It’s a bumper edition from me, so make a cuppa and we can catch up on what’s been happening during January.
Whilst January has flown by, life has mostly been good. There was a blip towards the middle of the month when life threw a curveball which I wasn’t expecting, it prompted me to write Strategies to stop ‘worry’ stealing your TIME and from the comments I received it seems many of us fall into the ‘worrier’ category. With support from family and friends, life now appears to have settled down.
I’m constantly learning that life is dynamic – good and bad times and how our mindset in dealing with the ups and downs is so important to developing resilience.Sue Loncaric
I love January it is a little like Spring because to me, both bring feelings of HOPE as a new year (or in the case of Spring, a new season) begins. It is also Summer time and where I live in Queensland that means lots of outdoor activities enjoying the sunshine, blue skies (but perhaps not the humidity)!
TIME and using my TIME wisely is my theme for 2023 and I’ve certainly started January well. I think I will enjoy writing these wrap up posts each month as a reminder of how I used my time during the month. I recently read The Measure by Nikki Erlick and it certainly put into perspective TIME and the fact that we never really know how much TIME we have and not to take that for granted.
January is my planning month and I use it not to make New Year resolutions but rather to list what I would like to do during the year. Looking back at my plans, my darling and I are in for a busy but hopefully healthy and enjoyable year.
Travel – We have booked a trip to Europe in November for a River Cruise and Christmas Markets and also a cruise to Papua New Guinea (a spontaneous booking!) for June
Regular Day Trips – last year my darling and I started weekly dates taking day trips but since we moved these haven’t happened. They are back on the agenda for 2023.
Health and wellness – I’ve entered 3 running events for the year with my daughter and running friend. This is a great motivator for us to meet socially but also gives our running a purpose. I participated in the monthly Yoga with Adriene challenge. For January it was Center. Yoga is a great way to stay strong, flexible and so good for the mind and spirit. I also need get back to healthier eating habits after the Festive Season. I continue to be a Group Fitness Instructor for Strong Healthy Women
Home restaurant – I’ve decided to reinitiate our weekly ‘Restaurant at Home’ date nights where my darling and I each take a turn to select a main and dessert recipe and then prepare it.
Home renovations – We moved house last August and in October we had new hybrid timber flooring installed. For 2023 we are looking at updating our bathrooms and designing our garden.
Podcast interviews – Season 5 of the Women Living Well After 50 podcast will resume interviews from February. I share stories from women Over 50 who are inspiring and motivating.
Exploring community groups Mike and I can join – My darling and I have never really been into joining groups as we’ve always had too many other responsibilities and activities to take up our time. This year, sees a reduction of responsibilities and we would like to explore community groups in our area to maintain social contact.
School Holiday Fun
December/January is the longest period of school holidays and as always I found joy spending time with my grandsons. The youngest, Elliot started school this week and I can’t believe it.
One of my plans for 2023 is to try new recipes and this month I’ve tried a very quick and easy tiramisu recipe that I found on Taste. It literally took 15 minutes, (although it is called 2 minute Tiramisu). It isn’t the traditional recipe which I will be trying in the near future, it certainly tasted good. I’ve also tried a couple of recipes from Nigella Lawson which I will share in upcoming posts.
Guest speaking engagement
I was honoured to be a guest speaker at the Kickstart Your Confidence Summit – Women Living Well After 50
Fun with Fashion & Beauty
I had some fun playing ‘model’ for a ‘Fashion Photo shoot’ and roped my very patient husband in to be photographer. I had been gifted some clothes from 3rd Story and also purchased some clothing from West Indies Wear both of these labels are perfect for my lifestyle. The orange beach pants and pink dress are from West Indies Wear and the star tees and pants are from 3rd Story.
If you would like to purchase from 3rd story you can use my discount code: SUE15
- 15% off entire order
- No minimum purchase requirement
- All customers
- One use per customer
- Can’t combine with other discounts
- Active from today until Apr 30
I’m also working with Enhance Pro Age products which are a handy trio perfect for a simplified beauty routine. You can check out the products HERE and if you wish to purchase remember to use CODE: SUE15 for a discount.
Link ups I’ve participated in during January included:
- Wednesday Words & Pics hosted by Denyse Whelan
- What’s On Your Plate? Challenge hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb from The Widow Badass
- What’s On Your Bookshelf? and What’s Been On Your Calendar? Hosted by Deb from Deb’s World, Donna from Retirement Reflections, Jo from And Anyways and myself
The 52 Book Club Reading challenge
I found this through my friend Jennifer Jones from Next Phase in Fitness and am enjoying trying to find books to match the prompts. I’ll be sharing my progress in our monthly What’s On Your Bookshelf? post.
Blog Posts in January
Action for Happiness January Calendar
Using my TIME Wisely in 2023 (my WOTY)
TIME to try new recipes in 2023 (joining in the What’s On Your Plate? Challenge)
6 Reasons it’s TIME to Let go, Accept & Move Forward
Strategies to stop ‘worry’ stealing your TIME
What’s Been On Your Bookshelf?
Podcast – I was very excited to receive the 2022 stats for my Women Living Well After 50 Podcast. A huge thank you to all of my dedicated listeners and for the positive feedback and love you show to me. I am now in production for Season 5 and always looking for guests. If you feel you have a story to share that will inspire women over 50 then I’d love to hear from you,
Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar for January and I Iook forward hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their January progressed.
Enjoy your month!
What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC
What: 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 7 days
Why: A space to share highlights from your past month.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other social media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
The next #WBOYC will be Thursday February 24/Friday February 25 I’m lookingforward to seeing What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.