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.
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:
- Supporting the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal with an Online Movie Premiere
- 5 ways to create your personal COVID-19 Capsule
- How using your ‘Why’ helps you stay committed which I wrote for the Wellness Weekend ink up
- What do you Aim for each Day? Time to RECLAIM your life.
- Finding Positives when Traditions have changed in 2020
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.
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.