Aging in Place January 2018

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Kathryn Cieniewicz

ARE YOU GARNET, AMETHYST, OR PEARL? Unlock the Power of Your Birthstone

Beautiful gemstones spark the imagination, and many of us long to see aspects of our own personality reflected in a stone’s glittering depths. Take birthstones, for example. The concept dates back to biblical times, when a first-century historian suggested that the 12 stones in Aaron’s breastplate, described in the Hebrew Bible’s book of Exodus, correlated to the 12 months of the year. Descriptions of each stone vary from translation to translation, though, somodern birthstone lists tend to be more influenced by sales. For example, months that feature less popular gemstones are assignedmultiple birthstones, allowing for more purchasing options. In the United States, the current list of“official”birthstones was established by the American Gem Society in 1912. Check out your birthmonth’s featured stones! January Garnet: Legend states that those who wear deep red garnets while performing good deeds will, in turn, be rewarded with good karma. Meanwhile, those who commit less-than-good deeds while wearing a garnet face direr fortunes. February Amethyst: Commonly associated with peace, courage, and stability, the purple amethyst is also often called“The Stone of Romance.”Historians claim St. Valentine himself wore an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid, the Roman god of love. March Aquamarine: The tranquil aquamarine is a stone of protection, and it’s often worn by sailors at sea. Bloodstone: Dark green with red spots, legends say bloodstones possess magical healing properties. April Diamond: In addition to their supposed healing powers, diamonds have long been a symbol of eternal love. May Emerald: Considered a stone of foresight and luck, the soothing green color of emeralds is also believed to relax the wearer.

Happy NewYear, friends! 2017 has flown by, hasn’t it?! My family and I are celebrating a year of adventure. We have had some great times this past year. One highlight was welcoming our new nephew Benjamin to our family. He is adorable! I want to be with him all the time, kissing that sweet little face! Besides making us gush, babies often remind us of beginnings. It is amazing to see a new life begin. I don’t know about you, but I experience a small version of that feeling with every new year. I love a clean slate … a fresh calendar waiting to be filled with opportunity, fun, and goals. Mark and I have a book that we look at every January. It has a list of personal goals and professional goals for each of us to achieve that year. They say that if you write something down there is a much higher chance of actually accomplishing it — so we do. It is fun to revisit that list and see the ways we have moved the needle forward in becoming better versions of ourselves and helping others to do the same. This January, I wish you all a fantastic 2018 filled with every blessing and joy. What is the one great thing you will purpose to do this year?


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