an animal lover and anything I can do to save a helpless animal, I will.

From their Facebook Page:

“Race For The Rescues is a day when animal lovers of all ages come out to run, walk, shop or adopt – to help save the lives of homeless dog, cats, horses and farm animals in Southern California. This is a fundraiser where 100% of the net proceeds go to local animal welfare organizations. This race is a timed sporting event and we have a mixture of serious athletes competing for times and people who just want to come out and walk with or without their dog to help support the benefiting organizations. ”

This organization distributes funds to all different rescue operations throughout Southern California. For those of you who aren’t able to participate in the run, you can still donate funds on their website.

Until next year…

Aileen Brazeau

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Be Careful Out There

Unless you have literally been living under a rock, you have heard the news that our beautiful state of California is on fire. No rain, windy conditions and dry vegetation are causing havoc and unless we get some really strong rain storms in the next few days, it doesn’t look like the fires will be out any time soon. [Read more…]

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Life at the Beach

Aileen Brazeau San Clemente Villas, aileen breazeau orange county business owner, aileen brazeau dana pointMy husband and I live in one of the most beautiful parts of this country, Southern California. You might know our area as the OC, which stands for Orange County. Made famous by shows like Laguna Beach and the Housewives of Orange County. The OC became famous on an international level.

It wasn’t that many years ago that the OC was not cool. People who lived in the Los Angeles area thought of us OC people as hicks. Just 30 years of so ago, most of the land south of Mission Viejo was still empty or just newly developed. Things have certainly changed. Today, the OC is  force to be reckoned with.

These days there is some pretty hefty traffic on our freeways. Property in the OC is getting more expensive, especially in our Coastal cities, such as Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente, but unemployment is low and if you are run a service business the chances of making a good income here on the coast are excellent. There will always be people who have dreamed of living by the beach, and we have plenty of beautiful and well maintained beaches here.

Because of where my home and my San Clemente Villas are both located, I am steps away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. After a long day, solving problems, running the Villas,  and dealing with issues, there is nothing more magical than a walk by the ocean.

The rhythm of the waves crashing on the shore, the feel of the sand beneath my feet, the fresh smell of the salt air wafting over my back terrace. There is just something so soothing about life at the beach.

This time of the year our weather is pretty much perfect. It’s usually cool in the evenings and early morning. Often it’s foggy until 9:30 or 10:00 am, then the sun comes out and warms us up until late afternoon when the fog rolls in once again. People will come for summer vacation, hoping to get nice and warm and toasty sitting in their beach chairs. Depending upon where they have come from, our cool summer weather can be a sweet treat, or a big disappointment. We get warm and toasty in late August and early September.

If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet, try to come in July. It’s still cooler here than most other areas of the country, but the morning fogs are pretty much gone by then. We will still have the nice, cool evenings but the weather will be warm most of the day.

Aileen Brazeau

co-owner of the San Clemente Villas

assisted living facility

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Taking A Pro-Active Role In Your Health Care

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Keep Moving

I see too many men and women who become very passive about their health care. They have a pain, and they go to see their physician and ask for a pill. I believe there are better ways to manage health care and pills should be a remedy of last resort.

If you are stiff and sore, use some natural oils and a rice pack to relieve the pain. And then move! The more sedentary you become, the more stiff and sore you will be when you finally move. If it hurts too much to go for a long walk, then take a series of short walks. Put some great music on and dance for 10 minutes. Then sit down and gently stretch.

Get a massage as often as you can afford to. If you find the right massage therapist, he or she can help you to relax those tense muscles,and break up those calcium deposits that can cause pressure and pain. Eat less sugar and wheat, both of which can cause inflammation, which in turns can be the cause of pain.

Meditation is a wonderful way to move pain away from your body. Don’t forget to stretch either. Stretching can help ease the tension which builds up in your muscles when you have been in the same position for a long time.

What else can you do? US NEWS article has some good information for us:

  • “Prepare for a doctor visit. “Write down symptoms you’re having, how long you’ve had them, what makes them better, what remedies you’ve tried,” Vij suggests. That will help the doctor make a better diagnosis.
  • Bring your medications to the doctor. “Don’t just bring me a list. I need to see the bottles and have you tell me what you’re taking and when,” Vij explains. “And don’t forget to bring supplements. Sometimes they can interact with medications.”
  • Ask questions and share concerns. “Sometimes people are intimidated,” Vij says. “But be upfront with what you’re worried about. Maybe there’s something confusing about a treatment plan. Or maybe you want a certain test. Don’t be afraid to ask.”
  • Develop a relationship with your doctor. “You have to tell your doctor what makes life worth living for you,” Perskin points out. “It helps the doctor understand the kind of advice you need to make a decision about your treatment.”

It’s good to have a physician you are comfortable with, but remember, ultimately your health care is in your hands. You have to take an active role in decisions about your health.

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Advice To Help Us Stay Healthy As We get Older

Living well, Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente Villas, Brazeau Farms, business owner, community personI love to be active and every chance I get to be out in the fresh air, I take it. How about you? Are you staying active, or are you falling into the trap of becoming more sedentary?

I think the advent of binge watching certain television shows has certainly made it more tempting to just sit in front of the flat screen with a bowl of popcorn. And while that’s perfectly okay to do once in a while, it’s NOT okay to do all of the time.

WebMD says:https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/power-play By Stephanie Watson

” Who doesn’t wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habitsthat can help extend your life.

Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the most effective tips.

Don’t Slow Down

Exercise and physical activity is where the strongest evidence lies, not just for reducing mortality, but also for across-the-board health benefits,” Whitson says. She ticks off exercise’s advantages: fewer heart risks, improved sleep and memory, less depression and pain, better bone strength, and fewer falls.

What kind of fitness is best? “If you’re only able to do one kind of exercise, aerobic exercise is what you want to do,” she says.

Do anything that sounds like fun. In other words, walk briskly, ride a stationary bike, or take a dance class. Even better, alternate aerobics with strength and flexibility training for a well-rounded program.

Go Mediterranean

With its emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways in the world to eat. Plus, it’s delicious, so you’ll want to stick with it.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to better heart health and greater longevity. Whitson recommends it to her patients.”

I work with a trainer a few times a week and in the past I have belonged to a walking club or two. I just make it a priority in my life to be outside and active. Another peice of good advice is to stay social. Keep in touch with old friends, join clubs and take classes where you have the chance to meet new friends. And have friends who are both younger and older than you. Age has little to do with whom you find interesting and fun to be around.

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Birthday Celebrations

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Aileen celebrating Paul’s Birthday

I don’t know about you, but to me, it feels like Birthdays come faster and faster each year. It seems like we just put away the candles from a birthday celebration and oh my gosh, it’s that time once again. I am not certain just why that happens, but I can assure it does.

 

I cherish each birthday Paul and I celebrate together. Life goes by more slowly when we are younger. We spend our wishes on wanting to be a grown up, so we can do all these things that grown ups get to do. But as we get older we  find out that along with the ability to choose what we wish to do, comes the responsibilities of being an adult. Suddenly being a grown up can seem just a little less appealing.

Then there comes a time when we have accomplished so much in our lives. There are milestones passed and goal acheived, and suddenly the thrill of the chase is gone and we are more content to take a few moments to rest and relax and not rush about.

At these times in our lives, we are more apt to remember that each birthday is a gift. There are times in our lives when the birthday gifts are the most important thing about our birthdays, but there are also times when the gift of family good friends and health take over in importance.

So, my wish for you is simple. Enjoy everyday, the good one and even the bad ones. For each day we get to spend with each other is precious.

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What’s Aileen Been Up To?

San Clemente Business owner, Aileen Brazeau attends the annual Alzheimer's fundraiserI recently attended  the Alzheimer’s OC gala event at the Balboa Bay Resort. Alzheimer’s research is something I have always believed in.

San Clemente Villas has an entire wing dedicated to Seniors who are afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s. My staff and I witness first hand what Alzheimer does to a person, and to entire families as well. It’s a disease that robs people of their ability to function and relate to the world. [Read more…]

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The Importance Of Doing Things Now !

Aileen brazeau community of San Clemente, the importance of family, live life nowToday I want to address a special topic. I am calling it the importance of doing things now. I feel like is time to have a conversation about how it’s never too late to start reconnecting with people in our lives and sharing laughter with them.  [Read more…]

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Making Moments Count

Every day when I go to work at our San Clemente Villas I have the great fortune to interact with people from all walks of life. Men and women who have served in the armed forces, who have owned businesses both big and small. Some have raised families, others have made their careers a priority, but all of them have one thing in common. They have memories of a life well lived. [Read more…]

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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

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