Today’s Extra: 6 Amazing Benefits of Slow Living

6 Amazing Benefits of Slow Living

What is slow living, and how can you incorporate this philosophy into your life? Get some tricks and ideas and learn the amazing benefits of slow living.

In the middle of 2008, daunted by the prospect of yet another move, I persuaded my partner that we’d be better off selling everything and moving into a furnished apartment. She was skeptical only until I reminded her of my exceptionally poor packing skills.

We felt the benefits of our unencumbered lifestyle almost immediately. However, it was only once we sold our car a year later that we really noticed a significant improvement. Commuting on foot, by bicycle or with public transport, forced us to slow down.

Sure, life is easier when you have a car. But you’re also isolated from the world around you. There’s no opportunity to share the time of day with a stranger or greet the dog out for a walk with its human.

WHAT EXACTLY IS SLOW LIVING?

There’s more to slow living than not driving, though. It’s about taking your foot off the gas, metaphorically speaking, as well. We’re always rushing, always looking for a way to speed things up, when what we should be doing is figuring out how to slow them down.

Slow living is about finding joy in the moment. It’s ditching the mod cons that make life easier. It’s walking instead of driving. It’s baking from scratch instead of from a box. It’s writing a letter instead of an email. It’s about calling instead of sending a text message. It’s cooking dinner instead of dining out.

People who live in the world’s Blue Zones have slow living down to a fine art. For them, moving naturally, downshifting, spending time with loved ones and enjoying a sense of belonging, is a way of life.

GETTIN’ HYGGE WITH IT

The Danes have something similar. They call it hygge (pronounced hue-guh). They use the word to describe a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. What’s great about it is that there aren’t really any hygge rules.

You can experience hygge at home or when you’re out. You can enjoy it alone and in the company of others. It’s the feeling or moment that matters, not who you’re with, where you are or how extraordinary it was (or wasn’t).

Hygge is about celebrating the moments. Life requires that we check the tasks off our to-do list, but while this provides a sense of accomplishment, it rarely give us something to remember. We need the moments to make the memories.

HOW DO YOU SLOW DOWN WHEN LIVE IS BUSY?

With your spouse, your children and your high-powered job all vying for your attention, how on earth are you supposed to find the time to slow down? At first glance, it can seem like an impossible feat.

It boils down to priorities. You need to decide what’s most important and then figure out a way to do more of that and less of the other stuff. Nobody reaches the end of their life wishing they’d worked more.

By downsizing your life you reduce your monthly expenses, which in turn creates the possibility for working fewer hours or finding a less demanding job. Because life is about more than soaring up the corporate ladder.

You also need to have solid time boundaries in place to safeguard your energy. Learn to say no to the things that don’t serve you and yes to the ones that do. The people that matter to you (including you) will appreciate it.

In the wise words of Bernard M. Baruch, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

 

 

6 BENEFITS OF SLOW LIVING

There are so many benefits to just slowing down for a while. We humans are more stressed and overworked than we’ve ever been, and it’s not doing us any good. Life in the slow lane brings with it numerous benefits.

1. You’ll Be Healthier

By walking more, driving less and preparing your own food from scratch, you can’t help but improve your health. If our Blue Zones centenarians are anything to go by, you’ll live longer, too.

2. You’ll Get More Exercise

Leaving the car at home and walking or cycling to work, the store or even around the block means you’ll be getting more exercise than you did before. The fitter you get, the more you’ll want to move.

3. Your Relationships Will Improve

Slowing down gives you the opportunity to be fully present with the people around you. You’re able to properly engage with your partner and kids or simply enjoy a meaningful conversation with a close friend.

4. You’ll Be Less Stressed

Rushing from one thing to the next just makes you anxious, it doesn’t necessarily help you get more done. The more you slow down, the less stressed you become.

5. You’ll Have More Time

The more you slow down, the more you’ll want to slow down. You’ll come to realize that the things you thought were urgent actually aren’t. With that realization comes a bounty of leisure time.

6. You’ll Be Happier

You’ll find that you’re healthier, fitter, less stressed, your relationships have improved and you have more time. Of course you’ll be happier!

Remember, it’s not about coming to a completely standstill. Slow living is about pumping the brakes long enough to notice and appreciate the world around you.

 

Care2.com

 

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Napoleonic Wars:Montmirail Campaign 1-10 February 1814 (After La Rothiére, Part 1)

As they paused at Brienne the jubilant sovereigns and their generals drew up their plans for what Blücher regarded as little more than a triumphal progress to the capital. They decided that Schwarzenberg should press on towards Paris by the great highway which ran by Bar-sur-Aube to Troyes and on to Paris by Montereau, using the second route by Mèry and Nogent to ease his administrative problems and to keep in touch with Blücher. The latter meanwhile would become independent, head to the north, then drive down to Paris along the valley of the Marne. He would pick up Yorck’s corps, at that time facing MacDonald near Vitry, and be joined shortly afterwards by Kleist’s Prussian Corps, and another detachment from Langeron’s under General Kapzevich; these last two had been release from blockaiding frontier fortresses by fresh troops from Germany. Blücher would then have nearly 60,000 men under his command and should be able to look after himself whatever Napoleon might do. The plan had two further advantages; first his supply columns , moving from the Rhine by way of Verdun or Nancy, could keep well clear of the roads to Basle used by Shcwarzenberg; secondly French resistance in the Netherlands was collapsing; already General Winzingerode with 30,000 troops from the Army of the North was marching on Laon and could watch his right flank. The old man’s eyes must have glistened with delight as the scheme unfolded. MacDonald was now isolated near Châlons-sur-Marne. A swift blow and he could cut him off from the rest of Napoleon’s army like a cowboy a steer from the herd.

Yorck, who had commanded a corps under MacDoland during the Russian campaign of 1812, would be unusually well placed to extract revenge for any slights he had been made to endure, and Yorck was an expert at discerning slights and intrigues. The new deployment took a little time to arrange, for with Wittgenstein’s and Wrede’s corps to the north-east of Sacken and Olsufiev, the lines of communication had become hopelessly tangled; where the supply convoys of two corps crossed which other the resulting traffic jam was not unlike the chaotic spectacle associated with a 20th century public holiday.

A shot rest was not unwelcome to either side. Napoleon meanwhile had withdrawn unmolested to Troyes. With his inferiority in numbers he had to wait for his enemy to advance and stretch out his columns before he could develop a strategic plan of his own. For him the time of waiting was testing. His soldiers felt downcast after an apparent defeat, and with the Allied army knocking as it were, at the outer courts of Paris the nation had begun to panic. In Troyes itself, as the historian Henri Houssaye later observed, ” The only direction in which people exerted themselves was to encourage the desertion of the conscripts…a large number, amounting to 6,000 left the ranks.

Numbers were of the first importance. Napoleon wrote letter after letter to his brother, Joseph, his deputy in Paris, imploring him to raise fresh regiments, and waited with desperate impatience for a corps of two infantry divisions and one cavalry division that he had ordered to join him from Soult’s Army of Spain, now defending the south-western borders of France. The news from the Netherlands was black, General Maison being apparently unable to keep the field; but near Lyon Augereau had heavily repulsed and attack by some formations from Schwarzenberg’s army under Count Bubna.

Schwarzenberg, worried about a possible French thrust on Geneva, hastily strengthened his forces in the south. Meanwhile he found the sight of the Emperor brooding over the countryside from Troyes bad for his nerves. After his defeat at La Rothière Napoleon should surely be sheltering somewhere north of the Seine. The Austrian Prince feared that if he advanced directly on Troyes he could find himself with a vengeful Emperor in front and an unfordable river behind. The prospect did not please him. He stretched out a tentative hand towards La Guillotière on the Barse, about five miles south-east of Troyes, only to have it smartly slapped by Mortier’s Guard. It was enough. He swerved away south, and established his headquarters at Bar-sur-Seine, concentrating his army about him. He called down Wittgenstein from Arcis-sur-Aube to a position near Piney. For the next two days (9 and 10 February) he rested his army. Then he began to feel his way westwards well to the south of Troyes, proposing to move carefully to the river Yonne, before turning north towards Paris. He might capture Fontainbleau, but beyond that he was not prepared to plan.

At Troyes Napoleon watched and waited, ready to pounce if the Austrian blundered. As the peril from Blücher in the north became more evident he shifted his main administrative base from Sézanne to Nogent on the Siene. He pulled back Marmont (VI Corps) to defend it and ordered all his reinforcements to concentrate there. Then he fancied he saw a flaw in Schwarzenberg’s dispositions; he was about to swoop when he received letters from Joseph in Paris, saying that panic griped the city and that Blücher was almost hourly expected. On 6 February he left Troyes by way of Fontaine-les-Grés and marched to Nogent, arriving on the 7th. It had been a remarkable strategic performance. Despite the earlier reversers. By pausing at Troyes when a lesser general might well have sought refuge north of the Siene, he had pushed Blücher and Schwarzenberg apart and now stood poised at Nogent with his whole army, except for MacDonald’s XI Corps, concentrated between two and perfectly balanced to attack either. The hand of the great master had lost none of it’s cunning.

Meanwhile Blücher, under the happy delusion that Schwarzenberg pinned down a Napoleon still reeling from his recent defeat, confidently began his march on Paris. Only MacDonald and perhaps a few semi-trained National Guards without proper weapons stood in his way. It might have been wise to wait till Kleist and Kapzevich, who were marching up from the Rhine, to arrive, but old Marshal ‘Forwards’ hated to wait for anything or anyone and it was unthinkable to miss the chance to trap MacDonald with his weak corps little more than 5,000 strong.

By 4 February Blücher had already thrust 30 miles north of Brienne to Sommesous. Here everything seemed eminently satisfactory. Yorck had pushed the French out of Châlons and was repairing the bridge there, cavalry patrols had fanned out as far as Sézanne 25 miles to the west, and now came the splendid news from Schwarzenberg that Napoleon had taken refuge in Troyes and was still well south of the Aube-Siene river-line. With Wittgenstein guarding his flank at Arcis-sur-Aube and linking him with Schwarzenberg, Blücher seemed like a matador poised to deliver the fatal blow on Paris.

However, he had to wait three days until the bridges at Châlons, blown by Marshal MacDonald, was again fit to take traffic; despite the fortunate capture of a French ammunition column, his stocks were still dangerously low. By 7 February, however, the wagons were rolling over the bridge and by the 8th the old Field Marshal, who had been straaining impatiently at his administrative leash, plunged forward.

From Châlons, as already mentioned, the great highway to Paris followed the valley of the Marne through Épernary to Château-Thierry; here it crossed the north bank to avoid the wide loop in the river and ran direct to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre to cross again to the south. MacDonald, retreating down it, was somewhere between Éoernary and Château-Thierry. From Châlons, however, another road to Paris described a shallow arc to the south of the main road and the river and followed the valley to the Petit Morin through Bergéres, Étoges, Champaubert, Vauchamps, Montirial and Viels-Maisons to join the main road again at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre.

About eight miles further south a road went westward from Vitry-le-François by Sommesous, La Fère-Champenoise and Sézanne to La Ferté-Gaucher to join the main road at Trilport. It was not a particularly good road. Napoleon himself described the secondary roads as affreux and in places covered in mud to a depth of six feet.

Blücher told Yorck to follow MacDonald by the main road along the valley of the Marne, while Sacken, leaving some of his cavalry under General Karpov at Sézanne, raced along the southern road for Châlons to cut the French marshal off north of the river at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. Blücher himself intended to remain at Étoges with Olsufiev’s detachment near by until Kliest and Kapzevich arrived with their men. Probably on about the 10th or 11th. He understood that General Seslawin with 12 regiments of Cossacks would take over responsibility for Sézanne in a couple of days.

By the evening of the 9th Blücher had set up his headquarters in the château at Étoges with Olsufiev holding forward to Champaubert; Sacken was at Montmirail on the southern road, about 12 miles west, Yorck on the northern near Dormans, roughly halfway between Épernay and Château-Thierry; Kliest with most of his sorps had arrived at Châlons and Kapzevoich at Vitry. During the course of the day Karpov reported that the day before (8th February) some French troops had driven in his Cossack outposts at Villenauxe 14 miles south of Sézanne.

That evening a courier brought dispatches from Schwarzenberg and the Tsar, dated 6 February. Schwarzenberg stated,’ I will not follow Napoleon who has retreated from Troyes towards Nogent, but prefer marching to the left by Sens to Fountainbleau’. But if Napoleon came northwards after Schwarzenberg had disappeared south, the strategic sistuation would be radically altered and not for the better. The Tsar clearly felt so. He wrote that he was worried by the exposed situation of Wittgenstein at Arcis-sur-Aube and wished Kliest to be sent to join him. To replace him Winzingerode, who was thought to be not far from Laon, would be placed under Blücher’s command when he arrived.

A 8 o’clock that evening, as Blücher with his staff officers was sitting in a room of the château pondering the situation, a Russian officer rushed in shouting,” The enemy is here.’ The russian battalion garrisoning the château stood-to, while Blücher and his staff hurriedly assembled in the courtyard and mounted their chargers. Nothing happened, but Blücher had experienced some uncomfortable moments in the château. He took his headquarters to spend an unpleasant night in the field of Vertus. It transpired that some squadrons of French lancers had charged Olsufiev’s headquarters at Baye several times before vanishing in the direction of Sézanne.

This was very strange: Karpov, left in Sézanne by Sacken, must have abandoned that town without bothering to inform anyone. Even though the Cossacks, admirable as light irregular cavalry, were not much value in large-scale cavalry combat, Müffling felt anxious. Sitting on his horse in the cold dark night he discussed the matter with Gneisenau. ‘I represented…that squadrons coming from Sézanne announced not only the occupation of Sézanne…thier resolute attack indicated an offensive power stationed between Sézanne and Baye. The first thing to be done was to recall General Sacken from Montmirail to Champaubert’.

Gneisenau dismissed the first suggestion. Sackens cavalry had been holding Sézanne and Sacken was best placed to judge the situation. Gneisenau suspected the French had merely station abody of troops in Sézanne to block the Vitry-Paris road. He agreed that Müffling should send an ADC to Sacken recalling him from Montmirail to Champaubert, but flustrated Müffling’s intentions by adding that if Sacken thought it safe to do so, he could continue the advance to La Freté-sur-Jouarre.

The next problem was the Tsar’s request to send Kleist south to join Wittgenstein, presumably at Arcis-surAube (in fact he had moved father south). Müffling suggested an ingenious plan. If Kleist and Kapzevich were to move tomorrow to Sézanne it would meet the Tsar’s requirements, allow Blücher to retain control over his two commanders and help clear up the mystery of Sézanne. The Field-Marshal assented, and the necessary orders were issued.

During the long, cold and uncomfortable night news came in that Napoleon himself had been at Villenauxe. Matters began to look serious. If Yorck crossed to the north bank of the Marne at Château-Thierry he would be separated by the river from Sacken. Blücher dispatched orders to him to maintain the closest possible touch with Sacken at Montmirail. Then from some prisoners he learned positively that Napoleon had spent the night at Sézanne. Blücher thought it most probable that the Emperor intended no more than to march west, unite with MacDonald at Meaux and cover the Marne valley route to Paris, but one never knew with Napoleon. At 7 AM he wrote to Yorck: “ Vertus 10 February 7AM; The Emperor Napoleon has moved from Nogent by Villenauxe on Sézanne where according to prisoners he spent the night. This move may be to enable the enemy to join MacDonald and begin an offensive towards the Marne. In that case I must concentrate the army at Vertus. If you have not begun your move on Montmirail do so at once. Send out cavalry patrols from Montmirail towards Sézanne. The bridge at Château-Thierry must be re-established and abridge of boats thrown across the river, so that if unfortunately the enemy cuts you and Sacken off from my army you can save yourselves on the right bank of the Marne”

SOURCE: Napoleon: the Last Campaigns 1813-15: By; James Lawford

Napoleonic War: Montmirail Champaign 1-10 February 1814 (Part 2)

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of La Rothière 1 February 1814

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: NEW YEAR’S DAY WEATHER FOLKLORE

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY WEATHER FOLKLORE

Dec 14, 2017
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the tradition of looking to winter weather folklore.

NEW YEAR’S WEATHER FOLKLORE

In particular, weather folklore often looks to the wind.

Try this. Step outside as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve. Feel the wind and recite:

If New Year’s Eve the wind blows south

It betokens warmth and growth.

If west, much milk and fish in the sea.

If north, cold and storms there will be.

If east, the trees will bear much fruit.

If north east, then flee it, man and brute.

Then go out and party!

 

Others believed the time to check out the wind was at sunrise on New Year’s Day, but if you had any fun the night before, it will be hard to wake up at dawn.

If you forgot to check the wind, don’t worry.

Other lore says that the first 12 days of the year are just as useful. The weather on the first, good or bad, will reflect how January will feel. The second day forecasts February and so on.

My favorite is the onion story. Get twelve onions. Between 11:00 pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve cut off the tops and scoop out a depression in the centers. Get out your compass and line the onions in an east-west orientation. Place an equal amount of salt in each depression. Then explain to your fellow partiers why you smell like an onion!

If all else fails, check the onions!

Don’t look at the vegetables until the next morning. The salt has dissolved to varying degrees in each onion. The more water in each onion the wetter the corresponding month will be in the coming year. After this, carefully add potatoes and other root veggies, rub with olive oil and spices and bake.

Whether the onions are right or wrong, you’ll have a nice New Year’s Day feast.

Of course, you can also check this year’s Almanac forecast as a “human” point of reference. See The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac to start the year off right!

 

 

ABOUT THIS BLOG

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to “Weather Whispers” by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather—from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these blog posts. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: A WET, SHIVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE TO RING IN 2019

 

A WET, SHIVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE TO RING IN 2019

READ OUR NEW YEAR’S EVE WEATHER FORECAST!
By The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Whether you’re planning to ring in the new year at an outdoor celebration or in the comfort of your living room, weather is always on the guest list for New Year’s Eve. So, what’s in the forecast as we turn the calendar from 2018 to 2019? Read our New Year’s Eve forecast to find out!

A NEW YEAR’S SHIVERIN’ EVE?

When the ball drops in Times Square, chances are good that the TV hosts will be dressed plenty warm enough to fend off the snow showers that are in the forecast for New York City. In fact, there are several places across the U.S. where a Winter Wonderland is likely to serve as the backdrop to midnight kisses. Snow and cold are expected in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, Lower Lakes, Heartland, and Alaska, as well as in the northern halves of the Atlantic Corridor, Appalachian, and Ohio Valley regions.

In the High Plains—from Bismarck, North Dakota, down through Denver, Colorado, and beyond in the south—snow showers will be made all the more extreme by frigid temperatures at least a few degrees below average. A cold snap is also expected in the northern portion of the Intermountain region, affecting areas such as Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.

From rain or snow to freezing temperatures, almost every area of the U.S. will encounter at least one weather obstacle on New Year’s Eve—even Florida and Hawaii, which are expected to be warm, should expect scattered showers. The Pacific Northwest looks to be the only region in for an uneventful evening weather-wise, with sunny but cool conditions in the forecast.

(Not sure which region you’re in? See our Long Range Weather Forecasts page for a map of all the weather regions!)

RAINING ON THE (ROSE) PARADE

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California, has been a New Year’s Day tradition since 1890. Rain may play a factor in both the parade and the Rose Bowl football game this year. Temperatures are also expected to be cooler than usual throughout the day.

A wet New Year’s celebration is predicted for the Pacific Southwest, Deep South, and the Southeast, while in the Desert Southwest and Texas–Oklahoma, there’s a chance that rain will shift to snow at some point on New Year’s Day. The southern halves of the Atlantic Corridor, Appalachians, and Ohio Valley should also expect to see rain on New Year’s Eve.

Every place that sees snow on the last day of 2018 should prepare for the same on the first day of the New Year, too.

AS FOR THE GREAT WHITE NORTH …

It will certainly be a white New Year’s Day in Atlantic Canada, Southern British Columbia, and the eastern portion of Southern Ontario, where snow showers and cold dominate the forecast.

The Prairies will end 2018 sunny and very cold in the east, but with snowy periods in the west. By New Year’s Day, flurries will settle in over the whole region and temperatures will turn downright frigid.

A sunny, if cold, New Year’s Day is on tap for Southern Quebec and western Southern Ontario.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW ALMANAC

To read more of our predictions for winter, spring, and beyond, pick up a copy of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac—available in stores near you and online!

 

Today’s Holiday for December 28: Russian Winter Festival Moscow

Russian Winter Festival Moscow

December 25-January 5

The Russian Winter Festival is a festival of arts and a time of holiday partying largely in Moscow, Russia, and somewhat lessgrandly in other cities of the former Soviet Union. In Moscow, there are circuses, performances of Russian fables for children,and other special theatrical presentations as well as traditional outdoor parties with troika (sled) rides, folk games, anddancing around fir trees. On New Year’s Evechildren wait for gifts from “Grandfather Frost”—who wears a red robe andblack boots and has a white beard—and his helper, Snow Girl.
In the past, Grandfather Frost was associated with Christmasbut religious holidays were stamped out after the 1917Revolution. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, people began to openly revive old traditions, and GrandfatherFrost may again become a Christmas figure, though Santa Claus has also become popular in   Russia.
CONTACTS:
Russian Travel Information Office
224 W. 30th St., Ste. 701
New York, NY 10001
877-221-7120 or 646-473-2233; fax: 646-473-2205
http://www.russia-travel.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 213
EncyChristmas-2003, p. 653
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 183
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 375

This Day in History: The Messina Earthquake (1908)

The Messina Earthquake (1908)

Messina earthquake and tsunami of 1908, earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated southern Italy on Dec. 28, 1908. The double catastrophe almost completely destroyed Messina, Reggio di Calabria, and dozens of nearby coastal towns.

What was likely the most powerful recorded earthquake to hit Europe struck at about 5:20 AM local time. Its epicentre was under the Strait of Messina, which separates the island of Sicily from the province of Calabria, the “toe” of Italy’s geographical “boot.” The main shock lasted for more than 20 seconds, and its magnitude reached 7.5 on the Richter scale. The tsunami that followed brought waves estimated to be 40 feet (13 metres) high crashing down on the coasts of northern Sicily and southern Calabria. More than 80,000 people were killed in the disaster. Many of the survivors were relocated to other Italian cities; others immigrated to the United States.

Experts long surmised that the tsunami resulted from seafloor displacement caused by the earthquake. However, research completed in the early 21st century suggested that an underwater landslide, unrelated to the earthquake, triggered the ensuing tsunami.

Read more on the Earthquake and it’s after effects here

The Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, December 29th

The Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, December 29th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Expect to bump into people you have not seen for an age. This is the stars’ way of trying to merge the past and present together. Not to mention the fact that you are ready to make peace and to try to have a more predictable year.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

There is a really rushed feeling to your chart today which could see you letting down those who had hoped you would put more time and effort into what has been asked of you. Good news from family helps you to look forward to the New Year.

 

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Do you feel like you’re missing something? You’re missing taking your own time in what is quite clearly a very emotional period. Stop and remember what you want the end result to be. It can save you going too far off the beaten path this week.

 

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

You may find yourself having to go along with plans you don’t really approve of just to placate a certain close one. Try to do what’s required with a smile on your face, or there is no point in making the effort.

 

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Try not to be deterred from what you want to do by negative words or comments. Your sign is stronger than that. Besides my friend, you will be the one in a better position when you achieve all that you set out to do.

 

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

The need for you to have more concrete plans for your future could see you go out with all guns blazing today. Know how far is too far to go, or you will only end up upsetting those you have just got back on track with. Ring now for sense to prevail.

 

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

You may have trouble in completing what’s ahead unless you can gain some support from those who are more experienced than you. New friends have the potential to be so much more if you would take down some of those defences.

 

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Try not to take what others say today too much to heart, as many of the signs really are talking for the sake of it. Emotions run high tonight and may see you confessing something which changes everything.

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

The reason you haven’t been feeling strong enough of late is because you have been taking advice from those whose lives you would never want for your own. Stand back today and take stock of what needs to be done.

 

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

It is going to be all too easy for you to get simple plans mixed up, so don’t be afraid to confirm and double check all arrangements. It’s sure to make for a much smoother day if you do.

 

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

I know you feel as if your close ones have been distant lately. However, many of the signs are keeping to themselves more this week as they go though a series of changes the stars have initiated for us all personally.

 

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Try not to say bad things about new faces you meet. Your first impressions are unlikely to be the right ones. If you are willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, then you just might be able to make a change which, this year, has been an impossibility.

 

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Where You Born on Friday, December 28

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Happy Birthday, Capricorn!

Work hard and party hard with the zodiac’s ambitious Goat


You might not have a lot of close friends, but the ones you have let into your life are the kinds of people you will always treasure.

If you were born on December 28, you never disappoint! No matter what is asked of you, you come through for your friends, family, and coworkers. You’re an incredibly loyal and dependable person who loves a good challenge! While this makes you a very popular, stand-up human being, it can also be a lot of pressure! Being loyal and reliable are traits you should be proud of and hold on to but remember that it’s okay to say no to favors and requests. Be aware of who your true friends are versus those who may be taking advantage of your helpful hand.

At your best: Dependable, generous, strong
At your worst: Needy, aloof, unaware

More About Capricorn

Tradition is your middle name, Capricorn. And when it comes to birthday celebrations, you’re all about enjoying it in a time honored way. As someone who appreciates everything antique, you might actually be one of the few signs who don’t cringe at the thought of getting older. In fact, it makes you feel more important somehow … as if you are finally morphing into the respected authority figure you strive to be.

Party Responsibly

Even though it’s your birthday, in many ways it’ll still be business as usual for you. You’re one of the most ambitious and responsible signs, and tend to put your professional aspirations above all else. Success is where you aim, and luckily, even though it takes many years and plenty of diligent effort, you typically end up realizing any goal you set for yourself. You are more reserved and cautious than most but that won’t stop you from enjoying your special day. Your approach might be less party animal and more prudent, but that doesn’t mean you don’t know how to have fun. You simply tend to do it on a budget and with a curfew. Hey — there’s a reason why you’re so successful. Knowing your limits is one of them!

If you have one fault it’s that you take life so seriously that occasionally you may fall into fits of melancholy. This is due to the fact that you view life with stark realism, a tendency that leaves little room for imaginings and faith. But at least on your birthday, consider making an exception. When your loved ones light the candles on your cake, go ahead and make a wish. This year, why not even trust that it might come true?

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