It seems that life for many is starting to get back to some sort of normality but also demands on our time are now increased as we enter back into the world. For me, we have finally settled my MIL’s Estate which took up most of 2021, we are considering moving and my week consists of taking Group Fitness Sessions, being on Nan duty, Running with my friend, Online Book Club meetings and enjoying (or trying to) life with Mr M. Life is definitely busy!
When I’m too busy I can feel life spinning out of control at times, so for April I decided to challenge myself to bring calm and some perspective back by taking time to focus on the moment each day – my 30 day Focus on the Moment Challenge.
Each day I’ve been posting to social media what my focus has been. It is surprising how during the challenge so far, I’ve developed my idea of what focus and moments can be. Usually when we think of focusing on the moment it is to stop and breathe or just ‘BE’ (my WOTY) in the moment but I’ve expanded my thinking to incorporate some form of focus in all areas of my life.
Here are my first 10 days of the challenge and I hope that you will take some inspiration to find your own focus each day.
Day 1 – Focus on living well and enjoying life
It’s Saturday a day to LIVE WELL and ENJOY LIFE. Each Saturday I usually drive one hour to Brisbane run with my friend and drive home. It takes about 4 hours out of my Saturday but I love the social connection and of course the exercise for my mind and body. This week we aren’t running which means I have gained an extra few hours in my day. What will I do with those???? Any suggestions?
Day 2 – Making room for peaceful moments
Day 3 – Focus on my relationship
Enjoyed a Sunday lunch date with my darling. We have been busy lately so it was wonderful to stop, enjoying the moment spending time together and enjoying the delicious meal.My choice was the ‘Lovely Italy’ salad – chicken,quinoa, cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado,feta, toasted pumpkin seeds with balsamic and oil dressing. Mr M selected the Carbonara. Both were excellent choices. Walking home we indulged in an ice cream. Can you guess my choice?
Day 4 – A new week with new beginnings
It’s a new week with new possibilities Happy Monday on this glorious morning on the Gold Coast. I’m taking time to focus on this beautiful sunrise and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Day 5 – Time to focus on the beauty of nature
The bird of paradise is such a bright and flamboyant flower. Nature is amazing. Focus on nature to bring joy and calm. Can you see the bird in flight?
Day 6 – Focus on letting go of all that robs you of joy.
Too often we
take on more than we need to
feel guilty saying ‘no’
feel guilty creating boundaries
hold onto toxic relationships
BUT by having the courage to LET GO of all that is not bringing joy, happiness and allowing us to live life our way we are only hurting ourselves.Focus on what brings joy.
Day 7 Focus on your Passion
I love my podcast yet I was nervous and full of self doubt to press the GO LIVE button!I’m now 3 seasons in and living every minute. I meet women from all over the world who are sharing their stories and thoughts on life after 50.Have you listened to the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast? In this image, I’m about to interview another fabulous woman over 50 living life her way. Catch up on all 3 seasons on your favourite podcast channel.
Day 8- Focus on Morning & Evening Stretching to be flexible in body and calm in mind
Do you take the time to stretch daily? Stretching to keep our bodies flexible is something we don’t give priority to. We do our workouts for strength and cardio but don’t stretch as often as we should. I’ve put together a short video with some gentle stretches which you can do morning and evening. If you have aches in your lower back in particular these stretches will help.
PLEASE NOTE BEFORE YOU START– always check with your Doctor before starting any new form of exercise especially if you have not exercised for some time. – take each stretch slowly until you feel resistance but STOP if you feel pain- ideally hold for 20 seconds- use a mat or cushion to protect your knees- remember to breathe into the stretch- take time at the end to focus your mind on being in the moment, feeling calm.Let me know if you do your stretching
Day 9 – Focus in the Kitchen – Baking can be therapeutic
Baking is a fun and relaxing way to focus on the moment plus it has delicious results (most of the time )Afternoon tea anyone? Banana bread @donna.hay recipe yum!
Day 10 Focus on REST, RECOVERY and RECHARGING
It’s Sunday morning here on the Gold Coast. I’ve had a busy week with Mr M in hospital for three nights for routine tests (he is home now and all ok), being on Nan duty and spending time and having adventures with my grandsons plus taking sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Community Virtual Studio. So…..This morning I actually slept in and am enjoying an easy start to my day.
I love being active but my mind and body also need time to rest, recover and recharge.How will you incorporate the 3R’s, in your day today?? Share with me…REST RECOVER RECHARGE because that’s all part of being a Woman Living Well.
Well that’s my first 10 days of the 30 day challenge. I hope that you feel inspired to explore how you can focus on the moment each day. I’d love to hear your ideas to add to my list.
I’m joining Denyse Whelan for her fortnightly Life Stories Link Up