I announced my 2022 WOTY on 2nd January in my podcast episode and blog post Just ‘Be’ – Living Life Your Way in 2022. After a turbulent 2021 for Mr M and I, I wanted to start enjoying life again and the tiny but powerful word ‘BE’ kept coming back to me as my word to focus on during 2022.
Whilst out for a run, I decided to create a monthly 2022 WOTY link party co-hosted with my blogging friends, Debbie, Donna and Jo who were keen to join in. This is in addition to our monthly What’s On Your Bookshelf Link Party which is every 3rd Thursday pm (northern hemisphere) or Friday am (southern hemisphere). Come join us and share what books you have been reading.
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.
Welcome to the very first 2022 WOTY Link Party and you can find the link at the end of this post.
Don’t forget to copy the #2022wotylinkparty contributor badge at the end of the post.
Be-ing in January – My 2022 WOTY Update
I love these wrap up posts because it makes me look back and reflect on my month. January was pretty good and I think I’ve started the year well with my focus of ‘BE’. For me it is all about BE-ing so I’m sharing the different was I was living life my way BE-ing in the moment and in life. After an extremely stressful and emotional 2021 , Mr M and I are both now in a good place and ready to take on the new year.
January started well after indulging in all the Festive Goodies. I returned to taking sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio, running with my Saturday Sister, walking with Mr M and trying to eat healthier.
Never too old for Date days
On New Year’s Day, Mr M and I had a discussion on what we wanted from 2022. After a very difficult 2021, we wanted to start living life again in this New Year. Our love of travel has been curtailed for the moment due to COVID, however that doesn’t mean we can discover our own backyard.
One of our ideas was to take a regular drive (hopefully weekly) and visit places that aren’t far from where we live. A short drive, enjoying time together and exploring.
Our first adventure for 2022 was a visit to Hinze Dam which is about 30 minutes drive from where we live on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is so easy to say, ‘oh let’s not bother’ but life is too short so we seized the moment. It was so relaxing taking a wander and was the perfect spot to indulge in an ice cream! The power of the water was awe-inspiring.
Cooking with BookClub
My readers will know that I belong to an Online Book Club and for 2021 we worked our way through the Bronte Sisters collection. At the end of each book, one of our members (who is an author who loves to bake – there’s a clue there), provides us with a recipe which would be something relevant to the area or book. We then gather in our kitchens via Zoom in our special aprons (yes professional looking aren’t we?) and led by our resident baker who takes us through our baking class. It is such fun and so far my efforts haven’t been too bad.
We baked Yorkshire Parkin, which was pretty easy to make and you can find the recipe and learn what Yorkshire Parkin over at Jo’s Brookford Kitchen Diaries website so just click HERE
BE-ing a Nan
School holiday fun
I just love being a Nan (although you probably have guessed that by now!). My grandsons are a constant source of joy and I look forward to my weekly visits to spend time with them. They help me to BE PRESENT in the moment and BE adventurous because they think their Nan can do anything!
BE-ing BOLD & BE-AUTIFUL
I felt BOLD and BE–autiful as I reflected on for #Bloganuary prompt – ‘What does it mean to live Boldly’?
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
This prompted me to write BE-ing BOLD after 60 – but don’t wait that long!
I also thought I was pretty bold borrowing my daughter’s colourful rashie to be sunsmart when I took my grandsons swimming.
So much to be grateful for during January and in particular was receiving a surprise gift from a very good friend who lives on the other side of the world to me. I had spent to fun but tiring days with my grandsons (always on the go!) and arrived home to a huge package! I was blown away by my friend’s generosity of spirit and love. Maggie Beer Hampers are full of goodies to eat and also included a robe and body wash for some pampering. I often give them as gifts and it is always special to receive one.
My last Podcast episode for January was BE-ing Appreciative by Playing the Appreciation game. During January, I took part in a 21 day Manifesting challenge presented by Gabby Bernstein. Day 10 brought another interesting topic to ponder and also coincided with the Day 10 prompt for #Bloganuary to list 5 things we are grateful for today. Day 10 was Playing the Appreciation Game which I hadn’t hear of before.
I love my podcast and feel proud of my achievement as I procrastinated with self-doubt before finally pushing the GO LIVE button on Episode 1. 75 Episodes later and I can tick another box off my bucket list. My goal is to help Women Over 50 live life their way and introducing my thoughts and those of my guests to inspire women to live the life they want and deserve. Thanks to all of you who have supported and continue to support my dream. Here is the link to all the Episodes so far
A thought to live by – BE the Sunshine
2022 WORD OF THE YEAR LINK PARTY GUIDELINES
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
To show our appreciation to all participants, contributors are welcome to display this badge on their blog, website or social media.
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!