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June 28, 2024
Mid-Year Review 2024

Welcome to What’s Been On Your Calendar? 2024! I hope you have had a wonderful month and if you are linking up, I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been doing. If you don’t blog I’m still interested in what’s been happening with you and encourage you to leave me a comment and tell me your news.

So let’s pause here, go and make yourself a cuppa and take your time reading through what’s been on my calendar? #WBOYC . I’m using this post as a mid-year review to reflect on how I’ve been Living Well and make plans for the rest of 2024. I’m also looking at why a mid-year review is important to living well.

Why a mid-year review is important to Living Well

Each month, I write a post for our link up, What’s Been On Your Calendar? and l lately I’ve also been writing a Living Well This Week letter with what I’ve been up to and ideas and thoughts on how we can all live well.

Documenting our activities is an excellent method for keeping track of life events, not just for yourself but for your family to know the ‘real you’, and exploring resources that aid in living well. However, how often do we make the time to pause to reflect on our actions, appreciate our experiences, or realize that we may be settled in comfort, engaging in activities ore relationships that no longer fill us with joy and fulfillment? It’s important to recognize this and consider making changes. If we don’t, we continue on without fully engaging in and enjoying our life.

It’s easy to do but it does require some of your time, and aren’t you worth investing some of your time in yourself?

How to do your mid-year review

Take some time to create some space to get quiet and grounded and consider your thoughts on the following:

  • Tune into your body. How do you feel right now?
  • What are you most proud of from the past 6 months?
  • What has felt in alignment, and what has felt out of alignment?
  • Have you focused on the things you said were most important at the start of the year?

For the rest of year’s planning, reflect on these questions:

  • What are your focus areas and priorities for the next 6 months?
  • What is the one goal you most want to achieve?
  • What one change could you make that would have the greatest impact on your wellbeing?
  • How do you want to feel on December 31st?
  • How can you align your time and energy to align with the above?

Are you waiting for something to happen? Are you leaving things until ‘later’? Are you keeping your ‘good things’ for later? Why? Start living well and enjoying life today.

My Year of ‘Freedom’

I started the year, like many selecting a Word of the Year as a guiding theme for how I wanted life to be in 2024. My #WOTY 2024 is Freedom post detailed my WOTY, why I chose it and what I expected from it. An excerpt from that post…..

Freedom will see me striving to improve areas in life

  • freedom to try new things by letting go of limiting beliefs and having faith in my ability
  • freedom by being accountable to myself and my needs first
  • setting boundaries to allow me the freedom to do things that bring me joy
  • travel – the freedom to be more spontaneous with our travel plans – especially local travel
  • freedom of my time to find balance with ‘doing’ and just ‘being’
  • freedom from mental stress, worry and anxiety and taking time to keep a healthy mindset

These are just some of the ideas I have but most importantly for me it will mean:

FREEDOM TO BE MYSELF, LIVE AUTHENTICALLY AND WITHOUT EXPLANATION OR APOLOGY

Have I lived up to my WOTY?

Whilst I still believe I am living my WOTY, Freedom, I still keep coming back to the words Living Well and of late, becoming an active participant in life. Both of these still fit within the word Freedom I believe.

Mid-year Reflection

I’ve looked back at each month and I do believe I’ve ticked off most of the list from my Freedom post in January. Some like the mental stress and anxiety will always be a WIP and I may never fully conquer this, but I will continue to try. Others on the list were easily ticked off. My year has certainly been one to be so grateful for and I continue with this gratitude every day, because I know that life is precious and can be taken away at any moment.

Highlights from January – June

If you are interested, you can read my monthly WBOYC? posts but here is a summary of the highlights for me over the last six months.

The last six months have included:

  • Renovating both of our bathrooms
  • Showcasing fashion from Fella Hamilton and Happy Healthy Fitness
  • Running in events – International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day Classic with my daughter, The Run Army and my biggest achievement this year, running 35 kms in the Bloody Long Walk.
  • I’ve hosted two challenges – ‘Becoming an Active Participant in Life’ and just recently ‘The Daily Walking in June’ challenge
  • I’ve celebrated a friends’ 50th birthday with High Tea, made a Pina Colada Ice cream cake for my daughter’s birthday and a Jurassic Park birthday cake for my youngest grandson’s birthday.
  • Mike and I celebrated another wedding anniversary
  • We enjoyed a short getaway to Stanthorpe
  • Baking with my online bookclub and close blogging friends – Debbie, Donna and Jo
  • Enjoyed date days and trying new recipes in the kitchen
  • There’s been lots of reading, sunrises and sunsets
  • Special times with my grandsons and catching up with friends

So much to be grateful for and I certainly don’t take anything for granted. Looking back at photos from the last six months filled me with joy and appreciation. It reminded me that although life is never perfect, we can find moments of joy in each day.

A final highlight in June was receiving this beautiful message from a guest I had interviewed on my Women Living Well After 50 Podcast.

Why a mid-year review is important to Living Well

Mid-year Planning

As well as continuing on with my regular exercise, healthy eating, blogging and podcasting, weekly date days, connecting with family and friends schedule, I’ve also listed a few ideas and plans that I want to follow up on in the next six months.

I’m not planning too much as overloading our life is not suitable for living well, is it?

  • Continual Learning – I’ve enrolled in a short course ‘Exercise Adaptations for 50+ Seniors and Beyond which I hope to complete by mid August.
  • Travel planning – We have a trip to Cairns planned for the last week of July which we are both looking forward to. It has been 30 years since we were last there so I’m sure we will see some changes.
    In other exciting news, Mike and I recently book a trip for September 2025 to take a Norwegian Fjord Cruise and a driving holiday of the U.K. a trip that has been on our bucket list for some time. It will be fun planning the trip and we certainly have plenty of time to plan but it is always good to have something positive to look forward to.
  • Community involvement – Mike and I plan to join Probus in August, to become more involved in our local community. We also are looking at volunteering and I want to explore a local aged care facility to offer my services to.
  • Step back from some of my online work that I don’t feel is working or being of value to others at the moment.
  • Join an exercise group – there is a free Yogalates (combo Yoga and Pilates) group in our local park that I would like to join

Well, that’s my mid-year review, reflection and planning done, so bring on the rest of 2024!

Will you take a pause for a mid-year review and planning session? You’ll be surprised at what you’ve achieved in 2024 with more to come I’m sure.

I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their month progressed.

Debbie Harris
Donna Connolly
Jo Tracey

Enjoy your month and I look forward to next month’s WBOYC? edition. Please note link up dates below.

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Jo June 28, 2024 at 08:14

    I spent some of the time in front of the fire doing exactly that – reviewing what I’ve done against where I want to be and putting in a plan to make it happen. While I set intentions this year I didn’t actively plan – and I should know myself better than that. My boundaries are so poor that if I drift into things or “let them happen” I drift alright and very little happens!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:42

      The trip came at just the right time for you Jo and whilst it is good to plan and make it happen, with all you’ve been through of late be gentle with yourself. x

  • Reply Debbie June 28, 2024 at 08:54

    A great way of reflecting on the year so far and your WOTY Sue, a mid year review is a fabulous way of taking stock! You are such an active participant in life and an inspiration for so many of us. I can’t wait to catch up with you! You’re an encouraging midlife woman and a great co-host on our bloging linkups 🙂 xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:43

      Hi Deb, you are always so supportive and know what to say when I need to hear it. I think most of us are having a great year. Of course, life will always present hurdles but we seem to be living up to our WOTY for sure. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 28, 2024 at 09:06

    Hi, Sue – This post deeply resonated with me. Like Jo, I’ve been mentally reviewing what I have been doing recently and looking at it against a Start/Stop/Continue/Pause model. You’re so right, for everything we are currently doing, there is something that we are not doing that may want to make room for. Like Debbie, I can’t wait to catch up with you soon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:44

      You’ve had so much going on with your Mum, Donna and travelling back and forth makes it difficult to live life at a pace you can enjoy. I’m so happy you and Richard could make your Camino happen. It’s time now for you to rest and give yourself some space. Take care my friend. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis June 28, 2024 at 09:41

    Perfect reminder post with today being Matariki, the Maori new year, and my birthday coming up to stop, reflect, think and plan.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:46

      I always learn something new from you, Barbara. I didn’t even know that Maori had a New Year! Happy birthday in advance. Mine is in August and I’ll be 67 and I want to make the most of life because we never know what might happen. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 28, 2024 at 09:51

    How wonderful is this post, as you are too of course. A good and kind review and a moving forward and self motivating update. Go you!! Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:46

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words of encouragement and support, Denyse. They mean a great deal to me and you’ve made my day. Thank you xx

  • Reply marsha57 June 28, 2024 at 10:09

    You are definitely meeting and exceeding your goals. I am so terrible at setting goals, bucket lists, and such. I mean, I can create them, but I always forget about them! I am so excited for your driving trip and cruise!

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:47

      Hi Marsha, you have a big goal and plan coming up – your trip to Scotland and Ireland. That’s a big enough goal to handle and I’m excited for you. x

  • Reply Janine June 28, 2024 at 13:53

    Thank you for your inspirational reminder to look back over the past six months but also to make a plan for the next. I feel I need to narrow down my goals. I seem to have accumulated more and more ideas but not really achieved anything. I shall try to focus on just getting one goal completed by the end of the year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:48

      Thanks, Janine, I’m happy that you found the post inspirational. It is a good time of year to see how we are travelling. Life gets so busy we can tend to just flow along with the current and not really feel fulfilled or happy. One goal is all we need. We don’t have to have lists and lists just one thing that we really want to make happen. You can do it! x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 28, 2024 at 14:02

    It’s fun to look back Sue. In my opinion you have lived your Word of the Year, and have been inspirational to many of us. Your trip in September 2025 sounds fantastic. I always think part of the fun of a holiday is having lots of time to plan and dream. I need to sit back and look at my year also. I think it will also help me refocus for the next half.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:49

      Hi Jen, thank you for your kind words and it fills my bucket when someone says I’ve been inspirational. We haven’t ever planned a trip that far in advance, I don’t think, so it will be fun having time to really investigate how to make the best use of our time. It will be here before we know it. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton June 28, 2024 at 15:52

    A mid year review is a great idea. After retirement the months seem to fly by, and we can lose track of our goals. Your list of future activities is impressive! I don’t know how you fit it all in.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:50

      Exactly, Gail and we can also fall into a rut doing something we don’t really enjoy but don’t take the time to make changes. I’m always amazed at what you fit into your days! x

  • Reply Toni Pike June 28, 2024 at 17:56

    What wonderful advice, Sue – I’m on a big health campaign at the moment. I love all the activities you do – such a rich life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:20

      Thanks, Toni, I know you like to keep healthy and fit. I loved the photos of you with the grandchildren last week. x

  • Reply Deb June 28, 2024 at 23:04

    What a great idea to have a mid year review, it’s easy to forget all the achievements you’ve made as the year progresses isn’t it?
    What an interesting list of future goals!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:22

      Thanks, Deb. I find it is a good way to pause and actually see what I’ve done in the first six months. I agree it is easy to forget our achievements and we tend to focus on what we haven’t done, don’t we? Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Joanne June 29, 2024 at 01:15

    What a great idea to conduct a little mid-year review! You sure have achieved a lot this year. My main focus right now is cutting out/down on sugar and getting my weight back under control (despite my birthday in less than 2 weeks!).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:24

      We’ve had the same focus as you Joanne because of Mike’s Type 2 Diabetes. He has lost 8kg which is great and he has his diabetes under control. x

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com June 29, 2024 at 05:44

    I would like to volunteer at a senior living center or the rehab center near my home. Just not sure what I could do, but could wheel people to and from meals or to various activities. I used to enjoy just sitting with my mom, putting lotion on her hands, helping her brush her teeth, wash her face, add a bit of lipstick. Will be anxious to see what you figure out in that department.

    Really like the idea of a mid-year review, too. If I can get back to blogging regularly, then I would like to do a check-in on my goals, bucket list and WOTY.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:26

      Hi Leslie, sometimes they like people to read to them or maybe you could start a little bookclub. I’m sure they would find you something to do that would be worthwhile. They always need help with their activities and afternoon teas etc. You would be great! x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 1, 2024 at 07:41

    Your very organised. I never access what I’ve done until these sorts of posts are required. Then I’m always surprised how much I have done, as I feel I’ve been doing nothing (or nothing fun or to write about). So to sit and look at 6 months, then plan the next goals must give you a lot of drive….I love you range of photos. Very active, with some frivolity in there (and the bathroom. That must make you proud). #WBOYC

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:28

      Sometimes you need a nudge Lydia and I’m sure you could even just look at your Instagram photos to see what you’ve done over the last six months. I like to have goals or dreams that I’m working on – that’s just me LOL 🙂 Hope your week is going well. x

  • Reply Bernie July 1, 2024 at 13:41

    I love your drive to review and plan. You have accomplished lots and should be super proud of your fitness and your commitment to a balanced active life. Great that you have some upcoming thoughts about what you want to focus on. I sort of do that seasonally rather than in six month increments **maybe because winter lasts SO long sometimes!. I’ve got a couple of things I have been thinking about for fall that hit the learning category. I also will volunteer at school again as that was so rewarding. My WOTY perhaps I haven’t lived thru quite as well as I envisioned when it picked me but we shall see. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:31

      Seasonal planning is another good idea, Bernie, in fact, I love the idea. You could plan activities around the season and also three months is easier to plan than six. Thank you for your kind words, I do hope I inspire others because that is my main reason for blogging. Enjoy! x

      • Reply Bernie July 3, 2024 at 07:16

        Your fitness level is impressive and it definitely is inspiring. As to the seasons — well winter is about 6 months long here so I even divide that into pre Christmas and then the longer slug after.

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