31 days to Celebrate Life

Meaningful Mondays: Celebrating Family & Friendships

August 14, 2017

During our month of 31 Days to Celebrate Your Life Now we are looking at ways to celebrate our lives and an important part of these celebrations should be celebrating our family and friendships.  Life just wouldn’t be the same without the richness that family and friends add to our lives.

Friends and family are there to support and love us and for me, friendship is not measured by the quantity of friends but rather the quality of the friendship.  Sometimes, friends can mean more to us than our family and I’ve often heard the phrase ‘you can choose your friends, but not your relatives’.

Having positive relationships with family and friends is important to our mental well-being.  Catching up for a coffee, a family lunch or dinner, spending time together is especially important for positive aging.  As we age, keeping connections is vital for good health.


Celebrating Family & Friendships

Celebrating our Family & Friendships

My husband is my biggest supporter and is always there for me 100%. I am grateful for not only his unconditional love but also his friendship. We are best friends.


The quote I have chosen above, was on a card given to me by my daughter.  We share a special bond and relationship and I appreciate the beautiful, independent woman and mother that she has grown to become. We aren’t just mother and daughter – we are friends.  I love our tradition of running together each Mother’s Day in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of my Mum and her Nan.

I think the words of the quote sum up what is really important in our lives – family and friends.  We can have possessions and careers, but having people in your life to bring joy, happiness and a sense of belonging is what counts the most.

My darling grandson, Ethan brings me such joy and I love spending time with him each week.  He has taught me to take life a little slower and enjoy the moment.  He has taught me to rediscover my imagination and appreciate the wonder of life through his eyes.

A sentence a day

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to have a ‘cousins’ reunion’ in Adelaide.  My favourite cousin, who is like my older sister, her daughter and I flew to Adelaide to reunite with our cousin who I hadn’t seen for 40 years.  We spent three wonderful days full of fun, laughter, good food, sightseeing and lots of reminiscing.  It was a special time which I will always treasure.A sentence a day

I share a special friendship with my Saturday Sisters who I run with twice a week.  We not only run but are there to support, encourage, motivate and listen to each other.  It is a comfort having them in my life.

The Stadium Stomp

Another achievement for The Saturday Sisters!

I reconnected with a school friend at our 40th High School Reunion two years ago. We hadn’t really been close at school but through Facebook and the Reunion we have formed a firm friendship even though she doesn’t live in the same State as me. Toni has achieved her dream of becoming an author and you can read about her and her books at https://tonipike.com


a sentence a day

Since I started blogging I have also learned the value of  ‘virtual’ friendships with other bloggers. I have met some wonderful women, who like me had an awakening in midlife and started to write about their experiences.

In particular, Leanne from Cresting the Hill, lives on the other side of Australia to me but we have weekly chats and are determined one day to have a coffee face-to-face.  We have built a great long distance relationship and it has been wonderful to have another blogger in the same niche as me to run ideas past or just talk about the highs and lows of blogging. Leanne will be a guest writer later this week so watch for her post.

So, today take a moment to Celebrate Your Family & Friendships – why not give them a call and tell them how much you appreciate them in your life?

You might also like to read ‘F’ is for Friendship’ , which discusses my thoughts on the different types of Friendships and how our friendships can affect our health in not only a positive but negative way.

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  • Reply Toni Pike August 14, 2017 at 07:26

    Thank you so much, Sue, for including me in this beautiful post. Your friendship means so much to me – and it was lovely to read about some of your other friends and family xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:22

      My pleasure Toni and I value you friendship and support greatly. xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey August 14, 2017 at 07:40

    Lovely post. We left my family and all of our friends behind when we moved. Mum and Dad refuse to get the internet and social media, so we feel quite isolated from them. I think I talk to them more now than when we lived in Sydney. Both hubby and I work from home, so the opportunities to meet new people are quite limited at the moment. I suppose that takes time. In the meantime, I’m grateful for my blogging connections & how social media allows you to stay in touch with friends who are far away.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:22

      It is so hard to move away and that is why I love social media as a way for family and friends to keep in touch. Working from home would mean extra effort to get out and meet new people Jo but I read your blog about 10 breakfast places so you certainly aren’t closing yourself off. I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging and they are my ‘virtual friends’. Have a beautiful week! xx

  • Reply Katherine August 14, 2017 at 11:59

    What a lovely bond you have with your husband and your daughter. I love that you run the Mother’s Day Classic together!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:17

      Yes it is a special Mother’s Day tradition, Katherine and hopefully my grandson might join in when he is older. x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 14, 2017 at 12:46

    I loved all your photos of family and friends Sue – it shows what a great connection you have with other people in your life – and I was blown away to see my face pop up at the end! I would certainly count you as my closest blogging buddy too – you have inspired me many times when I’ve felt like pulling the plug. I hope we keep cheering each other on for a long time to come. PS I also love seeing your pics of Ethan and the joy you get from being his Nan xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:17

      I do have some lovely friends and family Leanne and of course I would include you! Glad you got a kick out of it. Yes I could put so many of Ethan up but Rachel has an embargo so I have to work out ways to share him LOL:) xx

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 21, 2018 at 11:37

        Sue I loved re-reading this – you are such a great friend and it was funny seeing my photo pop up at the end! I also love how your love of your family shines through – and also your friendships with others is such a reflection of the kind person that you are.
        Thanks for another great MLSTL week of co-hosting and I’ve shared on my SM xx

        • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:34

          Thanks for sharing, BBB! This post is an old one but still relevant today! Thank you for being my BBB and co-hosting #MLSTL. As always we make a great team! xx

  • Reply Vanessa August 14, 2017 at 19:21

    I’ve become accustomed to living far away from friends – we moved a lot as a kid. It’s made a lot easier with the internet!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:50

      I love the internet and FB for connecting with family and friends Vanessa. x

  • Reply Vanessa August 14, 2017 at 20:12

    This is a wonderful reminder to focus on those who are truly important in life. It is easy to get caught up in all that we have to do and forget who we are doing them for. Thank you for putting things into perspective.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:50

      Thank you Vanessa for visiting and commenting. Life can be busy but true friendships remain strong even if we don’t see our friends often. Have a beautiful day x

  • Reply Jennifer August 14, 2017 at 21:14

    I love that quote, it is who we have in our life that counts! Great pictures and I love reading Leanne’s blog too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:49

      It is one of my favourite quotes Jennifer. Leanne and I are great blogging buddies so glad you are a fan of hers as well. Have a great day. x

  • Reply Deborah August 15, 2017 at 10:00

    I’m close to my mum. I was close to both parents but my dad’s now passed, so it’s just mum. I have a brother and he’s married with a 21yr old but we don’t really have a lot to do with each others’ lives anymore. My bro and I get along well when it’s just us but I’ve realised recently that it’s my friends who give me the support and nourishment I need. (And some of those are my online friends!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:46

      Sometimes friends can be more support and comfort than family Deb. We get to choose our friends and they choose us, rather than having siblings who we are related to but perhaps don’t like. I love my online friends even though I have never met them face to face. Have a great weekend x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs August 15, 2017 at 12:35

    I miss social catch ups but I also had quite a lot of them as a result of being friends with people in my school life. Once that finished when I retired so did the ‘get togethers’ unless I planned them. I got a bit sick of that one-sidedness to be honest. Life away from Sydney and family has been a culture and a social shock for me but it has brought my husband and I much closer together so that is a WIN. Social media and blogging are great ways for me to connect and as someone who has met up with many bloggers over the years you do not feel awkward or shy because you already know so much about each other! Lovely post, Sue. Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek 31/52 and next week’s prompt is “Selfie Time”.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:44

      Hi Denyse, I know what you mean about one-sidedness but that to me gives me the idea that perhaps it is time to move on. I also love connecting through social media and agree that if you do meet the blogger face-to-face you already have a comfortable connection. Thanks for the link up and have a beautiful weekend xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl August 15, 2017 at 12:44

    What a beautiful post, Sue. Full of some truly special people and relationships.

    You’ve inspired me to sit back this afternoon and reflect on mine.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:42

      Thank you SSG and I’m so pleased you feel inspired by post. Have a beautiful weekend xx

  • Reply Diane August 20, 2017 at 06:38

    I SO agree. It’s the people in our lives that truly count!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2017 at 10:07

      I am blessed to have such beautiful people in my life Diane and they make my life so rich. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  • Reply Tuula August 21, 2017 at 09:15

    What a sweet post! Special moments with special people. This would be a great idea for a photobook of the year: Celebrate Relationships!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2017 at 10:06

      Thanks Tuula! Yes I love photo books I think they are a great idea to make memories of travel or any event. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leslie Clingan August 21, 2017 at 12:37

    I was badly burned by my best friend in high school and although we are still friendly via texts and emails, I have had trust issues with her ever since. I think that has kept me from having friends that I spend time with. I always had my daughters to shop with, go out to eat with, share life with so never really pursued friends. Now that I am not working (much) and my daughters have moved away, I would like to have a go-to gal pal for shopping and lunch.

    Wish I could find some Saturday sisters. How did you find your running buddies? Maybe you could write a post abut finding friends for those of us challenged in that department!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2017 at 13:55

      I actually met them through my daughter, Leslie. Rachel worked with them all at the same legal firm and as I loved running she introduced me. Yes perhaps I could write a post about it. I don’t have many friends just special ones xx

  • Reply Donna November 21, 2018 at 08:28

    Hi, Sue – This is such an important reminder to stop and celebrate our family and friendships. In the midst of our busy lives it is often easy to take our loved ones for granted. Taking a moment to thank them for being there can make a huge difference in our lives and theirs! #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:29

      Hi Donna, this was an old post but the message is still as valid today as when I wrote it. xx

  • Reply Kristin Alicia November 21, 2018 at 09:20

    Sue – thank you for this reminder of what’s truly important in life. I find that I need regular visits with the special people in my life in order to stay grounded and happy. Here in the US, we are getting ready to celebrate our family and friends on Thanksgiving. My kids and I are traveling to Denver to connect with our loved ones.

    Also, I’m impressed with your commitment to running. I wish I would do the same (though in fairness, Kansas weather doesn’t lend itself to outdoors activities!).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:31

      Hi Kristin! I actually love the idea of Thanksgiving as it puts the focus on gratitude even if only for a day. I agree with you that our families and friends do help us stay grounded and happy. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have them in my life. I enjoy running, call me crazy but having the Saturday Sisters to run with certainly keeps me motivated. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Bethany @ Happily Loco November 21, 2018 at 09:37

    I love the running picture! And I am jealous of the class reunion. I live too far away to attend mine anymore. And yes, about blogging friends! I am so happy to be getting back into the blogging community! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:33

      Hello and Welcome, Bethany! Thanks for the comment about the running picture we certainly make running fun! Good to hear you are back into the blogging community which I’ve always found so supportive. I’m looking forward to connecting with you more. xx

  • Reply Natalie November 21, 2018 at 10:43

    A lovely post, Sue. I’m grateful every day for my close family and friends. Have a beautiful week! #MLSTL

  • Reply Jennifer Jone November 21, 2018 at 13:13

    Another fantastic post to read on #MLSTL day Sue. I loved meeting your family and friends . I appreciate every moment I spend with my family as those moments are rare since moving away from my home town. Shared on SM

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:36

      Hi Jen, this post was an old one but the message is still relevant today. I’ve added a new grandson, Elliot who is 6 months old next week and he has just enriched my life even more. I’m so fortunate to only live about 10 minutes away from my daughter and her family. I’m sure you do appreciate when you catch up with yours, distance is something I probably take for granted. xx

  • Reply Johanna Castro November 21, 2018 at 14:29

    How lovely to be given a glimpse of your life surrounded by wonderful family and friends Sue. Yes, I agree you can have possessions and money but they don’t equate to hugs and smiles and support. Sadly we live far away from our extended family, but we have adopted family in Australia courtesy of our children and their partners. I miss my Mum terribly, and always have as she has been one of my staunch supporters throughout life. I’m lucky though to have my darling husband by my side through thick, thin, good times and bad. My best friend. And online friends – I treasure my online friends … like you 🙂 #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:38

      Hi Jo, I miss my Mum too although she has been gone for over 30 years. I know you have your Mum in the UK but it isn’t quite the same as having her in person is it? I think online friendships are just as valuable as IRL ones and I have a great blogging group, including you, that I am happy to know are my friends. Have a beautiful week, Jo and well done with the Vivid work you are doing. xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb November 21, 2018 at 15:41

    Sue – you truly have a bountiful bouquet of family and friends. Count yourself blest! While I have a LARGE family that I know love and support me from a distance – but my circle of close friends is quite small for a wide variety of reasons. I love that Facebook has allowed reconnections with old friends – and I’m finding an entirely new circle of friends through blogging. Another great post – reminding me to cherish the family and friends I have.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:39

      Hi Janet, I am very spoilt to have my family so close to where I live that I can see them daily if I choose. I am grateful for all in my life, including my blogging friends who are so supportive. Like you I have a small circle of friends but my blogging friendships are growing which I love. Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving! xx

  • Reply Debbie November 21, 2018 at 19:02

    Such a beautiful post Sue, which says so much about friendship and family. You are indeed blessed! As am I 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:40

      We are blessed aren’t we Deb? This post was an older one that I shared so didn’t mention my adorable Elliot who will be six months old next week. Being a grandmother is wonderful isn’t it and I’m sure you are enjoying your new role with relish. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 21, 2018 at 23:08

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Sue. Family and friends are the most important things in our lives. I loved looking at your photos. It would appear that you are truly blessed to be surrounded by people you love and who love you. I am similarly blessed and will be spending Thanksgiving with one of our daughters and her family. Then we’re off to Mexico to visit dear friends. I plan to savor every moment. Thanks for the important reminder. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:41

      Happy Thanksgiving, Christie and enjoy your time with your daughter and then your friends in Mexico. Lovely times for you. xx

  • Reply Jean C November 21, 2018 at 23:54

    I’m thankful for the internet in helping me keep in touch with my wonderful friends across the country. It’s painful to leave them behind but I get to share in a lot of their lives still. I am so grateful for my family and friends. I feel richer having them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:44

      Hi Jean & welcome! I know we grumble about being addicted to technology and social media at times, but the positive side is the ability to keep in touch with family and friends who don’t live nearby. I’m very fortunate that my son and daughter both live close by and I see my two grandsons regularly during the week. Perhaps I take that for granted sometimes when I read of others who have family that live a distance away. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph November 22, 2018 at 01:01

    Beautiful post, Sue. It is clear that you have strong and positive family relationships and strong bonds of friendship. What better gift can we be given than this? And, I love the picture of you and your hubby!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:46

      I am very fortunate and blessed Candi and now have another grandson, Elliot who brings me even more joy. The photo was at my stepson’s wedding about 2 years ago. We don’t often have the opportunity to dress up and have photo together so I love this one too. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. xx

  • Reply Christina Daggett November 22, 2018 at 15:20

    I really enjoyed your post, Sue. You have such a lovely family, and are lucky to have such great friends. I have a husband who I also love very dearly, and who is also my constant travel companion. It’s hard to be away from our kids and grandkids, sometimes, but we stay in touch through Skype, and hopefully we’ll have a visit in the near future. We also have some great friends that we’ve met all over the world and we stay in touch through social media. Thanks so much Sue, for your continuous words of inspiration.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:32

      I am blessed Christina and also have a 6 month old grandson, Elliot who is brother to Ethan. This was an old post that I wanted to share again because it’s meaning never changes. Social media and Skype are wonderful for keeping in touch aren’t they? Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

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