It’s time for the weekly #WeekendCoffeeShare where I share thoughts and special moments from my week. Natalie from Natalie the Explorer started this idea earlier in the year and I link up each week with my contribution. It is a great way to record what happens in life, like a diary or journal really and to reflect and be grateful for the good things that happen in my life.
If you would like to catch up on previous posts you can find them HERE.
International Women’s Day 2021
Monday 8th March was International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge. I’ve taken the following quote from the IWD Website and what resonated with me was that Challenge leads to Change. Let’s all take the challenge to achieve equality at every opportunity. We are encouraged to raise our hand up high to show support and solidarity.
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let’s all choose to challenge.
How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
The image on the Right was one that I saw on Facebook and shared within the WLWA50 Facebook Group. I included my answer and asked the group to share two words from the image that resonated with them and why. Here is my response and a couple of others. What resonates with you?
Creative as this is a way to inspire and motivate others to extend themselves and me! Peace so that we ALL feel supportive and confident in our everyday lives!Carol
Brave – because we all need to be bold and brave at times, with everything we have to go through.Writer – as this is what I love doing, blogging, sharing stories, thoughts and ideas with others and learning all the time.Debbie
For me the first is Teacher. I have felt the call to teach and motivate others all of my life. I’ve taught in several areas. I feel satisfaction and fulfilment when I see students learning and growing. The second is Change. Change is difficult but in order for me to achieve a life I’m contented and happy living, then I need to make some changes. Even at 63 it is never too old.Sue WLWA50
Quotes I liked
I saw this quote on Facebook and it made me mindful of being a good human being trumps degrees anytime. A career is important but how much more important is being kind, generous and loving toward others.
What’s on my reading list?
This week I read two books that I just couldn’t put down. The first one, The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly is the story of the gardens at Highbury House Estate. We are transported through three different times 1904 as Venetia is commissioned to design the garden. 1944 as Diana, mistress of Highbury House, Beth a land girl and Stella the Cook are drawn together and present day where Emma has been commissioned to restore the gardens to their former splender. The secrets from 1904 and 1944 are slowly revealed.
In an Instant by, Suzanne Redfearn, is the story of loss, human strength but also about the way people react in life changing circumstances. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I soon became engrossed. I don’t want to give too much away but I highly recommend In an Instant.
What I did to stay healthy, happy and living well
Last Sunday, my daughter, a Saturday Sister and myself ran the Annual RACQ International Women’s Day run at Southbank. I love running with my daughter and don’t have many opportunities so these fun runs are special. It was a good way to kick off our running season and also to celebrate being Women.
Does your mood need a lift? Don’t reach for the ice cream or comfort food.
I found this article during the week which details , 11 Natural Mood-Boosting Foods . Usually when we are feeling low it is easy to reach for comfort food which is high in sugar and salt. These can provide a quick boost but it isn’t long term and you can experience a ‘crash’ afterwards. There is a connection between Food and Mental Health so including these natural mood-boosting foods is a good start.
What’s new on the blog?
Another Conversations with Women Living Well After 50 Podcast is in the Can and it was a joy to interview my very good friend, Donna from Retirement Reflections. Donna will be discussing how she maintains her fitness and staying active after 50 doing something that she has a passion for. You can catch Donna’s episode in the next few weeks.
Well that was my week and I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my life. How was your week? I’d love you to share with me what you have been up to.