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Take stock of your life and thrive

February 25, 2018

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.


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!

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  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 25, 2018 at 19:08

    How exciting that you’re looking at a new direction for your blog Sue! I don’t think I have the energy atm to do anything that earth shaking, but I’ll certainly be following along to see where you take us. My taking stock post is going to be on March 1st – a day late, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes isn’t it?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 08:26

      Hi Leanne, well it may not be earth shattering but I am looking seriously at the blog and where I want to go with it. After reading Donna’s post about not being in the Blogosphere for a week has started me thinking plus I have an idea of how I could utilise my skills a little better to help people. xx

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 28, 2018 at 22:52

        I can’t wait to see where you’re heading – you have been test driving a few different directions this year and that’s always a sign that innovation is taking place 🙂 Thanks for sharing #MLSTL with me – I’ve shared this on all my SM x

        • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:20

          I have a couple of crazy ideas Leanne and will run them by you as my blogging buddy and mentor. Take care of yourself and having a great time hosting MLSTL with you. xx

  • Reply Natalie February 26, 2018 at 02:33

    I’m excited for you, Sue, for the changes you’re making for your blog and life generally. This year I spend time with people I care about and on what I enjoy doing. Thank you for your inspirational post. Have a fabulous week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 08:28

      Hi Natalie, yes I’m looking at becoming a little smarter with my time where the blog is concerned and also utilising my skills to help inspire and motivate people one-on-one to achieve their goals. I’ve read your post and I was also thinking of incorporating a 5km walk each morning not for cardio but just for pleasure. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Debbie February 26, 2018 at 05:59

    A great reflective post Sue! Taking stock is important in life and being spontaneous adds a thrill to life you may have otherwise missed. I applaud you on your efforts and future plans, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for mentioning my post too, it shows how encouraging and supportive you are of others. Good luck with your plans for the blog.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 08:29

      Thanks Debbie, I do like to encourage and promote others bloggers. We are all in this together and can learn so much from each other that is what I love about connecting with people like yourself, Donna and Leanne. Have a great week my friend. xx

      • Reply Debbie Harris February 28, 2018 at 08:57

        Thanks Sue for all your support! I’ve shared this on twitter today #mlstl

  • Reply Toni Pike February 26, 2018 at 06:02

    A wonderful article, Sue. Your life sounds very exciting at the moment, and I’ve sensed that your blog is taking off in all sorts of new directions. How exciting that you have so much to look forward to this year with a new grandchild and travel plans. I also want to strive to be more spontaneous, as I’m always trying to plan everything down to the last detail.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 08:31

      Hi Toni, you know I’m a planner as well and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Sometimes though it is fun and exciting to do something out of the ordinary. I’m still mulling over the direction but I’m becoming clearer and hope to help others by inspiring them and motivating them to reach their goals. Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Donna February 26, 2018 at 09:00

    Hi, Sue –
    I am currently in Siem Reap, Cambodia (one of my bucket list destinations), and saved your posts until I had an uninterrupted chunk of time to read them. I am so glad that I did because there is so much here to which to respond! I so wish that we were having the coffee and conversation together that you have mentioned.

    Your life is currently so action pack and filled with new ideas and adventure. An upcoming cruise to Japan, a new grandchild, your husband’s 70 birthday and a spontaneous trip to see Roger Waters (who I have also seen and adore) is all very exciting. I love that one of my recent posts (thanks for the shout out) has added to your thinking of how you can best use your time and further utilize your skills to help others. That is so inspiring!

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 09:22

      Thanks Donna for taking the time to respond and comment whilst you are on holiday – you certainly are a true support and I appreciate this greatly. Lots happening in my life and the blog at the moment and although it can get tiring it is very exciting. Enjoy your trip we are looking at going to Vietnam/Cambodia probably next year, so will be keen to hear all your news. x

  • Reply Donna February 26, 2018 at 09:15

    Hi, Sue – I posted a long comment earlier but do not see it here. Let me know if you did not receive it. If you didn’t, I will rewrite!

    • Reply Donna February 26, 2018 at 09:16

      Too funny! As soon as I pressed ‘post’. I then saw my other comment. Please feel free to delete this one and the last! 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa February 26, 2018 at 12:36

    I’m trying to get clear on my direction – in general, in life! I’m just over two years into permanent work for the first time now. I’ve spent that time coping with health and then getting finances sorted. Now I have the space to ask ‘bigger’ questions and while I’ve had some great help along the way, I still don’t quite feel like I’ve clicked with what I want my wants to be. If that makes sense.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 14:07

      I know where you are coming from Vanessa as I sometimes feel that way. I certainly felt it when I retired from work and was completely lost. Now I try to help others who are going through the same transition period. I think the best thing is not to push it, it will evolve and you will find your place. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Jan Wild February 26, 2018 at 13:38

    Lots of reflection here too as we pack up the house and think about how life will be as we settle into our new abode. It is such a great opportunity to decide what to let go and what to keep – both physically but also in a lifestyle planning sense. The greatest tragedy would be if we moved and didn’t take advantage of new opportunities – like meeting you in real life for example 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2018 at 14:09

      Oh I can imagine Jan it is a bittersweet time for you both. I like your approach to letting go physically as well as looking at how your new lifestyle might be. I am definitely going to get together for a catch up in real life that is for sure! Have a beautiful day and exciting times ahead xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl February 26, 2018 at 14:08

    Exciting change and progress, Sue! I also need to be more spontaneous.

    SSG xxx

  • Reply Ness February 26, 2018 at 16:59

    Wow sounds like an exciting year ahead for you. My hubby is a Pink Floyd fan too, but we never get to any concerts. We still have dependent children because we’re somewhat ‘older’ parents. But now that that two of the three are teenagers hopefully we can start to be a bit more spontaneous.

    You’re so right, about comparisons. Something I need to remind myself everyday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2018 at 05:56

      Yes it is all happening at the moment Ness and I’m very blessed. Our children are parents themselves now so we do have the freedom to do pretty much what we want. However, being spontaneous isn’t really in our nature but when we are it really is fun and something different from the normal routine. I am guilty of comparing myself to others sometimes and it really does put extra stress and anxiety onto me. You aren’t alone in feeling that way x

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid February 26, 2018 at 23:16

    I’d like to do something new with my blog too, no ideas at the moment. Looking forward to see what you do with yours! CONGRATS on the new grandbaby that’s on the way ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2018 at 05:53

      I think it is good to mix it up Dee and I’ve been looking at what works and what doesn’t with my readers. We are very excited about the baby and Ethan my grandson is looking forward to have a baby brother or sister. x

  • Reply Denyse February 27, 2018 at 13:59

    A very reflective post which I can see resonated with many. Articulating what others also ‘get’ is a gift and I believe that is a great skill for a blogger and you have it.
    If I did not have the blogging world as a social outlet there would be little connection for me. I am glad though, that I reduced my blogging days.
    I like the link ups (thank you to you and Leanne) as I get to ‘meet’ new people too.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 9/52. Next week’s optional prompt is Share Your Snaps 2.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2018 at 16:53

      Oh thank you Denyse for the compliment as of course we always doubt ourselves don’t we? I enjoy your link up and the Midlife Share the Love one as the bloggers who link up have similar interests to me. It can be very time consuming with blogging and cutting back can be difficult sometimes but if you can do it, great as then it is a pleasure rather than a chore. Have a great weekend Denyse and see at the link up tomorrow x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes February 28, 2018 at 02:51

    As others have noted, you have a lot of external excitement in your life right now, and it sounds like a lot going on internally as well. I am always inspired by you, and I look forward to seeing where this introspection will take you next. I have a hard time being spontaneous, but rarely regret it when I do, so I am recommitting to accepting more invitations and extending some of my own. Warmest wishes to you in your new endeavors.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 28, 2018 at 15:23

      Hi Christie yes lots happening at the moment and for the most part it is all positive. I’m wanting to help others with motivation more through my blog so I’m thinking of ways I can offer one-on-one sessions. I so pleased we connected xx

  • Reply Shirley Corder February 28, 2018 at 05:53

    Loved this post, Sue. I have one problem with it! You ask the question, “What is one thing you would love to do? Think about it and do it!”
    I have NO IDEA what I’d love to do. How sad is that? There are plenty of totally out of the question things, but something in the least doable? No idea. I wish I could think of something I’d like to STOP doing, in order to loosen up some time! But I love my life, and I love all the things I should probably be taking a break from!

    Have a great week!

    Thankful Thursday & Click to Tweet

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 28, 2018 at 15:24

      Hi Shirley! You sound like you are having a ball with life and so there really isn’t any need to take a break. It is all about enjoying our life and being happy. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Linda | Hello Sweet Life February 28, 2018 at 10:06

    “The only constant in life is change” is the saying I grew up with. I can’t wait to see the new directions you are going in and especially what will be your new offering on your blog and what new things writing for Sixty and Me does for you! Congrats!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 28, 2018 at 15:28

      Thanks Linda! I’d love you to be a guest writer for my Over 50 & Thriving Series. I tried to send an email through your contact page but not sure if you have received it as yet? Have a great week and thanks for posting at Midlife Share the Love Party I enjoyed reading about Why we blog it was spot on! xx

  • Reply Victoria March 1, 2018 at 00:35

    I have a hard time with change for some reason, probably a rocky childhood. I guess at 67 I need to get over it and move on. lol Right now getting my husband through his cancer treatments is number one on my agenda but this diagnosis does make me stop and think about what the rest of our lives will be like. Great post Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:18

      My thoughts are with you during this difficult time Victoria. Make sure you take care of yourself as well as your husband because he will certainly need your support. x

  • Reply amy March 1, 2018 at 00:49

    Great post! Taking time to evaluate our lives is always necessary for personal growth.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:18

      Thanks Amy, it is a good exercise for all of us to do occasionally. Have a great day!

  • Reply Erith March 1, 2018 at 01:19

    I answered your question ‘ think of 1 thing you want to do and do it’ some years ago, and retired early. It was very much the right decision for me. Now, I only do what I want to do, every single day.
    We no longer put off things to ‘one day / some day’. If there is something we want to do, we start planning it. My husband went to a funeral of a friend last Friday – he was the same age as me. I heard last night that an ex-colleague of mine had just died, less than 1 year into retirement.
    So go for it, we only get one shot at life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:16

      Your last sentence says it all Erith and so sorry to hear about your husband’s friend and your ex-colleague. It really brings home that we have to appreciate each day x

  • Reply Diane March 1, 2018 at 02:29

    At this moment, I love where I am. And I love where I’m going!
    Onward and (eep) upward! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:15

      That is such a positive comment Diane and good for you!

  • Reply Michele March 1, 2018 at 04:02

    Hi Sue, your life seems busy and blessed. I understand the soul searching about your blog. I think good things always evolve. I, too have been rethinking my blog. I am in a place (partly due to wild success with 60 and Me) where I have an opportunity to go bigger and create a course and a book. I am also thinking of moving my blog to my own name as a domain. I worry about the technology and don’t want my work life to take over my life as it did in the best. I know I am holding myself back.
    I look forward to seeing where you take your blog in the future. In the meantime, thanks for the MLSTL party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:14

      I am blessed Michele and sometimes it takes writing a post like this to remind myself how lucky I am. I have had some success with Sixty and Me also and would like to pursue helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in a more structured way. I think you and I are thinking alike and it certainly is a big decision because of the work/life balance. Thanks for linking up at MLSTL and have a great week! x

  • Reply Tamara / My Retirement Project March 2, 2018 at 02:16

    Hi Sue, first, quickly, it looks like we have two things in common – 1) We are likewise visiting Japan in October, but by land (and train!) rather than by boat, and 2) We are likewise welcoming a new grandchild in June!

    So re.garding the remainder of your post, I do much appreciate the need to constantly take stock of our lives as it becomes very clear that we are now on the downward sloping side of our bell curves, unpleasant as that might be to acknowledge. I have just a few regrets in my life, but I can sincerely appreciate that if I desire to deal with them, i need to do so now, not as some ethereal point in the future. Thank you for both the reminder, and for the nudge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 2, 2018 at 08:42

      Hi Tamara how exciting that we have two things in common this year. We will have to compare notes for sure! Have a fabulous March and I look forward to reading what you were doing throughout the month x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes March 2, 2018 at 05:53

    I commented previously on this lovely post, but I did want to thank you for sharing on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 2, 2018 at 08:41

      Oh thanks Christie, you are lovely! Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Pam March 3, 2018 at 00:17

    There’s no doubt you are a positive and encouraging person! You raise some very good questions and give wonderful advice. I just wish I was better at taking it. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 5, 2018 at 13:09

      Hi Pam, I don’t always take my own advice so don’t feel bad! LOL:)

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid April 1, 2018 at 13:46

    Congrats Sue! So happy to FEATURE one of our very own hostesses at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty 26 ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 1, 2018 at 17:07

      What a lovely surprise Grammy Dee! Looking forward to this month’s reading and co-hosting with you. Thanks for the feature xx

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