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The Positive Aging Interviews – Meet Kathleen Aherne

October 17, 2017
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My next guest in The Positive Aging Interviews series is Kathleen Aherne from The Blogger’s Lifestyle and Owner of Luvit Quality Products.  Kathleen was one of the first bloggers I met when I started blogging 2.5 years ago and she was so warm and welcoming to me.  I will never forget her generous support given to me in time and sharing of knowledge.  She really helped met understand the world of blogging and how to connect with others.  I recently became a co-host of The Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party which Kathleen organises each week.

Kathleen is certainly Sizzling Beyond 60 and is a great example of positive aging.  I just had to include her in my interview series and hope you enjoy meeting her.

It is a privilege to be a part of Sue’s Positive Aging Interview Series. Sue always provides an energizing outlook on aging for her readers. – Kathleen Aherne

1. What does the term positive aging mean to you?

I embrace positive aging because the opposite is a dead end street. Writing from the top end of ‘middle age,’ I am feeling healthier, happier, and fitter than I have ever been.

I could think that I have lived a good life, had children, done lots of things, travelled, etc. and just sit back reminiscing old stories. . .

Then I see wonderful people, some 20 years older than me, keeping fit, starting businesses, doing studies. They continue learning and inspiring others to live life for as long as they have breath.

There is a trap that says our productive years are over already, that is not positive aging. Thank you to all the mentors who show us by example that we can still dream, make goals and have a positive impact.

I went in search of some wise quotes to use about positive aging. There were so many good ones I decided to make a collage.

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2. What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy as you age?

I am so excited where my fitness is at, and I keep pushing to improve. We don’t have the power to extend our days here on earth, but we can influence our quality of life. The benefits of keeping active are endless, and you sure don’t want to miss out on them.

Find some fitness motivation. Motivation is a powerful tool. Listen to Sue, she is a wonderful example, join her Facebook group to be encouraged to move. Tell that inhibiting inner voice you are not its slave. Don’t submit to negative thoughts.

Fitness is only one aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Another is what you eat. We can’t eat badly and expect good results. I love carbs, but those sneaky yummy things were killing me. My healthy tip is to do some up to date research, so much of what we have learned in the past is not helpful.


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Mental and spiritual health also have a bearing on overall health. I have learned not to neglect these critical areas that have a huge influence on life and well-being.

3. What is one piece of advice you wish you had known when you were younger?

I wish I had known that the inner voice did not always reflect the truth, its influence was mostly negative and damaging.

4. What is your favourite fashion or beauty tip?

Take an honest look at yourself. Play to the strengths and assist the not so good bits. Don’t dress to look like a teenager and don’t dress to tradition according to your age.

Be your best self and dress how you are comfortable. When I say comfortable, I don’t mean an inhibited comfortable. Step outside the confining box and experiment, put a little glitz into your jewelry, wear stilettos for special occasions. Learn what colors do the most for you and ‘sizzle.’

5. What is your advice for those about to retire or who have retired to ensure they enjoy this special time of life?

By the time you reach the status of retirement you have lived a lot of life and had a myriad of experiences. Mixed into all the wonderful times will be many regrets that you cannot go back and change. There will be some unresolved misunderstandings, even some injustices.

To ensure that we enjoy this special time of life, don’t go back and relive the past in your mind, you can’t change it. Put it behind you, learn what you can from the experiences and leave the rest behind. When an injustice eats away at you, you are demonstrating that the person behind it still has the power to control your emotions.

Take that power from them! There is one sure way to neutralize it; forgive them.  That does not make wrongs right, and it does not mean you now trust them. Forgiveness releases you from emotional bondage, and they no longer have power over you.

“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behaviour. It prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart.”  Hemant Smarty

“When you forgive, you don’t change the past . . . you change the future.”

One last thing on this subject is that sometimes we have to learn to forgive ourselves.

Now enjoy your freedom and go and explore all those things you have wanted to but not previously had the time to. People at our age often find that they are quite creative and discover previously hidden talents. Start a new hobby, do some classes, start a business, write a book, the choice is yours. This is your time to shine and blossom.

6. What is your favourite way to relax? 

Indoors: it would be challenging myself with computer games or making jewelry, enjoying photography, art or anything creative.

Outdoors: Is planning adventure hikes with my husband and challenging our fitness. A wonderful way to relax and unwind.

7. What was the last book you read?

I just finished reading the Bible cover to cover in a modern translation. Anyone wanting to bring the Scriptures to life at a more understandable level I would recommend the New Living Translation.

8. Your Blog is called, Luvit Quality Products, tell us how you came up with the name and a little about your blog?

This blog Luvit (pronounced love-it) was named by my husband, it commenced as a jewelry store in 2005. In 2017 it was transformed into a much wider niche of gifts. The rationale behind the new store is to provide quality low cost gifts at bargain basement prices. You do not have to be on a tight budget to use the store; however, I aim to provide gift buying relief for those who do struggle with their finances.

As a special thank you to Sue, her readers are welcome to use this coupon number 000120 for 20% off their first cart total.

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Meet Kathleen

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Kathleen lives with her husband on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She writes on the wide subject of the Blogger’s Lifestyle.  Kathleen is also the Owner of the Luvit gift store where you always get more for less.

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  • Reply Donna October 17, 2017 at 06:14

    Hi, Kathleen – It’s great to read more about your here! I love your expression of “writing from the top end of middle age,” Like you, I have been feeling healthier, happier, and fitter in my retirement than I ever had before. Retirement has given me the opportunity to really take care of myself and not leave health and fitness until after work was finished. Work was never finished! 🙂
    Thanks, Sue, for another great post in this series!

    • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 17, 2017 at 13:35

      Thanks for the kind words Donna. It is nice to have someone understand how it is possible to feel healthy, fit and happy despite the number of birthdays that have come and gone. Lifestyle can make a huge difference in how we age.


  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt October 17, 2017 at 13:46

    Sue, thanks for inviting Kathleen to guest post! Kathleen, you have a great attitude toward aging and fitness that we can all embrace!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 19, 2017 at 22:48

      Hi Terri, Kathleen was one of the very first people I met in blogging and she has always been so supportive. xx

  • Reply Stephanie ReadsWell October 17, 2017 at 23:47

    I like your positive aging interview series. Kathleen’s approach to living is so inspiring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 19, 2017 at 22:49

      Yes, Kathleen is pretty special and I’m so pleased you visited to leave a comment about her interview. Have a lovely day xx

  • Reply candy October 20, 2017 at 11:09

    I enjoy the age I am now and have enjoyed every age for that matter. Now my hair is turning gray, harder to keep the weight off and there are some aches and pains but looking back and forward I wouldn’t change a thing. Found you on Blogger’s pit Stop

  • Reply Michele October 20, 2017 at 11:12

    Kathleen you have such an inspirational attitude! I have a sign in my office that reads, ” Don’t look back, you are not going that way.” Sometimes you have to forgive and forget and move forward and not live in the past. I am so glad that you are always moving forward with your busy, rewarding life!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 20, 2017 at 17:35

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Michele. I love the quote that you mentioned. Sometimes it is hard to practice but as you know we must look forward.and leave the past. Thank you for your constant positive attitude and influence.


  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" October 22, 2017 at 00:26

    I really enjoyed reading this, Kathleen, and getting to know you a little bit better! You were one of the very first people I “met” when I first started blogging, and I hope to one day make it to Australia and meet you in person! I resonated with so much of what you said here. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself, and thanks, Sue, for highlighting Kathleen here!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 22, 2017 at 18:11

    Hi Kathleen – lovely to see you being featured on Sue’s blog (two of my favourite bloggers in one place!) Really enjoyed reading a bit more about you and I’m off to have another browse through your Luvit store – I’m not much of a shopper, but the 20% voucher might inspire me 🙂

  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho October 23, 2017 at 03:50

    There are so many great pearls of wisdom here. I especially love the fashion tip. I do think people need to be cognizant of their age when they dress. This does not mean that we need to dress super conservative but appropriate would be good. I remember when my kids were in school and I would see moms and their belly rings. We should not be seeing that, especially at an elementary school.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 23, 2017 at 08:31

    Thanks Leanne, I have learned a lot from you. I love that no matter how long we are around it is a joy to keep finding and doing new things. I have just started learning a new skill that is bringing out my creative juices.

    I hope you find something nice in the store, there are some nice gifts there.


  • Reply Cathy S. October 23, 2017 at 08:32

    Thank you for this series. I actually only just found this one but if the others are as uplifting and positive I really need to read them all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 23, 2017 at 23:08

      So pleased you enjoyed the post and yes I’d love you to read the rest of the series. Have a lovely day and thanks for visiting x

  • Reply Julie Syl Kalungi October 23, 2017 at 21:38

    What a beautiful Interview and chat between two amazing women. I cannot imagine what fun you must have had. All I can say is Wow Wisdom in bucket loads, you brought Kathleen. I am honoured to know you just a wee bit. And to be able to work with you on the PS Crew! 🙂

    Thanks for this share Sue

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 23, 2017 at 23:09

      Thanks for your lovely comments Julie, Kathleen is certainly a wise lady xx

  • Reply Susan October 27, 2017 at 10:41

    I love this post. Although retirement is still a ways away for me, aging is here already. I love the quotes you shared. So much of life is attitude and I choose to look at this glass as half full. Congrats, you’re featured at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski October 28, 2017 at 05:54

    Wonderful advice about keeping fit and forgiveness! Two big ones to keep in mind for a positive life at any age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2017 at 11:38

      Thanks Cathy and I agree great advice from Kathleen.

  • Reply Jean | DelightfulRepast.com October 29, 2017 at 00:01

    Sue and Kathleen, you are two of my favorite bloggers, so this post was a real treat. Just two evenings ago a friend and I were chatting about a much older friend who died several years ago and saying we needed her now. At the time she died, we were too young to be asking for advice on aging; but now we’re thinking at the rate time is flying somebody better tell us how to do this! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2017 at 11:38

      Oh you are lovely Jean and you are right about needing someone older to talk to. Kathleen is a very wise lady and I’m so glad I interviewed her.

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