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Thursday’s Thought: Celebrating Life by Creating Memories – Guest Post

August 17, 2017


Celebrating Life by Creating Memories

My next guest writer in my Celebrating Life Now series is a dear friend I have known all of my blogging life.  Leanne Le Cras, from Cresting the Hill started blogging a couple of months before me and we met up through link parties.

Since then, Leanne has been my blogging friend, the person I go to and run ideas by and also just having a vent when blogging or life seems like it is all too hard.

Leanne has been a guest before and you can find some of her previous posts at the end of this one.  I would love you to check out her blog, Cresting the Hill which is all about enjoying our midlife experience.

Today, Leanne is writing about creating memories and happiness in her Celebration of Life.

Celebrating Life by Creating Memories


Leanne writes:

I want to thank my lovely blogging buddy Sue for inviting me to guest post on her blog again. This time we’re taking part in what I’m calling “The Celebration of Sue” as she turns 60 – and she is even more Sizzling than when she started her blog!

I’ve been inspired to make August my month to write about Happiness on my blog Cresting the Hill so why not combine what I’ve been doing there with Sue’s 60th celebrations? And seeing we’re talking birthdays, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about taking the opportunity to create memories every chance you get – and what better place to start than your birthday?


I read somewhere (who knows where? It was probably Facebook or some random internet article!) that you should proactively seek opportunities to create memories. We don’t celebrate enough of life’s events – we focus on the big stuff, but it’s often the smaller moments that can be just as meaningful if we intentionally make the most of them.


I’ve also read how important it is to have photos of yourself – and that most women tend to avoid the camera because it seems to magnify all our self-perceived flaws. I am notorious for this – it feels like it’s impossible to find a good photo of myself where I’m looking happy and at ease and not stilted or awkward. The selfie generation has this down to a fine art, but not so much with our generation.

When I read things like ‘create memories’, or ‘have photos taken’, or ‘mark occasions’, I tend to think “yes, that’s fine for other people but it’s not really my thing.” In saying that and thinking that way I set myself up to miss out on opportunities to make lasting memories that I can look back on with a smile and talk about in years to come.


It was a few months before my 50th birthday when I read the article about creating memories and it actually prodded me to think about what plans I was making to celebrate my milestone. In all honesty I hadn’t made any – the thought of a big party with dozens of people milling around in a loud crowded room didn’t appeal, neither did the traditional girls’ weekend away, or any other event that was suggested. But if I was going to create memories I needed to do something.

So with this in mind, I bit the bullet and settled for a lunch get together with a group of friends who all knew each other socially – no pressure for me to keep any stragglers entertained, and no big preparations to be made – just a simple lunch and lots of conversation – and a few photos. And, you know what? I am so glad I made the effort. I had a wonderful time catching up with those friends, I laughed and talked and ate and had my photo taken and created memories that still make me smile five years later.


The lessons I took away from my birthday were:

  1. It’s okay to be the centre of attention now and then (something Midlife women aren’t good at).
  2. When you relax and have fun you feel young and you don’t mind having photos taken
  3. Photos taken when you are relaxed and happy are really special
  4. Getting friends and family together for an occasion is a recipe for creating great memories
  5. I need to do something like that more often!

creating happiness

This is a photo of my husband and me taken on my birthday (I didn’t want to embarrass any of my friends by putting them in a blog post) but even I can see how happy I look and it’s one of my favourite photos of the two of us.


So how does this apply to Sue’s August celebration of life?

It applies because every day has the potential for celebration. If you haven’t taken the chance to create a memory lately, then this is your reminder to go and do something that’s fun – take some photos while you’re at it. Include a few friends, or drag along a few family members because the more the merrier. “Live, Laugh, Love” as the famous quote goes – life is short and we don’t want to miss a moment. There will be days ahead when we need those happy memories, so the time to create them is right now!

So Sue – Happy August Birthday Month! I’m expecting to see lots of photos of you celebrating this milestone and inspiring the rest of us who will be there before we know it!

Meet Leanne

Hi I’m Leanne,

When I turned 50 a few years ago I had the choice of sinking into middle age or celebrating it. I chose to celebrate, and part of that celebration was to start my blog Cresting the Hill . I found my voice again and in the process I connected with women all over the world who were also enjoying this great adventure that is Midlife.

I used to define my life by saying I was a wife, or a mother, or by what I did as my profession. Now I define myself on my own terms – as a woman in my own right. I’m discovering who I am, and I’m really liking that person! It’s like I’ve reached the “crest of the hill” in life, the climb is behind me and the view stretches out in front. I’m only half way there and the best is yet to come!

Follow Leanne

Blog:           http://www.crestingthehill.com.au


Pinterest :   https://au.pinterest.com/leannelecras

G+:             https://plus.google.com/u/0/118294533773036289317


Other guest posts from Leanne you might like to read:

My Life as a Mother Wolf

The Best Thing About Being A Grandmother – 6 Grandmothers share their thoughts


Let’s Keep Sizzling!

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

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  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 17, 2017 at 06:41

    So great to see Leanne here! I love your idea of creating memories using photography! We’re such a visual society it totally makes sense! Glad to see you are enjoying and celebrating life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:36

      Thanks Terri, I always admire your photography and it still remains on my list of thing I would love to improve upon. Have a great day! xx

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama August 17, 2017 at 13:01

    Leanne is one of my favourite bloggers, lovely to see her posting here and hearing about how she celebrated her 50th. Like Leanne the thought of a party made me shudder so I chose a holiday in Bali with my beloved Bear and it was THE BEST. Sue, I look forward to hearing what you get up to for your 60th celebrations!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:35

      Hi Janet. Yes, I’ve had Leanne as a guest a few times now because we think alike and just clicked. My party is on Sunday so watch this space but my main present is a holiday to Spain and Italy in October. x

  • Reply Donna August 17, 2017 at 15:48

    I totally agree that every day has huge (and sometimes unexpected) potential for celebration! Great post, Leanne. And wishing a VERY happy birthday to Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:34

      Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are still having a great time in Spain. Thanks for the birthday wishes. xx

  • Reply Laurie August 17, 2017 at 16:45

    Enjoyed reading about Leanne and have just Google followed. I love to read positive posts like these xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:33

      Hi Laurie! Yes, Leanne and I have been blogging buddies for quite some time and she is a very wise lady. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 17, 2017 at 17:47

    Hi Sue – thanks so much for letting me guest post on your “Celebration of Sue” I’ve shared it all over my social media and I’ve been loving all your positive posts this month – really looking forward to your birthday pics because I know it’s going to be a day (week/month) to remember! I love being your blogging buddy and I love that we are each other’s shoulder to cry on or cheer leader – depending on how the mood takes us 🙂 xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:30

      It is always a pleasure having you share your thoughts and wisdom, Leanne. Thank you for sharing and yes a huge thank you for being my blogging buddy. Your friendship means a great deal to me. Have a beautiful day my friend. xx

  • Reply Jennifer August 17, 2017 at 22:14

    Great post, Leanne. I especially like the part about taking photos of ourselves. I can’t tell you how many years I wasted getting rid of the “evidence.” Then 5 or 10 years later I stumble across that one lone photo that I didn’t destroy and I regret destroying all the others. I came across all my school pictures last year, which I hated at the time, but now I marvel at how wrinkle free my skin was. There is always something to appreciate in our pictures. We can just never see it at that moment. But worse, is looking at pictures of events from the past and not seeing myself enjoying it with everyone else. Keep that photo!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:29

      I totally agree Jennifer! My husband is putting together some photos of my life for my party and I jokingly said ‘none between the ages of 5 and 40’. We are so critical of ourselves but photos are a great way to tell our story. Have a lovely day xx

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