Over 50s Lifestyle

Be a Midlife Trail Blazer and Stop Treading Water

August 4, 2016
Be a Midlife Trail Blazer and stop treading water

I was recently asked by Millers ,’Seeing Me Project’ to write a series about Midlife for the month of August.  Usually, I contribute an article monthly but on this occasion they wanted me to submit a series each week for 5 weeks.

The series is titled ‘August – The Month for Midlife Matters’ and in each article I will be writing about matters which I feel are important to women of Midlife. I will be covering topics covering health, fitness, taking a journey of self-discovery and also talking about reinventing ourselves and if we really need to.

Midlife crisis quote

Here are the first few paragraphs and I have included the link for you to read the full article.  I hope you will!

 Be a Midlife Trail Blazer and Stop Treading Water

Wow can you believe it is August already?  We will soon be shopping for the festive season and another year will be over.

Midlife is a little like that – one moment we are young and starting on our journey of life, and then in what seems a split second, we are at Midlife.


Midlife can be such a wonderful time of life however it is your ATTITUDE that will determine whether you make the most of it or just give up and tread water in our ‘comfort zone.’

So for my contribution to The Seeing Me Project, the month of August will be devoted to writing about Midlife Matters.

‘Midlife Matters’ has two meanings for me:

Firstly, it means that being a Midlife 40+ woman still matters in this world.  Although I am surprised that there are still some women who question their relevance.  They feel they have lost their identity and feel ‘invisible’ because they are growing older.

Well I’m here to tell you that YOU DO MATTER!


Click here to read the article in full and I’d love you to leave a comment for me on what matters to you in Midlife

Next in the August – The Month of Midlife Matters series, we look at being healthy in Midlife and what health checks should be on our priority list.

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  • Reply Leanne August 6, 2016 at 00:04

    It’s so important to encourage women who are at “that stage of life” not to give up and stagnate. We have so much still to learn and so much to offer – it’s a shame if we don’t make the most of ourselves and contribute all we can. Great series Sue and I hope it inspires other women to live fuller lives.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 6, 2016 at 08:57

      I so motivated Leanne because the message of living life in midlife seems to be out there. So many women our age are coming into their own and it certainly inspires me.

  • Reply Carol Cassara August 6, 2016 at 01:18

    I have to admit, I don’t know anyone in my age group who thinks they don’t matter. By this age, we do tend to get it more than when we were younger.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 6, 2016 at 09:01

      When I first started blogging Carol, 18 months ago there were many comments from other women that they felt invisible. It was sad to hear because I truly believe women just keep on getting better. I’ve met some fabulous women in the blogging world who are still doing wonderful things with their life. The inspire me to keep going.

  • Reply Lori August 6, 2016 at 04:03

    Great article! I think most women I know are forging ahead and making the most of mid-life. I know I am!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 6, 2016 at 09:01

      Yes Lori I agree! I have met some wonderful women through blogging who are really blazing a trail and keep me motivated and inspired.

  • Reply Agatha August 7, 2016 at 22:38

    This is such a timely reminder to me. I was just thinking whether I was relevant (especially when things are moving faster than ever) but I’m still forging ahead and coming to terms with what my priorities are for me (rather than for everyone else). So glad I’ve read this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2016 at 07:30

      So pleased you enjoyed this Agatha. It is hard sometimes to find our purpose but we still need to focus on our good points and keep moving forward in life.

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues August 8, 2016 at 23:52

    I love your post, Sue.
    Yes, we’re still relevant and we’re showing the youth the value of living a healthy life, taking care themselves and making wise choices.
    We don’t survive. We live and enjoy our life to the fullest.
    Thanks for sharing it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2016 at 07:41

      Thanks as always for your support Debbie!

  • Reply Tamara Warner Minton August 9, 2016 at 03:39

    Midlife for me has been a mixture of fear for my husband who had a double lung transplant, letting go of my kids, and feeling wonderful about myself and my travels! All things have good and bad to them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2016 at 07:44

      That is so true Tam. Life is full of good and bad and it is all about how we deal with whatever life throws at us. I love following your travels and you are certainly living life to the full.x

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark August 9, 2016 at 10:11

    This is so empowering and I think midlife women are trailblazers now more than they’ve ever been. We’re realizing that this is actually a time to make our dreams come true and go after what we want!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2016 at 11:19

      I agree Lois! I’m amazed at the number of midlife women I’ve met through blogging who are smashing it! It is so inspiring and encouraging!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle August 9, 2016 at 21:21

    Your post on Miller’s blog was good and motivating, it seems women are now getting the message that they can make their dreams come true.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2016 at 11:19

      Thanks so much Kathleen and also for leaving a comment on the Seeing Me Project site.

  • Reply Lisa August 11, 2016 at 04:58

    Each time I come here for a link up or to see the current post, just seeing the titles of these gets me to go do more toward a goal. Thank you. I will be posting more on my own reinvention in the future.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 11, 2016 at 11:45

    Why your article is so important, Sue, is that we, as this generation of Baby Boomers, are the most influential people on Planet Earth. You bet we matter and we won’t go down without a fight!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 12, 2016 at 08:52

      So right Terri we are so influential because there are so many of us! I love your attitude and that of other midlife women I have met through blogging it is so inspiring. Have a beautiful day my friend!

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  • Reply Debbie August 12, 2016 at 13:01

    While I hate the idea of midlife (yikes), it is important to remind both women and men that we all still have a lot of life left so we need to make the best of it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 13, 2016 at 11:39

      Of course we do Debbie! Midlife is certainly what you make and you are definitely still Sizzling! A great example of fit, healthy and happy.

  • Reply Michele August 13, 2016 at 02:14

    So far, midlife is amazing. Especially in the online world we can make our presence known. I can feel invisible when shopping sometimes- stores are aimed at younger buyers or are ridiculously expensive. The new store in my city aimed at baby boomers sells T shirts for $100. I refuse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 13, 2016 at 11:41

      I love that you are enjoying Midlife, Michele. It doesn’t matter what we wear it is important who we are and making our voice heard through blogging is a great way to fight being invisible! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Wendy August 14, 2016 at 09:18

    Sue, I love how much writing you are doing lately! Girl, you are all over the internet! 🙂 This post is an example of why, Thanks for your continued encouragement for us to make a difference right where we are! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 15, 2016 at 12:04

      Oh thanks Wendy not sure I’m making that much of a difference but I’m trying. Thank you for your continued support!

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski August 14, 2016 at 10:33

    Time with my family. Losing my parents last year brought home the fact that life is short. I want to make many wonderful memories with each of them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 15, 2016 at 12:05

      That is perfect Cathy. I lost my parents over 30 years ago and my brother just last year so yes I am very conscious that life can be taken at any moment.

  • Reply Bill @ The Money Professors August 14, 2016 at 23:00

    This is great motivation. Men tend to enter midlife not so gracefully sometimes… although there is no convertible sports car in my near future… maybe a swimming pool 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 15, 2016 at 12:06

      Oh yes a swimming pool sounds good – not so much associated with a midlife crisis Bill!

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville August 16, 2016 at 18:01

    Fab article! You always inspire me, and you make me want to embrace my life fully, at 40 I feel a new sense of happiness and drive and I am not scared at what the future is brining xoxo #overthemoon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 17, 2016 at 13:36

      Thank you Mackenzie. I’m always heartened when I read your comments and so pleased you are feeling great about turning 40! You haven’t even really started yet so keep going and look forward to exciting times ahead!

  • Reply The Savvy Age August 17, 2016 at 11:02

    Never thought of “midlife” beginning at 40 … #overthemoon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 17, 2016 at 13:46

      Well actually the midlife crisis used to start around the 40 mark but I think midlife actually lasts longer these days. We are more active, involved and embracing this phase of life from 40 and onwards. Even 70 years old isn’t that old anymore!

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