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BE-ing BOLD after 60 – but don’t wait that long!

January 17, 2022
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One of the prompts for #Bloganuary was ‘What does it mean to live Boldly’? I immediately thought of my good friend, Deb from Deb’s World who had devoted her 2021 to her WOTY: Bold. You can read how she started living a bold life HERE and during 2021, I looked forward to her monthly BOLD posts to read how she had been living her WOTY.

In this week’s Micro Mondays episode I’ll be exploring how I feel about BE-ing Bold after 60 and why you shouldn’t wait so long.

Listen to the Podcast which goes into more depth on Be-ing Bold today and not waiting.

For most of my life, I would not have considered myself a BOLD person. I suppose there were times I stepped out of my comfort zone but they were rare and I never felt comfortable. I lacked self-confidence, self-love and was not one to put myself out there, that’s for sure.

Living a BOLD life after 60

It was Saturday morning here on the Gold Coast and shaping up for a gorgeous day. Mr M and I decided to go for a walk, to soak up the sun, the salty seabreeze and of course get some exercise. It was one of those days when you just had to get outside and enjoy the power of nature, sunshine, blue skies and ocean.

I decided to wear my BOLD purchase of my Rockwear Hot Pink Top and Bike pants which I had bought in December but hadn’t had the courage to actually wear outside. You couldn’t miss me in me in my brightly coloured ensemble. 😉😂#beingboldafter60

There was a time not so long ago when I wasn’t happy with my body, the way I looked. Low self-esteem and self-confidence prevented me from living life boldly, confident, happy and in full techniccolour.

Letting Go to Live Boldly

I believe 60 was a turning point in my life (almost 5 years ago). I started to think differently, although there was and probably always will be the underlying feeling of the ‘imposter syndrome’, where I ask myself ‘who do I think I am?’ ‘why would anyone be interested in me’, I’m sure you’ve felt that way too.

At 60 I finally started letting go of being so hard on myself and also worrying about what others might think. And so, I became BOLDER. I learned that the more I tried, the more confident I felt and I actually had some positive feedback along the way.

What did I do that was BOLD?

Nothing that would change the world, but things that did change my world.

Warning: I’m probably blowing my own trumpet here, but I encourage you to write a list of what you have done where you felt bold or what you would like to do to live a bold life.

I stopped listening to the ‘aren’t you too old’ brigade

Over the last 4 years,

  • I have run and completed 3 full marathons at 61, 63 & 64. My first marathon I ran at 55 and I thought that would be the one and only but no it wasn’t. I trained hard with my Saturday Sisters and I did it!
  • I applied to study to become a Group Fitness Instructor (even though I had been told at 57 that perhaps I was too old) I achieved my goal at 63.
  • I applied and studied to gain my Personal Training certification at 64.
  • I started the Women Living Well After 50 podcast at 63.
  • I’ve grown my hair
  • I’ve started wearing bright colours again and looking for colour each day to lift my spirits. I even started a 100 day challenge to #bringmorecolourintoyourlife
  • I post images of me without makeup – this is a tough one for me but it is all about being my authentic self – what you see is what you get.
  • I’ve been interviewed by National Newspapers who were interested in my thoughts on ageing – yes ‘little ole me’
  • I’ve co-hosted a Yoga and Self care Retreat
  • I’ve started working in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio working with women 50+ to stay healthy and strong

I’ve surrounded myself with my ‘cheerleaders’ and let go of the ‘naysayers’

My darling Mr M who is always supportive and encouraging of all that I do

My children

My grandsons (who think I’m a cool ‘Nan’ and make me feel like a Celebrity everytime I see them)

My daughter who is my own personal life coach and mentor and wise beyond her years

My Saturday Sisters who I run with and keep me motivated and inspired

My Stunners who have my back as I have theirs. A special friendship group evolving from the world of blogging to become more than friends who blog but a friendship that is deep, true and lasting despite physical distance.

So what does Living Boldly mean?

It means living life on my terms with belief in who I am and being brave enough to live life my way.

I’m finally Living Life My Way and doing things that make me feel good and happy.

Have you lacked the self-confidence to BE you? Let’s work on that….. Will you BE BOLD and start living life your way? Will you write your own BOLD list?

Here are 5 quotes that might help get you started

Sue Loncaric
Bloganuary participant

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

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25 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee January 17, 2022 at 05:55

    If I can ask, why’d you stop wearing bright colours? I tend to think as subdued colours for younger wimen and bright colours for older women…but maybe that’s just my friends. One of the side effects of our two years of lockdowns is I’ve started over dressing, or even wearing costumes (1920 sequin numbers) as normal clothes if we go out to dinner, because I figure I may never get a party to wear it to. …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2022 at 10:40

      Hi Lydia, I used to wear black and grey most of my working life – the corporate uniform. Then that followed into my other areas of m wardrobe. I needed to find colour again and I’m so pleased I did as it lifts my spirits, for sure. I love that you would wear your 1920 sequin number to dinner. I lament the ‘casualness’ in dress that society has now and rarely the opportunity to over dress so maybe you’ve started a trend we can all follow….

      • Reply Lydia C. Lee January 18, 2022 at 07:44

        I have a freind who is a little depressed and I’ve roped her into ‘dialling it up to 11″ – which is what I call 2022’s over dressing – I did it in a restaurant in Canberra the other day and a woman at another table came over and complimented me (My husband who didn’t even dress for dinner at all found it so weird…ha!). Anyway, we have (maybe, borders permitting) a trip to Hobart and all these predinner drinks and I’ve told her she has to dress for the occasion….even if the other women in the group don’t). I think she’ll get a kick out of it. Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that make a difference.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2022 at 05:02

          I think that is so good and love your ‘dialling it up to 11’. I’m going to try to do that as well although we don’t go out often. We are hoping to go to Tassie in October fingers crossed.

          I’m sure your friend will feel great. I know that when I put a bit of effort into makeup and what I’m wearing I feel so much better about myself.

          Here’s to ‘dialling it up to 11’ in 2022.

          I love this idea!

          Enjoy your week, Lydia.

  • Reply Donna Connolly January 17, 2022 at 06:27

    Hi, Sue -You are truly magical at helping others to build their self-confidence. Sharing your story of how you’ve built yours, and all that you have accomplished when others said it couldn’t be done, is truly inspiring. You are so right to surround yourself with true friends and let go of the naysayers. This is such important advice.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2022 at 10:41

      You have helped me build my self-confidence Donna by being a constant supporter and cheerleader for me. Your frienship is priceless and one I treasure. xxx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 17, 2022 at 08:15

    You’re definitely living a bold life Sue. You must feel very proud when you look at your list of boldness. I love your pink outfit.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2022 at 10:43

      I’m trying Jen although there are times I do doubt myself and have to push through. I love the pink outfit too although felt a bit self-conscious when I first wore it. Thank you and yes, I do feel proud of myself. I think there is a fine line between being proud and sharing your achievements and bragging but sometimes you just have to blow your own trumpet don’t you? Have a lovely week. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 17, 2022 at 10:01

    Although we’ve been friends for ages now, I still learnt something about you here. You are a bold, beautiful woman who inspires us all in so many ways. Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing these thoughts with us, it’s always interesting to read how some people lack confidence and work through it and you are so honest in sharing your vulnerable side. I’m glad you have stopped listening to the naysayers brigade, you have so much to offer and we love you for it. Many thanks for the shout-out on my year of being Bold!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2022 at 10:44

      Thank you so much Deb. Your comments are truly appreciated as is your continuing friendship. I can’t wait until we can do a ‘retake’ of the photo you sent me. Thanks for your inspiration and encouraging us all to live a bold life! It all started with you back in January 2021. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 17, 2022 at 10:55

    This stage of life is so free-ing isn’t it Sue? You can be yourself, worry less about the opinions of others, and just get on with living your best life. You really can’t ask for more than that. My post this week is on a similar theme about letting go of old ideas and the joy it brings. Have a great day and enjoy those bright colours.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2022 at 05:04

      Hi Leanne, I think it is something I have to be conscious about. It is so easy to fall back into the’old stories’ we’ve told ourselves for most of our life and reprogram our brain to think different. We were on the same wavelength this week with our post. Enjoy your week and your new found creative talent. x

  • Reply Susanne January 17, 2022 at 19:51

    This is a wonderfully inspiring post, Sue! I’m very familiar with the impostor syndrome and I wholeheartedly agree with your views on what it means to live boldly. I think with leaving everything behind (including my nursing job) and moving to Ireland I started to let go of caring about what other people think, but my self-confidence has continued to be quite low. It’s only recently that I’ve truly started to let go of that feeling – actually my photography slump and blogging crisis last year aided with that, because it forced me to question what I do and find the why.
    I guess taking a break from everything and just playing the guitar for a month is quite bold… and it makes me happy, is good for my mental health and will give me/us even more joy in the future.
    Your final quotes are spot on and I’ll copy them to somewhere where they remind me to stay on the right path. Have a lovely week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2022 at 05:07

      Hello Susanne, I think your break is perfect for you now and isn’t there a feeling of self-satisfaction and pride when you step out of your comfort zone. I believe our ‘why’ can change so it is good to revisit and take a step back. Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

  • Reply Yvonne January 18, 2022 at 02:46

    What a wonderful post! You look wonderful with your pink outfit. I love to wear bold colors and bold lipsticks but that wasn’t always the case. I just read Leanne’s post today (TEN THINGS …) and now yours. You both made my day! Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work. Now I’m off to doing some Yoga and putting my beautiful red lipstick. Take care!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2022 at 05:09

      Thanks so much for the compliment Yvonne, I do love the colour of my outfit – so bright and cheery. I also added red lipstick to my Festive season and felt quite bold wearing that! Enjoy your Yoga and your Lipstick and have a beautiful day. Thanks for visiting. xx

  • Reply Patricia Doyle January 18, 2022 at 03:13

    I love the pink outfit! For me, being bold is wearing tight fitting clothes, tank tops and shorts…in public! For years, I covered up my body and wore loose clothing to hide any curves. While I’m still not fit and trim … and probably never will be… I’ve realized I can wear yoga outfits in public and no-one will fall over in horror. The one thing I’m struggling with in living boldly is what is my authentic life vision and what it socially “expected” vision. Do I want to travel/volunteer/take a course/learn a new skill/start a new craft/get really fit and trim or is it because everyone else does and it’s expected for a retiree? This is my current conundrum.. what is authentic to me and what is culturally expected!

  • Reply Deborah Cook January 19, 2022 at 16:11

    I love the reminder about not waiting. I fear I’ve spent too much of my life with things on hold. Until I found a love. Until I got married. Until I had kids.

    It was always ‘when’ I lose weight I’ll…. or when I can afford it I’ll…. and yet so much of life has just passed me by.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 21, 2022 at 16:16

      Hi Deb, life passes too quickly and although I’m not always successful, I do try to be here in the NOW and not waiting for things to happen. In saying that I have this habit of getting a gift or buying something and then not using it for a while, as I just like looking at it LOL 🙂 especially notebooks or journals – I don’t want to spoil the pages with my writing. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 19, 2022 at 17:40

    Congratulations on all you have done, Sue and sought to do and yes to proudly sharing it as well. You look sensational in the pink and I am glad you and Mr M are getting out more for your walks together. Life in 2021 was very hard I understand in one particular part and now, that ‘cloud’ has gone and life for you both can move forward.
    I appreciated you taking the time to write a post and link it up for Life This Week on my blog this week. Thank you kindly. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 21, 2022 at 16:17

      Thank you Denyse for your lovely comment and compliment and life is getting better for us both which is good to see. I hope you are feeling okay as you’ve not been well lately and that can put a dampener on life for sure. Thanks for hosting Life this Week and I’ll be there on Monday x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 22, 2022 at 05:43

    Blow that trumpet, girl! You deserve it! Seriously though, you do. I seem to have let colour leave my life – I think I haven’t wanted to draw attention to myself. Just lately I’ve started saying f$%^ it and wear the pink already. (Although I still can’t do many pics of myself…)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2022 at 17:48

      You are so lovely, Jo and you go girl with wearing colour. It does lift your spirits doesn’t it? I’m a bit older than you so I’m at the stage where I’m getting brave enough to take pics and not worry too much what others think. Have a beautiful week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Natalie January 22, 2022 at 09:41

    You look fit and fabulous in the hot pink outfit, Sue. You’ve worked hard and achieved all the thing you listed. I’m so proud of you not only for achieving them but also for listing them as well. Surrounding ourselves with supportive family and friends is key to a happy life. I’m glad you’re doing that. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2022 at 17:49

      Thank you for the compliment, Natalie and you kind words of encouragement and support. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a lovely week. x

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