2018 is my year to THRIVE and that has been the focus of my blog in my Over 50 & Thriving Series. I have learned so much from the wonderful women who have been my guests so far, and there are more to come. It is so inspiring to see women Over 50 who are taking control of their lives, taking stock and living the life they want.
On 19th February I joined 50 other bloggers world wide to share thoughts from women in Midlife & Beyond in the Forever Fierce Day 2018. I was again inspired and motivated by the women I introduced in my contribution and also reading the thoughts of the other contributors and their guests. If you missed the post, you can read it HERE and I would urge you to read it as these are real women living life on their own terms.
THIS IS SUCH AN INSPIRING AND WONDERFUL TIME OF LIFE!
Take stock of your life and thrive – start living the life you want now!
I like to think I’m a fairly positive and motivating person. I love to inspire others to achieve and be the best they can be. That means different things for different people but the most important message I can impart is that we only have one shot at life and once we reach 50 we really need to start looking at our own needs and desires.
50 seems a great starting point, because if you have a family they are usually starting to leave the nest, your career is established and you may even be looking towards retirement – or as I like to call it the ‘Lifestyle Change’.
If we were having a conversation over coffee I would be sharing what has been happening in my life lately, and also asking what you have been up to.
During February, I’ve been making some changes in my blogging world and also in my life generally.
- I have been looking at taking my blog in a new direction and what that might entail both creativity and time wise.
- I have been getting back on track with my fitness routine after a back injury and our 5 week holiday in October.
- We took an unexpected trip to Adelaide
- I took the Healthy Eating Quiz and realised I’m not as good as I thought I was.
- We have been planning a cruise to Japan in October
- I have been planning my husband’s 70th birthday party for May
- I am excited to be looking forward to welcoming a new grandbaby in June
I’m not the only one who is taking stock, as I read about my friend Donna from Retirement Reflections, who has just taken a 7 day experiment away from the Blogosphere. The results really surprised her and made me think as well.
I’ve also read a post from my friend Debbie at Deb’s World who has written about changes in her life (no not menopause) but changes since she left the workforce in December 2016. In her post Planning, Preparation and Procrastination , Deb shares her thoughts on feeling the ‘loss of sense of urgency’, ‘floating through life’ and ‘being easily distracted’. This can be quite common when ‘The Lifestyle Change’ (remember my term for Retirement) happens.
Do you feel this way? I’m sure most of us feel unsettled at times but by taking stock of where we are and where we want to be can be helpful. Of course, you need to be flexible because life can sometimes get in the way of our plans and we need to fall back on Plan B.
So where am I at the moment……
Becoming more Spontaneous
As someone who has always loved order and planning in my life, I’ve decided that my husband and I needed to add some spontaneity to our world. My husband has been a great fan of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd since his days serving in Vietnam back in 1972. He introduced me to them and I became a fan too. Roger who is 75 this year and still touring (proving age is not a barrier) was recently in Australia.
We saw him in Brisbane and the show was fantastic. Cue to spontaneity (or craziness or just being a 60 year old groupie). As it is probably the last time we would see him on tour, and knowing how much a part of my husband’s life his music has been, I booked tickets to another show in Adelaide, booked the flights and accommodation and took us on a long weekend away. We didn’t regret it and it is part of an early birthday gift for my husband who will be 70 in May and he loved it!
Of course, you can be spontaneous without spending money, but the main point is to do something out of the ordinary, on the spur of the moment. Life is too short to wait until tomorrow.
What is one thing you would love to do? Think about it and do it!
Changing Direction in Blogging
Leading up to and after the Forever Fierce Campaign I have been thinking of ways I can help other women to be motivated and inspired to live the life they desire. For some, that might be easy but for others who aren’t sure where to start I know I can help put you into the right direction. I am currently formulating a plan where I can make this happen so watch this space!
I’ve started writing for Sixty and Me which has opened up a whole new audience for my blog. Margaret Manning is such an inspiration and I love her morning videos that she produces.
Putting things into Perspective
We all put pressure on ourselves but sometimes we have to take a step back and realise what is really important in our life. It is all about perspective and what you feel is right for YOU. We are all individuals and need to remember that comparing ourselves to others is really a waste of time. We need to take an introspective look at ourselves and our own needs an realise that we all are unique and have our own purpose in this life.
I recently saw this video on Facebook and a warning you may need a box of Kleenex on hand when you watch it. However, it really puts into perspective what is really important in life.
Have you taken stock in your life lately? Perhaps now is a good time?
If you would like some help in moving forward in life and achieving your dreams, contact me and let’s connect! It is your time to THRIVE!