Over 50s Lifestyle WOTY 2022 - BE

BE-ing Grateful each day #Bloganuary

January 11, 2022

#Bloganuary – I’ve never heard of this until I opened my friend, Deb from Deb’s World post this morning. It was timely as I had just listened to a meditation on Appreciation so the Universe was obviously sending me the message to ponder what I’m grateful for today.

What is #Bloganuary

Quoting from the WordPress.com site post New Year, New Success with Bloganuary post:

We’re running a month-long blogging challenge in January and we invite you to join us! Each day, you’ll receive a new writing prompt to inspire you to publish a post on your blog. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the prompts. Take this opportunity to exercise your creativity and have fun. Maybe you’ll choose to respond with a story, a drawing, a poem, a photo, a comic strip, a recipe, or even a playlist. Anything goes!

By participating in Bloganuary, you’ll join bloggers around the world in the shared goal of creating and/or solidifying a strong blogging habit. You’ll get access to the Bloganuary community site where you can meet and get to know others working toward similar goals. You can share tips, learn from others, reach a new audience for your blog, and make some new blogging friends.”

I’m late to the party and I’m not sure I can commit to daily posts but it certainly is a way to encourage me to be creative with the daily prompts.

Day 10 prompt for #Bloganuary is Gratitude and I’ve written often about this subject. One of my favourites is How a daily Gratitude practice is the key to Self-Care.

BE-ing Grateful each day


My WOTY is ‘BE’. BE-ing grateful each day has such a positive affect on our mindset, health and well-being. It takes the focus away from the negatives in life which we can so easily focus on. Sure life is never perfect and at the moment we are facing another wave of COVID-19 with the Omnicron virus. Numbers are rising and anxiety levels are again rising. It isn’t really the start to 2022 that we all hoped for.

So let’s all focus on 5 things we a grateful for each day or try The Thank you Exercise which I’ve explained below.

The Thank you Exercise

  • Observe – focus on each time you say ‘thank you’. Is it is just from habit with no thought? How are you feeling when you say thank you? Is your mind elsewhere? Are you rushing to the next thing or are you focused on truly being grateful?
  • Pick one interaction a day. When you say ‘thank you’ stop for a moment and take note. Think intentionally about what you feel grateful for, Then say thank you.

5 things I’m grateful for today

Sunshine and blue skies

Since New Year our weather on the Gold Coast has been windy and rainy as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth. Not great for the holiday makers unfortunately. Today the sun is shining and Mr M and I have been for a walk.

Sunshine and Blue skies

No reaction to a COVID vaccination

My grandson had his first vaccination yesterday when the vaccine became available for 7 – 11 year olds. So far so good he has had no reaction and is enjoying a beach holiday with his family.

Receiving a surprise gift in the mail

I’m grateful for the thoughtfulness of a friend who sent me a gift and made a card using a photo of the first time we met back in 2019. I treasure our long-distance friendship

Having colour in my world

Colour in my world

Since October I’ve been posting a daily photo on Instagram for my 100 day project #bringmorecolourintoyourlife. It is amazing how much colour is in our life if we just take time to look.

Beach walks with Mr M

Mr M and Me

I am so very grateful that at 64 I am still running, working out and going for walks with my darling Mr M. I don’t take my health and fitness for granted, especially with a family history of heart disease and various forms of cancer.

So they are 5 things I’m grateful for today. What is on your list?


Have a beautiful day!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2022 at 10:55

    Hi Sue – a lovely bright start to my morning reading yours and Deb’s posts. I liked her idea of dipping in and out rather than committing to a post every day of January – that way you get the fun without the pressure. Great photos and very Aussie sunshine-y too 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2022 at 10:57

      Hi Leanne, yes I don’t want to overcommit myself so if a prompt takes my fancy I’ll be writing about it. No more A-Z pressure style challenges for me. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 11, 2022 at 10:56

    Well done Sue, you’ve listed some great ways of being grateful and isn’t it wonderful when the universe speaks to us like that? I’m glad you enjoyed my post and have joined in with #Bloganuary. I’m pleased your grandson is feeling good after his vaccination, I have my booster shot tomorrow. I love the photo of us meeting for the first time 🙂

  • Reply Donna Connolly January 11, 2022 at 11:24

    I love the Win Arthur Ward post that you shared here, Sue.
    And I love, love, love that photo of you and Mr. M.
    We truly have so very much to be grateful for.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2022 at 16:23

      Hi Donna, I found this quote on an early post I did a few years ago and it is so true. xx

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  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 11, 2022 at 21:37

    You have much to be grateful for Sue. It’s wise to stop and practise gratitude. I’m writing posts for the Bloganuary posts. Not sure what I’ll be using them for yet. So far they are great Timor’s.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2022 at 06:29

      Hi Jen, yes I won’t be posting every day as I couldn’t keep up. I don’t want another version of AtoZ. I’m going to write on the prompts that I ‘talk’ to me. I enjoy reading yours when you post. Have a lovely day xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 11, 2022 at 21:38

    Sir thst should be they are great prompts.

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian January 12, 2022 at 06:11

    Sue, beach walks with hubby, thoughtful friends, and a life filled with color – all good stuff. Happy that your grandson had a good experience with the vaccine. I am sure you are all very relieved that he is protected. Forgive me if I don’t read your posts for the challenge every day, but I will pop in once in a while. Too many blog dates sitting on the sofa make Suzanne very squishy. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2022 at 06:27

      Hi Suzanne I won’t be participating every day, just when a prompt makes me feel creative enough to write. I agree. blog dates on the sofa are best in moderation 🙂 Have a great week xx

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