On 23rd August I celebrated my 66th birthday. I don’t usually worry about the number although I am very proud of being in my mid 60s and certainly don’t try to hide my age. I am mindful though and grateful that at 66 I have outlived the age my Mum lived to (she died at 63) and also my brother who died at 65. My Dad passed away at 67 so you can see that in the previous generation longevity hasn’t been high on the list.
After some worrying health scares in July and early August, where I was brought back to earth with a thud, I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease and hypertension. I did feel a little annoyed and quite vulnerable reviewing the results because I have lived an extremely healthy lifestyle and those pesky genes have come to the fore. On the positive side, if I hadn’t been living well and taking care of my health, my diagnosis might have been a lot worse.
The best birthday gift was from the cardiologist who said I could start running again – I certainly did a happy dance.
There is always something we can be positive about or grateful for.
What’s Been On My Calendar in August?
August was much happier and my calendar fuller than July. So what did I get up to?
Health checks, socialising, eating healthy, daily walks and celebrating another year around the sun. My birthday was low-key this year as my son was in the UK with his family on holiday and my daughter in Sydney for business. I still had a lovely after school tea with my grandsons and Mike made a special dinner for me. We then went out for lunch the next day.
- Health Checks – I had my mammogram and cervical screening so can tick those off the list.
- Daily walks around the lake with the approval of my cardiologist. These have been a godsend as I was going round the twist not being able to run or do any strenuous exercise until all my tests were done. Walking in nature is so good for our mental health as well as our physical wellbeing.
- Social – I caught up with my friend for a birthday breakfast, and Mike and I caught up with some friends we have known for over 30 years who were in Qld on holidays from Melbourne. Sometimes you just have to make the effort to make things happen and as we hadn’t seen them for over 5 years we enjoyed a lovely catch up.
- Sport – Mike and I joined in with the whole country as we got behind the Matildas Women Soccer Team – they did so well and made history advancing further than any Australian team before. 4th in the world is pretty good in my book! The game against France was a heart-stopper!
- Learning – I did a short course and am now an Action for Happiness Volunteer
- Fashion – played with my wardrobe. I received a gorgeous Gregory Ladner Scarf from my godmother and I just love the colours. After being in trackpants whilst I was ill it was nice to have some ‘dress up’ days and put some make up on. I like using the Enhance Pro Age Multisticks because they are quick and easy to use and add colour without going overboard. If you would like to try remember to use the code SUE15 for a discount.
- Reading – read and listened to some fabulous books and shared my top picks for the month for the What’s On Your Bookshelf? link up. (see link to blog post below).
Pressing Pause on the Podcast
Due to ill health I had to cancel most of my scheduled interviews for the WLWA50 podcast. Everyone was very understanding and the time away gave me time to reflect on whether to continue or not. After 3 years and well over 100 episodes, I have decided to ‘Press the Pause’ button for a while. I make record some short episodes with my thoughts on life but interviews are on hold for the moment.
Posts for the Month
Looking back at August I am surprised at the number of posts I wrote for the blog. I put the focus on my health experiences with some advice on maintaining health, bringing back the Sparkle, living well and enjoying life. I wrote about how The Matildas performance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup was the perfect example of Collective Effervesence,- a term I recently heard.
I linked up with
- Gail from Is this Mutton? for the monthly Tell Us About link up – this month’s prompt was Imagination.
- Denyse Whelan for her Wednesdays Words & Pics
- Hosted What’s On Your Bookshelf? with my lovely friends Debbie, Donna & Jo
Altruistic August 2023 – Action for Happiness
Why we lose our Sparkle and how to get it back
Bringing ‘Sparkle’ into life and why a ‘Sparkle’ book helps
Making your health a priority
The Matildas Game was the perfect example of Collective Effervescence
Use your Imagination – it is a key to living well after 50
What’s On Your Bookshelf? – My top ranking books for August 2023
Focus for the week – Finding Your Happiness & Your Happy Place
Dairy Australia’s Healthy Bones Action Week
Overcoming Life’s Challenges & an Update on the Podcast
Quotes for the Month
Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar and I Iook forward hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their month progressed.
Enjoy your month!
What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC
What: 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 7 days
Why: A space to share highlights from your past month.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other social media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
The next #WBOYC will be Thursday September 29th /Friday September 30th. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.