We are now into the second half of 2022 and of course we all say ‘where has the time gone?’. For me, the last few months have been hectic. I wrote last month in my WOTY post BE-ing aware of Mental Health & Well-being, about stepping back from my Facebook Group and social media and posting less on the blog. Why? I will fill you in before the end of the post, so keep reading 🙂
Being Busy is something many try to avoid in our lives. I see numerous posts about slowing down, (hopefully to appreciate the moment rather than slowing down and stopping living life), making moments count, not taking on too much, living a simpler life and so on. I feel there is a sentiment of being anti-busy but there are times when being busy is good for us. It can make us feel alive, give us a purpose and inspires and motivates us to do more. The only downside is when we are being busy ‘for busy’ sake doing things that rob us of our joy and getting bogged down doing things because we haven’t created the necessary boundaries to maintain a good and healthy balance, especially for our mental health and well-being.
I like to be busy although equally I like my quiet time and getting lost in a good book. Pure indulgence!
In my recent post for our What’s On Your Bookshelf? link up I wrote how studies have shown reading even for 6 minutes tops the list for reducing stress and anxiety. (If you missed the post you can read it here Reading and Relaxation, the perfect remedy for stress and also if you love reading why not link up with us next month and share what you have been reading.)
BE-ing Busy (in a good way)
Over the last month I’ve enjoyed:
Taking extra sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio
Spending time with my grandsons who always bring joy and also learnings. Ethan who is 8 was teaching me about the word ‘Viscosity’ and what it means – I’m not sure I had even heard of the word at that age! It was also fun to learn that Elliot (4) wants to be a firefighter and chef and at the moment Ethan wants to be a Rugby Player (his future occupations change almost weekly!)
Discussions with my Online Book Club which I always enjoy. I love that we read the same book but have different interpretations and thoughts. We are currently reading Jane Austen’s books and have recently finished Persuasian, Pride & Prejudice and last week Sense and Sensibility. I also took some time out to watch the 1995 Film adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet (loved it!)
Catching up with my running Saturday Sister who has had a knee injury. We have not run together for a couple of months. It was lovely to catch up for a breakfast whilst I was in Brisbane. Look at the design on my coffee – I’ve not seen this before.
Organising new interviews for Season 4 of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast as well as recording the final episodes of Season 3.
BUT – EXCITING NEWS!
The majority of my time during July has been packing! Yes, we are on the move and have sold our apartment and purchased a townhouse in Brisbane. We moved to the Gold Coast 3 years ago and had always intended it to be a temporary move. Yes, we have a beautiful apartment, yes, live by the ocean BUT we are not near our family or friends and we miss that connection. So decision made – we are making it happen and we are excited!
Selling a home is stressful!
- maintaining a high level of presentation for prospective buyers
- wondering if you will be able to sell and for the price you want
- having a contract, then having that contract fall through and starting all over again
We have been busy having open home inspections and combining that with trips to Brisbane to look for a new home. As we have sold our apartment fully furnished we are also shopping for furniture for our new home. It has been stressful yet exciting and that is what I mean bey BE-ing busy in a good way. It is a project Mike and I have been working on together, enjoy each other’s company and finally fingers crossed in two weeks it will all come to fruition.
Lessons learned BE-ing Busy (in a good way)
- You can be busy and not feel overwhelmed
- You do need to create boundaries and learn to say ‘no’
- You do need to take small steps towards the larger goal
- We all accumulate too many possessions!
- You need to let go, step back and prioritise what is important
- You need to be Patient & Flexible- things don’t always go to plan – accept that and revise the plan to make it happen
So that’s been my month of BE-ing and living my WOTY. Next month I will be writing from our new home.
How has your month been? Are you living your WOTY? Have you had any major projects on the go?
P.S. Hot off the press – a late inclusion
I was interviewed recently by Take 5 Magazine to share my thoughts for a feature article about women who are happier in their 50s, 60s and 70s than they were in their 20s. The article was published mid July and as someone who is pro-aging and with the attitude of #nevertooold I was very happy to share my story.
Welcome to the 2022 WOTY Link Party
The 2022 WOTY Link Party is a way for us to stay accountable to our WOTY (or Goals or Intentions if you haven’t settled on a particular Word for the Year) and write about how we are tracking each month on the last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). We would still encourage everyone to leave a comment or if you have written a post feel free to link up with us.
What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party (#2022wotylinkpary).
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.
Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY (OR GOAL OR INTENTION)
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
Be a proud contributor to #2022wotylinkparty
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Sharing their WOTY progress this month
Take a moment to link through to see what my co-hosts and others have written……
Now over to you – how are you living your WOTY, Goal or Intention?
Deb, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us each month and share what you’ve been doing to focus on your 2022 WOTY. If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!