#2022wotylinkparty Over 50s Lifestyle WOTY 2022 - BE

BE-ing in November- Renos, Family, Flexibility, Fitness & more

November 25, 2022

Last month, I shared details of my wonderful trip to Tassie, enjoying a lovely 3 week driving holiday with my darling, BE-ing in Tasmania. That seems a lifetime ago now, as November has been full on! I’ve hit the ground running that is for sure!

We started the month with renovations to our townhouse, starting with our Timber Floors which I wrote about in my post, Hybrid Timber Flooring – it’s a yes from me. We also had solar panels installed so two projects have been ticked off our list.

I love the floors and although I was second-guessing myself I’m very happy with the result. We are still waiting on some furniture but so far, I’m happy with all we are doing.

BE-ing Flexible

We really need to be flexible in life don’t we as we never know what is around the corner. I’ve been on Nan duty from 15th November, collecting the boys from school each afternoon and helping with dinner. My daughter works full time in an Executive Role and my son-in-law has his own business as a landscaper. Life was going along quite well until my SIL had to have an unexpected surgical procedure during a week that was one of Rachel’s busiest times at work. As he is the primary care-giver to the boys, I stepped in to help and with the aid of a spreadsheet which Rachel set up, life hasn’t been too disruptive for them. Just busy!

I’m grateful that we have moved closer as if I was on the Coast I wouldn’t be able to help as much. It truly does take a village to raise children and I’m always happy to help out where I can. The boys bring me great joy and I’m grateful to have the time with them. My children didn’t have grandparents growing up and I want to be there with the boys as much as I can.

BE-ing with Family

We had a lovely celebration of my son’s 40th birthday! I now have two children in their 40s! where did that time go? Life has been busy for everyone and we haven’t seen each other as a family since Christmas so it was wonderful to have everyone together to celebrate his special day and enjoy a delicious lunch. We missed my SIL who is recuperating but are now looking towards Christmas for our next family get-together.

BE-ing Fit

When I’m busy it is vital for me to stick to my fitness program to provide the energy, fitness levels and mental relief that I need. It is easy to let it slide but it is surprising that no matter how tired I am, I feel alive after some form of movement. I’ve been running with my daughter and friend, taking FITFlex sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual studio and also mindful walking.

BE-ing a Savvy Shopper

With the festive season coming I always like to have a new outfit or two. Apart from my son’s 40th birthday celebrations, I have several catch-ups in November/December as well as Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches. I scanned Instagram for latest fashions, couldn’t really see anything that I liked and I’m also mindful that I do not want to spend a lot of money on an outfit that I might not wear often.

My daily wardrobe is casual or active wear so ‘dressier’ options aren’t called for regularly. I also like to prove that we can still dress well on a budget. Plus I’m not a fan of shopping especially for clothes.

I could have splurged but as I said I didn’t find anything I really liked. I was out shopping (not for clothes) and a dress caught my eye. Tried it on quickly and voilà Festive Outfit sorted!

I posted what I wore to my son’s birthday lunch and so many people commented on the dress! So I will share my secret…..I think it looks great and I bought it from K-Mart! Add some colourful earrings and sandals and it I think it makes the grade.

What do you think? Do you agree we can look good without breaking the budget?

BE-ing a Blogger & Podcaster

During the month I wrote several posts and interviewed two very interesting guests for the podcast one discussing Ageism and one on the Roadblocks to Weight loss.

On the Blog

Podcast Interviews

Well, that’s my BE-ing in November and halfway through I saw this meme on Facebook which was a great reminder amidst the busyness of the month. How was your month?

Go easy on yourself

For 2023, Deb, Jo, Donna and I will continue to share a monthly wrap-up post but with a new twist! Stay tuned for more.

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Women Living Well After 50

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  • Reply Jo November 25, 2022 at 08:31

    Lovely family time, lovely pics, and I adore that dress – you’ll get plenty of wear from that one. I’ve just realised I missed your foodie post of Tassie (me miss a foodie post?) so off to rectify that state of affairs right now.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:14

      Hi Jo, November was a lovely month for us and I can’t believe I now have two children in their 40s!!!

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 25, 2022 at 10:18

    Hi, Sue – I agree that being flexible really is the key. Everytime I see a photo of your grandsons they always make me smile – they are so adorable with such heartfelt smiles.
    Your new dress looks gorgeous on you. If you would have had us guess I would have thought that it came from an exclusive (and expensive) boutique.
    I am always inspired your positivity and can-do attitude!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:15

      Thank you as always Donna for your continuing support. Like you the boys always make me smile and I am grateful to be their Nan. The dress was a hit and is so comfortable to wear #winner

  • Reply Debbie November 25, 2022 at 14:06

    You look beautiful in the photos with your family Sue and that dress is perfect for you! Your family are so lucky having you close by for Nan duty and it must make you feel that you made the ‘right’ decision to move. A lovely post for our WOTY linkup, you are a fabulous role model for us with your fitness and midlife advice – an inspiration!! So lucky to have you as a friend and co-host of our WOTY linkup. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:17

      Thanks Deb, I love the dress and a bargain is always a win! I’m so glad we are back in Brisbane and it certainly was the right decision. I’m grateful to have you in my life as a dear friend and look forward to 2023 and our combined projects. xx

  • Reply Susanne November 25, 2022 at 20:39

    It looks like you’ve had such an enjoyable month, although busy (it looks like a good busy). Your new home looks fabulous! I hope your SIL gets well soon and that you can all be together for Christmas if that’s the plan. You look great in your outfit, clothes don’t need to be expensive to look good, that’s for sure!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:18

      Hi Susanne, it was a lovely month culminating in celebrating my son’s 40th birthday. I now have two children in their 40s!!! x

  • Reply leannelc November 25, 2022 at 20:58

    Hi Sue – the dress looks lovely on you – and I’m all for buying a bargain. I’m still picking up the occasional find at our new op shops that have popped up locally. There’s so much in there that it is almost overwhelming, but sometimes I get lucky. I found a fantastic little top for work last week for $3.50 and that made my day. I’m also really happy that you’re now close enough to do all your Nan-ing without having to spend so much time on the road. It must be such a joy to see more of your grandboys these days.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:19

      Hi Leanne I never think about Op Shops but they would be obvious for bargains. I was happy that I saw the dress on my way out of the store. I picked it up bought it and the rest is history. It was a winner! x

  • Reply Janine November 25, 2022 at 22:01

    Gosh Sue you have hit the ground running in November. No wonder your holiday in Tassie seems a distant memory. How lovely that you were able to step in and help your daughter and SIL. I’m sure it will have reduce some of the parenting pressure at a difficult time. Plus you got to spend some special time with your Grandsons. Your dress looks amazing and I totally agree we can still look good on a budget!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:20

      Hi Janine, yes November was hectic but enjoyable. I love spending time with the boys, they keep me grounded and surround me with love. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 26, 2022 at 09:18

    Your dress is beautiful Sue. I agree with you that it’s not necessary to spend large amounts on fashion. In the past I’ve always bought high priced clothing, but gave that up about 10 years ago. I wish I’d done it years earlier. Your renos look fantastic. Sounds like the move to be closer to family was the right one at the right time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:21

      I was so happy with the dress, Jen and it fits well and feels so comfortable. Moving closer to the family was the best decision in 2022 that’s for sure. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs November 26, 2022 at 12:19

    Loved reading this Sue and feeling the flexibility from here. Yes, to how good it is to be able to help out without it taking too much of a toll on you. I hope your SIL is better soon. I love the freshness of the colours on you in this dress. Looking forward to seeing more of your renovations as 2023 goes on. I am continuing my weekly Wednesday link up in 2023, and will await your plans along with your friends who share your link up. Take care, I am pretty sure you already are!! Denyse PS thank you for the linky.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2022 at 07:22

      Hi Denyse, it is so good to be closer to the family especially in situations like this. If I was on the Coast I would not have been able to help out as much and would have worried more. xx

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