Over 50s Lifestyle

Let’s have a coffee catch up for May

June 1, 2020
Coffee Catchup for May 2020

This has certainly been a strange year hasn’t it? I can’t believe that we are at the end of May and almost half way through a year that many would like to restart. Let’s have a coffee catch up and I can tell you what I’ve been up to during May. Despite social distancing, during the month some restrictions were eased and in Queensland we are able to travel more than 50Km to visit loved ones. Of course, there were guidelines to be followed but May brought with it the sense that life was improving and for me, that meant some exciting changes.

Blogging

I usually start our coffee with talk of family and friends but I can’t hold my excitement to share the changes that are happening on the blog. I’m Dreaming Big and changed the name, look and direction of my website.

Why the Change?

Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond was started 5 years ago to help me transition into an early retirement. At the time, the name was ‘catchy’ and the blog represented where I was in my life as I struggled with finding who I was in this new lifestyle. I am very proud of what I have achieved with ST60 and whilst I’m a little sad, like many things in life, we evolve and our needs or desires change and that is a positive thing. So, I’m starting the next part of my life journey with a new name, a new look and new ways to present to you, my loyal readers and friends.

My new website is in the changeover process but it will be called….. Women Living Well After 50. You can read all about the changes in my blog post: CHANGES ARE COMING AND I’M EXCITED!

I would love you to share your feedback after you’ve read the post.

Despite not feeling ‘creative’ during May I still wrote several posts which I will list in case you missed them:

Keeping a special tradition despite COVID-19

It was a different kind of Mother’s Day in 2020. Usually, it has been a tradition for my daughter, Rachel and I to run together in the Mother’s Day Classic. We run every year to support Cancer research and in memory of my Mum and her Nan, who died from breast cancer in 1986. After the run we usually have breakfast and my son, Nathan joins us. This has been a tradition for several years and last year was extra special as my two grandsons were there to see Mummy and Nan run. It is a special time for Rachel and I to celebrate being Mothers and also honouring and remembering my Mum. There was a Virtual opportunity this year and although it isn’t quite the same, we both ran on Mother’s Day to support Breast Cancer research in Memory of Mum

Family & Birthday Celebrations

This month we celebrated my darling husband’s birthday and made a very decadent Nougat Baked Cheesecake with Toblerone Ganache. Normally we eat very healthy but there are some occasions that call for cake!

My adorable grandson Elliot turned 2 and what joy he has brought to our lives.

I was very excited to also catch up and see my grandsons, Elliot and Ethan. When I arrived to visit, they both shouted ‘Nan’ which made my heart melt. Ethan shouted ‘Nan’s home!’ just so adorable. Grandchildren just fill your heart with love, don’t they?

Health & Wellness

Due to isolation restrictions I have not been able to run with my Saturday Sisters who live an hour’s drive away. With the easing of restrictions, it was a lovely way to end the month being able to run with them and I even managed 19.5km which is the longest run I’ve completed this year. Friendships like ours are strong and despite not seeing them for almost 3 months, it felt like there had been no interruption at all.

I completed a 30 day yoga challenge through Yoga with Adriene. One of my Saturday Sisters also completed the challenge with me and we would text each other each day after we had completed the practise. It certainly makes it easier to have someone to do these challenges with.

Achievements & Opportunities

I finally completed my Certificate to be a Group Fitness Instructor and lodged my final assignments. It has certainly been a learning curve and at times challenging but I feel such a sense of satisfaction to have completed this course.

I have been offered an exciting position which I can only tease you with at the moment so next month’s catchup I can give you the details.

Reading

I’m a member of the Come Read with Me Facebook group run by the lovely Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After. The book for this month was: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

I’ve also read:

  • In Five years by Rebecca Searle
  • Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike
  • The Argument by Victoria Jenkins
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • A Mother’s Story by Amanda Prowse

Well that is my month of May and I hope you enjoyed some special moments during the month. If you did, don’t forget to share with me in the comments as I love to hear what is happening in your world.

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30 Comments

  • Reply Michele Somerville June 1, 2020 at 04:11

    Things are just starting to open up here, my part of Pennsylvania just went green on Friday (3 stages here red (stay at home) yellow social distancing with masks and no gatherings above 25 and Green (more open but still social distancing, masks and larger groups okay, no numbers) restaurants can have dine in customers but still with limits. With the help of my some friends I have made huge tech gains in getting through what I need to do without crying out for help (Finally!) and more time for reading and writing. Also, just a hint at redirecting future time, thinking through how much longer I want to work part time in retirement. (1 year at least at the current hours). Thank you for your welcoming encouragement to me as a new blogger and definitely over 50!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 1, 2020 at 08:30

      Hi Michele, life is slowly getting back to normal but I hope that people still remain cautious with social distancing etc. It is lovely to have you part of our blogging community and look forward to hearing more of your plans. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl June 1, 2020 at 06:41

    Sue
    It’s so lovely being able to catch up with you on this post. I’ve been all over the place with work, parenting and the changes isolation has brought to everyday life.
    I too ran the Mother’s Day Classic – virtually and the shorter distance, I will confess.
    Your grandchildren are just gorgeous!!!!!!
    I’ve just had breakfast, is it too early for your cheesecake?
    Be well,
    SSG xxx
    I am still

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 1, 2020 at 08:18

      Hello SSG! It is so lovely to hear from you and I’m glad you managed the MDC as well. It certainly felt different running virtually but we managed to honour Mum. I think my grandsons are super cute (a biased Nan of course). It is never too early for cheesecake! Take care and hope you and your family are well. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 1, 2020 at 07:06

    That looks pretty delcious, that cake. Glad you got your run in still. Looking forward to seeing the changes to the site.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 1, 2020 at 08:16

      It was so rich Lydia but yes, delicious! We could only have a small piece at a time but certainly an indulgence which we enjoyed. Yes, it was good to be able to still honour Mum in our modified version of the run. I’m still working on the changes but it has given me renewed enthusiasm. Have a lovely week. xx

    • Reply Jennifer Jones June 1, 2020 at 08:47

      Hi Sue, it’s lovely that you’re able to see your grandchildren now. Oh my goodness that cake looks good! Good luck with all the changes

      • Reply Sue Loncaric June 1, 2020 at 08:55

        Thanks Jen, it was so wonderful to see the boys and I’m back to my usual Tuesdays with them now. The cake was not something you could have everyday but it was rich and decadent! Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Natalie June 1, 2020 at 08:12

    So many exciting news and achievements, Sue. Congratulations on your certification and new position! Your grandsons are adorable. I’m glad the restrictions have been lifted and you could go see them. The cake looks divine. Happy birthday to Mike! Have a wonderful week! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 1, 2020 at 08:15

      Thank you Natalie! There is a lot happening at the moment and I feel enthusiastic again. My grandsons bring so much joy to my life and are such fun little personalities. Have a lovely June and take care. xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly June 1, 2020 at 09:59

    Sue, you continue to inspire me. So many people continued to lie low in May and see the glass half empty. On the other hand, you saw the glass as MORE than half full, continued to reach out, and continued to shine. You are a true motivator to all! I can’t wait to read more of your exciting news.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 07:55

      Thank you my friend. I guess I’m just driven and now accept that this is who I am. I love to inspire and motivate others so I’m dreaming big and we will see what happens. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 1, 2020 at 11:57

    Hi Sue – great having a virtual cuppa with you, and your anticipation and excitement are just shining out of your post. I’m so happy for you that you’ve found a new challenge to keep your blood pumping and that life is taking off for you. I’m happily just tinkering along for now – not sure if I’ll ever feel the urge to “go big or go home” but I’m always so pleased for those who have the drive to try new things – you go girl! PS: Loved the pics of your grandboys – hurray for the easing of restrictions!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 07:58

      Hi Leanne, I love sharing photos of the boys but am also respectful enough to ask permission first. I just have to accept that I’m a driven person and although I like my downtime, too much doesn’t serve me well. I’ve found my enthusiasm again and we all have to find what makes us happy. It is so different for each of us isn’t it? Thank you as always for your friendship and support. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 1, 2020 at 15:27

    I’m so happy for you Sue, you sound so excited and you should be very proud of yourself with all you’ve achieved! The photos of your grandsons are gorgeous and what a great looking cake. I can’t wait to see where you’ll get to next and wish you all the best for your future endeavours. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:02

      Thanks my friend for your support and also your ‘ear’ it really helps getting insight from others and you are always so measured. I’m love sharing photos of the boys but totally understand that Rachel doesn’t want them splashed all over social media. The cake was pretty decadent but delicious. It will certainly be a future favourite I think. xx

  • Reply Vanessa June 1, 2020 at 15:44

    Sounds like some great change for the blog . And a massive congratulations on your certification!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:07

      Thank you Vanessa! I feel pretty pumped about everything and have my mojo back! Hope you are having a great week! xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph June 1, 2020 at 22:42

    You have accomplished so much to be proud of, Sue! I’m excited about the changes and update to the blog, and am sure they will be very well received. I also was able to spend time with my grandchildren in May, and it warmed my heart to see those smiles and get the hugs in person! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:09

      Thank you Candi, you have really helped me through our conversations and also I’m inspired by all that you do for Midlife Women. So lovely you could spend time with your grandchildren. Facetime is okay but nothing beats being together that is for sure. Have a lovely week and let’s chat soon. xx

  • Reply Laurie June 2, 2020 at 02:33

    The changes in your blog are wonderful! I’m so excited for you. I tend to get into a rut and stay there. So glad you and your daughter were able to do the Mother’s Day run virtually. Virtual runs are not the same as races done in real life, I agree, but it is better than nothing! Happy birthday to your hubby. A birthday celebration in the middle of a pandemic is certainly reason to throw caution to the wind and have a slice or 2 of decadent cake!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:11

      Hello Laurie, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words about the blog. I’m excited about the change and you are right we can tend to get into a rut especially lately with all the restrictions we have been experiencing. My May was much busier and happier than I thought it was and it was good to document those special moments. I’m someone who will try to work around a problem and that is what my daughter and I did with the Mother’s Day Run. We couldn’t run together,so joining the Virtual Run was something different but worthwhile. The cake was so, so decadent but so, so delicious and definitely on future birthday menus. Lovely to connect with you and look forward to more chats. Enjoy your week. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 2, 2020 at 08:02

    Oh my goodness that cake looked decadent! I love that you were still able to do your Mother’s Day run (with social distancing) and your grandkids are as cute as buttons. Here’s to a June that’s full of inspiration.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:13

      Hi Jo, I thought of you when I was making the cake as it would be something you would produce. I was glad we still did the virtual run, depsite not running physically together, we still remembered Mum and started our Mother’s Day in our special way. I’m a little biased, but yes, my grandsons are just so adorable and fill my heart with joy. June will be positive won’t it with the easing of restrictions. xx

  • Reply Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf June 2, 2020 at 23:06

    It’s so good to start being able to get out and about a bit more. We had a few quiet birthdays during the shut down and Mother’s day was spread over two days for me so I could get to see all my children. I have truths I Never Told You on my shelf to read and have heard lots of good things about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2020 at 08:19

      Hi Veronica I love the name of your website! I think you will definitely enjoy Truths I Never Told You but also I’ve just finished Where the Crawdads Sing and was so touched by this I think it will be on my list of most favourite books ever. It was lovely for you to be able to see your children for Mother’s Day. It has been difficult over the last few months but hopefully as restrictions ease we can get back to the business of living. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by x

      • Reply Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf June 3, 2020 at 19:29

        Where the Crawdads Sing is definitely on my to buy list. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. Favourite books ever is great praise.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 3, 2020 at 18:50

    Congratulations on all that happened in May! Who knew just what a pandemic could bring to our lives. I can only imagine the joy of hearing “Nan” from those gorgeous grandsons. What a lot you have been doing, changing and moving to do what you want to now and I can tell from the words just how ready you are now for this future of Wellness and Women.

    Thank you for linking up today for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 23/51 Life Stories #2 8.6.2020 where I will be doing a part 2 on being a grandmother. Do link up any post, old or new it does not need to be on prompt. Looking forward to seeing you there, Denyse.

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan June 5, 2020 at 12:23

    I am pretty sure I could think of a reason to have cake everyday. Especially a cake as delicious as that one looks.
    Your grandboys are just adorable, Sue. So glad that you are able to share a few shots of those cuties on your blog.
    Anxious to follow you into this new chapter of your online life. You have accomplished so much in the past few years. So proud of you.
    Thank you so much for the mention of our virtual book club. I feel like we are beginning to discuss the books a little more, which makes me happy. And the gals are zooming through the last few. I need to up my reading game!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2020 at 12:45

      Hi Leslie, that cake was so rich and decadent but definitely worth making! I’m biased but my grandsons are pretty cute! I’m excited to have you join me on my new journey and thanks again for participating in my assignments for my course. I love the book club although I’m not good at discussing but I agree there are more discussions each month. Take care and thanks for stopping by xx

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