Hello everyone! It has been quite some time since I had a coffee catch up with you. Despite COVID-19 and the restrictions life for me seems busier!
My Focus on Gratitude
Gratitude was my focus for August. I’ve started new projects, making dreams become reality and recently celebrated my 63rd birthday. Life is good and I’m so grateful for all that I have in my life and wrote this month How a daily gratitude practice is the key to self-care.
During August, I celebrated my 63rd birthday, I was so touched and honoured to receive such beautiful messages of love from so many. I was overwhelmed at the kindness shown to me. Like many of you I don’t actually relate to my age I still think I’m 30! It really is just a number isn’t it? The way we live our life is so much more important. I was listening to the Super Soul Conversations podcast. with Oprah. In this episode Oprah interviews the magnificent Tina Turner who at 73 shared her thoughts on ageing:
I welcome ageing with open arms, my senior life is so much better than when I was young. The wisdom, the way I think, my attitude towards things. Your outlook changes on everything if you are still healthy and are happy with life then the number doesn’t mean a thing.Tina Turner
Again I’m grateful for my own good health to continue to enjoy life and make the most of every day. These two cuties, Ethan and Elliot made my day and continue to bring joy to my life.
My Virtual Women’s Circle
Virtual and IRL friendships enrich our lives so much. Recently 5 friends and I have started a weekly Zoom catch up which I like to think of as my Women’s Circle. 4 of us are Aussies and 2 from overseas. We just clicked and it is the highlight of the week for all of us. It isn’t just a chat, we also discuss different topics and I’m always amazed by these wise and wonderful women and the way they look at life. It certainly is a wonderful friendship group and a learning experience as well. I’m so grateful to have them in my life. Thanks to Leanne from Cresting the Hill for this meme I saw on her Facebook page.
Blogging & New Projects
My highlight this year in the blogging world was to finally push the button on a Podcast. I’ve achieved my goal of starting a podcast and am proud to say that the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast has launched in August I was so nervous and kept procrastinating even though I had several completed interviews – my self-belief, limiting beliefs and fear of what other people thought kept holding me back.
But Fear can be a good, it challenges us and I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith and pressed PUBLISH.
I’ve also revamped the Website during August and would love you to take a look – I even made a Welcome Video! I now have Self-Development online courses available through Candi Randolph of Inspire My Style and I’m revamping the Resource library so watch this space! I’ve revamped two of my e-books for you to download and use to Live Well.
It was a bittersweet feeling as the weekly Midlife Share the Love Party (all previous link parties are here) finished this week. Leanne from Cresting the Hill and I have hosted this link up for 2.5 years and have built a very supportive community of midlife bloggers. However, life changes and our paths change. I will still be having a mini MLSTL in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group each Wednesday and if you want a full link up party to join Denyse Whelan has one each Monday #lifethisweek.
What I’ve been reading
I had a week where I was down with a cold and a tummy bug so had time to read. When we are sick we need comfort so I turned to my friend, author Joanne Tracey (who will be a guest on the podcast in a few weeks) to help me through. I re-read two of her books Happily Ever After and Baby it’s You. Pop over to Jo’s website and you can see all her books plus pre-order ones that are being published soon.
What I’ve been learning
Learning keeps my brain healthy and active and I’m always doing some short course or learning. During August I completed a Sun Salutations Yoga Course and of course had to teach myself how to edit the podcast/youtube videos. My friend Deb from Deb’s World started a creative writing course and whilst she finds it challenging, she is loving extending herself.
Are you learning anything new at the moment? Have you taken up any new hobbies?
How I’ve been staying healthy
Being a trainer for the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio is something I look forward to each week. I love connecting with the ladies in the sessions and we all workout together to stay strong and flexible.
I continue to meet my Saturday Sisters each week and we are gradually getting back into our longer runs. I actually finished the last run of the month running 26km so pretty proud of myself! Who knows maybe another Marathon might be on the horizon! I also meet up with my friend Wendy from Wendy’s Way to Health each Thursday for a short run by the ocean where we live – just magic.
In the Women Living Well Facebook Group, we challenged ourselves to #ActiveAugust. Moving in some way every day for 30 minutes or more. The women in the group continue to inspire me and we are building a very supportive community. In September we are participating in my 30 days of Health & Wellness which also includes Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week from 7th – 11th September. Come join us I would love to have you as part of the community.
Okay that is about it for my month of August. Sorry it’s all been about me but I would love to hear what your highlights for the month were.
There is always something positive to find in life and to be grateful for.