Spring has arrived and although the early mornings and evenings are still cool the days are warming up. I love Springtime because it fills me with anticipation. Nature is starting to bloom and one can’t help feeling good despite the year of COVID-19!
Do you make time to journal or keep a record of what you do each month?
I’ve just revisited writing the coffee catchup posts and realise they are a great way to document what activities I’ve been up to during the month. Days can merge and fly and we sometimes forget the experiences we have enjoyed.
It is school holiday time so I had some ‘sleepovers’ with my grandsons and had fun. We explored the Botanical Gardens, visited Australia Zoo, baked some chocolate chip cookies and spent time riding bikes/scooters and having fun at the Park. Children certainly find joy in the smallest things and I continually learn from these adorable boys and feel so grateful to have them in my life.
In other exciting news, my son and his partner announced their engagement. I think as a mother we always want the best for our children and although it took him some time to find happiness, I’m feeling content and full of joy for them both.
Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in our hobbies, work or projects that we can forget about nurturing our relationships. I’ve been guilty of this so after a long chat, we’ve booked a getaway! COVID-19 has affected everyone including their travel plans. As the border restrictions lift, my darling and I have decided to take the opportunity and have a Staycation to enjoy where we live by the ocean plus a two night get-away at Ballina Manor in October.
Podcasting, Blogging and the Facebook Group
The Podcast continues to grow and I’m loving every minute of it. A huge thank you to those of you who are supporting my new endeavour. If you missed an Episode just click HERE. Podcasts are great to listen to if you are walking or driving. I’m now up to Episode 15 How to Unclutter Your Life with the Unclutter Angel,with two more scheduled plus 5 bonus episode. I’m delighted to have guests lined up for the show until February 2021. Don’t forget if you have a story to Living Well After 50 I would love to hear from you. Just send me an email: email@example.com
Guest on FitLive Now podcast – I was delighted to be on the other side of the microphone and be interviewed by Victoria Brown from Fit Live Now Podcast. We spent an hour chatting about my life, what I had done during my 63 years and my passion for health, fitness and empowering women to live well. I’d love you to take a listen and let me know your thoughts.
Blog posts for September included:
The Importance of taking time out for a Personal Retreat
How to Live your Life on Your Terms
2 Questions to ask yourself when life overwhelms you
5 Ways to Stay Connected with You
Sunday Stills Challenge – Orange, What’s Not to Love?
#30daysofhealthandwellness has been the them in the the Facebook Group and it was fun to have some interactive sessions with my guests.
- Carol from Harmony & Healthy Yoga took us through a yoga session to Nurture the Wise Goddess Within https://youtu.be/cLxA52iQqsA
- Wendy from Wendy’s Way to Health joined me virtually in our kitchens and shared a recipe for Flax Seed Buns. Wendy is having a Brekky Challenge starting October 5 so pop over and join in. https://youtu.be/qkrFdcRiwaA
- Peta from Strong Health Women joined me to discuss How to get a better night’s Sleep during Menopause https://youtu.be/o7Yy7UhpSlQ
- Ange from The Digestive Detective joined me to discuss Gut Health and What Foods to Eat https://youtu.be/06z27WOvOhE
- I also discussed How to Overcome FOPO – Fear of Other People’s Opinions https://youtu.be/6MEowInZ38w
Fitness and health
My Saturday Sisters and I have been in training for a long run event on October 11, so my month has centred around runs, working out and taking sessions in the Strong Health Women Virtual Studio, Yoga and also starting daily walks with my darling again. One of my Saturday Sisters sent me this quote which is so true.
As I mentioned above, my darling and I are taking a Staycation and getting away for a few days. My friend, Erica from Behind the Scenery, inspired me to do this as she and her husband take an annual 2-week break – technology free. No social media, no internet just getting back to ‘being’, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. We will be taking a week’s break so I won’t be around but as Arnie says ‘I’ll be back!’
I completed a very interesting short course, Yoga Life Coach Certification. It is a combination of Yoga practice combined with Life Coaching and will complement my Life Coaching Services which I offer to clients and groups.
My Virtual Women’s Circle
Each week I meet Virtually with 5 friends who are scattered around Australia and Overseas. I love these weekly catchups as we share our lives, develop our friendships and discuss a different guiding question each week. These women inspire me and motivate me to continue to grow.
There were two questions from this month, one proved difficult to answer and the other was such fun. The first questions was How did you meet your spouse? and we had to share photos of our weddings and present day. It was so lovely to hear everyone’s story and I know this was a favourite topic.
The second was more thought provoking and I am putting it to you. ‘If you ruled the world for a day what would you change?’ I would love to hear your answers because I was inspired by the creativity of the answers from the group. I decided I couldn’t change the world but rather could change my world and drew inspiration from these two quotes.
Collaborations & Trying new things
I’m excited to be trying new things and feeling more adventurous with each one. Sometimes we can hold back because of fear of FOPO – Fear of Other People’s Opinons. So I’m casting that fear aside and going for opportunities that come my way.
On November1 I’m collaborating and presenting a Retreat with Carol, from Harmony & Healthy Yoga. If you live on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, I would love you to join us. You can find out all the details HERE and watch the video below to see what is in store.
Virtual Retreats and Online Workshops will also be coming to Women Living Well After 50- so watch this space.
Well that’s it for the month of September and we certainly need more than one cuppa to chat. I hope you enjoyed catching up with me and I would love to hear what you did during September. Have a beautiful October everyone!