It’s time for a cuppa and a catch up to chat about What’s Been On Your Calendar? during March. I love reading everyone’s post in the #WBOYC linkup and it is so lovely to have you join Debbie, Donna ,Jo and myself to share what you’ve been up to during the month.
What’s Been On My Calendar in March?
March didn’t start well for me as I came down with a heavy cold, sore throat and a nasty cough. It took a week of rest and twiddling my thumbs before I started to feel human again. It wasn’t COVID but it gave me some enforced time out. I’m not one to sit still but I did read quite a few books. I reflected on the first week of March in my post, The importance of taking TIME out , listening to your body and acceptance.
First fun run of the year – International Women’s Day
The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. Read more about this here.
The 8th of March was International Women’s Day and although I wasn’t well I did manage to recover in time to take part in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on Sunday the 12th, with my daughter and a friend. This year the focus was #EmbraceEquity.
The International Women’s Day run is our first official run of the year as we build up to longer distance runs later in the running calendar. This year, the week leading up to the run, I was down with a heavy cold and nasty cough. I wasn’t sure I would be able to run but the human body can be so amazing. By the Friday I was feeling better and was able to run with my daughter and my running friend and we did a PB as well!
Kitchen Renos continued with new benchtops
The next reno to be done was the kitchen and we decided that it really just needed new benchtops and some re-tiling. Mike isn’t a fan of the darker tile grout so will be changing that out. I’ll be writing a post about out renos but Mike has certainly saved us $$$s by doing some of the work himself and it has given him a purpose and project to work on.
Making TIME to remember…..My Dad
March 11 was the 42 year anniversary since my Dad died. I was pregnant with Rachel, my first child at the time and she was born a month after he died. Dad was a likeable chap, with a ready smile and ‘hello’ for everyone. No one likes to lose a parent but losing Dad at that time felt unfair. He had worked hard all his life and was looking forward to spending time in retirement with my Mum who had been battling breast cancer for 5 years at that stage.
As I said, life isn’t fair sometimes and six months after retiring he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and died within the next six months. We all thought Mum would pass first but she battled on for another 5 years after his death. They say one door opens as another closes and that was the case with us. We lost Dad but my beautiful, daughter Rachel was born which brought bitter/sweet joy to us all.
Making TIME to learn
During March I signed up for a iphone photography course, a pilates course and a 5 day Wardrobe Bootcamp with Adore Your Wardrobe. All of the courses were on line. I’ve finished the 5 day Wardrobe Bootcamp and will be writing a post about it over the next few weeks.
As a result of the Wardrobe Bootcamp I re-evaluated my wardrobe and removed everything that I didn’t wear. Some items have never fit properly and others were impulse buys. I’ve learned my body shape and over time will be investing in clothing that fits well and is my style. I don’t want a lot of clothes but I do want to wear everything that I have rather than having lots of clothes just taking up space.
I also took the opportunity of going through my makeup bags and decluttering.
My friend, Debbie from Deb’s World, gave me the idea of the photography course as she recently joined one in her local community. Her course is designed for her to use her camera but I don’t own one so the iphone course was ideal. It is quite comprehensive and had a small investment but I’m working my way through. Hopefully I will be a better photographer for my Instagram shots and also my upcoming cruise to New Guinea in June.
In the Kitchen
During March, I spent some time in the kitchen, making recipes from this month’s Confidential Book Club suggestion and also my home date nights. On the menu during March were:
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef with Gnocchi
- Chocolate Rum & Raisin Cake
- Apricot & Almond Bread
- Stuffed Eggplant with Rosemary & Olive Foccacia – recipe coming soon
The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast Season 5
During last week February & the month of March, Episodes 3, 4 & 5 of Season 5 of the WLWA50 Podcast were released. In Episode 3, I had the pleasure of chatting with another three inspirational women who are all sharing their knowledge to help Women Over 50 Live Well. I was delighted to meet and chat with Susie Pettit from Strength: Mind & Body, Deb Johnstone from Transformational Pathways and Julie Cates from Muscle Activation Schaumburg. You can catch the podcast through the link in the image below, on Youtube or on major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music.
To balance my TIME, I’ve decided to publish an interview fortnightly rather than weekly. It takes the pressure off as interviewing and producing the podcast can be tiring, especially when guests are in different time zones. I enjoy this project and want to maintain that enjoyment so finding the right balance is necessary.
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 am enjoying this challenge which I discovered through my friend Jennifer Jones from Next Phase in Fitness. I can’t believe someone has finished the challenge already? Surely you can’t read 52 books in less than 3 months and appreciate the writing and the stories?
You can catch up on my progress and reviews in my What’s On Your Bookshelf March edition post. I think this graphic is pretty cool as I can update it when I’ve read a book using one of the prompts and it shows my progress. It also helps me to remember what books I’ve read!
Blog Posts in March you may have missed
Living the life you love by setting healthy boundaries
Making TIME for Mindful March – Action for Happiness
Cooking with Cookbook Confidential Book Club
The importance of taking TIME out , listening to your body and acceptance
Increase Vitality & Find New Direction to Thrive in Your Next Chapter
What’s On Your Bookshelf? March edition
Safely Building Strength After 50
Home Restaurant Date Night #3
Apricot & Almond Bread
Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar for March 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 April 27/Friday April 28. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.