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Thoughts on ‘This Time Next Year’ with Guest – Johanna Castro

September 21, 2017
Thoughts on 'This Time next year'

Thoughts on 'This Time Next Year' with Guest - Johanna Castro


My second guest in the September Series: Thoughts on ‘This Time Next Year’ is Johanna Castro from Lifestyle Fifty. Jo is a vibrant lady who is definitely Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and in her words

I write Lifestyle Fifty to help empower older women to be have fun, make a difference, stay healthy, remain stylish and be happy.

Another blogger, based in Australia, Jo is feisty and fun and certainly looks fit and fabulous. I met Jo through a blogging group and just loved her smile, positive attitude and style.  I love that women of our age are really taking life head on and Jo is certainly one of those fabulous women.

Previously my guest was Shelley from A Woman in Her Prime who shared her 9 Dreams for the future. Today, Jo is sharing her thoughts with us on what the statement ‘This Time Next Year’ means to her.

I would also encourage you to pop over and visit Jo at her website and through social media, You will find the links at the end of this post.

Jo writes:

Thoughts on ‘This Time Next Year’ with Guest – Johanna Castro

This time next year I’ll be half way through my 61st year on this earth.

I will have passed the milestone of my Big 60, way back in March.

This time next year it will be September 2018. It seems inconceivable.

On December 31st 1999 we were wondering if the world might end the next day. Remember all the gossip back then – the year 2000 and all that doom and gloom? Computers would stop working. January the first might not arrive at all?

And to think back to when I was 11, standing on the threshold of Grammar School and my headmistress at Baydon Primary School in Wiltshire was talking to Mum and Dad about the millennium, she turned to me and said:

“And you will be how old Johanna?”

I squinted into the watery sunshine and calculated.

“42 I said.”

“And I’ll most likely be dead,” she replied jokingly. And they all laughed on that summer’s day in the late ’60’s in England.

I didn’t laugh. I thought 42 sounded so old. Even older than my parents. An age I may not even get to. Who even wanted to be that old? Who knew?

Now I’m looking at 2018 and 60! Oh wow!

But way back then, being 11 had it’s own problems.

Namely a pony called Pendragon who lately had taken to bolting instead of jumping fences at local gymkhanas. My parents weren’t all that impressed by my efforts to prevent this, and he and I were to be packed off for a week in the school holidays to Marion Mould’s equine school in Hampshire. It was a privilege. I was terrified.

I also had a small problem with a boy called David who was purportedly ‘in love’ with my best friend and not me.

Then there was the new school I’d start after the summer holidays. I already had the uniform. Two sizes too big because it was bought to last. I’d learnt how to knot my tie correctly already, but I was anxious about weekly boarding. I’d heard they had jam and peanut butter sandwiches for supper before bed time, and their were six beds in each dorm. Would I like them (the peanut butter and jam  sandwiches, and the other 5 girls) I wondered?

Ahh, how the years have flown. Where did they go? I don’t know why thinking of this time next year has had my thoughts fleeing back to my childhood.

After my school years there was much adventure (and turmoil too) There were the travelling years, meeting and falling in love with my husband years, the expat years, baby years, the teenage years and now the young adult offspring years – Was I paying enough attention?  It went by so fast.

Today I’m thinking ahead to this time next year already, and all the days and all the minutes between now and then will also be just water under the bridge of time.

Will I have made a difference to this world by then. Have I ever?

I doubt it. Not in a big way. Maybe small things. Maybe some things which I don’t even know were good but which had an impact on someone’s life somehow. I hope so.

Is there still time to make a big difference before this time next year? Do I still have the energy for you know, big things? Because what I’m finding now is my energy is not inexhaustible anymore.

And what of my blog, Lifestyle Fifty? Yes, some people say it inspires and helps them – but the majority? If I stopped tomorrow would anyone really care (except perhaps me?!) Probably not.

Yet blogging, in the way of being creative and sharing my thoughts and photos about life, traveling, fashion, keeping fit and sane, and what I learn from all of that. It’s been such a sustaining force over the last 8 years.

A sentence a day

It’s helped me make sense of the world, and I’ve made some fantastic ‘bloggie’ friends too. Ultimately it seems that my blog has become as much a part of me, as I of it. I really really hope it’s helped others too.

So this time next year. Will I still be blogging?

Yes, I’m absolutely sure of it because now it defines me and what I have to offer this world.

I am still an (executive) housewife, but I’m a blogger too.

This time next year – hmm. I’d like to be blogging about somewhere far away, exotic, or freezing cold.

Perhaps a Norwegian Fjords cruise.

Now wouldn’t that be nice!

Meet Jo

This time next year

A gypsy heart and a geologist husband brought travel writer Johanna Castro from South Africa to Western Australia. Exploring and writing about the region became a passion which led on to the opportunity to update Fodor’s Western Australian chapter.

Jo’s lived in 11 countries including Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Gambia, Taiwan and England and has contributed to over 40 publications worldwide. She publishes two blogs The ZigaZag Mag ( a blog offering a slice of life about Western Australia and Lifestyle Fifty ( a blog empowering women to age wisely, keep fit, stay stylish and have adventures.

Follow Jo

Website: Lifestyle Fifty

Website: The ZigaZag Mag






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  • Reply jo September 21, 2017 at 11:54

    Thank you so much for featuring me on your fantastic blog Sue. I can’t wait to be sizzling at 60 too 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2017 at 07:15

      It was a pleasure Jo and I loved reading about your childhood. I’m absolutely sure you will be Sizzling at 60! Have a great weekend and thanks for being my guest.

  • Reply Estelle Anderson September 21, 2017 at 14:24

    Thoroughly enjoyed this episode of thoughts on “this time next year”. Jo, I so enjoyed your reminiscing of your childhood and times gone back. I remember well thinking people older people, anyone of any age, was old. And I also remember approaching the year 2000 & all the hysteria. Linking the past, to this time next year, bought a perspective and reflection. We are mere specks in the world, and while we may not make a big difference in the world we can strive to be creative and sustaining for ourselves and others. Best wishes for whatever you do next year 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2017 at 07:17

      It is funny Estelle how when we were younger 50 was considered old! Not any more and we are all enjoying life and taking it head on. Like you and your husband taking the plunge and travelling. Such an inspiration 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | September 21, 2017 at 14:25

    What a great post for getting to know a bit about Jo from her childhood. Sometimes you do have to look back to give some thought to where you have come from before you can decide where you will be going to. I’m glad she’ll still be blogging – and maybe we’ll even get another coffee date in by then!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2017 at 07:18

      It was a lovely post wasn’t it Leanne? You should organise another coffee date and then head over to Brissy for one with me 🙂

  • Reply Shirley Corder September 22, 2017 at 00:03

    I love this post, Sue. Thanks for sharing Jo’s story. Have a great day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2017 at 07:24

      Thanks Shirley it was great to get to know Jo who is another aussie midlifer living life to the full. xx

  • Reply Linda Luke September 22, 2017 at 01:14

    I love this conversation. It’s one I have been having with myself as well. I am 63, but everyone guesses I am about 53, but can feel I have less stamina (or maybe it’s motivation) than before. But, I will definitely be blogging next year as my blog is one of the ways I make a difference for other women. Thank you for sharing yourselves. I am following your blogs.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2017 at 07:26

      Hi Linda and lovely to meet you! Thank you for your positive comments and I will be visiting your website it sounds just perfect for me. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  • Reply Debbie September 22, 2017 at 16:34

    I really enjoyed this post with Jo, it’s a great network we all have with our blogging. It rings me great joy to read everyone’s blogs as we get older. Thanks Sue for introducing Jo to us ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 24, 2017 at 14:06

      Isn’t it a great network Debbie? Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a face-to-face get together one day. I hope you will continue to follow Jo and like you I love reading everyone’s blogs and what they are getting up to. xx

  • Reply Donna September 23, 2017 at 14:50

    HI, Sue – Thank you for introducing us to Jo. I appreciated getting to know about her.

    Hi, Jo – I enjoyed your take on ‘This time next year’, your self-reflection, and the questions that you have asked yourself surrounding this.

    I believe that there is always time to make a positive difference in the world. By asking this quesiton, my guess is that you are already doing this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 24, 2017 at 14:00

      My pleasure Donna. I love introducing other bloggers to me readers. I think it makes life that little bit more interesting and it is great to read what other bloggers have to say. Have a great week, Donna xx

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama September 23, 2017 at 16:40

    Jo is one of my favourite bloggers and I would definitely miss her if she stopped blogging! Love the “This Time Next Year” theme though my answer isn’t terribly interesting – just more of the same I guess, coz I pretty much love my life now 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 24, 2017 at 13:59

      I’ve only recently come to know Jo, Janet, like you. I’m enjoying following you both and reading your blogs. Isn’t it great that you love you life what more could you ask for? Have a great week!

  • Reply Kathy Marris September 25, 2017 at 19:24

    This is a great concept for a series of posts Sue. It would be nice to have a crystal ball to foresee our futures because we never know what may happen. Jo and I have been blogging friends since way back when and she is wonderful lady. We have supported and helped one another over the years. She has a great attitude to life and is happy and vibrant.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 26, 2017 at 07:43

      Thanks Kathy and I’ve only met Jo through your weekly link up. She seems such a lovely person, in fact I love all the bloggers that link up with #TeamLovinLife. Have a great week!

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