My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for March
March is coming to a close so let’s have a coffee (or tea) catchup and I can share what has been happening in my world during the month. Don’t forget to share what you have been up to in the comments section below and keep the conversation going.
It sounds cliched but was it only yesterday we were celebrating a New Year, a new word for the year and great expectations for the year ahead? Where has the last three months gone? Last year I was linking up to a Sentence A Day with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After. However, this year has been so busy I’ve found it easier just to give a monthly review of what I’ve been up to. My friend, Leanne from Cresting the Hill introduced me to a virtual coffee catch up and it is a great way to share what has been happening.
A New Season
Autumn has arrived in Australia, although where I live in Brisbane, Queensland someone forgot to tell the weather gods. The temperatures are still in the 30Cs and everyone is still enjoying the beach life and wearing summer clothes. I can feel Autumn is trying to push through as the mornings are definitely cooler and I love it!
During the month, my husband has been away for three weeks. This is the first time in 20 years I have lived on my own and although it was a great opportunity to do things that I wanted to, I found myself a little lost. It certainly brought home to me what life would be like if I was permanently alone. Something just didn’t feel right. We are both independent people but it was surprising that I felt ‘out of sorts’ and not really in the mood to do anything.
One morning, I decided to walk a few doors up to a new coffee shop and treat myself to a coffee and lemon and poppy seed muffin. I rarely have coffee on my own and it was so pleasant taking time out for myself, the day was glorious with blue skies and sunshine and the muffin was delicious.
I regularly volunteer at my MIL’s aged care home and this month we went to the Movies! We saw The Greatist Showman and everyone enjoyed it immensely. I am always reminded of how lucky I am to have my health as we load residents in wheelchairs or with their walkers on and off the bus. It is easy to take the ease of walking for granted isn’t it?
We are expecting a grandbaby – brother or sister to my darling Ethan in June. I have been taking the opportunity to take my grandson to kindy a couple of mornings each week. This takes the pressure off my daughter and she can just leave for work without the hassle of kindy drop off. It also gives me the opportunity for some Ethan time which is always a joyful way to start my day.
My MIL, who will be 92 in June has recently taken up a new activity at her aged care home. She has started painting and art classes – something she has never done before. Her latest work I thought was worth framing and what a positive inspiration proving that we are definitely never to old to start learning or trying new things.
Exercise & Eating Well
I continue to run twice a week with my Saturday Sisters and not only is this a time for us to exercise it is also a time to chat and catch up. A wonderful way to combine keeping fit and social connection and I would recommend having this type of friendship to everyone.
We are fortunate to have a beautiful riverside city to run through making the run so enjoyable.
I have also continued my yoga once or twice a week although my weight and body workouts have not been as frequent as I would like. At least I’m moving several times a week which is a positive.
I’ve also discovered green smoothies which are quick, easy to make and keep me satisfied. I throw some protein powder, water, yoghurt, spinach leaves and sometimes a banana or oats into a blender and whizz away. It is really delicious and I’m certainly getting my ‘greens’ each day.
A Work out with a trainer to the stars
As you probably know, I run with the Saturday Sisters every week. We were excited to run to Southbank and then take part in a group workout with the amazing Michelle Bridges. Michelle, has been a personal trainer to celebrities, was a trainer on the Australian Biggest Loser and runs her own fitness company and 12 week program. What a fabulous way for us to start our Saturday and you can read more about what we actually did in my post My Workout with Michelle Bridges from Biggest Loser.
An exciting opportunity
I’m excited to have been asked to MC and be the Guest Speaker at a High Tea event for Mother’s Day in May. Co.As.It is an organisation that provides services for people to stay in their homes longer as they age rather than moving to a retirement home. They also provide social activities to help people stay connected. I’m looking forward to the day and will be speaking about Positive Aging, Health and Wellness.
Blogging – Farewells and New Challenges
My Over 50 & Thriving Guest Series has been a great hit! I love having a different guest writer each week writing their thoughts about Thriving Over 50 and it appears you like it too. I’m hoping to continue the series for the full year, in keeping with my word for 2018 which is THRIVE. I find that I am learning from these wonderful women and each has such a unique view on how to thrive in life.
Call me crazy but with coaxing from Leanne at Cresting the Hill and Jennifer from Tracking Down the Family, I’ve once again joined the AtoZ Blogging Challenge which starts in April. This means writing 26 posts from A to Z based on a theme. Here is my theme reveal but no prizes for guessing what it is! I do hope you will subscribe to receive my posts as they publish if you aren’t already a subscriber.
Unfortunately, with new challenges and opportunities it is time for me to say farewell to hosting the Over the Moon and Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Parties. I have been with OTM for 3 years and about 1 year with BPS. I will continue to co-host the Midlife Share the Love Party and the monthly Blogging Grandmothers Link Party.
I need to listen to my head rather than my heart and remember I can’t do it all – even if I wanted to. Sometimes we need to put ourselves and our needs first to keep healthy and happy.
Well, that is really my news for the month. I am so grateful for the life that I have and to be surrounded by loving family and friends, including those in the blogging world.
How has your March been? Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?