Life Reimagined: Seeking support to get unstuck

I'm stuck. In my career, for starters. I used to be creative, used to be fairly prolific.

Not lately. I'm stuck in a spot where I'm unable to write as well — and as often — as I'd like. Unable to even come up with creative ideas to put to paper or pixel.

My stuck state applies to more than my career. I'm pert-near paralyzed personally, too, due to hefty medical, marital, and monetary hurdles I've clumsily crawled across in the past year.

I'm stuck and need assistance getting unstuck.

life reimaginedLife Reimagined to the rescue! 

I was serendipitously invited to participate in a paid campaign about AARP's new online subscription-based service designed to help American adults navigate life — from bumps in the road to major transitions to full-blown makeovers of life missions and goals — at the very moment I was most overwhelmed by not being where I want to be in all areas of my life... and unsure of where I even really want to be in most.

Life Reimagined has a plethora of tools to help...

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AARP RealPad: Inexpensive tablet a simple solution for going digital (video review)

Have you been considering the AARP RealPad tablet as a gift for Mom or Dad in hopes of helping them get online this holiday season?

Or perhaps you've thought about picking up one as a handy dandy tablet for yourself?

AARP Real Pad review

I received an AARP RealPad from AARP free for review, and to help those...

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6 things in 6 months: An abbreviated bucket list

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

How many times have we learned the hard way the calamity of placing all our hope for success of one thing or another on one single event, one single person, one single plan? It's folly, for sure.

bicycle ride

Which is why I've recently chosen to apply the "not all in one basket" idea to bucket lists.

I have more than one...

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Timely tool for baby boomers: 'Keep Your Brain Young' (Book review)

I've always thought of myself as a rather smart person (not to be confused with a smart aleck, which is more along the lines of what my husband often things of me as). As I grow older, though, one of my greatest fears is losing my cognitive abilities. There are moments in nearly every day that I wonder if my forgetfulness or fogginess is a precursor of far worse things to come or if it's just simply the way things are for us older folk.

Keep Your Brain Young

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An exclusive Grandma's Briefs Memory Match game from Cranium Crunches

Exercise your noggin' with this wonderful game made exclusively for Grandma's Briefs readers by Ruth Curran of Cranium Crunches. It's a fun challenge to enjoy with your loved ones — featuring plenty of photos of my loved ones — while providing a particularly good brain workout for us, um, folks of a certain age.

Ruth, the gracious game creator, explains the importance of such brain workouts:
Memory Match is a great short term/working memory exercise. It helps you work on your ability to overcome distractions, sort out similarities and differences, place items in space, and, in the case of these albums, work out your smile muscles! Racing the clock adds another couple elements — impulse control, thinking under pressure, and visual processing speed.  
What I like most about Memory Match is that, as the difficulty increases, you are required to think just a bit differently. You have to change your strategy when the photos get more similar in both subject matter and content. Good memory is about developing good strategies and I love a game that requires you to change (or at least vary) your strategy to get better. Another way to mix it up just a bit!

How to play

Choose a level, then click on the photo album and get clicking to make matches. It's that simple!

Please note: If, like me, your vision needs a workout, too, and the images are a little too small for visual comfort, PC users can increase the size by hitting CTRL and the + key to make the images as large as you like.

If after the first round the cards won't turn, simply refresh your browser to get things going again.

Enjoy! And do boast about your scores in the comments. (My best so far on Level 1 is 42 clicks.) Feel free to come back again and again to work out your memory muscles while having fun, either alone or with your grandkiddos.