Tip 8: Choose your team well
October 15 2016
Ms. Bond says that "the right people will lead you to the right people to the right people." It's as simple as eliminating toxic people from your life. And as complex as surrounding yourself with people who have your best interests at heart. This means everyone from your close friends, to the best primary care physician for you, the personal trainer who understands your unique physical needs and abilities, to choosing a mentor ...
Tip 7: Pick up the phone and actually call someone
October 1 2016
Like everyone else, I so rarely pick up the phone to call anyone these days. It seems like text message has taken over calling all together. But, I'm reminded of the importance and wonder of actually catching up with someone over the phone whenever I go home to visit my parents.
Tip 6: Get lost sometimes
September 12 2016
Autumn is upon us, so what better way to talk about getting lost, than wandering a corn maze. If corn mazes aren't your thing, try wandering Central Park or Rockefeller State Park without a map. With the latter, I have found myself far from where I started many times which was a grand surprise.
Tip 5: Let go of who/what isn't working
September 1 2016
Life is too short. It's too short to commit to things we don't enjoy. Of course, that's simple. I hate paying bills and cleaning my toilet. But, both have to get done or the consequences will be worse. But, we all have those items in our schedule that can absolutely be trimmed with minimal collateral damage that will leave time for you to do other, more meaningful things.
Self-care for caregivers
August 12 2016
Caring for others is a tremendous privilege. It's also a lot of work, whether it's temporary due to short term illness or injury, or long-term such as caring for an ill loved one or aging parent. No matter the situation, you are good to no one if you aren't also good to yourself. Long-term stress suppresses the body's restorative processes and if you aren't careful, you'll be run down and ill yourself.
I have a rash. Can I get a massage?
August 10 2016
Occasionally, I get a call/email/text from a client saying they have a rash and asking if it's OK to keep their massage appointment. Having developed both a heat rash AND contact dermatitis (from trumpet vine) while on vacation last week (and having to cancel my own massage appointment for later this week), I thought it would be a good time to review protocols.
Where's the peace?
July 22 2016
Where's the peace in this world? Where? Well, here's the brutal truth...I don't think we will be living in a state of peace for a time to come.
What you get from a $110 massage
May 18 2016
For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage/reflexology. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a hushed issue. But I’m talking about it because that's how I roll. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that. I know this because:
Tip 3: Pencil in "no schedule" days
April 1 2016
Ms. Bond's third tip for 2016: Pencil in "no schedule" days
How many of us actually do this? Really, REALLY do this? I know that I am pretty good about getting my blood pressure up to accomplish 87 things in order to guarantee myself 1-2 hours of couch time or nap time or bath time, etc. on a weekend.
Tip 2: Reach your goals by increments
March 1 2016
Ms. Bond's second tip for 2016: Reach your goals by increments
Otherwise known as "small achievement moments". I live for the small achievement moments. When we set goals, sometime all we can see is THE GOAL. Lose 20 pounds! Give up desserts! Renovate the bathrooms!
Tip 1: Don't skimp on sleep
February 1 2016
Ms. Bond's first tip for 2016: Don't skimp on sleep
I love sleeping. I do. Bedtime is often held sacred for me - I just don't understand people who are night owls or who get distracted dong things and don't get to bed until after midnight. Or LATER!
Shoveling snow: The good, the bad, and the deadly
January 25 2016
While checking in with the local news during our most recent snowstorm, I learned of the many local incidents of heart attack. A friend who is a pharmacist in a Virgina hospital posted several incidents of cardiac arrest and death related to snow shoveling and urged caution.
Ms. Bond's 10 Tips for 2016
January 12 2016
Following is a guest post from my dear friend and VERY FIRST massage client, Cynthia sin-yi Cheng (aka Ms. Bond of Ms. Bond's Breakfast Club). She is an innovator, breath of fresh air, and master of many things , and her tips for 2016 really resonated with me (I have seen her in action, so I know they work!). I will be expounding on some of them in upcoming posts, but wanted to get this list out to you in it's purest form so you can decide what they mean to YOU.