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July 19, 2018
Thriving after 50 by changing your lifestyle

Life after 50 can be a wonderful and exciting time but it can also bring challenges – coping with the empty nest, downsizing, loss of loved ones and experiencing the ‘what’s next’ feeling.  My next guest, in the Over 50 & Thriving series, is Sam from Loving the Fifty Something.  When I read Sam’s post, I thought how much of what she had written would resonate with us all.  I loved how she is embracing life in such a positive way.

Sam and her partner, Jon certainly have made some huge lifestyle changes.  They have proven that if you have the courage to take a leap of faith you will Thrive.  Be sure to check out Sam’s website and connect with her on social media, through the links at the end of her post.

Thrive After 50 by changing your lifestyle

Life for me, as for most people, has been a rollercoaster ride.  I’ve certainly had my ups and downs, but now I’m in my fifties I see each experience, whether good or bad as a learning curve and when I look back on my life I think of it as being mostly happy, but the biggest thought which goes through my mind is…”Wow, my life so far has gone so fast – Slow down!”

I’ve spent my life following the ‘norm’, going through School, College then finding work, trying to find that career path that may, but never did really suit me.  Whatever job I did, I always put 100% of myself into it, because my dad always told me, “If you’re going to do a job, do it right and to the best of your ability” I have worked in many different roles most of my life: in make-up artistry; training; retail; administration and in management.  I’ve even helped develop one and I solely developed two very different thriving business’s.  I have and continue to enjoy my varied working life.

Life so far, has also included two close family bereavements, which I now realise had a big affect on me personally.  I had a happy marriage followed by a sad divorce and along that journey was blessed with two beautiful sons and I feel so lucky to have had a second chance at the ‘love thing’ by meeting my partner and best friend Jon many years ago and with whom I am now happy and have so much fun with, we laugh – a lot!

I wrote a post for my blog a few months ago called ‘Living the Dream’ where, after realising I was going through the ‘empty nest’ time of my life when the kids had flown and you turn around and realise you’re left in a house which seems empty and well…so quiet.

I hated it!

For the first time, I wasn’t happy in that house! I missed the noise that drove me nuts for years, I missed the many young boys and girls who used to be in and out of the house at all times, I missed the sibling arguments, the rushing to School, the mess, the constant open fridge, I could go on and on, I think most of you will know what I mean…I just missed living with my boys, but it was as if all of a sudden I was standing in the middle of the house spinning round and….they’d flown – Gone.

I wasn’t ready for it.  I hadn’t prepared myself for it.  I’d been too busy to realise it was happening.  What I did realise though, at that moment, was them growing up to becoming fine young men from being my tiny babies went by in a Flash!

At the same time I was experiencing the ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’, I’d also turned 50 and started to ask myself – so what now?  Do we just keep going as we are, working our ass’s off to pay the mortgage and bills for a house which we didn’t really need anymore or is there an alternative?  It actually didn’t take Jon and myself long to figure this out.

What next?

Thriving after 50 by changing your lifestyle

Sam and Jon’s boat ‘Head in the Clouds’

The ‘what next’ in mine and Jon’s minds was to sell up, that being my house, which we were happy in and my business, which I was proud of and move onto a boat called ‘Head in the Clouds, a broad beamed canal barge which has been in our lives for years, we’d bought it as an empty rusty shell, it was a project which Jon mainly has been working on and the idea was that we’d love to live on it one day and travel around the British canals, but realistically, as life got in the way, we weren’t sure if it would ever happen – it was a bit of a dream.

It was scary selling my business and house, I had and still do have a few ‘jittery’ moments because it meant jumping out of a ‘comfort zone’, but I think a big driving force for me personally was the loss of my dad around thirty years ago.  He died in his late 50’s, he’d worked hard all his life, had set up a very successful business from nothing and had only just retired when we lost him to cancer.

Our family was also to have another tragedy with the loss of my brother ten years later.  I believe because of this I have the view that time isn’t for wasting, life is precious, it’s for living and we have to grasp every opportunity we can to be able to live life to the full.

I’m a firm believer that if you aren’t happy in any way, then look at how you can change things.

It may be a small change or quite a radical change and believe me, I know it may be quite daunting stepping away from that comfort zone, but changing something can give you a totally new avenue of life and new challenges, (in a good way).

Since moving onto the boat, we’ve not looked back.  We don’t miss the house at all, in fact we absolutely love living on the boat and although it has it’s challenges, we feel quite free.

I am learning about solar power, inverters and battery banks, our water tank gives us around a weeks worth of water before we have to fill up, the toilet on a boat is – interesting, we wrestle with an LPG gas tank every time the gas runs out, (which surprisingly isn’t too often) we’re always on the look out for floating tree trunks or logs in the canals, which there are surprisingly a lot of, so we can lift them out, dry, chop up and use on the log burner, (not only does this keep us warm through Winter, and gives us hot water, but it also helps keep the canals clear as logs block the lock gates and damages boats) and we love it when the sun comes out, not because we can top up our tans, but because it gives us electricity, I love this concept – sunshine allows me to use a hairdryer!

 I am loving my fifties!

Making the decisions we have, has given me personally, a new lease of life.  It wasn’t an easy direction to take, but with the blessing from my boys and family, it was definitely the right one.

Living on the boat and also having a camper van gives us the freedom to find different views from our windows on a regular basis, we love to travel, stay fit, mountain bike and walk with our dogs, we boogie board or surf when by the sea and we always get excited when the Winter months are approaching because we love to snowboard.

After turning fifty and changing our lifestyle, I feel personally, I have become a calmer, happier person.

Life used to be so fast paced, I used to run around in all directions just trying to keep up with work and life, usually with me feeling I wasn’t getting anywhere, but time no longer flies by at such speed because I have slowed down my pace of life in order to enjoy every minute.

That doesn’t mean doing less, we are constantly busy, we are thinking more about our health, wellbeing and fitness.  I finally found a way to lessen stresses and take a step back.  I feel I am thriving, which is why I started to blog.

I started blogging just over a year ago and love it.  My blog Loving the Fifty Something is about enjoying the Mid life years, stepping out of comfort zones, experiencing new things, trying to stay fit and healthy and generally shouting out for the over 50’s.

Life on a boat certainly isn’t for everyone, far from it, but life is so precious, so make sure you give it the best chance by steering it in a direction where it doesn’t pass you by so quickly.

If you are not happy about something then try making a change, even a small change can make all the difference to you and your family and you certainly don’t have to wait until you’re fifty to do so 🙂

Thank you Sue for asking me to be a part of your series, Over 50 and thriving


Meet Sam

Thriving after 50 by changing your lifestyleHi I’m Sam and I’m an over 50 who has learnt how to slow down the pace of life without actually slowing down.

We sold up and moved onto a boat.  We have a camper van called Polly and love to travel, walk, mountain bike, snowboard, surf and boogie board.  We have two dogs who are a big part of our family unit and whom we involve in our adventures as much as possible 🙂

Connect with Sam

Blog:-  https://lovingthefiftysomething.com
Twitter:-  https://twitter.com/sam50something
FaceBook:-  https://www.facebook.com/Lovingthefiftysomething
Instagram:-  https://www.instagram.com/sam.fiftysomething/
Pinterest:-  https://www.pinterest.nz/samfiftysomething/


Have you ever changed your lifestyle? What was your experience like?




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  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb July 20, 2018 at 07:54

    Sam – what a fabulous adventure! I totally love the courage and curiosity you demonstrate in this life choice. Thanks for sharing your story. I am also a firm believer that if you aren’t happy, change things. I’ve rebooted my life several times – and continue to do so. I’d add though that sometimes the only thing that needs changing is my attitude — at other times it means a complete life overhaul! Enjoy your adventure!

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 20, 2018 at 21:44

      Hi Janet, thank you for reading. Yes you’re absolutely right, sometimes the only thing that does need changing is attitude, the hard thing sometimes is recognising that it’s your own attitude thats the problem 🙂 Interesting to hear you’ve ‘re-booted’ a few times, I’m sure our boat adventures won’t be the last change we’ll make either. Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:13

      Hi Janet, I agree about the attitude. I’ve had several days lately where I might not have been feeling great but after giving myself a ‘talking to’ and changing my attitude I’ve enjoyed the rest of the day. I love Sam’s story and it shows we can make changes if we really want to. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply DeeDee July 20, 2018 at 08:18

    I can completely agree with everything you said!! I also started blogging when my kids left for college. They are both done, and one has returned home, but life is very different for me now. For the most part, it is better, but it took a lot of soul searching to get to this point??

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 20, 2018 at 21:47

      Thank you DeeDee, yes it’s a difficult time when your nest has emptied, I was actually so amazed at how badly I felt, mainly because I was so busy at the time, It seemed to happen when I wasn’t looking, but it’s how you deal with it all that really matters. You certainly made it through 🙂 x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:14

      Welcome Dee Dee and I love your website name. I will be over to follow you and thank you for stopping by to comment. Life certainly is different when the ’empty nest’ happens but now is the time for us all to explore who we are and what we want from life. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Karen Hume July 20, 2018 at 08:24

    Kudos to you, Sam, for recognizing that you needed a major lifestyle change and making that happen. Your post shows that you are a vital, positive woman and your photo confirms that. I’ve never made a lifestyle change of your magnitude but do admire you and others who are making a point of living their dreams. I’ll off to check out your blog.

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 20, 2018 at 21:52

      Hi Karen and thank you for taking the time to read my post. I’ve gone through a few life changes in my time, mostly through life circumstances, but this one was my own choice, which I think was why it felt right and so good. Sometimes it feels good to take a gamble, it can be quite exhilarating. So far, so good with this boating malarky 🙂 we’re loving it, but I’m sure there’ll be other changes on the horizon 🙂 Thank you again 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:16

      HI Karen, Sam has shown that with courage we can make changes. I need to take some lessons from her. Have a beautiful week, Karen and make time for yourself xx

  • Reply Jo July 20, 2018 at 12:00

    Well done to you Sam for realising that you needed to pivot and change. I think so many of us just try to keep on and make things better, when in reality things will never be as they once were when children were around. We have moved internationally 11 times with our children so I never had the constant of a family home, but the feeling of family moving out, and things always going on around me ceasing, was something which hit me when the kids left home. I love that you’re living on a barge and cruising the canals – it’s something which we have often talked about doing. Maybe you will be our inspiration! More stories please!

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 20, 2018 at 21:59

      Thank you Jo for reading and Wow, moved internationally, 11 times, now that’s a lot of changes in life. Thank you for your lovely comment and I hope you find yourself on a canal barge one day, because it’s beautiful 🙂 There are certainly more boating posts to come 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:17

      Hi Jo, I never realised you moved so many times and I can imagine how you felt like you hit a wall when your children left home. You have led such an interesting life that is for sure with plenty more to come. 🙂

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 20, 2018 at 15:55

    I loved reading more about you Sam, and the changes you’ve made to your life. I can relate to much of what you’ve gone through and we have a lot in common. What a great adventure you are having and you look and sound so happy with it all, that I can’t help but smile along with you. Thanks Sue for sharing Sam’s story, it was a delight to meet Sam in person a few months back. What a wonderful attitude ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:19

      It must have been great to meet Sam in person, Deb. We make many friends through blogging and meeting for a catchup would be wonderful. Sam certainly is taking life head on isn’t she? x

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:32

      Hi Debs sorry for the late reply, with this cruising malarky comes a few technical hitches 🙂 We do have such a lot in common and I love following your travels, with your positivity and attitude to life Debs. Only good vibes come from reading your posts 🙂 Thank you for reading and your kind words. Happy travelling 🙂

  • Reply Trisha Faye July 20, 2018 at 19:27

    What a fun adventure you’re having with your life! I admire the way you jumped in with both feet and kept running. Enjoy your days!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:20

      It sounds amazing doesn’t it, Trisha Faye and I know it would take courage to actually make the decision and go with it. Have a great week! xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:34

      Thank you Trisha and yes I think when you make a decision like this, there’s no turning back 🙂 Glad we did it though, we absolutely love living on the boat 🙂 Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Reply Candi Randolph July 20, 2018 at 23:48

    How exciting…selling it all and moving onto a houseboat! Not sure how I would handle that, but I love the idea of slowing down your life and just enjoying every moment without a schedule. Thank so much for sharing a bit of yourself, and your life, with us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:21

      Sam has a wonderful story, doesn’t she, Candi? I’m not in a position to do the same, but there are ways we can make changes in our own lives daily to thrive. Have a beautiful week, Candi. xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:35

      Thank you so much Candi for reading and for the great comment 🙂 We are so glad we made the move and really haven’t looked back. It’s not for everyone, but we certainly love living on the water 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 21, 2018 at 08:32

    Sam I loved reading more about your life on a boat and am quite envious of the lifestyle you have created. Being off the grid I also give thanks to the sun so that I can use my hairdryer. It’s the small things that make us happy! I love reading your blog and following your adventures. Sue this is a great guest post. I love reading the different ways we are thriving over 50

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:22

      I’m loving the series, Jennifer and I’m meeting some very interesting and wonderful women. They all have so much to offer through their experiences. Have a great week and enjoy my friend xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:39

      Thank you so much Jennifer for reading and for the great comment 🙂 Yes it’s funny how it is the small things which make us thankful. We’re so happy when we find a good stash of logs and this sun is amazing at the moment. It’s just the fact that we can move our home for a different view whenever we want to which makes this lifestyle so special 🙂

  • Reply Lee MacArthur July 21, 2018 at 08:46

    Thank you for sharing. I have reached a point in my life when I know its time to quit working, so I set a deadline. I plan to do a bit of this and a bit of that, travel more, and just do what I want. Thank you for reassuring me, that is a good thing to do.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:24

      Good for you in setting the deadline, Lee. You will not regret it and all the best for exciting times ahead. X

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:43

      Oh that’s great. I think it’s the knowing when the time is right that is important. It’s so easy just to keep going with the same routine, because it’s safe or they can see no alternative, but there are so many things to do in order to make a slight change in life and that slight change can make all the difference 🙂 Good luck and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Reply Janis July 21, 2018 at 13:48

    As a follower of quite a few blogs (mostly written about living life after leaving the 9 – 5), yours in the first that has included living on a canal barge. Good for you for having the courage to make such a big jump! It was great to get to know you a bit more in this post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:25

      I’m the same Janis, I found Sam’s story so interesting. I’m not sure I could live on a canal barge but the theory is still the same. Having the courage to make changes to our lives and going for it. Have a great week and thanks for visiting. 🙂

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:45

      Thank you Janis for reading and the supportive comment. It’s amazing how many people we’re coming across who have been living on boats for years and would find it difficult to change back to a house. I’m not sure if we’ll do this forever, but for now we are loving it 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 21, 2018 at 23:07

    Your life sounds like so much fun Sam – whenever I read your blog posts I smile to myself and think how I’d love to do something similar (except Australia is very low on canals!) I still want to hire a canal boat one day when we’re retired and doing a long holiday in England – I think it’d be a very calm and restful experience (once you got the hang of it!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:26

      I’d love to hire a canal boat, Leanne it reminds me of Wind in the Willows. I can just see all the animals as I meander along the river. 🙂

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:47

      I do recommend hiring a canal barge for a week Leanne, it is such a great way of life and slows the pace a little 🙂 We love it 🙂

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com July 22, 2018 at 03:25

    Hi Sam! Nice to meet you. And I agree with Janis–you’re the only blogger I know that lives on a barge. And I appreciate your statement about moving “up” instead of down and out. I tend to call that “rightsizing” but either way it is finding out what your heart and soul longs for and then making choices that lead to that kind of lifestyle. Plus I always appreciate it when couples find each other and then choose to co-create the experience together. And thank you for the reminder today to SLOW DOWN. You are so correct by saying that we all need to pause and appreciate what is right in front of us. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:29

      I thought Sam’s guest post was spot on, Kathy and admire her and her husband for actually making the decision to change their life and just go for it. So inspiring!

      • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:49

        It’s funny you should say that Sue, on Saturday when we were cruising we saw a couple of Foxes at the river bank enjoying a drink, pheasants, many many different birds and of course many rabbits. Just beautiful 🙂

  • Reply cathi July 22, 2018 at 07:17

    I find the biggest challenge before making a life change is accepting the fact that certain things that used to work emotionally aren’t working any longer. For me, recognizing something about myself is begging to change or reform, but that also means accepting that I’ll be leaving some part of me behind. I think of moving to a new state in a very different place…but letting go of my roots is holding me back at the moment. A compromise? Maybe I’ll just do more traveling.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:30

      Travelling is a good place to start, Cathi. We all can make changes but I do believe we have to be in the ‘right place and time’ for them to happen. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:53

      Thank you for reading Cathi, yes I know what you mean as it wasn’t that easy for me, in fact I found it quite frightening, but to be honest within a week, as we were so busy settling in and making plans etc I knew we’d made the right decision and I’ll never forget my roots. I have great memories, but for me life about making new memories too. I think travelling is a great idea and you never know you may come across a place you love so much that it’s calling for you to stay 🙂

  • Reply Natalie July 22, 2018 at 11:44

    Bravos, Sam, for making the changes to live the lifestyle you want. Sounds like w e have a few things in common, e.g. trying to stay healthy, experiencing new things, etc. I’ll be off to visit your blog. Thanks, Sue, for featuring Sam here.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 08:32

      Hi Natalie, I’m loving all of my guests and I’m learning so much from each story. Have a great week, Natalie xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:55

      Thank you Natalie for reading and I’ll take a peek at your blog too 🙂

  • Reply Kristin Alicia July 23, 2018 at 09:37

    Sam, what a fantastic adventure! Good for you for taking a step into the unknown. I am also in my 50’s, and lost my mom when she was in her 50’s, so I understand that desire to embrace life and stop planning for “one day”. I hope you have many happy years ahead full of adventure and peace.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 17:36

      Hi Kristin and welcome to the blog. I’m 60 and lost my Mum at 63, Dad at 65 and more recently, my brother at 65. That is certainly a wake up call to live life. I loved that Sam was able to have the courage to make such huge changes in her life and look how she is thriving! Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 22:59

      Thank you so much Kristin for your lovely comment. Yes, there isn’t the time for wishing you’d done something. Life’s about taking advantage of the here and now 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa July 23, 2018 at 15:21

    Living on a boat sounds like a really unique experience! Thanks for sharing about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 23, 2018 at 17:38

      Yes I think it would be a little claustrophobic for me but what an adventure!

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 23:00

      Thank you Vanessa, it’s certainly different and yes, an experience 🙂 We love the slow pace of life and also the few challenges along the way 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great day 🙂

  • Reply Lori Jo July 23, 2018 at 22:58

    Hi, Sam! What a great calming life adventure for you! I recently read a fictional book (“The Little Paris Bookshop”) about a floating bookshop on the Seine that was in a river boat like yours, I really enjoyed that story. Nature and going low-tech can really be grounding and put things in perspective. When our girls where in middle school, we had a travel trailer for a few years which had a calming effect on all of us. We would take 2-3 day weekend trips not too far from where we live, but it was very restoring and we felt like we had been gone on a “big trip”. I am finding that simplicity is important as we move out of the earlier stages of life. Good for you!
    Lori Jo – 50 With Flair

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 23:06

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂 (And for reminding me of that book, which I’ve been trying to remember the name of :-)) I have read the same book and really enjoyed it, just a gentle read 🙂 Being on a boat is very calming as it’s such a slow pace. It has done wonders for me, as you said, I feel at one with the nature which surrounds the waterway, just beautiful. I think being able to have some kind of getaway is lovely. I’ll certainly be checking out your blog 🙂

  • Reply Deborah Weber July 24, 2018 at 00:41

    What a lovely unfolding adventure Sam. The idea of waking up on a canal barge named “Head in the Clouds” fills me with delight. I celebrate both your understanding that if you aren’t happy you need to change things, and your clarity that life’s time isn’t for wasting. What a beautiful equation for moving you forward into much goodness.

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 23:10

      Thank you Deborah for reading and understanding 🙂 I do believe Change can be a good thing, it just delivers varying perspectives to life, it just needs to be at a suitable time in ones life 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 24, 2018 at 09:50

    Well-done to you on finding your new lifestyle and having it work for you so well.

    We are enjoying our slowing down years and taking time for that we never had time for!

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is “If I Could” Denyse x

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 23:12

      Thank you Denyse, yes our change in life has been good so far, fingers crossed it continues to work out 🙂 I’ll certainly keep my eye on your prompts x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2018 at 07:00

      It does take courage to make such a huge shift in lifestyle, doesn’t it, Denyse? I really enjoyed reading about Sam’s change and new adventure. 🙂

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl July 24, 2018 at 11:33

    Hi Sam,
    What a fabulous adventure! Thanks for sharing it and also the positivity about being fifty something and fabulous.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply samfiftysomething July 24, 2018 at 23:14

      Thank you SSG for reading and for the lovely comment. I’ll be stopping by your blog soon 🙂 x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2018 at 06:59

      Fifty somethings can do anything SSG and I’m learning so much from my wonderful guests. Sam certainly has an interesting life. 🙂

  • Reply mrsluvit02 July 25, 2018 at 14:41

    Another great guest, Sue. Thanks Sam, I loved reading your story and the big change you made. Change can be scary but you and others show us the strength that can come from change when we have the right attitude.
    We will feature this post on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 26, 2018 at 07:45

      Thanks Kathleen and isn’t Sam’s life interesting. We all have different paths that we take and it must have taken much courage for her and Jon to make the huge change in their lives. Thank you for featuring on Blogger’s Pit Stop. I always appreciate your kindness and support. xx

    • Reply samfiftysomething August 1, 2018 at 02:27

      Thank you Kathleen and sorry for the late reply, I’m actually travelling on the canals at the moment and have struggled a little with technology. Yes change can be very scary, but there comes a time when you have to ask yourself, what can really go wrong? My children are happy and living their lives, so for me personally, it was the right time. If things don’t go to plan then there’s always a plan B 🙂 Thank you so much for featuring me on Bloggers Pit Stop, that’s so kind 🙂

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