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
- 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…….
Kitchen renovations begin and the return of the Home Restaurant Date Nights
Our Kitchen renovation was completed
Highlights included participating in our first run of the year – The International Women’s Day Run
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
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
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 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.’
‘How we respond to situations is in our control whilst letting go of what isn’t in our control.’
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC
What: 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 7 days
Why: A space to share highlights from your past month.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other social media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.