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Another Monday.  Let's get it started . . .



With a Quote

"If today were the last day of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?"
  --- Steve Jobs



And Some Timely Words


Yes!  You can click here for a nifty guide to 10 words and terms associated with . . .  impeachment.  Each word/term is defined -- and you can read background information for each one. (Test your knowledge!  Stay ahead of the news cycle!  Impress your friends!)  

The words?  Impeachment.  Treason.  Bribery.  High Crimes and Misdemeanors.  Suborn.  Perjury.  Obstruction of Justice.  Supermajority.  Corruptionist.  Maladministration.


And Something to Read


Many of us are trying to form or create new habits -- habits that will make us happier and healthier.  But . . . it's hard!  And our attempts don't always (probably more like usually) don't work.  Ever wonder why?  

Here's an article that explains the difference between habits . . . and routines.  

According to the article, a habit is a behavior done with little or no thought, while a routine is a series of actions regularly followed -- and we need to accept that only certain kinds of behaviors can become habits.  

I thought this was a fascinating explanation, and an interesting perspective. (Sorry, Gretchen.  Even signing up for your newsletters or using your "accountability app" cannot help us change routines into habits, no matter our tendency.)  It makes me realize . . . that my going to the gym is NOT a habit.  It is a routine! 


And a Factoid
(a true and not even trivial FACT)

It was back in 1974 (I was in 9th grade, just for some perspective) that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act made it illegal for banks to refuse women credit cards without a husband's signature.


And that's it for today!
I hope your week is off to a good start!



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I don't think my mother even had a checking account (of her own or joint) until she divorced my dad... I remember him signing checks for her to go grocery shopping! It seems so weird now...

That's a gorgeous photo!


The answer to Steve Jobs...well no I certainly would not! Here's to a good week ahead with plenty to think about. God...let's hope "they" don't try to take that right away from us too! xo


It's a little scary to think how recent it is that we women gained a lot of our independence. Growing up in a family with two professionals who worked full time, I never knew any different, and I still get a bit taken aback when someone asks me *if* I work. It's not that being a stay-at-home parent isn't a very difficult and entirely worthy job, it's the assumption that I don't work outside the home because I'm a woman. Still! In the 21st century!


It may not have been a law but I had two credit cards in 1974 and my mother had three, and neither of us needed a signature from a man. So apparently lots of banks did the right thing long before the law required them to. Not to suggest that there weren't women who had problems but just to put this into perspective.


I'm loving the words for an impeachment, especially maladministrion, malversation, and jobbery. I can't wait to hear them used on BBC news! And I'll answer yes to the Steve Jobs quote; I am having a simply wonderful day spending Ryan's birthday with him.


I remember when women had a difficult time getting credit cards. In 1986 I bought my first home and because I was a single woman, I had to have my father cosign the mortgage loan...in spite of the fact that I had a very good job and was earning more than my father was at that time!


Yeah, if this were my last day I probably wouldn't go to work . . . LOL. I like the concept of habits vs. routines. And I'm so sick of that myth that it takes 21 days to establish a habit. That's crap. I remember my mom trying to get her own credit card and not being able to because she didn't work. I value my financial independence and I'm grateful that women don't have those kind of limits anymore!


1974 was just not that long ago. It's also the year that ERISA was signed - the law that guaranteed pensions (401k plans didn't come until 1978). Baby steps. I only wish it didn't keep looking like 1 step forward 2 steps back... Happy Week!!


I took full advantage of that Equal Credit Opportunity Act and got myself a credit card! They denied me on my first application with a lame and untruthful claim. I challenged them and the card came through!

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