Summer has been hot in Australia with some areas reaching over 40C. Rain has been scarce although we had some spectacular storms around New Year. Where I live in Brisbane, Australia the skies are a glorious blue with sunshine each day and my time spent at the Coast was so relaxing.
The festivities of Christmas and New Year seem like a distant memory and yet it is only a month ago that we were all enjoying time with family and friends and celebrating this magical time of year.
At the beginning of Summer I put together a list of things I would like to achieve over the summer months and linked up with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After and some other bloggers, to share our Summer or Winter (depending where you live) Bucket Lists.
This is my progress report and so far so good.
Health & Wellbeing
No New Year’s Resolutions – I have stuck to my plan of not making any New Year Resolutions (you can read here why I don’t) but rather chose my word for the year which is THRIVE! I’m excited about my ‘word’ because to me thriving means you have most of your ‘ducks in a row’ and although one might swim away occasionally, life is pretty good. A New Year and no resolutions but some new active/swimwear which I was kindly given by HydroChic to review. Just the colours made me feel motivated!
Listening to my body – I have been very patient, which is unusual for me and have been going to the osteopath for my back which has improved greatly. I’m now getting back into running (but keeping a slower pace for the moment), walking, yoga, stretching and rolling. I can’t believe how good my back feels.
Enjoying life – I’ve not been as successful restarting my morning rituals of meditation and reflection so this remains a work in progress.
Alcohol Free – My goal of alcohol free 5 days per week is going quite well and actually I’m not really missing it. My goal is to stick to this on a regular basis but of course if there is a celebration or if I feel like a glass then I’m not going to deny myself. It is all about moderation. I’m going to try some ‘mocktails’ and my friend suggested filling a tall glass with coconut water, lime juice and ice – just no vodka!
Over the Summer holidays I did indulge in my passion of reading however I didn’t manage to revisit Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters so they remain on my list. I have just finished an epic, Column of Fires by Ken Follett, an historical drama about England, France, Spain and the Netherlands during Queen Elizabeth I and the religious conflict between Catholics and Prostestants. I enjoyed it immensely but you certainly have to be in the right mood to read it.
Another author I’ve just discovered is Celeste Ng and I loved her book ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. Easy to read so perfect for the holidays. Also on the list was ‘Once Gone’ by Blake Pierce and ‘Mourning Gloria’ by Andrew Downs both crime/drama genres but I quite enjoyed them.
Family & Friends
December was very busy for catching up with friends for lunch and it seemed every week we had a different engagement. It was good to enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends we hadn’t seen for some time. We had our traditional ‘blended family’ Christmas get-together and all the grandchildren were very happy with their Santa Sacks. Christmas Day was spent with my daughter and a host of others which was just lovely. My 3.5y.o. grandson was beside himself with excitement.
I must admit, as lovely and special as December was, Mike and I were glad to be heading to the Coast for some relaxing time together.
Taking a Break – Hubby and I had a wonderful 10 days at our ‘other home’ on the Gold Coast. A couple of stormy afternoons but otherwise the weather was gorgeous and perfect for chillaxing by the beach or on the balcony. I took time away from blogging and have come back feeling refreshed with some new ideas.
A New Look for my Website – This wasn’t on my list but over the break I ‘dabbled’ and came up with a new look for my website. I designed a new Home page and revamped the ‘About Me’ page. I’d love you to take a look and give me your feedback.
A New Link Party just for Midlife Lifestyle Bloggers – my new link party with my friend Leanne, from Cresting the Hill which will be exclusively for Midlife Lifestyle bloggers, starts Wednesday 31st January! So we are ready to go. If you are an Over 45 blogger who doesn’t blog about recipes or craft but rather writes about experiences in midlife and beyond then we would love you to link up with us.
A new series of guest writers – My ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ Guest Series has commenced and I have had a wonderful response. My guest writers have all provided a different slant on what Thriving means to them and the bonus for me is that I get fabulous ladies writing for my blog and I’m learning from them.
A new FREE e-book – I have been procrastinating about this and finally sat down and put together my free e-book to subscribers titled: ’10 Ways to start THRIVING today’. I would love you to subscribe to my blog and receive a copy to help you start Thriving in 2018.
What’s next for the rest of Summer?
I’ve made a good start to my bucket list for Summer mainly because I didn’t overload myself with high expectations. I haven’t added to my list. My main goal is to relax, restore and revive my mind, body and soul which we all need regularly and I’m happy with my progress.
What is on your Winter/Summer Bucket List? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below with your thoughts.