Micro Mondays Over 50s Lifestyle

Zooming in & putting the focus on your life

November 15, 2021

This week’s #lifethisweek prompt is ‘Zoom’ so I decided to make this the topic of my latest Micro Monday Episode on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast.

You can listen to the full episode by clicking on the link below:

Now what comes to mind when you think of ‘Zoom’? I would safely bet that since early 2020, we would automatically think of the service we all turned to, to stay in touch with family and friends during the lockdown periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Would I be right?

I know for me, discovering and subscribing to the ‘Zoom’ online service opened up a new world and opportunities for me.

  • A new career via Zoom – I started my new career as a Group Fitness Instructor with Strong Healthy Women, in the SHW Virtual Studio. I train Women 50+ in this Virtual World via Zoom. It is convenient because I don’t need to leave home and it was a godsend for many during lockdown to help these lovely ladies stay active and healthy.
  • Friendships via Zoom – I developed existing friendships with some blogging friends as we formed what I like to call my ‘Women’s Circle’. We meet weekly, answer a question posed by one of our group and discuss our ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of the week.
  • Book Clubbing via Zoom – Part of our Women’s Circle group extended our Zoom meetings and introduced our Book Club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the Classics and we have worked our way through nearly all of the Bronte Sisters books. These beautiful women who are my dear friends scattered throughout Australia and Canada have helped me understand not only the book but the author. Our discussions are lively and interesting and I greatly value this.
  • Baking via Zoom – our Book club extended the idea to baking. One of our group loves baking, so at the end of each book, we bake! Yes, we bake! We gather in our own kitchens and meet via ‘Zoom’ and bake together a recipe that is related to the book we have just finished. We also started the monthly What’s On Your Bookshelf Challenge? and each of us write a post about what we’ve been reading and encourage others to share what is on their bookshelf with us.
  • Podcasting – I use Zoom to interview my guests for the Women Living Well After 50 podcast and I’ve met some wonderful women from all over the world, with interesting stories or information to share. I’ve just finished Season 2 and will then take a break until the New Year.

Zooming in and putting the focus on your life

In photography, Zoom can also mean

a means of producing an enlarged image (as in a camera)specifically ZOOM LENS

Merriam-Webster dictionary

During the year, my Women’s Circle invited a guest, Debbie Flynn, a photographer, to take us through a short course on photography, predominantly using the features of our smartphones. I learned about zooming in or putting the focus on some interesting part of the image which may not be the obvious focal point.

Thinking about zooming in to focus on a specific area, brought to mind the idea of zooming in on my life. My Word of the Year has been SELF and because of a ‘dark cloud’ issue in our personal life which hopefully will be resolved soon, I found that I wasn’t living up to my WOTY. I was letting the ‘dark cloud’ issue take over and drain me of joy and energy.

That changed in September, when I pushed the Pause button and took a step back. I took October to undertake an October Overhaul and prioritise what I needed to do and what I could or should let go of for the moment.

Did I feel guilty doing this? Yes! I’m that sort of person who wants to please, inspire,motivate, achieve and be there for others. BUT, I needed to let go of that guilt and as time has passed I feel less guilty about many things. That’s a great step forward!

By Zooming in and focusing on what is important right this moment has helped me to cope with the ‘big issue’, feel less anxious and I’ve even managed to finish my Certificate IV in Fitness. I have one module to lodge but all the work is done and I’m pretty darn proud of myself. this certification will lift me from a Group Fitness Instructor to a Personal Trainer.

I also challenged myself to bring more colour into my life and put a daily focus on pops of colour through a 100 day challenge #bringmorecolourintoyour life. I share my daily colour on Instagram and other social media. Zooming in to focus on colour has certainly lifted not only my spirits but has brought joy to others who have commented on my posts.

As we near the end of 2021, the topic of WOTY has started to crop up and at this point I don’t have any thought on that. At this moment I am keep the Zoom lens on my life and looking daily for what brings joy and energy to me.

Focus on what you can change, not what you have no control over

Have you Zoomed in to focus on your life lately?

Have you used Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends or activities?

Have you started thinking about your Word of the Year?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

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12 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 15, 2021 at 05:47

    I love this zooming in on life , zooming focus. I didn’t even think of that. Great post. And I hope that dark cloud issue is quickly resolved. Good luck!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:07

      Thanks Lydia, I had no idea when I first started writing how it would develop. Glad you enjoyed reading my post and thanks for the good wishes. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly November 15, 2021 at 06:37

    Hi, Sue – I love all of the ways that you’ve showed how we can ‘Zoom In’ and put the focus on our own lives. The examples that you have given have proven that despite the challenges you have more than lived up to your #WOTY. I hope that the dark cloud passes soon. I’m immensely grateful for our friendship.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:07

      Hi Donna, I love Zoom for the reasons I’ve mentioned and greatly enjoy our Zoom chats. Thank you for your good wishes, my friend. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 15, 2021 at 08:59

    You are so clever Sue! This post is a great example of using our innate creativity! You have done a great job of putting the lens into focus and zoom has certainly been a great way of staying in touch. Your WOTY has been a good one and I have loved you challenge of #bringmorecolourintoyourlife project. I am giving some thought to what my word will be for 2022 and have few ideas. Hoping your black cloud lifts soon. Wonderful reflective post! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:09

      Hi Deb, thanks for you lovely and encouraging comment. Sometimes an idea just pops in and develops into something you are happy with. I had no idea what to write initially but then I just let my fingers type and the words flow. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 15, 2021 at 14:42

    Zoom was a godsend during the lockdown and onwards from the pandemic. I think it opened up a whole new world for a lot of us – thank goodness for technology! I love how you’ve taken it even further in so many areas of your life Sue. I had to step back from it a little and remind myself to engage face to face more (I think I was in danger of becoming a hermit!) I’ve also been thinking about my #WOTY and have a few I’m tossing around – with one rising to the top atm. I hope you find one because it’s always fun to see what others choose to ‘zoom’ in on for the year ahead.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:10

      Zoom is a wonderful tool, Leanne and I know many who have enjoyed staying in touch with family and friends through this media. I suppose over the next few weeks, people will start revealing their #WOTY although I’m a bit stuck at the moment to think of one.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 15, 2021 at 15:18

    Covid brought Zoom into my life Sue. Hi d never heard of Zoom before covid but now it’s a common part of my life. I’ve been involved in many virtual genie conferences via zoom and hope they never stop as I can easily attend conferences all over the world. I’ve been loving youR colour photos and enjoyed posting my own. I’m just taking a week or two out now to recalibrate.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:11

      I’d never heard of Zoom before COVID either, Jen but it is a tool I use in several ways in my life. It certainly has opened up a new world. I’ve been loving your photos and having you join me for my colour challenge. I love your term ‘recalibrate’

  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 17, 2021 at 16:11

    Zoom still is not my thing…because I cannot do it well at all. And I dislike being non-competent. At the same time, it has been over-used by many in education (out of necessity) and I know teachers, kids and parents are ZOOMED out. For the uses you speak of it’s been a great way to connect. Biggest congratulations on your Cert IV. I did Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment twice, both in person, so on-line brings its own challenges.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, I am sharing my self care stories for the last time in 2021. Where DID that year go?
    Hope to see you then too, on or off prompt!
    Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2021 at 14:12

      Hi Denyse, I enjoy using Zoom to stay in touch and also workout with the ladies at SHW. It isn’t for everyone but I do feel it was a godsend during COVID and lockdowns. x

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