#JournalingInJuly Over 50s Lifestyle

#JournalinginJuly Challenge Week 3

July 20, 2019
Journal Challenge Week 3

Another week of #JournalinginJuly has passed and I can certainly see how people struggle with journaling daily. For me this week, life threatened to disrupt my challenge but I managed to get some of my thoughts down, even though i was in danger of being stumped by some of the prompts. I kept asking myself ‘Why did I make these prompts so difficult?’ I’ve also not been as lengthy with my responses to the prompts but the challenge continues!

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#JournalinginJuly Challenge Week 3

Day 14 – Best Holiday

I love travelling and have been so fortunate to travel the world each year since 2004. Our first holiday as a couple was to Bali so that is special. It was also where we experienced The Night We Were King and Queen in Bali a story you need to read as it is quite unbelievable.

I can’t pick a favourite holiday but I can remember my husband’s face when he visited his birthplace in Italy. He had come to Australia at 4 years old in 1952 and didn’t return until 2004. I had visited Italy but so enjoyed sharing the experience with him as he met his Uncle (Zio), Aunt (Zia) and his many cousins who all made us feel so welcome. We also stayed for a week in a Villa in Tuscany and had the biggest steak in Florence. Such a magical trip and one that we both still talk about and laugh at my attempts to converse in Italian with his family.

A couple of years ago we went to Spain. Mike and I are ‘second time’ arounders and both been married before. During our ‘courtship’, he would always say ‘We retire to Spain’. It took many years and no, we didn’t retire to Spain but we enjoyed a fabulous holiday there in 2017. We visited many places but Barcelona we made sure we stayed in La Rambla in the heart of the city. We were also there at the time that the Catalonian government wanted to break away and form Independence.

Day 15 -View from my Window

I am fortunate to live near the ocean so I have beautiful views from my window. Looking north and south I see apartment and commercial buildings but to the east I have the ocean and to the west the beautiful hinterland. Each morning I try to stand on my balcony to greet the new day and just take in the beauty of nature which surrounds me.

Day 16 – My Family

My Family. Some of us have large families and others small or we are estranged from our parents or siblings. To me family is not just blood and I found this quote which says it perfectly. Our friends can be just as much our family as those we are born into.

I don’t have a huge family – no uncles or aunties left and many cousins that I’ve lost touch with. My family are the most precious treasures in my life and although my Mum and Dad both died relatively young, in their 60s I still think of them. My husband, Mike, my children Rachel and Nathan and of course my grandsons, Ethan and Elliot. I also have a blended family including Mike’s children, Nikki and Brett and our other grandchildren on his side, Lexie, Harry and Camden. Last but not least is my 93 year old MIL, Luisa who is still enjoying life.

Family is so important yet I was estranged from many of my family for many years for private reasons. I managed to reconnect with my brother and speak with him before he died almost 3 years ago which I’m grateful for.

A highlight was to reconnect with three of my cousins two after 20 years and 1 who I hadn’t seen for 40 years. In 2017, my cousin, Carole who is like my big sister and also happens to be my godmother, her daughter and I flew to Adelaide to meet with our cousin April who I had not seen for 40 years. It was a wonderful reunion which I wrote about after the trip.

Day 17 – What makes me laugh?

I’m not sure really. I haven’t had a good belly laugh in quite a while so on Day 17 I’m stumped. Sure, there are many things that make me smile but not many times when I actually laugh. That seems a bit sad doesn’t it?

Day 18 – My Favourite way to relax?

I have several ways I love to relax and I can’t decide which is my favourite.

  • I love to get lost in a good book for the afternoon and while away the hours.
  • Earlier this week when I was minding Elliot, Ian had taken him to get his vaccinations. I had an hour to spare, the sun was shining and they have a beautiful deck. I took the time for myself and did a 40 minute yoga practice on the deck in the sunshine. It was pure bliss and I felt so relaxed after it. I reminded myself I need to do this more.
  • Running – to me I can overthink things or become overwhelmed so the best way for me to clear my mind and relax is to go for a run. Not only does my body feel alive when I’ve finished but my mind is clearer and I feel so much more in control.

Day 19 – My Home

We recently downsized to an apartment on the Gold Coast after living and caring for my in-laws for the last 11 years. We have had the apartment for quite a while and are now keen to do some renovations to make it our home. I love my new home because it is near the ocean with beautiful areas to walk and enjoy. The only down side is that I am now one hour away from my darling grandsons, Ethan and Elliot rather than 10 minutes when I lived in Brisbane.

Day 20 – My Ancestry

Predominantly my ancestry is from the U.K. I have quite a lot of information because cousins on each side of my family are very interested in Ancestry. In fact, one cousin found me through Ancestry.com and I hadn’t seen him since his engagement party over 40 years ago. It was so wonderful to catch up with him and his wife and he sent me through so much information I just need to make time to read it.

My most precious mementos were recently given to me by my cousin (my godmother). She was very close to my Mum and like a daughter to her. As she was decluttering her home, she came across a letter my grandmother (who died the year before I was born) wrote to my Mum when she was in hospital recovering from the birth of my brother. It is so lovely to think I have something written by my grandmother. I also have songs listed on an envelope written by my Mum. It is special to me because she used to sing these songs to herself when she was having her chemotherapy.

My Mum and My Grandmother

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  • Reply Donna Connolly July 20, 2019 at 06:06

    Hi, Sue – I am greatly enjoying following your Journaling in July. It is helping me to get to know you even better.
    I continue to find so many things that we have in common. I am a natural smiler — but not usually a laugh-out-loud kind of girl. I doesn’t mean that I’ve had a humour bypass or anything — I am usually laughing inside! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:44

      Hi Donna, it has been a very surprising exercise for me. Some things I’ve thought about twice before sharing but it certainly is helping me look at who I am. I’m glad you ‘get’ that laughter doesn’t mean we aren’t laughing inside. I just don’t have a hearty laugh that comes easily. 🙂 xx

      • Reply Donna Connolly July 24, 2019 at 14:47

        I totally get this Sue!
        I’ve shared this post on my Social Media.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:32

          Thanks so much for sharing, Donna!

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 20, 2019 at 07:33

    I enjoyed reading your responses to the prompts. I also had trouble thinking of what makes me laugh

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:46

      Hi Jen, I’m glad I’m not the only one that had trouble with that prompt! Have a great week and thanks for joining in. xx

  • Reply Debbie July 20, 2019 at 09:16

    This was a fun read Sue and it’s a great way to get to know someone better as Donna said above. It can be hard to write every day but this week I’ve had a great time answering the prompts and have probably gone way overboard on the word count!! I haven’t been able to get out and about too much so instead I’ve concentrated on my journal writing and loved it! Thanks for some great reflective prompts and I laughed that you stumped even yourself!! Great to be involved in this challenge with you ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:48

      Don’t worry about the word count, Deb it is our own individual journaling after all and if we were keeping a diary some thoughts might go for pages. I hope you are feeling better but at least you had #JournalinginJuly to help keep you occupied. I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts and getting to know you on a deeper level. Have a great week! xx

      • Reply Debbie Harris July 24, 2019 at 22:17

        Enjoyed reading this again Sue for #mlstl and have shared.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 20, 2019 at 18:53

    I’m loving getting to know you better and enjoying this challenge. In fact, I need to go back and re-write my responses to week 1. As an aside, I’m glad you didn’t retire to Spain.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:49

      Hi Jo, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the reaction to this month’s theme and it has certainly helped me look inward a little more. Thanks for your lovely comment about me not retiring to Spain. At least we managed to visit there two years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 21, 2019 at 04:12

    I love that photo of your mum and grandmother. What a precious keepsake. I do feel a little sad that you haven’t had a good belly laugh in awhile. Maybe you need to meet up with Deb as she seems to have lots of them! 🙂 I laugh the most when I am with my sisters or my grandchildren–and it’s usually over silly things. I’m thinking of an instance now when I was watching an episode of Seinfeld with my 12-year-old granddaughter. Elaine says, “Maybe the dingo ate your baby,” and my granddaughter says, “Maybe your baby ate the dingo!” I can’t say why it was so funny, but we still crack up every time one of us repeats that line! In fact, I ‘m smiling now just thinking about it. Thank you for that.

    • Reply Debbie Harris July 21, 2019 at 16:03

      That cracked me up Christie!! I’m smiling about it now too 🙂

      • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:51

        I had forgotten about Seinfeld, Deb – that always makes me laugh!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:50

      Now that you mention it Christie, Seinfeld is one show that always makes me laugh – especially George. Thanks for the reminder and perhaps I should go and watch some episodes. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph July 21, 2019 at 20:46

    I love reading your journal entries, Sue, it is like peeking into your life with your permission. But, girlfriend, you need to laugh! It’s good for the heart and for the soul. Put that on your ‘to-do’ list this week. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:53

      Hi Candi, yes it is certainly make me think about myself and my life and I’m enjoying the experience. Laughter is something that I feel inside but you know the times when you just laugh until the tears roll down your face? That kind of laughter is not often for me. I will try to do as you ask this week! Enjoy your week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 21, 2019 at 22:18

    Another interesting week of prompts Sue – and more snippets of your life. Lovely to see the old picture, the scenic pics, and the family pics too. I’m reading the new Nora Roberts book “Under Currents” atm and thought of you and your reading – being a fellow Nora fan xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:54

      I will have to look out for that new Nora Roberts book Leanne so thanks for mentioning it. I love that photo of my Mum and Gran. They used to have photographers in the street who would take you photo. I have a couple of Mum in that situation and I love how they always dressed up to go into ‘town’. Have a great week. xx

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 24, 2019 at 12:59

        Hi Sue – back for MLSTL and thanks for being my co-hostess with the mostest xx Shared this on my SM 🙂

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:31

          Thanks BBB I like being a ‘co-hostess with the mostes’ That must make you one too! 🙂

  • Reply Trisha Faye July 22, 2019 at 00:57

    I’m so glad you’re doing this challenge! Even though I’m not making it to my journal EVERY day during the month, I’m enjoying the process, and also really enjoying reading all the great posts everyone is putting up from this challenge.
    Thank you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2019 at 07:57

      Hi Trisha thank you so much for supporting the challenge and as I wrote before, if you miss some days the world won’t end. I’m enjoying everyone’s posts as well as it gives me an insight into who my blogging friends are.Have a lovely week. xx

  • Reply Natalie July 22, 2019 at 10:33

    I enjoy reading your journal and learning more about you, Sue. Thank you for sharing your photos, too. My family jokes around among ourselves and we get good laughs (out loud) . I also watch comedies or read funny books to make me laugh.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2019 at 07:48

      thanks Natalie it has been a good way to share who I am and also how I feel. x

      • Reply Natalie July 24, 2019 at 10:04

        Hi Sue – I’m back to admire the ocean view from your window. I’m close to one of the Great Lakes but not close to an ocean. #MLSTL

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:28

          The Great Lakes are beautiful and my husband’s Aunty and Uncle immigrated from Italy to Minesota back in 1952. We have a photo of my Father-In-Law fishing through the ice on one of the lakes. x

  • Reply Linda Curry July 22, 2019 at 22:12

    We are on a road trip and as well as recounting the details of our day I am checking your prompts. Today’s prompt “I’m thankful for” I just had to tie in with my paddle board experience. I’m thanking for good health and reasonable fitness. Today my son talked me into trying a stand up paddle board and I did it easily. This is a big deal for me as I have always been hopeless at any sport. Maybe the yoga I have been doing each week has helped my balance. He flies back home tomorrow but I am thankful for my children and grandchildren and the way they often take me out of my comfort zone.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2019 at 07:45

      Good for you Linda! I’ve never tried paddle boarding although I have thought about it. I always felt I was hopeless at sport too. Your Yoga would definitely be helping with your balance and core strength. You have so much to be thankful for and thank you for sharing with me. xx

  • Reply Deborah July 24, 2019 at 09:49

    How nice that you’re connecting with family and considering your ancestry. My family is kinda small – well given that I don’t have a partner and kids and just have the one brother (who’s married with one daughter). I’d probably like to feel as close to my brother as I once did, but perhaps that’ll come again once life changes a little.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:27

      Hi Deb, it took many years after my Mum died to reconnect and then I didn’t with my siblings. It was wonderful to reconnect with my cousins, especially my godmother who had been such a huge part of my life and yet I walked away from everyone for too long. x

  • Reply Theresa Muth July 24, 2019 at 10:14

    I regret not joining this journaling challenge! I was away from home for so many days, but I am enjoying the responses to the questions! I will join in on the next journaling challenge!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:29

      Hi Theresa you can start anytime as you will always have the prompts! I’ve enjoyed the experience and pleased I’ve stuck to it as I’ve always struggled with keeping a journal. x

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins July 24, 2019 at 11:54

    Hi Sue,
    You know how I struggle with this journaling thing…but your Journaling in July series has got me doing it a bit…plan to share some of my journal responses to your prompt soon.
    Thanks…grateful for your help.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:30

      Hi Nancy, like you I struggle and I’m not thinking that this challenge will change me too much. I have enjoyed it though and the prompts have certainly helped even if some have been more difficult to write about than others. x

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle July 24, 2019 at 14:11

    That was such an enjoyable read Sue. I didn’t realise you have cared for in-laws for 11 years! That’s quite a commitment and such a lovely thing to do. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your GC apartment. It’ll be fun to do it up and make it your home. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:32

      Hi Min, yes when we moved in we thought it would be short term but then 11 years later here we are. I just want Mike to enjoy his life after being responsible in different ways for his Mum and Dad all through his life. It is his time now before it is too late. xx

  • Reply Jennifer July 24, 2019 at 23:09

    I’m enjoying finding out more about you through your journal prompts. You certainly have a lovely view from your apartment and I love the beautiful picture of your mother and grandmother.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2019 at 08:38

      Yes I love that photo too, Jennifer. I’m very lucky to have the apartment and being so close to the ocean means lovely walks along the beach and esplanade. I enjoy my coffee each morning watching the sunrise over the water. P.S. I’ve messaged you because I can’t seem to comment on your posts. I get an ‘Invalid Security Token’ message each time I try and this has been happening for quite some time now. I didn’t want you to think I hadn’t been commenting. xx

  • Reply Jan Wild July 25, 2019 at 13:54

    It’s lovely to read this and find out a little bit more about you Sue. I really like that description on non blood family, a friend of mine recently referred to those connections as our ‘logical family’. I like that too.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 25, 2019 at 17:24

    How pleased you must be that you started this…look at how much has come from your heart and soul. Loved this Sue!

    Denyse #mlstl

  • Reply shelley July 27, 2019 at 06:27

    I am so jealous of all the traveling you’ve gotten to do! A few places you’ve mentioned are on my bucket list. Now where’s my bucket?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 29, 2019 at 08:11

      We have been fortunate Shelley to visit some amazing places and soon off to Alaska and Canada. My husband and I are older than you so you still have plenty of time! Go look for that bucket and start filling it. xx

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