Over 50 & Thriving Series

Are You a Midlife Perennial?

January 11, 2018
Over 50 & Thriving Series

Over 50 & Thriving Series - Leanne from Cresting the Hill

Over 50 & Thriving Series – Leanne from Cresting the Hill

Welcome to the very first guest for my Over 50 & Thriving Series.  As I mentioned in my previous post, Over 50 & Thriving – My Focus for 2018  is all about THRIVING.  To start our series I am delighted to have my best blogging buddy, Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill.

Leanne and I started blogging around the same time 3 years ago and a strong friendship has developed over that time.  Leanne is certainly thriving and is passionate about spreading the positive message of midlife. I would love you to read more about her at the end of this post.  You can also find her social media and website links to connect with her.

We are also starting a new project together on January 31 which is a new link up ‘Midlife Share the Love Party’ exclusively for Midlife lifestyle bloggers, so be sure to watch this space for more details.

In her contribution to the series Leanne writes about Midlife Perennials ‘ever-blooming, relevant people’ and that certainly sounds like us!


Over 50 & Thriving Series - Leanne from Cresting the Hill



When Sue told me that her word for 2018 was THRIVE, I thought “what a great choice” and the little voice in the back of my head also thought “why didn’t I think of a word like that?” The next thing I know, Sue was asking me to do a guest post on my interpretation of THRIVE and I wasn’t quite sure where to start.

When all else fails, my go-to place is the online dictionary and thesaurus – and the first few  words that leapt out at me as synonyms for THRIVE were “bloom”, “blossom”, and “flourish”. All these flowering terms immediately brought to mind my post from July last year on Midlifers being Perrenials and I thought I’d share a few thoughts from that perspective.


The term “Midlife Perennials” originated from a US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, who defines the term in the following way:
‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’

She also says:

“It’s a mind-set about being relevant, staying curious, reinvention, looking outside your own boundaries, and living life fully sans generational boundaries.



If ever there was someone who fitted this description, it would be Sue. She has just turned 60, and when a lot of women would use that as an excuse to sit back and put on some comfy pants and eat chocolate all day in front of the TV, Sue has a completely different take on life. She is passionate about fitness and health and can run rings around me (and most other Midlifers!) She is loved by her husband and family, spends precious time each week with her grandson and with her elderly Mother-in-law.

As well as that, she has been blogging for three years, co-hosts link parties (including a fantastic new one that the two of us are launching at the end of January! Don’t miss checking it out when the time comes – it’s going to be fabulous – like us!) She has collaborated with other bloggers doing guest posts (and includes them regularly on her blog) and has been the best cheer-leader and friend to me as we figure out this whole blogging journey together.


I’d like to think that we are all making Midlife our time to THRIVE. I love that we can spur each other on to bigger and better things, rally each other when we’re feeling down, and applaud each other’s successes (big and small).  Sue is such a shining example of this type of person and I am so blessed to have her cheering me on when I start to have my doubts.

I’d love to see everyone choose a Word for the Year – mine incidentally is RISE (and you can read my reasons for choosing it HERE) If you can’t come up with a word of your own then I’d suggest hitching your wagon to Sue’s word and follow along as she has guest posters telling you about their interpretation and how they are thriving in the year ahead.

You will certainly be inspired to THRIVE by the end of it.

Meet Leanne

Hi I’m Leanne,

When I turned 50 a few years ago I had the choice of sinking into middle age or celebrating it. I chose to celebrate, and part of that celebration was to start my blog Cresting the Hill . I found my voice again and in the process I connected with women all over the world who were also enjoying this great adventure that is Midlife.

I used to define my life by saying I was a wife, or a mother, or by what I did as my profession. Now I define myself on my own terms – as a woman in my own right. I’m discovering who I am, and I’m really liking that person! It’s like I’ve reached the “crest of the hill” in life, the climb is behind me and the view stretches out in front. I’m only half way there and the best is yet to come!

Connect with Leanne

Blog:       http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
Pinterest :   https://au.pinterest.com/leannelecras
G+:             https://plus.google.com/u/0/118294533773036289317



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  • Reply I’m a Perennial! | Embracing Life Tribe January 11, 2018 at 04:55

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  • Reply Trisha Faye January 11, 2018 at 04:58

    What a wonderful post! I LOVED it!
    I shared some of my thoughts about this post, along with links back to the post and to Leanne and Gina’s blogs, on my Embracing Life Tribe blog.
    Thank you to all three of you. I’ll proudly join the camp of The Perennials!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 09:03

      Hi Trisha! Thanks so much for sharing and so pleased you enjoyed Leanne’s contribution. She is my best blogging buddy and we have so much in common I’m sure we were sisters in another life! Hope you visit again and I’ll be checking out your post. xx

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:34

      Trisha that was so lovely of you to share the post and to be so supportive. I’m popping over to your blog next to see what’s happening in your world – it’s always lovely to see what other Midlifers are doing x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl January 11, 2018 at 08:18

    ‘Ever-blooming and relevant’ – I love it! Thanks for sharing this inspiring quote and state of mind, Leanne!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 09:16

      Thanks SSG! I always enjoy Leanne’s posts and her message. Have a fabulous day xx

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:35

      My pleasure SSG – Sue picked such a great word of the year didn’t she? It was fun to come up with a post to fit her theme and I’m looking forward to the other guest posts.

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama January 11, 2018 at 12:19

    I have been mulling over a word for this year but nothing has really stood out for me yet …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 16:29

      No need for a word Janet it is whatever you want to do with life. Some find it easier to have a word or resolution but whatever works for the individual is my philosophy. Have a great 2018!

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:36

      I found it quite difficult to come up with my word this year Janet – not sure why because normally one just jumps out at me. Maybe something will surprise you later in the year 🙂

  • Reply Jo Tracey January 11, 2018 at 12:46

    I love that definition of perennials…ever blooming…love it! Great post, Leanne…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 16:28

      Isn’t it great Jo! We are ever blooming that is for sure.

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:36

      Thanks Jo – I love that we might be past our first bloom, but we’re not dry husks, there’s always more to come 🙂

  • Reply Alicia O'Brien January 11, 2018 at 13:39

    I hadn’t chosen a word for this year, up until the beginning of this week, when I began reading everyone else’s posts about it.
    I have decided on Connected. Being connected in the community, being connected to me and my needs(self care) and being connected more with people in my workplace.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 16:28

      Oh that is a great word Alicia. So many of us feel disconnected these days because we are so busy or because of technology ad social media. You have chosen well. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! x

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:37

      I love your word Alicia – it’s the word I always use when people ask me what the best thing about blogging is. It’s the connected-ness of it, the love and support and encouragement that connection brings.

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 11, 2018 at 13:45

    What a great start to your Thrive series Sue, I always enjoy Leanne’s posts and this was spot on! Her definition of perennials is so good and so true 🙂 I’m now going to call myself a perennial, with pride. I also like how she described you Sue as you are a great example of what we should be doing in our midlife years. I’m so happy to be involved with both of you wonderful ladies.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 16:27

      Thank you for your supportive and encouraging words, Debbie and I loved Leanne’s take on Thriving. I’m excited about the whole series really as everyone so far has given me something different which is great. I’m so happy to have connected with you and know we will all be there for each other in 2018!

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:39

      It was a great topic to guest post on Deb – I love that we all flourish and thrive in our own way – no judgement, no comparison, just encouragement and cheering each other on Midlife is so fabulous isn’t it? And the blogging community is beyond amazing.

  • Reply Kathy Marris January 11, 2018 at 14:18

    I really like the term “midlife perennial”. I like to think I’m this person.who is ever-blooming and staying inquisitive to learn new things and seek new adventures. I truly believe that this time is the best time of our lives. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 16:26

      I love it too Kathy and yes it is the best time of our lives that is for sure!

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:40

        You nailed it Kathy – that ability to keep growing and changing and re-blooming (so different to what I thought this stage of life would be!)

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle January 11, 2018 at 17:14

    Oh I love the description for what a ‘midlife perennial’ is and I put my hand up and say YES, that’s me! Lovely to see Leanne here as a guest on your blog Sue. I didn’t realise you two knew each other so well or that you both started blogging around the same time. I started blogging in September 2012. … but that was my first blog (no longer active). I started my second blog ‘Write of the Middle’ in early November 2014. I am so excited about your new linky. Looking forward to it! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 11, 2018 at 18:41

      Min I saw your post on your new skin care franchise and thought of you blooming and all fresh and flourishing – you certainly fit the description! And I’m glad you’re planning on linking up with us x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 20:06

      Hi Min, there are a few of us with our hands up today! Yes, Leanne and I are certain we were sisters in another life and have regular chats via FB. I hope to meet here IRL one day as I hope to meet you as well. I’m so happy you will be joining us at the new link up. 31st January is the start date! Best of luck with the new venture as well. 🙂

  • Reply Denyse January 11, 2018 at 19:08

    This was great to read and congrats to you both for your new venture.

    I am hopeful that I scrape in…to the age-area …I mean.

    I think I am definitely someone who has not stopped learning and in fact I do not think we should ever consider ourselves as finishing learning!

    I look forward to seeing what else this link up brings and wish you both well.

    Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2018 at 20:04

      The age is over 45 so you and I are both in that category Denyse and hope to have you join us!

  • Reply shirley corder January 11, 2018 at 23:43

    Thanks, Leanne for braving the first slot in this fabulous theme of Sue’s. I’m reading the first few carefully before writing mine to be sure I don’t go way off on a different track. I find that easy to do. I am past the sixties barrier and into the seventies, yet I get indignant when someone suggests I’m getting old. I am far too busy to get old. As fast as I master one thing, I come face to face with something else to learn. Whoever created the cliché “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” must have been very very old . . . or I’m not an old dog. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2018 at 07:06

      Shirley we are never too old in my book! That well-used phrase ‘Age is Just a Number’ is so true. Also, don’t worry about what to write. Basically it is all about what you think Over 50 & Thriving means. You have a couple of years past 50 of wisdom and experience that you can share with us as you are still Thriving and doing so much at 70+ a great role model for us.

  • Reply Carol Cassara January 12, 2018 at 01:19

    I love the term “midlife perennial” and I think it’s apt. Of course, I”m a bit further than mid, but like to believe I am perennial. Oh, I know so!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2018 at 07:04

      We are all perennials Carol. I think my term Over 50 covers both of us and many others! Of course, Leanne is a little younger so she is definitely in the Midlife category. But hey, what’s in a name? It is how the person feels that is important. Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Nikki@Wonderfully Women January 12, 2018 at 19:30

    I started the New Year spending time at the beach, my happy place and for the rest of the year will be finding more time to bring more of my word of the year JOY into my life. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2018 at 08:14

      That sounds perfect Nikki! I love the beach and to me sunshine spells JOY it just makes you feel happy doesn’t it? Have a fabulous 2018!

  • Reply Donna January 13, 2018 at 02:21

    Hi, Sue – What a fantastic first post for your new ‘Thrive’ series. I look forward to reading the perspectives of each of your guests.

    Hi, Leanne – Like other commenters, I love the term (and definition for) ‘Midlife Perennials’. That is such an inspirational description for this age group (and is such a wonderful alternative to many of the other ‘labels’ out there.

    Thank you for starting out this series and this year on such a positive note!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2018 at 08:16

      Thanks Donna, I have a few in the pipeline now and wish I could post them all at once they are so motivating! I’m loving that each writer has a different take on what Over 50 & Thriving means to them. Leanne was my obvious choice to start off with and you are taking the baton on this week. Can’t wait to present your thoughts this Thursday. Have a lovely weekend and yes I’m quite excited about the series really xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes January 13, 2018 at 05:20

    Hello ladies! Strong start to the Over 50 & Thriving Series. You’ve set the bar high for those of us to follow, and I love it. I am inspired by the definition of midlife perennials, especially the part about being involved, curious, and having friends of all ages. I often marvel at (and appreciate) the fact that I feel just as at home with people young enough to be my children and those in my parents’ age range as I do with those in my own age group. That’s part of what keeps life interesting. You ladies truly are fabulous! I’m looking forward to this year of thriving together–and to the new link-up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2018 at 08:19

      Hi Christie I’m so excited with the response to the series that is only after my first guest Leanne. I have quite a few scheduled now and each one is has a different idea of what Over 50 & Thriving means. I can’t wait to receive yours and also looking forward to having you join our new link up. Have a fabulous weekend! xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit January 13, 2018 at 07:43

    Great guest post! I love the term midlife perennials. It makes perfect sense now that you explain it. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2018 at 08:20

      Hi Leanne! Yes I wasn’t sure at first what it meant but now after publishing Leanne’s post we have midlife perennials blooming everywhere!

  • Reply Deborah January 13, 2018 at 09:03

    Awww, what a lovely post and I’m intrigued about your new project. I’m really happy to have found a great group of bloggers and it’s helped me settle more into turning 50 though the thing I do struggle with sometimes is relating to others with kids and grandkids and so forth. My life – in many ways – is quite different to that and I feel quite unaccomplished in comparison.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2018 at 10:13

      Hi Deb! Yes our new link party will hopefully fill a niche that Leanne and I feel needs to be tapped into. It is lovely to form friendships with bloggers and I love the group of friends I have developed over the last 3 years. I can understand your feelings about kids and grandkids but there is so much more to life than that! I have children and grandchildren who I absolutely adore but I’m also an individual. How can you feel unaccomplished? You shouldn’t compare but look at what you have achieved as a person. It is funny how we see ourselves – you see yourself as unaccomplished and I look at you and read your blog and think WOW!

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project January 13, 2018 at 11:12

    I love your state of mind Leanne (and Sue). Personally, I think it’s important to stay curious about everything in life – it keeps us motivated, passionate and interested 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2018 at 11:10

      I love Leanne’s thoughts as well Lyndall and we both agree we were sisters in another life! Have a great weekend and thanks for the link up. x

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski January 15, 2018 at 17:07

    I love Leanne’s description of being a perennial. Keeping up with what is relevant no matter what your age. That’s very cool.

  • Reply Elise Ho January 16, 2018 at 09:03

    Fun post. We definitely all need to keep learning and growing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2018 at 20:40

      It was a fun way to look at midlife wasn’t it Elise?

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" January 17, 2018 at 01:27

    I absolutely LOVE the “midlife perennial” definition, Leanne! It is exciting to read through the comments and see how many of us can relate to that idea. I’ve chosen a set of homonyms for my word of the year: wander/wonder. You always hear about a “child’s sense of wonder,” but I think that as adults, we often forget to appreciate the importance of that. Here’s to a thriving, wonder-filled 2018!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2018 at 11:15

      I love your word for the year Wendy. I’ve learned to wonder more because of my grandson. It is literally a wonderful time each time I spend with him and we learn new things together. I know your move is soon so it will be a very exciting 2018 for you! xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid January 23, 2018 at 11:48

    ♥ Thanks Sue! Enjoyed your post Leanne! Shared onto Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

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