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Will You Avoid A Financial Hangover?

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 3 minutes, 54 seconds
I love the Christmas season. I love giving gifts. I don't love the financial hangover that can result when combining the Christmas season with gift giving. I made the decision to live debt free 17 years ago. That means when I use my credit card, that I must be able to pay off the bill when the statement arrives. I save for large ticket items that I want and purchase them only when I have th...
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Footsteps Launches an app!

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 54 seconds
I was confused. My mother’s blood pressure had been managed for years by a daily blood pressure medicine. Now it was completely out of control. Each time my mother stood up in rehab to practice walking, her blood pressure rose dangerously high. Maybe it was because of the strokes, maybe the medicine had become ineffective or maybe there was something else going on that we did not know...
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Three Simple Steps To Avoid Clutter

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 31 seconds
I was standing in the middle of my mother’s living room faced with the task of deciding which of my parent’s possessions I wanted to keep. My mother’s style of decorating was eclectic but leaned towards the traditional. I am a fan of Mid-Century Modern. Mom collected many lovely antiques as well as indigenous and folk art. I gravitate towards watercolors, glass and graphic designs. She had g...
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Guidelines that Work When Closing Down the Family Home

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 4 minutes, 40 seconds
We sat at the dining room table looking at all the jewelry my mother had collected over her lifetime. Several pieces evoked special memories that we shared with one another. Unbeknownst to us, Mom had saved our infant wristbands, blue for Ed and pink for Julia and me that we wore home from the hospital when we were born. It was a bittersweet afternoon as we decided what pieces each of us wou...
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Life's Paperwork: Living Will, Power of Attorney and Last Will & Testament

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 4 minutes, 47 seconds
In a previous post, I listed the legal documents everyone should have in place but since Mom's death I have real world reasons why these legal tools are necessary. Yeah, I know, nobody wants to think about illness and death and putting these documents in place acknowledges that we have an expiration date and nobody wants to think about that. But as I said before, if you get your paperwork...
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The Lavender Shed

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 48 seconds
The change of season stimulates my desire to complete any outstanding projects and drives me to action. Fall, in particular, stirs up those feelings. The light changes, the days become shorter and a sense of urgency comes over me. Maybe it is primal and I am looking to organize things before hunkering down for a long winter’s sleep. But now is the time to speak into existence those i...
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With Fall Comes Change

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 48 seconds
I love autumn. The vibrant colors, the crisp morning air and the rows and rows of pumpkins at roadside markets all signal change. It is also a wake up call. It is that gentle nudge to do those things that I have been putting off because I was lulled into believing summer would last forever. I am constantly reminding myself to just do it.  And do it now! Before Nike trade...
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Change is coming to Footsteps

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 36 seconds
Whenever people ask me where I am from, I answer, “born in Greensboro, North Carolina and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.” Each summer my father’s family enthusiastically celebrated our return to North Carolina for our annual two-week family vacation and they excitedly questioned us about our life in Florida. They were convinced that we lived in paradise. And re...
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Seven Things To Do Before A Medical Emergency

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 3 minutes, 26 seconds
Get your paperwork done.  Putting off thinking through and writing down your wishes now may lead to undue stress and hardship on your family and friends later. It may also mean that your thoughts and beliefs will not be honored. A Living Will and Health Care Proxy are two basic documents that most hospitals ask for on admission.  These for...
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