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2022 -BE-ing in December – Taking time to Be & Reflect

December 30, 2022
WOTY 2022 Reflection

It is December and I’ve managed to live and post about my word ‘BE’ for each of the twelve months. To me that is an achievement and I want to thank my co-hosts Debbie from Deb’s World, Jo from And Anyways and Donna from Retirement Reflections for keeping me accountable with our Word of the Year monthly link up.

Taking time to Be & Reflect on 2022

Usually, I use New Year’s Eve to reflect on the past year and plan for the year to come. However, as I needed to write my wrap up post for #WOTY I thought I would start my reflection earlier. I also attended the Strong Healthy Women Christmas Party and one of the activities was to reflect and write down our standout moments for 2022.

We tend to become so busy in life that we forget to just stop, BE in the moment and actually reflect on life. Where we have been, where we want to be. In my last post for the #WOTY link up I’d like to provide some guiding questions as a reflection activity for you to try.

A good way to reflect on the year is to look back at each month and see what happened. I usually write in my diary daily and with my #WOTY posts it has been a good way to journal my 2022.

I also needed to reflect on how my Christmas Day did not turn out the way I had anticipated. In my post Why I’m grateful despite COVID being the Grinch of our Christmas I reflected on how I turned disappointment into gratitude despite feeling negative.

Why take time to reflect?

  • Reflecting gives you the opportunity to remind yourself of events that happened during the year – there will be highs and lows and sometimes we just forget.
  • Reflecting helps us to identify what we achieved and what successes we had. It helps us to determine what we enjoyed and found happiness doing.
  • Reflecting will help us identify what ‘robbed us of joy’. It gives us the opportunity to prioritise what is important to us and what we can let go of in the coming year. That could include activities, habits or even people who are pulling us down rather than being our cheerleaders.
  • Reflecting reminds us of where our limiting beliefs held us back and robbed us of self-confidence and experiences in life.
  • Reflecting is an opportunity to focus on gratitude for the good things in life and also for the learnings from the not so good things.

Questions to ponder during your Annual Reflection

Here are some suggested questions but you may come up with more of your own. Writing them down is an excellent way to really focus on each question and answer.

  • What was an occuring theme throughout 2022 in my life?
  • What were my Standout Moments for 2022?
  • What robbed me of joy?
  • What did I learn in 2022?
  • How healthy was I in 2022?
  • How often did I make time for myself and self-care?
  • How often did I say ‘I love you’ to family and friends?
  • How often did I have a social media free day?
  • Did I do something to inspire others?
  • Who inspired me?

Word of the Year 2022 – BE


As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I have managed to live my #WOTY and document it each month. So here is a summary of my posts:

JanuaryBE-ing in January was about sharing my WOTY, BE-ing healthy, BE-ing Social, BE-ing a Nan and BE-ing Bold and Beautiful
FebruaryBE-ing in February was about BE-ing healthy, BE-ing in Love, BE-ing, BE-ing a Golden Boldie
March – BE-ing in March was about BE-ing Grateful, BE-ing Proactive, BE-ing Healthy, BE-ing Happy and BE-ing a Limbdweller or a Trunk Dweller.
April – BE-ing in April was about Coping with the Roller Coaster Ride of Life when you just want to get off
May – BE-ing in May was about Finding Harmony between BE-ing and DO-ing
June – BE-ing in June was about BE-ing Aware of Mental Health & Wellbeing
July – BE-ing in July was about 6 lessons learned BE-ing Busy (in a good way)
August – BE-ing in August was about Life Changes and another Year around the Sun
September – BE-ing in September was about BE-ing back on track with a healthy lifestyle
October – BE-ing in October was about BE-ing in Tasmania
BE-ing in November was about Renos, Family, Flexibility and more
DecemberBE-ing in December was about Taking Time to BE and Reflect on 2022

Will I have a Word of the Year for 2023? I’m not sure yet but whether I do or not, I want to be a Woman Living Well After 50 (and in my case after 65!).

This is the last #WOTY link up and thank you so much for joining us. We have a new look link up for 2023 which will provide more scope for those of you who don’t choose a #WOTY. See details below after the WOTY link up button.

In closing, I wish you and your family happiness and health for the Festive Season and 2023. I love this poem from Donna Ashworth which I will leave you with to ponder……

Why do we start a new year, with promises to improve?
Who began this tradition of never-ending pressure?
I say, the end of a year, should be filled with congratulation, for all we survived.
And I say a new year should start with promises to be kinder to ourselves, to understand better just how much we bear, as humans on this exhausting treadmill of life.

And if we are to promise more, let’s pledge to rest, before our bodies force us.
Let’s pledge to stop, and drink in life as it happens.
Let’s pledge to strip away a layer of perfection to reveal the flawed and wondrous humanity we truly are inside.

Why start another year, gifted to us on this earth, with demands on our already over-strained humanity.
When we could be learning to accept, that we were always supposed to be imperfect.
And that is where the beauty lives, actually.
And if we can only find that beauty, we would also find peace.

I wish you peace in 2023.
Everything else is all just a part of it.
Let it be so.

Donna Ashworth

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What's Been On YourCalendar?

You can find the details about the new Monthly Link Up in 2023 ‘What’s Been On Your Calendar?’ HERE and I hope to see you there in January.
Share your recent highs, lows, activities, hobbies, travel, resolutions, challenges, WOTYs, whatever you’ve been up too and feel free to share some photos as well!
Last Thursday, 2 pm (PST)
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Links will remain open for seven days.

What’s Been On Your Calendar? Dates for the Diary

Beginning January 2023. Last Thursday, 2 pm (PST)/Last Friday, 8 am (AEST).

• January 26/27,
• February 23/24,
• March 30/31,
• April 27/28,
• May 25/26,
• June 29/30,
• July 27/28,
• Aug31/Sept 1*,
• Sept. 28/29,
• Oct 26/27,
• Nov. 30/Dec 1*,
• Dec.28/29.
• (The August and November Linkups will take place on the 1st of the following month for the Southern Hemisphere).

We hope to see you there!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Jo December 30, 2022 at 08:10

    Interestingly when I was doing my end of year reflection this year aka closing ceremony I didn’t think about what robbed me of joy or who inspired me… both concepts I think I’ll sit with and contemplate now. Thanks for inspiring this link up (see what I did there?) and being a fab cohost.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2022 at 08:24

      Thanks Jo it’s been a fun year doing the WOTY link up and I’m looking forward to next year with our new theme. We inspire each other! xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 30, 2022 at 08:47

    Hi, Sue – This is an awesome wrap-up post. Thank you for providing us with these Reflection Questions. Here are my answers in condensed form:
    1. Peace.
    2. To be able to begin to travel again and spend more time with family.
    3. Worrying about the health of family members.
    4. Slow it down!
    5. I’ve been consciously active each day. Healthy meals were hit and miss but overall not bad.
    6. Every single morning – even if just for 10 minutes.
    7. Multiple times each day.
    8. I need more of these.
    9. I hope that I did.
    10. Many people – including YOU! Thank you for this and so much more!

    Thank you for being you and for always thinking of others. <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2022 at 11:19

      Great reflection answers to my questions, Donna and thank you for taking the time to answer them. As always I am truly appreciative of your continued friendship and support of all that I do. Love to you my friend. xx

  • Reply Debbie December 30, 2022 at 08:48

    Sue you have inspired me so much over the years but this post shows why – because you are able to turn a negative into a positive, you see the gratitude in every occasion, and you are an excellent role model, showing us how to navigate the years by being true to ourselves. Your ideas/questions for reflection are all excellent and I will definitely try to answer some of them over the coming days. What a fabulous year you’ve had with your WOTY and I look forward to being a part of your world in 2023. Take care and Happy New Year to you and Mike. It’s been a real pleasure to be your co-host for the WOTY linkup and can’t wait to see what you do in 2023 xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:34

      Hi Deb, thank you for always being my cheerleader and having my back. You continue to inspire me with how you live your life and I’m really excited to be continuing our linkups, and more importantly, our friendship in 2023. Happy New Year to you and Grant and I’m sure it is going to be wonderful xx

      • Reply Debbie January 3, 2023 at 14:00

        Thanks so much Sue xx

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement December 30, 2022 at 09:45

    Sue, my comments on your blog always seem to get lost, but I will try again. Thank you for your inspirational words and actions. You definitely have it figured out and no doubt will thrive well beyond 65! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:36

      Hi Suzanne, I receive your comments but for some reason WordPress has changed so I have to approve all comments including my own! I can’t seem to work out how to change this back. Thank you for your support and reading my posts this year and I look forward to you linking up with our What’s Been On Your Calendar, in particular. Happy New Year. xx

  • Reply leannelc December 30, 2022 at 10:39

    That was a great poem at the end Sue – and a wonderful reminder to be kind to ourselves. There were also some great reflective questions (something I don’t tend to do enough of). I’m also really glad that you didn’t let covid rob you of your Christmas joy more than it needed to – acknowledging the loss but also finding reasons to be grateful is a good balance to have.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:38

      It is a great poem isn’t it Leanne? Christmas was a write off but so many other positives outweighed the negative. Looking forward to you sharing your What’s Been On Your Calendar? at our link up. We have extended the open period to 7 days so you should be able to link up. Happy New Year to you and Ross and I’m sure you will be running around before you know it!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs December 30, 2022 at 14:07

    Just a lovely way to share your words and your year Sue. Thank you for this and your on-going friendship on line and via blogging. I do a daily reflection after my morning Calm session and it is such a good tool for me. I also like that I can look back and see what I was doing/thinking/feeling 3, 2 or one year ago as my records are all there. I look forward to being part of the ‘crew’ which blogs in 2023 and hope to see you at the first link up in 2023 for #WWandPics if you are ready for that then! Warmest wishes, Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:39

      Thank you Denyse for being part of our blogging community and I look forward to linking up to WWAndP in 2023. I also look forward to you linking up with WOYBS and What’s Been On Your Calendar? when you can. Best wishes and love for 2023 to you and Mr B, Sue x

  • Reply Susanne December 30, 2022 at 23:59

    That is a good list of questions to use for reflection, whether it’s yearly, monthly or even weekly! I think I’ll grab that and use them. You’re always an inspiration to me, regarding how to become the best version of you and live a good healthy life after 50 (or 65, in your case!). I’ve enjoyed your posts this year, I’m looking forward to your new link-up and will do my best to join every month.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:31

      I hope you find the reflection exercise helpful, Susanne. Thank you for your kind words and it always makes my day when someone shares how I’ve inspired them to live well. Happy New Year and look forward to sharing our experiences in 2023.

  • Reply Yvonne December 31, 2022 at 08:02

    That was a great poem, Sue. I search Donna ‘s website and I found such comforting words as the love of my life passed away this month. Such a devastating loss. I am overwhelmed. Thank you for your wonderful empowering blog. Peace and health in 2023. Hold those you love close to your heart.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:26

      Oh Yvonne, I am so very sorry for your loss and at Christmas it is even more heartbreaking. I’m sure you are overwhelmed and please feel free to reach out if you need to chat at any time. Please take care and stay in touch. Sending love and hugs to you. xx

      • Reply Yvonne January 3, 2023 at 00:44

        Hello Sue – Thank you so much for your kind reply. It meant a lot to me. You’re very kind and thoughtful. Looking forward to reading your wonderful blog.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2023 at 07:22

          Hello Yvonne, I’m pleased to help when I can and thank you for your lovely words. Looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you in 2023. Take care and Happy New Year! xx

  • Reply Deborah December 31, 2022 at 10:32

    I’ve linked up but focussed more on the year ahead than on this one. Though it’s a bit recappy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:25

      Loved your post Deb and looking forward to a new Year is always full of hope. I hope you can join us for our monthly WOYBS and also What’s Been On Your Calendar when you can. xx

  • Reply Toni Pike December 31, 2022 at 13:58

    A lovely wrap-up, Sue – I’m hoping for better health and more fun next year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:24

      I wish you better health and more fun next year Toni, you certainly deserve it. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 1, 2023 at 08:42

    I have enjoyed following your WOTY posts this year Sue. Your word was really interesting. Thanks so much for the linkup. I’ve looked forward to it each month. I will catch up with you at the new linkup. Happy New Year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2023 at 11:23

      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for your comment and yes, I found BE BE-came very interesting for me and had a wide range of scope. You are a valued part of our link up community and I’m looking forward to sharing 2023 and what is on our calendars or what we are reading with you. Happy New Year with love Sue x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt January 2, 2023 at 01:27

    It feels like we all learned something from the process of choosing and living our WOTY, Sue. I thought BE was such a great choice and you lived it well. I want to “be” more focused on today rather than thinking about, planning for and stressing about the future. As Donna puts it–perhaps a pocket word for me this new year. Sorry to read you got covid for Christmas, I fear this will be with us forever, like colds and flu. Thanks for co-hosting the link up and I look forward to your next link-up for WOYC 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2023 at 07:14

      Hi Terri, BE was a great word for me and I did manage to keep it my focus for 2022. I also like Donna’s idea of a pocket word. It stills give focus but without the pressure. Happy 2023 and I look forward to connecting with you at our regular link ups in 2023. xx

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