My Virtual Coffee Catchup Over 50s Lifestyle

Let’s have a coffee & catch up for September

October 4, 2020
Gratitude

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.

Family

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: sue@womenlivignwellafter50.com.au

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.

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!’

Learning

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!

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23 Comments

  • Reply Erica/Erika October 4, 2020 at 08:56

    Dear Sue, I greatly enjoy reading the catch up posts. Spring always feels like a sense of renewal. Your little grandsons are very lucky to have you in their lives. And, of course, grandchildren bring so much joy into our lives. I love the adorable photos! Exciting about your son’s and partner’s engagement. I get it on nurturing our relationships. Even though we live in the same house, my husband and I may not see each other all day.

    I will write you a separate note on the podcasts. I listened to a few of them this morning. Fascinating and fun!

    I also want to thank you again, Sue, for your post this September on “The importance of taking time out for a Personal Retreat.” I also left you a more comprehensive comment on that post. I do feel somewhat guilty when I am unplugged and unavailable for family and friends. Yet, my body and spirit feel refreshed and replenished. I breathe much easier. Your phrase “to step out of the world for a time…” reminded me it is not only okay to do this. It is necessary. I strongly recommend your mini-retreat.

    As I read further, Sue, I see you mention my name. I am very touched. Thank you. Empowering each other. This is what friends do.❤️

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2020 at 09:51

      Thank you as always Erica for taking time to write a heartfelt comment. The boys bring so much joy to my life and I can see your grandchildren do. We are so lucky aren’t we? I can’t wait to hear about your time away and as I mentioned before you have inspired me to organise something for Mike and I. xx

  • Reply Sue October 4, 2020 at 13:10

    Dear Sue, hoping the best for your son and his girlfriend.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 4, 2020 at 17:03

    Hi Sue – Nice to see all that you’ve been up to over the month – you’ve certainly reported a lot more than I did on my monthly catch-up! Lovely pics of your grandboys and so good that you could spend quality time with them both making memories that will last a lifetime. Good to be getting away for a break too and to have some time out of the busy routine that you’ve established – it sounds like a dream getaway to me. Aslo wonderful to see your son so happy and it was a gorgeous ring that your daughter-in-law-to-be is flashing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:15

      Hi Leanne I was really surprised that I actually did a few things in my personal life and it wasn’t just about WLWA50. I’m so looking forward to the break and my ‘addiction’ to staying connected will be sorely tested 🙁 I’m very happy my son has found happiness at last. That is all we want as a mother isn’t it? xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 5, 2020 at 07:02

    Hi Sue, this was such a positive post in so many ways. I think writing a monthly catchup post is good for us to look back and see just what we did in the month and helps keep things in perspective, it does for me any way!! Your news is all good from those gorgeous little boys, to your son’s engagement, to your podcast success (I still need to talk to you), your running success and your women’s circle. Such great topics for discussion :). So much to be inspired by. I’m thrilled you are taking a break away with Mike and look forward to hearing all about it. Thanks for your friendship and support. Enjoy the month ahead. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:16

      Hi Deb, I’m glad to get back into reviewing the month as we really do more than we realise. I’m in a good place at the moment with so much to be thankful for. I am looking forward to time away though. It is usually this time of year we have a holiday so feeling itchy feet at the moment. Have a lovely October. xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly October 5, 2020 at 07:35

    Hi, Sue – You have packed so much positivity into 30 days — very inspirational! I’m glad to hear that you and Mike will be taking a Staycation. I agree that because most of us cannot currently travel like we previously did — with a little creativity and flexibility, we can still enjoy the benefits of getting away and shaking up our routines.
    I love the photos of your grandchildren — absolutely adorable!
    Congratulations on your podcasts, your running and all that you have been accomplishing. I adore your CAN-DO Spirit. 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:18

      Thank you Donna, I actually blew out a breath when I had finished writing the post because I didn’t realise how much I had packed into September. I’m looking forward to some quality time with Mike though. x

  • Reply Natalie October 5, 2020 at 08:53

    Hi Sue, Congratulations on all your achievements and your son’s engagement in September! Your grandsons are adorable. I’m glad to hear you booked a get-away with Mike. A change of scenery or routine is refreshing. I’ll have to think more about “if you ruled the world for a day…” question before giving my answer. Have a great run on Oct. 11! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:19

      Thank you Natalie! I am looking forward to the break and having some quality time with Mike. Fingers crossed I can get to the finish line on Sunday and if I do you will hear my shouts of joy all the way to Toronto! xx

  • Reply Toni Pike October 5, 2020 at 10:12

    HI Sue, I’m so excited for you about your son – absolutely wonderful news. Toni xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:20

      Thanks so much,Toni. As mother’s we just want our children to be happy and I’m excited he has found happiness at last. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 5, 2020 at 10:13

    I know that I’ve said it before but I love your energy – and the fact that you truly live the adage about it’s never too late. Enjoy the break, my friend, and chillout.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:21

      Thanks Jo, sometimes I have to remind myself I’m 63 because I certainly only feel about 30! Looking forward to the break for sure and taking time to try some new recipes as well from my Mary Berry Cookbook.x

  • Reply Sue-Anne at SisterStay October 6, 2020 at 04:23

    Sue, you will have a wonderful – and well-deserved – break with all that behind you! What a month. I’m so pleased you were able to have that special time with your grandchildren and very happy for your son and his partner.
    If I ruled the world?? We’d all have to spend one day a week living in someone else’s shoes. It’s too easy to live happily enough in one’s own bubble. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:25

      I love you answer to Ruling the World Sue-Anne because it would certainly put everything into perspective. I’m looking forward to our break and having some quality time with Mike. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones October 6, 2020 at 10:39

    You’ve had a busy September Sue. I’m sure you’re hanging out for that break. We have been discussing a much needed break here too. Will be somewhere close by but will be quiet and relaxing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:32

      I am hanging out for a break Jen! We are only driving just over the border so it will be nice to go somewhere to relax but without a lot of driving. x

  • Reply Christina Henry October 6, 2020 at 11:04

    Hi Sue, you’re amazing with all that you have achieved. Little breaks away are wonderful. My husband and I have done them regularly. We realised we haven’t been spending quality time together lately because he’s been working so hard and I’m not working. We see each other nearly every day which is unlike our usual routine when I’m working. My shift work means we can go days without seeing each other even though we sleep in the same bed. That’s why we make an effort to go on dates and go away regularly. This year we haven’t done that because it seems silly when we see so much more of each other. It’s still an important part of a relationship though so we have decided to make time for it again. I hope you have a lovely time in Ballina – my family lives there so I know it well. Regards Christina

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:58

      Hi Christina, it is fun to look back and see what we actually do in a month and these posts help me to document and remember. It can be difficult keeping relationships going as well as life can’t it? I’m really looking forward to the break. I’ve only ever driven through Ballina so it will be lovely to explore the area. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 7, 2020 at 16:26

    Wow, that was some catch up. You have been managing so many changes for the good in your life as you move forward. That is such an achievement within itself. Loved your grandsons’ pics and congrats to your son and now his fiancee. Each day, my husband and I do have a time together catching up on some TV we share an interest in. Living in the same house, we still pursue individual interests and making time to come together is a good way to be there for each other. Before COVID we used to have a morning tea date but neither of us is keen to sit in a coffee shop any more. In 2 weeks were are having our first true get away in many years. Not related to my health (thank goodness). We are off to Tamworth for 3 nights – this is where we met 50 years ago on October 17th. Hope your run goes well on Sunday. Thank you for linking up this week. Next week on Life This Week, the optional prompt is 41/51 I Have Never. 12.10.2020. Hope to see you there! Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:59

      Thank you Denyse and how lovely for you and your husband to visit where you met. Such beautiful memories and recreating new ones. Have a lovely time and I look forward to seeing some photos. xx

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