#WOTY2024 Over 50s Lifestyle What's Been On your Calendar? #WBOYC

Join me for a cuppa and a catch up – #WBOYC? April 2024

April 26, 2024

Welcome to What’s Been On Your Calendar? 2024! I hope you have had a Marvelous March and if you are linking up I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been doing. If you don’t blog I still would love to hear from you so you can leave a comment and tell me what’s been happening with you.

I’d love you to pause, make a cuppa and take your time reading through what’s been on my calendar? #WBOYC

#WBOYC? April 2024

Ahh April! and Autumn has arrived and we are enjoying cooler temperatures at last. Most of April was taken up with the ‘Being An Active Participant in Life Challenge’ and daily inspirational posts on social media. I think I certainly was living my word and we even managed a short getaway to Stanthorpe and the wineries.

April was another month of variety for me – Celebrating our wedding anniversary plus birthdays of family and friends, fashion shoots, high tea, cooking, running, recovering from my second shingles vaccination, podcasting, book clubbing, exercising.

My blogging focus was on my Being An Active Participant in Life Challenge where I posted prompts and ideas each day on social media. Being an active participant in life is more than just keeping our bodies healthy with exercise. It is about looking at all areas of our lives – physical, mental, spiritual and social in order to Live Well and Enjoy Life.

I think I achieved that this month. So here is my April in photos with a summary list of what I’ve been up to.

In summary my #WBOYC? – April 2024 :

Some highlights from my month:

  • Celebrating 26 years of marriage and 31 years as a couple.
  • Celebrating my daughter’s 43rd birthday. She loves ice cream cake so I made her a Pina Colada Ice Cream cake which was delicious. It was a healthy version but still tasted good! You can find the recipe HERE
  • Feeling glamourous and Celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday with a delicious High Tea at the W Hotel in Brisbane. It was lovely to put on some makeup and dress up for the occasion after not feeling well post Shingles Vaccination. I rediscovered this navy dress with white butterflies which I’ve never worn, and paired it with a red jacket and lips for a pop of colour.
  • Taking sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Online Studio – I love helping Women Over 50 stay fit and active
  • Having a few days laying low after my second Shingles Vaccination – that alternative would be worse.
  • Fashion shoots for Fella Hamilton’s Mother’s Day campaign featuring the Lila print by Anna Blatman. I loved the colourful print which comes in a long sleeved top and a gorgeous umbrella! Here is the link if you would like to treat you or your Mum and remember to use code: SUE10 for a discount. https://fellahamilton.com.au/products/lila-anna-blatman-long-sleeve-top-blue-mix
  • Fashion shoot for an upcoming affiliation with Happy, Healthy Fitness an Australian designed brand, reasonably priced and so comfortable to wear.
  • Reflecting on my Personal Style now and then – It was my turn to select the prompt for this month’s Tell Us About Link Up. I chose Your Personal Style and was brave enough to include some photos of my younger years and fashion/hair faux pas. 🙂
  • Remembering those who have fought to keep our country free – ran in the Run Army 10km event leading up to ANZAC Day. My way of supporting my husband who was a Vietnam Veteran and all those brave men and women who served their country in combat zones.
  • Enjoying being social with the Groovy Grannies regular lunch catch up
  • Preparing to celebrate my grandson’s 10th birthday on 28th – I’ll put the cake photo in next month’s catch up.
  • Preparing for a short getaway to Stanthorpe next week which I’m looking foward to.

Blogging

Another enjoyable month of blogging in April and once again I have been inspired by others, plus brimming with ideas from life as well as writing prompts, in addition to my usual link ups which I co-host or contribute to.

I’m grateful for the considered and encouraging comments I’ve been receiving and feel I’m back on track with what I want to share with you all.

I’ve listed my April posts below in case you missed any of them.

Unlocking Life’s Potential: 3 Essential Keys to Active Participation
Being An Active Participant in Life – Let’s Go!
Why the Zucchini should be on your shopping list
Be You, Do You, For You – Being comfortable with who you are
April 10 on the 10th
Tell Us About Link Up News
Evolution of Personal Style
What’s On Your Bookshelf
Being An Active Participant in Life Recap – Week 3



The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast

Season 7 is well underway and I’ve completed and scheduled 9 interviews to date with more in the pipeline. Episodes 5 and 6 in Season 7 are listed below in case you missed them. I know you will enjoy listening to them and would love your feedback.

Kim Rahir From Wheelchair to Weightlifting Champion



I linked up with

  • Gail from Is this Mutton? for the monthly Tell Us About link up – this month’s prompt was Legacy. A prompt we all struggled with but our posts came up trumps.
  • Min from Write of the Middle for her Wednesday Words and Whimsey and was honoured to be a co-host and support Min who had to step away from hosting duties for a week because of her sick Mum and life in general. Min is now back co-hosting and it is wonderful to have her back.
  • Hosted What’s On Your Bookshelf? with my lovely friends Debbie, Donna & Jo
  • I started co-hosting a new-to-me link up the Weekend Traffic Jam Reboot! with the lovely Marsha from Marsha in the Middle, Melynda, from Scratch Made Food for Hungry People, and Lisa, from Boondock Ramblings

Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar and I Iook forward hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their month progressed.

Debbie Harris
Donna Connolly
Jo Tracey

Enjoy your month and I look forward to next month’s WBOYC? edition. Please note link up dates below.

Sue Loncaric

What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC


What: 2024 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
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• March 28/29,
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• May 30/31,
• June 27/28,
• July 25/26,
• Aug 29/30
• Sept. 26/27,
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38 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections April 26, 2024 at 08:29

    Hi, Sue – This is such an uplifting post filled with delightful gems. You have been a wonderful model for the “Be An Active Participant in Life Challenge.’ You have definitely been living your WOTY. And speaking of model, your fashion photos are stunning. You have a great eye for clothes that suit you perfectly. Happy belated anniversary to you and Mike. I look forward to catching up with you very soon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:48

      Hi Donna, I have to give Mike some credit as the photographer – he makes me look good LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Jo April 26, 2024 at 08:32

    Congratulations on your anniversary—it’s lovely that you got some time away together. We have ours coming up in a week or so. I enjoyed following along with your active participant series—although following was all I did, given that I’ve been decidedly inactive recently. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:49

      Thanks, Jo. We had a fab time away but didn’t want to come home. x

  • Reply marina April 26, 2024 at 08:35

    Happy anniversary!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:49

      Thank you for the anniversary wishes, Marina. x

  • Reply Bernie April 26, 2024 at 09:31

    I am glad to have been inspired by your Active April. I am still working away at it. This is a great wrap up. I have a friend who does a veterans run every year in honour of her son who died and she finds it the most touching one she does all year. I suspect it is the same for you. Congrats on the anniversary. All that and a reno…!! I am one podcast behind so will listen in the next few days. It’s funny but now I can hear your voice in my head when I read your posts! Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:50

      Hi Bernie, thank you as always for your encouraging comments and support. I truly appreciate it. x

  • Reply marsha57 April 26, 2024 at 13:41

    Sue, you are such an inspiration! I love that photo of your back with your muscles showing. If I could, I’d print it out and put it on my mirror to inspire me every day! You are such a beautiful woman, inside and out! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! I will link up tomorrow after my post goes live.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:51

      Thanks so much, Marsha. Your support and encouragement is always appreciated. I am touched by your words. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis April 26, 2024 at 15:58

    Such an inspiring post – makes me want to get up off the sofa…and of course you had a month with celebrations too.

    Interesting about the shingles vaccine – I have just read two posts back to back on how awful people have felt after having it. I’ll be due mine this year, so good to know I might feel awful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:51

      Oh that is such a lovely comment, thank you Barbara. x

  • Reply leannelc April 26, 2024 at 16:37

    A good (and very glamorous) month Sue – good to see you had a great balance of family, health, blogging and fun. Happy anniversary and happy birthday to Rachel. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:52

      Hi Leanne, the month was busier than expected but lots of good things happening. Thanks for the birthday wishes to Rachel and our anniversary wishes. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan April 26, 2024 at 17:37

    Congratulations to you and Mike for your couple and marriage celebrations. That’s such a lovely number you have there. What a busy and awesome catch up for April. Life is treating you very well indeed..because you are putting in the hard yards and motivation. There is no doubt about it, you are a model AND role model.
    Enjoy your upcoming break.
    Thanks for the link up
    Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:53

      Your friendship and encouragement is greatly appreciated, Denyse. I’m blessed in many ways and appreciate all in my life x

  • Reply Toni Pike April 26, 2024 at 19:10

    I don’t know how you do it all, Sue. You’re looking so fantastic.
    I may not be able to keep up with you over the next few weeks. Hugs, Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:53

      Thanks, Toni. I hope you have a fabulous holiday and am looking forward to seeing your photos x

  • Reply Debbie April 26, 2024 at 19:54

    Hi Sue, you really are an inspiration with all you do and how you offer help and support to others. I agree with Denyse, you are a model and a role model! Your month was active and your fashions are perfect for you. Mike does a great job of capturing your shine!

    I love listening to your podcasts and the latest one about the numbers of the weights and not the number on the scales was spot on, so interesting and informative. Thanks for all you do and for being such a great co-host and friend xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:54

      You are truly a beautiful friend, Debbie and I appreciate your friendship more than you realise. x

  • Reply debbie-dabble April 26, 2024 at 22:08

    Sue,
    Thanks so much for hosting each week…It is greatly appreciated…I have returned to blogging after Joe’s passing with the post 5 WEEKS…I hope you have a great weekend!
    Hugs,
    Deb
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:55

      Hello Debbie thank you for taking the time to comment with all that has been happening in your life. It is a very difficult time for you, losing Joe and I’m sending love and best wishes to you x

  • Reply Joanne April 27, 2024 at 04:28

    April looks like a fabulous month! That cake looks so good and happy anniversary to you and your husband.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:55

      April was fabulous, thanks Joanne and May looks like it will be good too. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes April 27, 2024 at 05:32

    It sounds as if you had an eventful, enjoyable month, Sue. I love that butterfly print dress paired with the red jacket.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:56

      Hi Christie, I experimented with the butterfly dress and red jacket and yes, I think it came together pretty well. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee April 27, 2024 at 07:33

    Congratulations on the wedding anniversay – we are 25 years but 32 together…It’s wild to think you’ve been living with one person (that you didn’t give birth to – ha!) for so long. It doesn’t feel like that but you can’t remember ‘before’.
    Love the goovy grannies. That’s so hilarious. Also love High Teas. They seem so decadent because it’s not something we do very often….#WBOYC

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:56

      I know, Lydia, I find it hard to believe that Mike and I have been together for so long. I’ve lived with him longer than anyone else in my life. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 27, 2024 at 14:05

    Hi Sue, sounds like you’ve had a busy month. I enjoyed reading about what you’ve been up to. I’ve really enjoyed the Active For Life challenge, and the focus it gave me. I will post about it soon. I love your photos.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:58

      Hi Jen, a busy but productive and enjoyable April for sure. I’m so pleased you have enjoyed the Active for Life challenge. I will be continuing the theme going forward. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton April 27, 2024 at 16:15

    A delightful month! The pina colada ice cream cake sounds divine. You look so confident and stylish in your bolder colours and lipstick. Love it! The weather is certainly cooler here (London) but it should be warming up by now, so we’re all champing at the bit!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:57

      Hi Gail, the pina colada ice cream cake was a hit and tasted delicious. Thank you for your kind words about my style and lipstick. Red really puts you out there, doesn’t it? x

  • Reply Janine April 27, 2024 at 19:02

    Hi Sue, I think you have certainly lived up to your theme of being an active participant in life! What a fab month you have had – congratulations on your wedding anniversary and your run. Fabulous outfits and muscles! Plus the pina colada icecream cake looks delicious!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:59

      April was a fab month for me, Janine which I am very grateful for. Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you have a wonderful May x

  • Reply soma @ InkTorrents.com April 30, 2024 at 11:40

    Congratulations on the run, so wonderful!! Happy Anniversary to both of you. Have wonderful getaway!

    -Soma

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com May 4, 2024 at 12:22

    Woman, you look amazing from head to toe. Check out your scultped shoulders and back and your complexion is just beautiful. Red and that medley of blues are your colors.

    Congratulations on your anniversary. And the activities you enjoyed as a part of the Active Participant in Life challenge. I know of no one who embraces life better.

    I have pinned that divine cake recipe. Oh, my goodness. I have everything to make it!! But I have dried chopped dates. Wonder if I could use those? It looks so tasty.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:33

      You are so lovely, Leslie. Thank you for your encouraging words. I hope you make the cake. It was pretty easy to make and tasted delicious plus it was healthy too! x

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