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Living Well This Week – July 10 #WWWhimsy-

July 10, 2024
My Week Living Well - #WWWhimsy June 5 Mizuno shoes

Dear Readers

Welcome to my weekly Living Well This Week letter where I share not only what I’ve been up to, but also ideas and information I’ve discovered during the week to help us all Live Well and Enjoy Life.

I’m enjoying writing my Living Well This Week letters to you and revisiting what I’ve done since my last letter.

Living Well This Week – July 10

It’s the little things…

Do you take the time to reflect on past travels? Do you collect things as a travel keepsake?

It has been quite cold in Brisbane but cozy inside. Reliving our trip to Amsterdam and Delft with a hot chocolate in my Delft patterned mug. I posted this on my socials and one reader mentioned that she collects coffee mugs everywhere she travels.

Health and Wellbeing

  • A second visit to the physio on Monday as part of a four week program. My back is feeling so much better and I’m looking forward to incorporating a monthly massage into my schedule. Do you have regular massages?
  • Want toned arms? Here is a video which might be helpful 10 Minute tone arms – I’m sure you can find 10 minutes to give it a try.
  • Following a two-week break after my long run event it was great to get back for a run with my friend on Saturday. My body felt so good after the run and as always I enjoy running and chatting with my friend. We had a delicious post-run breakfast and caught up with what is happening in our lives.

  • Brisbane City Council provides FREE activities at different locations. I found a Yogalates session at a park nearby and decided to go along. The class went for an hour and is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates. Due to dark skies there were only three other ladies, the instructor and myself but the rain held off and my body just felt so good after it. It was also nice to be in a session IRL rather than my usual online virtual classes. Working out in the park brought me close to nature and a feeling of peace and calm.
  • As usual I took a couple of sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual studio as well as joining in with the ladies for a three Strength sessions myself.
  • I’ve been mixing up my workout routine and tried a Get Fit with Rick’s Online Zumba class. So much fun and it reminded me how much I love to dance. Rick was suggested to me by Jo from And Anyways and Jennifer from Another Phase
  • Week 1 down and into Week 2 of our Daily Exercise Challenge. I’m loving how everyone is posting what they have done, inspiring and motivating the other members. Here is the link to the FB Group and I’d love you to join us. We can motivate and support each other to stay active and fit over 50. WLWA50 – DAILY EXERCISE CHALLENGE | Facebook.
Daily Exercise Challenge

Fashion Accessories

I was very grateful and excited to be sent a leather handbag from Shed Leather and Gold Coast based small business. The ‘Layla’ handbag is very versatile and so, so soft. In this video, I’m sharing my review.

Self-Care Sunday

I’ve been trying to incorporate some self-care practices including some DIY pamper sessions on a Sunday morning. Self-care is so much more than a manicure or facial but taking this time each week helps me to be mindful and also makes me feel good. So why not?

Recently I’ve been seeing the ‘Eco Tan’ range of skincare and makeup on socials. Apparently it is Australia’s First Certified Organic, Tanning, Skincare, Body Care and Natural Makeup Range. I decided to purchase the skincare basic range and also the Purple exfoliating mask which I will use weekly. So far I’m enjoying the range and my skin is looking hydrated and healthy.

A New Volunteering role – I’m a Shero!

When Mike’s Mum was in aged care, we volunteered as a way of helping her settle in and also help others. After a break, Mike and I have been discussing volunteering and giving back to the community in some way. He is looking into the RSL because he is a Vietnam Vet which I think will be good for him. For me, I have a couple of things in mind and we would both like to resume our aged care volunteer work over the coming months.

A couple of years ago on the Podcast, I interviewed Rochelle Courtney, founder of Share the Dignity, a women’s charity in Australia, that works to make a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. We distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates who needs support. When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period so last week I joined up as a Volunteer. It isn’t too time consuming and you can do as little or as much as you would like. They have 3 major campaigns each year so I’m looking forward to volunteering.

I am now a Shero and just waiting to receive my pink t-shirt – my favourite colour!

Watching and Reading

What have you been watching lately? We have been watching ‘The Veil’ with Emmy-winning actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) starring in FX’s action thriller The Veil from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. It follows a super spy who finds herself entangled in secrets and conspiracies as her mission takes her to Istanbul, then Paris and London. 


No Room for Regret

I came across No Room for Regret which is Book 1 in the Cullen-Bartlett Dynasty Series. Janeen Ann O’Connell is an Australian author who is interested in Family History. Her book, No Room for Regret is an historical novel. The two main characters in Book 1 are Tedder and Blay, two convicts sent to Van Diemen’s Land.

If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy No Room for Regret. It was fascinating reading about the lives of convicts on the ships coming to Australia and then what happened to them after their arrival.

I’m looking forward to reading Book 2.

This week on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast my guest was Filipa Bellette Phd, Functional Medicine Practioner and author of Ending Body Burnout and Rediscover Your Spark

I’ve joined #TeamWWWhimsy

Happy to join Debbie from Deb’s World as we become part of #TeamWWWhimsy, helping Min out when required.

So that was my week, over to you, what have you been up to this week? I’d love to hear from you…..

Have a lovely week!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 10, 2024 at 07:22

    We liked The Veil. I couldn’t work out if the American character was meant to come across as a jerk or if we were meant to think he was a good guy. He was so obnoxious….I like that mug idea for souvenirs…#WWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:49

      Hi Lydia, the American character was a jerk, I didn’t see him as a good guy at all. x

  • Reply Jo July 10, 2024 at 08:08

    I adore that mug. I remember bringing back 6 empty yoghurt pots from France (they come in these little glass pots) and use them for tea lights. Grant complained so much about bringing them back but I think of that holiday every time I light them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:48

      Isn’t the mug beautiful, Jo? It is lovely to have little reminders of our trips. We take photos but rarely look at them so something we can use regularly brings such joy and beautiful memories. x

  • Reply Natalie July 10, 2024 at 08:57

    Hi Sue, I enjoyed reading your LWTW letter. That’s a lovely mug you’ve got. I used to collect souvenirs from my travels. This past week I had a fantastic time in Philadelphia and just returned home yesterday. I’m catching up with life at home. Have a wonderful week! #WWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:48

      I love the Delf ware, Natalie and this is a wonderful reminder of our travels to Amsterdam. Have a lovely week x

      • Reply Natalie July 14, 2024 at 11:40

        Hi Sue, I’m back to say thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful week ahead.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:36

          Thanks, Natalie, I try to link up when I can x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections July 10, 2024 at 14:41

    Hi, Sue – I am always get new inspiration from reading your posts and this one was no exception. I am off right now to check out your Daily Excercise Challenge site. See you there!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:47

      Thank you, lovely Donna. I’m so pleased you are joining us for the Daily Exercise Challenge. See you there! x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis July 10, 2024 at 15:32

    Looks like a full and fun week. Thinking about souvenirs – we try not to bring things back now but we do bring back a Moomin mug every time we go to Europe to add to our collection.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:46

      Hi Barbara, I had to look up what a Moomin mug was LOL 🙂 so cute! I think I might start buying mugs as souvenirs. I have usually purchased something I could use regularly to bring back the memories of the trip. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Debbie July 10, 2024 at 20:17

    These are such great updates to read Sue! Your new bag looks lovely and is a perfect size and colour. Your mug is a great way to remember past travels. Thanks also for the book recommendation No Room for Regrets, I’ve just downloaded it to read!!
    Great team work for #TeamWWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:45

      Thanks, Deb. I like to record what I’ve done or used during the week. The bag as you now know is so soft isn’t it? I think you will enjoy the book so will be interested to hear your thoughts when you’ve finished reading it. x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid July 11, 2024 at 04:44

    Yay you for helping out TeamWWWhimsy and becoming a shero – two VIJs (Very Important Jobs!) I have been doing some of Joe Wick’s upper body menopause workouts but I’m always looking for new ways to tone my arms so will check out that workout – thanks for sharing. I didn’t know Rick did zumba, his walking/step count workouts kept me fit and sane through hotel quarantine and subsequent lockdowns. His workouts are so fun, aren’t they?!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:43

      Thanks, Sammie. I like to help out and Min has had a very difficult time of late. I’ve not heard of Joe Wick so will take a look. I like to mix up my workouts and always like to check out trainers recommended by others. Rick makes the workouts fun that is for sure. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Joanne July 11, 2024 at 09:52

    I have actually never had a massage at all! My favorite exercises combine yoga and Pilates and yet I have never tried an outdoor class. I bet that was fun.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 11, 2024 at 18:08

    Congratulations on your new role as a volunteer. You have a big heart Sue and you care for and give to many! Such a refreshing and wonderful spirit you have and share with many. Denyse

  • Reply marsha57 July 12, 2024 at 12:37

    I have been working on my arms and found I’d forgotten several different exercises. I’ll be adding those in. That handbag is just gorgeous! There is nothing like the smell of leather, is there? Love the design with the interesting pockets and that wide strap. We’ve been watching another Star Trek series which I actually like this go round. I’ve also been watching The Great British Sewing Bee. I could never do what these sewers do!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:33

      Hi Marsha, I hope you found the arm exercises helpful. I love the handbag it is pretty special that’s for sure.

  • Reply Cat July 12, 2024 at 20:22

    My go-to souvenirs from trips were often magnets, so I can follow my trips on my fridge and recall what it was like at the particular spot. I remember being very disappointed not getting a magnet of my favorite painting at the National Gallery of Scotland, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, so I got a little box showing half the painting instead.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:34

      I’ve also collected magnets, Cat and it is a lovely reminder when I look on the side of my fridge. They take me back to the country. I have a couple of Rembrandt’s paintings as magnets from our trip to Amsterdam last year. x

  • Reply A Creative Spirit July 14, 2024 at 07:55

    I love the idea of committing to daily exercise and toning the body even though I am well past 50.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:36

      We owe it to ourselves to take care of our health and wellbeing, so we can live active lifes and participate in all life has to offer. x

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com July 15, 2024 at 12:35

    Just read your notice on your Facebook group. I am so proud of the many ways you have enhanced the lives and health of so many friends and followers. But all of that takes so much energy and time!! Thankful you are giving yourself some grace and stepping back from something that has become more work than pleasure.

    Super excited about your new Shero gig. Love that name. Shero. I have been putting together small makeup bags from the dollar store with either feminine hygeine products or baby wipes and diapers. We give them away at our church food pantry. Thank you for all you are doing to help these poor women who have so many other worries in their lives. You are making their lives easier.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:37

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Leslie. I deliberated for many months before making the decision and the time is right. Everyone is busy and the interaction was almost non existent. That can be demoralising so I thought it best to close the group. I’ve had some beautiful comments which makes me feel as though I have made a small difference. x

  • Reply Bernie July 16, 2024 at 15:56

    Tried to get that book but at this point it is not available thru my library. Kudos for never giving up the workouts. I swore I wouldn’t this summer but I am letting functional activities in the yard take place of weights and my HIIT workouts. Once fall hits I will resume. Great you and Mike are both looking to volunteer ad it’s definitely something that helps us age well. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:42

      Hi Bernie, sometimes I see books recommended and then can’t get them either which is frustrating. Your yard work is still a workout and you are building strength. x

      • Reply Bernie July 18, 2024 at 11:58

        I suspect those would be North American books. It’s almost Aussie ones I can’t get! But I do request from the library, and occasionally, they get them in. Still working out in the yard! Bernie

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2024 at 17:35

          Yes, I would have thought Amazon would have them. I find our library fairly limited as well which is a shame. Keep up the good work in the yard. x

          • Bernie July 20, 2024 at 01:18

            I am not (in capital letters) an Amazon shopper. And I hate that Kindle seems to have caved to them and now I need an Amazon account to buy an ebook. So I might never read some of these books as I flatly refuse to be an Amazon addict.

  • Reply Debbie- Dabble July 16, 2024 at 22:41

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I am thrilled to read that you will be featuring my post later on in the week at the link party!! THANK YOU! I enjoyed reading this post… I need to get back on my journey toward a healthier life….I did gain back a few pounds after Joe’s passing and with the heat and humidity we are having here, I am not walking daily but I am doing my bike… As part of my new life as a Widow, I am volunteering more at our church where I have many friends so that is a big help emotionally and helps me to get out with people…I hope you are having a good week!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 10:43

      Hi Debbie give yourself time but I’m glad you are getting back into life. It won’t be easy but I’m sure Joe would want you to. See you at Reboot x

  • Reply Lisa R. Howeler July 17, 2024 at 13:02

    It sounds like you had a lovely week last week. My husband and I celebrated 22 years of marriage so we had a nice dinner on Saturday. We also visited my brother and his wife a couple days before. This week has been a little weird – last night we had a tornado warning while not at home and it was scary but it all turned out okay.

    I am glad you are volunteering to help others. That is really great.

    I hope you are having a great week this week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2024 at 11:05

      Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting! Congratulations on your 22 years of marriage that is certainly worth celebrating. I can’t imagine what it would be like living through a tornado. It must be very scary but I’m glad you are okay. Have a lovely week. x

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