Over 50 & Thriving Series

My Take on “Thriving Over 50”

January 23, 2019
My Take on "Thriving Over 50"

Have you heard the term ‘The Third Age’? Late in 2018, I was contemplating changing the name of my blog to something incorporating this idea, when I met a new blogger who is my next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series.

The Over 50 & Thriving Series is all about connecting with other like-minded Over 50s & Beyond (I’m in the beyond category now) and as one my words for the year is ‘Evolve’, each contributor teaches me something new. I can ‘evolve’ with the lessons and words of wisdom I receive and I hope you also gain some new idea or lesson through the series.

Nancy Dobbins, is new to blogging but when I saw the name of her blog ‘Defining Third Age’ at the time I was contemplating the name change, I knew I had to connect with her as she and I are obviously on the same page.

I would encourage you to connect with Nancy through the links at the end of her article.

My Take on “Thriving Over 50”

When Sue asked me to contribute to this series I was flattered and humbled.  You see, I am really a newbie author in this blogging community with so much to learn.  Sue and many others are my models and mentors in this new journey…I’m grateful for the opportunity to add my voice to the conversation.  I learn so much about myself when I read and interact with these accomplished folks, and I also learn about myself when I write.  To be formally asked to contribute here is an honor I take very seriously.

My blog’s title is “Defining Third Age” and it was a very purposeful choice.  There are 4 “ages” in one’s life.  First Age is childhood, Second Age is adulthood/family/careerbuilding, Third Age is active “retirement”, and Fourth Age is one’s declining years.  So, in a very literal sense, my blog as well as my choices in other areas will help me define how I want to live at this time in my life.  I am energized by the possibilities that this opens up.

My career before my “Third Age” was as a teacher and educator, as was my husband’s.  Part of what I enjoyed most about teaching was inspiring a love of learning in my students. 

This came naturally to me as I am a lifelong learner myself, always on the lookout for a challenge, adventure, or opportunity to do or learn something new. 

My blog is definitely a new challenge! 

I have recently begun an online course on the Science of Happiness.  And travel is on the list as well as it is one of the best ways I know to challenge one’s assumptions about the world and learn along the way.

Now that Dan and I are no longer in the classroom and tied to the routine of an academic schedule, even more choices have opened up.  We have become “snowbirds” and will split our time between our lake house in NH and our new little home in Florida. 

We know that life is uncertain, so we want to act on some of our dreams while our health cooperates.  So this will involve a fair bit of traveling in the nearer future.  I can say that it is nice not to have to travel during school vacations with all the crowds and high prices.  The flexibility our new schedule provides is a wonderful luxury.

We are avid sailors and have a trailerable sailboat and have always dreamed about lengthier cruising on her; we just came off of spending a month on the boat in the Everglades and another trip is planned to the Florida Keys in March. 

We are off to Costa Rica with family in a few weeks, and will be travelling around the US a bit this summer for the weddings of my niece and nephew.  I’m sure we will work in some interesting and enjoyable side trips along the way.  I’m also in the process of convincing Dan we should take a trip to Europe as I have never been and it is high on my list of “must do’s”. 

Another dream which we are planning for next year or the year after (as the spirit moves) is an RV tour of the US to see as many of the National Parks as we can.  The planning and anticipation for that trip is already underway.  You can see that we are determined to stay active, involved and on the move.

My take on “Thriving After 50” is that it is all about making choices that keep you engaged and learning.  Try something new.  Travel somewhere you’ve never been before.  Meet new people and make new friends, blogging friends included.  Take a course or research on your own on a topic that fascinates you. 

The opportunities are endless…and you are in charge of the choices.  It’s YOUR Third Age.

Meet Nancy

My Take on "Thriving Over 50"

Nancy is currently defining her own Third Age.  She is mom to 3 uniquely fabulous grown children and step-mom to her husband’s two terrific sons – with a rapidly expanding family of significant others and grand-kids.  

She is retired, somewhat recently, from a longtime education career that she loved and where she found a great deal of success and personal satisfaction.  

A huge motivator in starting her blog was to help transition into this next stage of life and to help discover how we define ourselves in the absence of a career and with an empty nest.  

How do we answer the “What do you do?”  How do we stay healthy, happy, and engaged in life?  She shares this new Third Age with her husband Dan, also a retired teacher.  They live in Epsom, NH and in Lake Placid, FL when they are not sailing their boat YNot or out traveling in their next adventure.

Connect with Nancy

Defining Third Age



If you are Over 50 and would like to contribute to the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email at sue@womenlivingwellafter50.com.au and I can provide more details. Click here to catch up on my previous guests in Over 50 & Thriving Series Or you can subscribe here so you never miss a post and receive a FREE Copy of my latest e-book ’10 ways to start Thriving today’! Don’t forget to post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #over50andthriving.

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  • Reply Debbie January 23, 2019 at 21:48

    Fabulous to have Nancy as a guest Sue! I really enjoy her posts and her blog is always interesting and thought provoking. Welcome Nancy 🙂

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 23, 2019 at 23:05

      Hi Deb, Yes, I was beyond thrilled when Sue asked me to guest post…and this is really a very tight-knit blogging community as I find my favorite bloggers regularly commenting on the blogs that I follow. And everyone has been so supportive!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2019 at 09:41

        It was lovely to have you as my guest, Nancy and look forward to following your journey. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2019 at 09:40

      I continue to meet such wonderful women Deb. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have a huge skype session one day. It would go for hours because we would all have so much to talk about 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 23, 2019 at 22:14

    Hi Nancy – lovely to see you here on Sue’s blog and to learn a little bit more about you – and your sailing and travel plans. It’s great to also see you on MLSTL – it’s a great way to get to know our little tribe of Midlife bloggers – such a supportive community!

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 23, 2019 at 23:08

      Hi Leanne,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so enjoying this new blogging adventure and am learning so much along the way. The Midlife bloggers are a wonderful, supportive group and I am so grateful that I have found all of you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2019 at 09:41

      Nancy is fitting right in with our #MLSTL community Leanne. So many inspiring women out there in the world. It’s great and very motivating. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 23, 2019 at 23:05

    Hi Deb, Yes, I was beyond thrilled when Sue asked me to guest post…and this is really a very tight-knit blogging community as I find my favorite bloggers regularly commenting on the blogs that I follow. And everyone has been so supportive!

  • Reply Erica/Erika January 24, 2019 at 04:09

    Thank you Sue, for sharing Nancy’s post. I have been following Nancy from the beginning of “Defining Third Age”. I am glad she shares her research, wisdom and insights with us. I look forward to reading her posts!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2019 at 09:44

      Hi Erica, I have only recently met Nancy but love her blog and thoughts. I will enjoy reading her posts as well. Thanks for stopping by to comment and I look forward to getting to know you.

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:14

      Thanks Erica!
      You’ve been with me from the beginning and glad to see you here at Sue’s blog, too! Thanks for all your support!

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle January 24, 2019 at 09:18

    So nice to meet you Nancy, and thank you for introducing us to her Sue. You will love your blogging adventure Nancy. I’ve been doing it for 6+ years now and it kinda gets into your blood and under your skin. You meet so many fascinating people all across the world and you learn so much as you research for blog posts and read posts from others. I love your attitude to this Third Age and look forward to visiting your blog and getting to know you more! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 24, 2019 at 09:45

      Thanks Min! I love meeting new and interesting women like Nancy and I’m sure you will find that with your Zen Tip Tuesdays. The Third Age certainly rocks! xx

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:15

      Thanks Min! I’m so glad you liked my little post…looking forward to getting to know you more as well!

  • Reply Johanna Castro January 24, 2019 at 10:16

    Hi Sue and Thank You Nancy for an interesting post on your take of thriving after 50. I very much agree – making choices that keep us engaged and learning and trying new things is so important as we age. Like you, we love travel too, so that’s easy for us to decide, but yes we need to do these things while health and finances permit too..

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:17

      Hi Johanna,
      Yes, no time like the present! Keeping busy and involved and growing is so important at any age, but particularly as we get older. I am so excited that I get to choose how every day plays out…I even decided that my word for this year would be Choice.

  • Reply Deborah January 24, 2019 at 10:44

    Lovely to meet Nancy and love the Third Age concept which I’d not heard before in that sense. I’m reminded how different life looks for everyone – though I’m now in my 50s I think retirement is a long time off, but I like to think I’m making choices better in line with my values and priorities than I once did.

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:20

      Hi Deborah, The Third Age term was new to me, but retirement didn’t seem like it described my plans for what comes next…retirement is for “old” people – not me! LOL. So I found it in a bit of research that I did and it was just right. I’m in my next age and defining it with my choices.
      And…”retirement” is closer than you think…
      Glad to hear from you!

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb January 24, 2019 at 11:27

    Your plans sound wonderful! Enjoy your Third Age!

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:21

      Thanks Janet! Plans can change, but we intend to enjoy life as it comes!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl January 24, 2019 at 12:29

    Lovely to meet you through this guest post, Nancy. You are right, life is uncertain. I agree wholeheartedly about making decisions about life that are wholehearted and engaging.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:23

      Hi Sydney…It is the uncertainty of life that makes the present moment so precious. Although we plan for the future, it is important to be fully present in the here-and-now! But, our life is the sum of our decisions and we can shape this Third Age as we wish.

  • Reply Donna January 24, 2019 at 14:24

    HI, Nancy – It is wonderful to see you here. Sue has wonderful taste in Guest Hosts! I always found your posts to be incredibly inspiring and would never guess you to be a newbie-blogger! 🙂

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:26

      Hey Donna….so great to see you here! I agree that Sue chooses great guest hosts (like YOU!) Thanks for the kind words about the posts. I want folks to find value in them…but I have to say that I learn so much in just researching and writing them. And the comments I get are so thoughtful and sometimes push me to explore further in a slightly different direction. Smart folks here in the blogosphere!

  • Reply Nikki @ Wonderfully Women January 24, 2019 at 19:26

    Your travel plans sound fabulous Nancy and keep nudging for Europe to be added to the list, you will love it.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 25, 2019 at 08:49

    Astrologically the third age is tied to Saturn Returns: the 1st one at or around the age of 28 is the gaining of maturity – that time of settling, committing, planning, growing up. The 2nd age up to around 56 is about responsibility, career, achievement. The 3rd age – through to about 84 – is the gaining of wisdom…and the imparting of that. The 4th age is beyond that. I remember my Nan started a new career in volunteering in her early 80s- something she did until she died. Anyways I quite like the analogy and love how we see so many mid-lifers almost start a new path during that 3rd age. Thanks for introducing us to Nancy. I’m off now to visit her blog.

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 25, 2019 at 23:30

      Hi Joanne, I love that you mentioned the astrological reference regarding Third Age. It does roughly equate to my definition, although it puts an actual “year” on each. And so, it really refers to about 54-84, doesn’t it? Seems about right to me. And my life now is much different than even a year ago…and choice it what it is all about now.
      Look forward to seeing you over at the blog!

  • Reply CAROL SMITH January 26, 2019 at 07:23

    Look at you Nancy! How wonderful that you are expanding your blogging horizons! I really enjoy all of your blogs! And so fun and exciting to read your article here! A big thank you for this connection to Sue’s lovely place! Delighted to explore more inspiring contributions from you and your fellow bloggers at the beginning of my third age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2019 at 07:10

      Hi Carol thanks for stopping by to leave Nancy a comment. I’m looking forward to getting to know her more this year and just love her attitude to live. I hope you enjoy the Over 50 & Thriving Series and the wonderful women who are contributors. Have a great week and I hope you visit again. x

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 7, 2019 at 01:41

      Thanks Carol!
      I am connecting with more and more bloggers… Sue and many others have been so supportive and inspiring to me.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit January 27, 2019 at 09:13

    Our third age. I like that.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2019 at 07:10

      It is a very positive description of this time of life isn’t it? Have a great week, Leanne. x

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 31, 2019 at 01:33

      Yes, Leanne…I pondered so many different blog names; this one just seems to fit what we are “in”.

  • Reply Bree January 29, 2019 at 16:48

    So nice to meet you. I really enjoyed reading this post and so much so I have gone over to your blog and will be reading more of your blog later xx.. Its funny I think now I am no longer working I actually busier than ever.

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 31, 2019 at 01:34

      Thanks Bree…I hope that you enjoy the blog and my other posts. I am new here, but very excited about the new friends and possibilites.

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan January 31, 2019 at 13:12

    So nice to meet you here through our mutual friend Sue. I am writing about rediscovering myself and my life after retirement. I remember, now, having read your post, that I have heard about the 4 ages of life. In many ways, third age is my fav! Bravo to you for embracing this chapter and filling your life with adventure as your travel.

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 6, 2019 at 01:25

    So nice to meet you, too Leslie! Sue has been incredibly supportive – as have many, many others in the blogging community. Retirement is a new adventure; I am embracing this chapter as you say and exploring myself as well as the world in ways that were not available to me while I was tied to the daily career.
    So far, my Third Age has been very exciting!

  • Reply Miriam February 6, 2019 at 07:52

    So wonderful to see you here Nancy. You are a wonderful blogger and I always enjoy reading your posts. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been doing it for years connecting with other like minded writers here is like becoming part of a big family. Life is indeed for living now, there’s no time like the present. Wonderful post and wonderful choice Sue.

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 7, 2019 at 01:44

      Hi Miriam,
      This blogging community IS like a big family, I’m discovering that. And over and over I find my favorite new blogging friends connecting with others all over the blogging universe! This has been one of the unanticipated joys of my blog journey.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:58

      Thanks Miriam, Nancy is lovely and a very popular blogger from the comments we have received. 🙂

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