My Vision for Health Prompt #3

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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

Have you ever thought about what it’s like to live to be 100 years old? This week’s journaling prompt for “My Vision for Health” asks you to consider just this. You might fall into one of two groups, those who hope you’ll be full of vigor and in good health at the age of 100, or conversely – afraid of the frailty of a life of 100 years. The good news is that according to the research article Understanding Centenarians’ Psychosocial Dynamics and Their Contributions to Health and Quality of Life,  “Almost 20% of our centenarians (19.4%) rated their health as excellent, and over half of them (52.7%) rated their overall health as good.”

Do you have the personality to be a centenarian? According to the authors of the above article, “Findings from the most recent Georgia Centenarian Study …confirmed a unique set of robust personality traits including low levels of neuroticism, but high levels of extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness [38]. These results confirmed that centenarians showed several unique traits, but that a special combination of traits (i.e., low levels of neuroticism, high conscientiousness, and moderately high extraversion) were also notable in this group of exceptional survivors [38].”

Today more and more of these exceptional survivors are among us. “Current estimates — to be refined by the 2010 U.S. Census — put the U.S. centenarian population at nearly 80,000. By 2050, the census projects as many as 600,000 across the nation.” (via)

My Vision of 2012: Health Prompt #3
Would you want to live to be 100? Why or why not? Journal your reasons.

Previous Prompts

Prompt #2- My Vision of 2012: Health -What is a healthy habit that you enjoy? (Getting enough sleep, socializing, healthy snacks, drinking tea?) Journal about this habit.
Prompt #1 & Intro- My Vision of 2012: Health- Take a photo of one thing that is healthy (a recipe, a piece of home gym equipment, new sneakers, the pool at your gym, etc.) and journal about what makes it so.


Prompt #3 Inspiration

Carolyn aka cfalbro

My Vision for 2012 Prompt #3 by Carolyn


by Tangie Baxter
Paper from Parcel 45 (AJC 2011) ; Gesso from Parcel 30 (AJC 2011); Lady from Etheral Entity 1 ; Heart from Splatter Graffiti (love)


Julie Ann

My Vision for 2012 Prompt #3 by Julie Ann Shahin

This is a family heritage photo of some of my ancestors. I wrote the “poem” in response to this prompt, with thoughts of a conversation I had years ago with my college roommate & friend from high school in mind. After reading the studies above, my journaling might be different!


If I lived to be 100,
the year would be 2070
If I lived to be 100,
I’d be an old woman
seeing  marvelous  new
technology  and  young/
lives full of hope.
If I lived to be 100,
I might be full of pain,
or I might be full of
new body parts,
who knows?
If I lived to be 100…

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter – Paper: Steampunk Spooky; Borders: AJC Parcel 4, Double Takes, Collage Fodder Edges 2; Lace: Midsummer Night;  Word art & strips: Emily Penned; Embellishments: Arsenic and Old Lace Vintage Kit; Lady: Ethereal Entity 1; Font: Art Journaling Font Plum Pudding


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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One Response to My Vision for Health Prompt #3

  • I’m not sure I’ll make time for the challenge…but I’m following it and thinking healthily! My grandma lived to be 101 1/2 and was in full control til the day she died.


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