It’s time for a June Coffee Catch Up. Wow what a month June turned out to be and I would love to share what I got up to during the month over a virtual coffee. Will you join me?
Looking back at June I was surprised to see how much I actually did in all areas of my life and once again realised IT IS NEVER TOO LATE AND WE ARE NEVER TOO OLD.
Mike and I have settled into our new home on the Gold Coast and despite being one hour away from my family and friends I’m still managing to see them weekly. The upside is that I have a beautiful home by the ocean.
The highlight of each week is spending time with my grandsons, Ethan and Elliot. Nothing beats hearing ‘Nan’s here!’ when I arrive. I have wonderful ‘discussions’ with Ethan on our walks to and from school. Ethan and I make sure we stop and explore on the way to school and say hello to the cat that lives next door to the school.
I visited Ethan’s classroom and he proudly showed me some of his artistic work.
Elliot and I then spend the day together and he is such a delight I am enjoying watching his development and am so jealous of his physcial flexibility! Did you notice he can also read at 1 years old! Never too early to start. These are certainly Precious times. xx
FITNESS & HEALTH
The month started with running and completing the Brisbane Half Marathon (22.1kms). As usual I was running with one of my Saturday Sisters and we have been in training for most of the year. I also wrote a Mid Year Fitness review which again surprised me in a positive way.
I continue with workouts Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays using videos from Strong Healthy Women and this helps with the Strength/Resistance training which we all need to include in our fitness program. Yoga and Pilates are also practices that I enjoy.
I’ve also started an additional Facebook Page dedicated to Health & Wellness. It is called Thriving Health & Wellness and I would love you to join me on a health and wellness journey.
We started the month with a belated first birthday party for my grandson, Elliot. His birthday is 29th May however all the family were sick so his celebrations were postponed. As is my usual gift for my grandchildren, I made Elliot a Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake which he loved.
On June 21 my Mother-In-Law celebrated her 93rd birthday. We visited her in her aged care home, took a birthday cake and celebrated her special day with the other residents at their weekly ‘Happy Hour’ – yes they have a few wines and nibbles each Friday afternoon!
When my Mother-In-Law went into aged care after the death of her husband nearly 3 years ago we thought we would be planning her funeral. However, she has amazed us all by embracing her new life and participating in all the activities and outings. She goes to the gym at least 3 times a week, which she had never done before and does 1km in 20 minutes on the stationery bike. Every six weeks she has a cut and colour at the in-house hairdresser and a weekly manicure – I never know what colour her nails will be. Once they were Electric Blue!
Everyone knows Luisa and her lovely smile and she is a shining example of – It’s Never Too Late & You Are Never Too Old.
I’m a student again!
I have proven to myself this month that IT IS NEVER TOO LATE and I’M NOT TOO OLD because I registered to finally gain my Certificate III in Fitness. At almost 62 some would say ‘why bother?’ but for me the opportunity arose and I have been wanting to do this for years. My husband who is always supportive of my goals and dreams told me to ‘go for it’ and so I did! I’m now a student again!
I’ve started a new business in Health & Nutrition
As well as starting my Fitness Certification I have also started a new business with the focus on Health & Nutrition Coaching as well as product sales. I was honoured to be asked to be a health coach for a Body Transformation Challenge in June providing motivation and tips for eating healthier and being more active. I’ve been asked back for July and it is wonderful helping both women and men achieve their fitness and weight goals. It is early days but if you would like to know how to get more energy, be active and achieve your goals why not send me an email for more information. We only have one body and we need to look after it!
What is something new you could try that you have always dreamed of doing? It really is never too late!
Online friendships can be just as special and rewarding as those in real life. During June I was excited to meet with Debbie Harries from Deb’s World and her husband Grant who were visiting family in Queensland. We met for lunch and Grant was very patient as Deb and I rarely came up for air, talking non stop.
My other friend, Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist was visiting family in Queensland. It was lovely to catch up with her for coffee. Chris and I have been working together as I coach her with her goals. This is so satisfying and wonderful to see her growing in confidence.
If you follow my blog you will see that I’ve fallen into a pattern of monthly themes. June we were all going #JunkFreeInJune and I had some wonderful guest writers sharing their thoughts. The ideas was not just about removing junk food from our diet but also decluttering our minds and life in general. I gave you Part 1 & Part 2 of 30 ways to clear the Junk from your life and….
- Nancy from Defining Third Age wrote about Changing Eating Habits,
- Shelley from Taming Frenzy wrote about Eliminating the Mental Junk from our lives,
- Leanne from Cresting the Hill wrote about How an Unexpected Job Loss was a Godsend
- Peta from Strong Healthy Women wrote about the Power of Writing to Clear the Junk from Our Minds & Body
- Christine from My Private Stylist (and ST60 & Beyond Fashion Editor) wrote about De-cluttering our Wardrobes,
- Erica from Behind the Scenery wrote about How Bikram Hot Yoga Changed her life.
Well that was my June and I’ve loved catching up with you. My July theme is #JournalinginJuly and I hope you will join me. For the bloggers and your enjoyment each Saturday Debbie from Deb’s World and I will be co-hosting a link up to share our creative writing. You can read about it HERE and I’ve included the prompts if you would like to follow along.
I also have been playing again and changed my Home page on my website to include my mentoring business. I would love to know what you think.
I’m a celebrity!
Just sneaking into June was my interview with a journalist from The West Australian Newspaper. I was humbled to see myself included in such illustrious company, including our own former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop. Yes that is me in the top right hand corner.