Over 50s Lifestyle

Don’t focus on your Age – Just get on with the business of living

May 3, 2016
don't focus on age


don't focus on age

I was honoured recently to be interviewed by Maggie Sloan an artist who lives in the US. Maggie has a website Mockingbirds at Midnight and is a very talented lady and paints beautiful watercolours.

Her ‘About Me’ page opens with ‘I paint portraits, landscapes, and anything else. I love to tell stories. I play traditional Irish music.’ So when I met this lady through blogging I knew we would certainly click – I used to do Irish dancing when I was younger!

Maggie is doing a series on ‘Changing Times, Changing Ages’ and asked for my thoughts on not just ageing but lifestyle issues as we ‘transition from maiden to mother to crone’.

We should not focus on our Age but rather start living the life we want.Click To Tweet

Maggie wanted to know ‘how I keep ‘spring in my heart when my age is moving into winter?’  If you want to know the answer, you will need to click on the link below to read the full article.

Maggie actually painted a portrait of me from a photograph which is pretty cool and I was amazed at her talent. I can’t draw or paint to save my life so I am full of admiration for people who can create something beautiful from a blank canvas.

I would love you to read her article and You might even learn more about me after reading her post.  You will also see Maggie’s talent in action.  I love how she has portrayed me in the portrait.

Click here to read the post in full.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article and also perhaps you couldalso leave a comment on Maggie’s post.

I’m convinced being healthy & happy is the secret to enjoying the ‘winter of your life’ with ‘spring in your heart’.Click To Tweet

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  • Reply amy May 5, 2016 at 00:42

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Your blog is so interesting. I work so hard at staying fit, exercising six hours a week plus two or three hours a day gardening. I also eat well. It gets harder and harder as I age. I’m sure I will find many articles I can relate to here.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:08

      Hi Amy! You certainly sound fit with all that exercise and gardening would also help. I’m so pleased you visited and look forward to connecting with you again.

  • Reply Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley May 5, 2016 at 00:47

    So true Sue. Great minds think alike 😉 So seems like we really share them same perspective…happy to connect! Have a great day. Sabina

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:09

      Hi Sabina! Yes I think we do have a lot in common so I’m glad I found your blog through Between the Lines. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski May 5, 2016 at 09:00

    I love your attitude toward aging. Being happy and healthy is the best thing to focus on to stay young at heart.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:10

      It beats being a grumpy old woman doesn’t it Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a fabulous day.

  • Reply Carol Cassara May 5, 2016 at 09:49

    I agree living is way more exciting then sitting around crying about getting older. A lot of time gets wasted that way. I think we are living a lot younger than our parents did at our age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:12

      I agree Carol! When my parents were 60 that seemed so old and unfortunately they were both gone by mid 60s. That has taught me to live for today and enjoy life. I think we also are more educated on how to look after ourselves physically and mentally as we age – move it or lose it as they say!

  • Reply Nancy May 5, 2016 at 10:17

    We know we do not have to be old now so we don’t act old. I am sage, personally. Love your attitude.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:13

      I like that Nancy – sage! Life is certainly different to our parents’ generation and we have a different attitude to aging which is great. Thanks for stopping by and hope you visit again.

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski May 5, 2016 at 10:24

    The portrait is so beautiful and colorful – just like you. It captures your zest for life, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:14

      Oh you are lovely Cathy but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I think Maggie is so talented and did a great job just from a photo!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill May 5, 2016 at 11:57

    I read your article Sue and it was really wonderful. That portrait was such a beautiful gift from Maggie and one I’m sure you’ll treasure forever (not everyone gets the opportunity of having themselves painted for posterity!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:19

      Yes I didn’t think it would look as good – she did a great job from just a photo!

  • Reply Cathy May 5, 2016 at 21:57

    That portrait is so beautiful. And you, my dear, are an inspiration! But I still hate to run!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:21

      thank you so much for your lovely words Cathy! Running isn’t for everyone I get that and sometimes when I’m running I think ‘why am I doing this?’ but I have some lovely ladies that I run with so that makes all the difference. Have a great day!

  • Reply Toni McCloe May 6, 2016 at 00:48

    Love your message. Life is about living not aging. I also love what Carol said: I think we are living a lot younger than our parents did at our age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:22

      Hi Toni! Yes I agree with Carol we have a different outlook on aging these days which is great. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Mary May 6, 2016 at 01:56

    Age is just a number my mom has always said, and at 91 she still acts and thinks like she is 40.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:23

      Oh your Mum sounds wonderful Mary! Good for her and it shows having the right attitude makes all the difference. Give her a hug from me 🙂

  • Reply Doreen McGettigan May 6, 2016 at 07:10

    Your portrait is really good. I love your attitude, Keep Moving Forward!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:25

      Yes Doreen isn’t it fabulous – not the subject but Maggie’s work LOL:) We need to be positive about aging otherwise the alternative is not that bright. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Ruth Curran May 6, 2016 at 08:15

    It is all about perspective and attitude isn’t it? Love, love, love the painting and the piece by MaggieBird!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:26

      It sure is about perspective and attitude Ruth – we can be miserable or we can give life a go and make the most of it! Yes, Maggie did such a wonderful job with the painting – she is so talented! I also loved the theme of her posts.

  • Reply Lisa at Grandma's Briefs May 6, 2016 at 09:13

    I’m delighted to get older. I’m actually happier now than in the past. Thank you for sharing the lovely Maggie with us!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2016 at 10:27

      Hi Lisa! Yes Maggie is great and so talented so I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. It is great to hear from other women who are embracing midlife and enjoying the ride – the alternative isn’t that great is it? Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Carolann May 6, 2016 at 12:01

    Love Maggies portrait. It’s really spot on and the colors ohlala love them! I get hung up on my age every now and again and then I kick myself in the pants and say stop it. Great post thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 7, 2016 at 06:35

      Yes it was great wasn’t it Carolann! I think we all get hung up on age – if we are honest with ourselves – the point is to do as you do ‘kick yourself in the pants and say stop it’. You aren’t alone but just remember we all have so much to offer and let’s not get defined by a number. Have a great week, CarolAnn.x

  • Reply Angela Weight May 6, 2016 at 12:30

    Attitude is so important whether you’re in the early spring or late winter of life. I love watercolors and painting. Thanks for introducing me to Maggie Sloan’s site.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 7, 2016 at 06:37

      Hi Angela, I’m so pleased you stopped by to comment and happy that you found Maggie – she is very talented!

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells May 7, 2016 at 01:57

    Sue, I absolutely adore your “blogoview”! LOL! I agree with you that we have a choice in how we internalize our age or the aging process. Yes, there are some things that my mind will not overcome, but there are many other things that are perceived to come with aging of which I am in total control. I choose to be a wise (hopefully) and mature 23-year-old although the calendar says I’m damned near 45. The watercolor of you is gorgeous!!! (One exclamation mark was not enough for that.) Beautiful, doll!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 7, 2016 at 06:41

      Hi Regina and thanks for visiting! Wow you are a baby – I’m nearly 59 but that doesn’t stop us does it! There is too much in life to enjoy and explore to be worried about what age we are. Have a great day and thank you for your lovely words I was very happy with the watercolour, Maggie is very talented.

  • Reply The Savvy Age May 10, 2016 at 08:50

    I agree, attitude is key… it is a work in progress!

  • Reply Nikki May 11, 2016 at 10:43

    Sue, I really love the article and that is such a great portrait of you. I love it. I love how you always encourage others to be more and be better. No matter what age we are. Your message is one we all need to hear over and over again thanks for continuing to push us all to be the best we can be.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 11, 2016 at 16:40

      Hi Nikki! Maggie is so talented she even made me look okay in my portrait and actually painted it from a photograph. I certainly don’t know all the answers and sometimes I also feel ‘down’ but we have to keep trying don’t we? The alternative is not that great!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle May 11, 2016 at 19:34

    I like the point coming through that this is a message for those who are still younger, that they will grow with this right attitude to life. Who knows where that will take them or any of us if we are prepared to dream and make goals. Thanks for a great article Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 12, 2016 at 09:23

      We can only try Kathleen and you are so right we don’t know where our dreams and goals will take us.

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  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues May 14, 2016 at 18:46

    I love it, Sue!
    Such a beautiful article and you deserve it. You are an inspiration to us.
    Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your experience.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 12:59

      Oh thank you Deb I truly appreciate your words. Have a beautiful day!

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