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My Year In Review 2023 – Did I use my TIME wisely?

December 29, 2023

It’s our last What’s Been On Your Calendar? link up for 2023 but Deb, Donna, Jo and I will be back again in 2024 and hope you will join us. In 2023 we changed the link up from Word of the Year Link UP to What’s Been On Your Calendar? Not everyone selects a #WOTY and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s monthly recap on what they have been doing. It’s a great way to get to know each other.

At this time of year, I usually go into a reflective mode as one year comes to an end and another will begin. It is a great idea to take some time and look back at my year – the good, the not-so-good and the in-between. A time to perhaps decide whether I am happy in life or whether I need or want to make changes.

Like many, I have chosen a #WOTY for several years and I’ve always found they have helped guide my year. In most cases the word has been exactly what I needed at the time.

Each year from 2016 I’ve chosen a WOTY and I’ve usually selected my word as early as November. My previous WOTY have included:

  • 2016 I wanted to find more BALANCE in my life.
  • 2017 I wanted to SIMPLIFY.
  • 2018 I wanted to THRIVE and in
  • 2019 I chose two words – COMMIT AND EVOLVE.
  • 2020 I chose a statement – MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • 2021 I chose to put the focus on SELF and where I was placing my energy ‘I needed to embrace my SELF and live my life with the focus of keeping what SERVES me WELL and LETTING GO of what is holding me back and making me feel trapped in life
  • 2022 I chose BE – Just BE – living life your way
  • 2023 I chose TIME – to use my Time wisely

For 2023 my #WOTY was ‘TIME’ and my goal was to use my time wisely. Back in January I wrote:

I was not going to select a Word of the Year this year, (which has been the case most years really). I don’t consciously think about it and then a word will keep popping up which I find difficult to ignore and here I am again starting the year with a word to focus on and to steer my life. You guessed it – the word is TIME! Nothing fancy just practical.

  • Time out
  • Time management
  • Limited Time
  • Time Keeper
  • Balanced Time
  • Moment in Time
  • Timeless
  • Fun Times

For my last #WBOYC post for the year I’m sharing a monthly review in photos which I think have captured the essence of my WOTY for 2023. There were quite a few highlights so I’ve selected only a few so I don’t bore you LOL 🙂

From a blogging perspective, I co-hosted What’s On Your Bookshelf? and What’s Been On your Calendar? link ups each month. I participated in

  • What’s On Your Plate? hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, the Widow Badass,
  • Tell Us About…. organised by Gail from Is this Mutton?
  • Denyse’s Words & Pics hosted by Denyse Whelan
  • Wednesday’s Words & Whimsey hosted by Min from Write of the Middle

The Women Living Well After 50 podcast provided some wonderful interview opportunities and although I’m on a break at the moment, I will certainly be back with more interesting interviews in 2024. One achievement was having the Podcast broadcast each Saturday afternoon, on local radio station 92.7FM Bay & Basin Community Radio.

I was a trainer taking weekly Group Fitness classes for Women Over 50 in the Strong Healthy Women virtual studio.

I ran, read, cooked, spent time with my adorable grandsons, family and friends, travelled with my darling husband, was ill for a time, bounced back, tried my hand at modelling clothes for collaborations and have recently enjoyed hosting a wonderful family Christmas.

My year certainly had it all and I feel so grateful and blessed. I’d love to share my highlights with you…….

January

Highlights included:

Kitchen renovations begin and the return of the Home Restaurant Date Nights

February

Our Kitchen renovation was completed

March

Highlights included participating in our first run of the year – The International Women’s Day Run

April

Celebrating 25 years of marriage to this wonderful man.
Celebrating my grandson’s 9th birthday making him a soccer cake and my daughter’s birthday
Running in the Run Army event with my daughter and running friend

May

Highlights included:

Celebrating my darling husband’s birthday
Celebrating my grandson’s 5th birthday with two cakes – a Number 5 and a Lego Number 50
Keeping the tradition of running the Mother’s Day Classic with my daughter, Rachel in memory of my Mum

June

The main highlight was a 10 night cruise to Papua New Guinea a belated celebration of our 25th Wedding Anniversary which was in April.

July

July was not a great month for me. I fell ill and was out of action for the month. I had a couple of visit to the Emergency with chest pains and was finally diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease and High Blood Pressure. I wrote the post Maintaining a positive mindset when you need to cancel your calendar. Ihad to put many things on hold including interviews for the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast.

An important lessons learned in July included

No matter how fit and healthy you are, genetics can still play a role. Knowing your family medical history will help you to have the screenings and tests to catch things early.’

and

‘How we respond to situations is in our control whilst letting go of what isn’t in our control.’

August

During August I celebrated another year around the Sun – 66 clickety-clicks. Daily walks and workouts for my health and well-being after weeks of illness during July became my focus.

September

Highlights included:

School holiday fun exploring, baking and making a book about birds
Catching up with my good friend Debbie Harris from Deb’s World.
Ethan made his first Holy Communion so I made a Communion cake for him.

The biggest highlight was completing the River Run Half Marathon after being ill and not running for a couple of months – I was stoked!

Deb from Deb's World
Holy communion
Celebrate Half Marathon River Run 2023

October

My first lingerie collaboration – stepping out of my comfort zone for sure and a quick trip to Sydney to catch up with my cousin and attend a 70th birthday party.

November

The major highlight was a European holiday which included 5 nights in Amsterdam, a 7night Viking Rhine River cruise and 6 nights in Milan. I definitely need to write a post dedicated to our trip – too many photos to choose from so this is a very small taste to tempt you.

December

The major highlight was a Gold Star from my cardiologist. Following a diagnosis of Cardiovascular disease and High Blood pressure due to genetics, I am now on medication and despite having a wonderful holiday and not really watching what I ate, my LDL cholesterol has reduced to 0.92 which is well below the 1.8 that the cardiologist wanted to see. My blood pressure has stabilised and I my next Cardiologist appointment is in December 2025. That was cause for Celebration!

Other Highlights included:

  • Collaborating with Fella Hamilton over the last few months to showcase some of their beautiful clothes and accessories. Trying my hand at modelling which I’ve never really done before.
  • Book Club Baking where we made Chocolate Gingerbread
  • Dinner with my running friends enjoying Margueritas and a Mexican Fiesta!
  • Completing the 52 Book Club’s 2023 Reading Challenge
  • Our blended family get-together to celebrate Christmas for the first time in 4 years. Hectic, chaotic but I loved every moment.
  • School holiday fun! Walking Wallis the Pooch, making Christmas Bon Bon Crackers, going to the Hologram Zoo for a 3D North Pole Christmas Adventure (boys gave it a 5 stars), making comic books and relaxing. It’s been a busy day! We had two hours at the park this afternoon playing soccer. Early night I think!
My Year in Review 2023

What a year it has been and I’m so very grateful to have been surrounded by love and support from my family (a special mention to my darling husband who supports me and is my photographer for fashion shoots), friends and YOU, my readers because I wouldn’t have a blog without you. I think I’ve certainly used my TIME wisely during 2023, don’t you?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for joining us each month for the What’s Been On Your Calendar? Link up. Whether you are a fellow blogger linking up with your post or a regular reader of my blog. I appreciate your support and I look forward to continuing our connection in 2024.

Will I select a Word of the Year for 2024? – not sure but probably

Will ‘What’s Been On Your Calendar? ‘ be back in 2024 – most definitely!!! See the first date back below.

A huge shout out to my fellow co-hosts and dearest friends – Debbie Harris, Donna Connolly & Jo Tracey (please make sure you pop over to see What’s Been On their Calendar? during December). I cherish our friendship and your support throughout the year and you keep me on track blogging so a huge thank you to you all.

Have wonderful Festive Season and bring on 2024? Will you have a WOTY? Do we really need one to live a happy life? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sue Loncaric

What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC


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43 Comments

  • Reply Denyse Whelan's Words And Pics. December 29, 2023 at 08:25

    What a wonderful run down…of an amazing and challenging year for you Sue. This was both a joy to read and reflective post as you did need to weather some storms in 2023. Look at how you have made your health better as you took those actions along with your doctors. As for moving back to Brisbane to be closer to family and friends, it really has made life so much better for connections hasn’t it? We know this to be true for me as well…thanks for the link up, and over the course of the next few days I will be over to comment on your fellow hosts’ as well. Happy New Year Sue and I value your friendship very much. Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 09:51

      Thank you for your lovely comments, Denyse and in particular your last sentence. It’s been a really good year despite some hiccups and I have much to be thankful for. Enjoy your New Year celebrations. We stay home and have a special dinner together. Love to you and Mr B and have a wonderful 2024. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 29, 2023 at 09:18

    With the exception of the fall and recovery, it’s been a pretty sensational year for you. I also think Time was an excellent choice of word….Have a happy New year and I’ll be back in late Jan or Feb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 09:50

      Yes, Lydia I am very grateful and satisfied with my year. My last cardiologist appointment had really good results so don’t have to go back for two years. I’m looking forward to 2024. Have a lovely break x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement December 29, 2023 at 09:56

    Sue, you are living the life. Keep it up for 2024. I look forward to following along. Many blessings. Suzanne

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 10:01

      Thank you so much Suzanne for your beautiful wishes and also your support of my blog. I look forward to maintaining our connection in 2024. Wishing you and your husband and very Happy and Healthy 2024. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 29, 2023 at 12:06

    Hi, Sue – This is as wonderful year in review. You have used your time extremely well. I can’t believe you fit all of this in (and more) in a single calendar year!!
    Wishing you and Mike a terrific 2024.
    I remain incredibly grateful for our friendship! <3 <3 <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 12:10

      Thank you Donna and I do count my blessings. 2023 was a wonderful year for us and I’m looking forward to 2024. Sending love and best wishes for a wonderful 2024 to you and Richard. Love our friendship despite the miles that separate us. xx

  • Reply leannelc December 29, 2023 at 12:22

    A very full year Sue – and the sign of a life well lived. I hope 2024 brings you loads of joy and peace and I look forward to seeing your #WOTY and how you live it out. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 13:39

      It was a full but satisfying year, Leanne. No complaints from me and lots of gratitude. It’s a fun time of year reading everyone’s WOTY. Look forward to your choice. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis December 29, 2023 at 14:45

    Looks like a wonderful year full of all sorts of fun things – you used the time well 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:01

      Thank you Barbara, I felt very happy reflecting on my year and writing this post. I have much to be thankful for and am very grateful. x

  • Reply marsha57 December 29, 2023 at 14:56

    I am so glad I discovered your blog and became blogging friends with you! You’ve had such a full year so I’d say you definitely spent your time wisely! And, bravo for getting that cholesterol number down! I know you worked hard on it. I will link up my post tomorrow or Saturday as it’s not yet live.

    Have a wonderful weekend and New Year, Sue!

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:02

      I’m glad I discovered your blog too, Marsha! Looking forward to reading more of your posts in 2024 and joining you as a co-host. Happy New Year! xx

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton December 29, 2023 at 17:40

    What a wonderful year Sue. So many achievements- the silver wedding anniversary, the gold star from your cardiologist, the lingerie shoot, the half marathon. You’re an inspiration and a great role model for women. Loved the pictures. Thanks for the link up. I think I may benefit from setting a #WOTY. Looking forward to more fun with you in 2024!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:03

      Thank you so much, Gail for your beautiful words. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you during 2024 and look forward to continuing our connection in 2024 through reading your blog and participating in Tell Us About… Happy New Year! xx

  • Reply Toni Pike December 29, 2023 at 18:47

    Congratulations on all your achievements, Sue – it’s been an amazing year for you xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:04

      It has been a very good year for me, Toni for which I am extremely grateful. Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2024 and I’m so pleased you could spend time with family and host Christmas. Happy New Year! x

  • Reply Janine December 29, 2023 at 19:29

    This is a great post Sue, highlighting all the (mostly) positives in your year. I definitely think you have used your time wisely. I’m still contemplating my word of the year. I have found having a word to guide and set a theme for the year is much more positive than goals which often bring negative connotations on how we should change our habits. I look forward to seeing if you are sent a word for 2024.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:06

      Hi Janine, I’ve chosen my word and written my post although maybe having second thoughts – we will see. I agree with you about having a word to guide is more positive than resolutions although I still like to set goals. I’m looking forward to reading what your WOTY will be. It has been lovely getting to know you in 2023 and who knows if you get to Brisbane or I visit the Coast any time we might catch up. Happy New Year xx

  • Reply Joanne December 29, 2023 at 21:43

    OH I definitely think you used your time quite wisely this year! I especially loved reading your December highlights and hearing how well you have been managing your new diagnoses. Wishing you a wonderful, fun-filled 2024!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:06

      Thanks, Joanne. I have much to be grateful for. Happy New Year to you and thank you for your support in 2023. I look forward to connecting with you again in 2024. xx

  • Reply mireille December 30, 2023 at 03:59

    Lovely to look back at a year.
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:01

      Thank you Mireille, it is good to reflect on the year and to be able to remember and appreciate the good and not-so-good things that have happened during the year. I’m very grateful for a wonderful year and am looking forward to 2024. Happy New Year and thanks for visiting! x

  • Reply Jo December 30, 2023 at 07:14

    Well, I think you used your time wisely indeed this year. It’s been an absolute joy to have done 2023 with you. Much love & wishes for a healthy and happy 2024.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 07:15

      Thank you, Jo and I do treasure our friendship. Perhaps we can organise a catch up in person during 2024. Wouldn’t that be great? Happy New Year, my friend xx

      • Reply Jo January 1, 2024 at 09:15

        That would indeed be worth coming to Brisbane for x

        • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2024 at 18:05

          Sure would. We should make it happen. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones December 30, 2023 at 13:25

    Your photos show an action packed year Sue. I’ve enjoyed following along with your adventures. I love that orange and mauve bike. I love the period between Boxing Day and New Year as I enjoy reflecting on the year and looking forward to the year to come. Best wishes to you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2023 at 17:56

      Hi Jen it was an action packed year. I was surprised when I looked back at each month. Amsterdam was wonderful and I really tried to be creative with the bike photo. We’ve been not doing much at all. Just relaxing after a few busy weeks. Happy New Year to you x

  • Reply Debbie December 30, 2023 at 20:50

    What a fabulous review of your year Sue and you’ve certainly used your TIME wisely and achieved so much as well! I loved your photos and recaps of each month, you are such a good friend and an inspiration to many. The fashion shoots have been so good and you are the perfect model! Thanks for all you do and I love our collaborations each month. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 31, 2023 at 09:26

      Thanks so much, Deb! It was a lovely reminder of all I had done during the year and I had forgotten some of the experiences. You are such a wonderful cheerleader for me and I value our friendship. I love the collaborations each month as well and feel we all inspire each other. Happy New Year to you and Grant and may 2024 be just as wonderful as 2023 was. xx

  • Reply Susanne December 31, 2023 at 02:39

    What an eventful year you’ve had! With lots of good things, and some less good. You’ve achieved a lot this year and used your time to enjoy life to the fullest!
    I LOVE that soccer cake!
    I wish I could have joined your link-up more often but this year was utter chaos and I mostly had nothing to share except my fitness updates on Sundays which I felt didn’t fit this link-up. But I hope to be back next year. One goal I didn’t mention in my post is get back to blogging more.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 31, 2023 at 09:25

      Hi Susanne, thanks so much for your lovely comment and Ethan loved the soccer cake too! We have missed you but I understand that 2023 had some challenges for you. Perhaps you could join in next year as fitness updates fit into What’s Been on Your Calendar. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year full of love and joy xx

  • Reply Karen December 31, 2023 at 22:48

    I enjoyed reading your year in review & looking at all the pictures. Happy New Year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2024 at 18:05

      Thanks so much Karen and Happy New Year to you. x

  • Reply Natalie January 1, 2024 at 11:30

    Hi Sue, A wonderful year in review. You used your time wisely 🙂 Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Wishing you and Mike a healthy and happy New Year!

  • Reply KymPossible January 2, 2024 at 13:19

    Looks like a great year in review, with so much to be happy about! I’ve taken a couple years off from having a WOTY but I’ ve chosen one for 2024, and it’s related to time – mine will be rhythm. Hope your new year is off to a happy and healthy start!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2024 at 15:40

      I had a wonderful year, Kym and was very blessed. I do like your WOTY and always enjoy reading what people have chosen. Happy New Year to you. x

  • Reply Janet Alcorn January 3, 2024 at 01:44

    Wow, a half-marathon only a couple of months after your illness–impressive! It looks like you had an amazing year. I hope 2024 is even better.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 3, 2024 at 04:25

      Hi Janet, I was very impressed with myself when I crossed that finish line. I had a wonderful year and I’m looking forward to 2024. Happy New Year to you. xx

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer January 4, 2024 at 00:30

    Great update Sue!! I haven’t quite figured out what or if I will do a WOTY.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2024 at 09:54

      Hi Kirstin WOTY really is up to the individual. If you don’t feel you need one or something doesn’t grab you then just go with the flow. It is all about what is best for you and your life at any given time. Happy New Year to you. x

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