Charlie and my dental hygienist think I have nice white teeth. I think they could be a little whiter.
On a daily basis I floss, rinse with Crest 3-D White Lux mouthwash, and brush with an electric toothbrush and Crest 3-D White toothpaste.
I have tried 2 different whitening systems that use gel in a custom mouthguard. One was from the dentist: Lumibrite. The other was generally available through mail order: ContrastPM. I’m opting for Lumibrite.
Now Lumibrite is available from Amazon at a good price of 4 syringes for $13.38 so I have ordered some to use with my Invisalign retainer. (When I bought it from the dentist it was $25 per syringe.)
I hope to have gleaming white teeth for our travels near and far.
I haven’t been paid or perked for anything said in this post.
Step 1: Identify Past Successes.
I spent some time identifying four or five examples of my personal success in recent years. These successes could be at work, in my community, at home, etc. I wrote them down and tried to identify whether there is a common theme (or themes) to these examples.
Success at work leading the household and managing the money
Success at church being perceived as a believer and music leader
Success at home transforming the house into a welcoming and practical but beautiful place to live
Successfully transforming finances into a retirement nest egg
Success at traveling to learn more about the world
Themes: past successes all relate to leadership, steadfastness, and creativity.
Step 2: Identify Core Values.
I developed a list of attributes that I believe identify who I am and what my priorities are. The list can be as long as needed.
Most important overall core value: Spirituality
Once the list was complete, I narrowed my 8 or 10 values down to around five of the most important ones (listed above). Then I chose the one value that is most important to me.
My next assignment is to:
Step 3: Identify Contributions.
Make a list of the ways I could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could I contribute best to:
the world in general |
my family |
my employer or future employers |
my friends |
Step 4: Identify Goals.
Spend some time thinking about my priorities in life and the goals I have for myself.
Make a list of my personal goals, perhaps in the short-term (up to three years) and the long-term (beyond three years).
Step 5: Write Mission Statement.
Based on the first four steps and a better understanding of myself, begin writing my personal mission statement.
Examples of personal mission statements:
“To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” (Denise Morrison)
“I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission statement: to love God and love others.” (Joel Manby)
“To help others live the lives they would if they only knew how.” (Andy Andrews)
This is a tough and thoughtful task which takes, for me, great concentration and consideration. I’m working on it.
I have been putting off and putting off committing to accommodations in London.
I wasn’t sure whether Sug would meet us over there or not so I was researching both small and large apartments at the same time. Impossible.
Sug has decided, instead, to go on a mission to Central America so I limited my search to accommodations for two, Charlie and Jo.
I searched two different websites: AirBnB and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and finally settled for an AirBnB one bedroom flat in Chelsea, an area of London north of the river and west of London city center.
Because we’re staying for 7 days in the same place we are getting a 10% discount. (While we were visiting Paris we moved once across the city on a Sunday which was a hassle.)
One important feature is proximity to the London Underground, especially the Piccadilly Line (dark blue line on the map) which goes directly to Heathrow Airport.
I’m excited to now have all our accommodations pinned down so I can begin to plan the sights and attractions.
The second item on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days is to confirm my ancestry through DNA testing. I read all the pros and cons not just for which kit to select but also the risks of DNA testing in general. I decided to go ahead.
After researching the various tests I decided to use Ancestry and pulled the trigger when the cost was the lowest I had seen it, $59.
After ordering I received the kit in about a week.
First step is to activate the kit online which I did by entering the code on the collection tube. The directions were easy to follow. I chose not to participate at this time in the Human Diversity Project.
Second, after waiting at least a half hour after eating or drinking I spit into the provided tube.
Again following the directions was easy.
I shook the saliva and stabilizer mixture for five seconds before sealing it in a special bag from the kit.
I mailed the tube back to Ancestry in the mailer enclosed with the kit.
I should have my results in 6 to 8 weeks. I bet it tells me I’m Irish.