Saturday, 22 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Self Confidence

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Self Confidence


HAVING AN EPIPHANY

When I reached Midlife I had an epiphany of sorts as far as my relationship with myself went. I stopped seeing myself as middle aged, and settled and stuck, treading water in the same place, and started seeing a whole new person - someone who could stand alone if need be, someone who had a lot to offer, someone who had a brain and a heart, who had good friends and a great family network, who was a person in her own right......and I liked that person a lot.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Retirement? What Retirement?

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Retirement???

TO RETIRE OR NOT TO RETIRE? THAT IS THE QUESTION

There comes a time in every Midlifer's life when the question about when to retire raises its confusing (and yet strangely alluring) head. We see some of our work colleagues taking the plunge and leaving the 9 -5 daily grind behind and heading into a lovely sunset of late morning sleep-ins and a lifelong holiday. The temptation is to follow them out the door and into a twilight of endless leisure.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Quotes About Midlife

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Quotes About Midlife


THE QUEEN OF QUOTES

Sometimes I look at my Pinterest Page and am a little amazed at the vast range of quotes I have collected over the years. There is something about a quote that succinctly sums up a thought or a feeling in a way we may not have been able to do on our own. I think I might just be the Queen of Quotes - a title I'm quite proud of really.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Ageing Parents

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Ageing Parents

PARENTING

Midlife brings with it a change in parenting. We spent 20+ years raising our children from babies into becoming capapble, self-sufficient adults. We breathed a sigh of relief as they launched themselves successfully into the world and thought we could sit back and rest on our laurels.

What we hadn't noticed during all the time we focused on our own little family, was that our parents were growing older. They went from being Midlifers to becoming "old people" while we were looking the other way.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Owning Who You Are

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Owning Who You Are

WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

The world we live in tries to tell us how we should look, how we should think, how we should feel, and how we should behave. Often a shiny wrapper on the outside does its best to cover a not so lovely inside. People are so busy trying to impress others and trying to be what others expect that they forget who they truly are - or maybe they never found out in the first place.

Monday, 17 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ New Experiences

A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ New Experiences

DON'T STAGNATE!

Life is short, and reaching the half way point has been a real eye-opener for me. I saw I had stopped growing and was pretty close to stagnating. Sitting still and assuming there is "nothing new under the sun" to quote Solomon - is the worst thing we can do with the lives we've been given. When you feel like this it's time to step out and try something new.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Marriage

A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Marriage

DON'T MOCK

When you've been married for a very long time you come to realize how important it is to invest in the person who you made a life long vow to. It's so easy to take each other for granted and to let small annoying things drive us crazy. It's easy to "take the mickey" out of someone you know so well. It gives us a smile at the time but doesn't do anything to build up the person we love.

Friday, 14 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Letting Go of Drama

A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Letting Go of Drama

I have spent many years surrounded by people and their drama. It sucks you in and you find yourself swimming in this constant stream of chaos where you never know when the next crisis is going to arise.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Kids Who Are Adults

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Kids Who Are Adults

A JOB WELL DONE

I often wonder how you decide if you did a good job of parenting your children. So many people struggle with putting in the effort and then having their adult children turn their backs on everything and make some truly awful decisions. It is so hard to be a mother of a child who makes wrong choices over and over again. Fortunately those children are in the minority. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Job Changes

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Job Changes


WHAT MIDLIFE CRISIS?

When I reached the grand old age of 52 I had a Midlife Employment Epiphany (as I prefer to call it) others may refer to it as a Midlife Crisis. I had been in a job for years where I was taken for granted, under-paid and under-appreciated. It was sucking the joy out of my life and yet day after day, week after week, I turned up and did the 9-5 routine.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Invisible? Not Me!

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Invisible? Not Me!


LEARNING A LESSON

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about feeling invisible in Midlife - only to find I have had a complete about face and don't feel in the slightest bit invisible anymore - it's amazing what a change of perspective can do for your confidence!

Monday, 10 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Happiness

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Happiness

CLOUDS AND LININGS

One of the biggest lessons Midlife has taught me is that the key to happiness lies firmly and securely in my own pocket. I am responsible for how I see life and I get to choose whether to look for the silver lining, or wallow in the rain cloud. Give me a silver lining any day!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Gorgeous Grandbabies

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Gorgeous Grandbabies

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

One of the most fabulous parts of Midlife is the joy of sharing in the blessing of the next generation. To see your children's children and to be allowed to participate in loving them and revelling in their cuteness is beyond words. To be part of the life of a happy and sun-shiny grandbaby fills my heart with gratitude every day.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Friendships for Life

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Friendships for Life

A LIFETIME OF FRIENDS

Friends are one of Midlife's greatest blessings - true friends enrich our life immeasurably by accepting us for who we are and choosing to share their lives with us. As I look back over 50+ years I am so grateful for the friends I have gathered along the way - both old and new, and those somewhere in between.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ The Empty Nest

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ The Empty Nest


THE STEREOTYPICAL EMPTY NEST

The empty nest is often spoken about as a sad and lonely time. The kids leave and take all the life and interest and excitement with them. There's no-one left who needs looking after, nobody coming and going, no strangers wandering through the house, nothing new and nothing out of the ordinary any more. It can all be so silent and sedate and fairly boring if you let it.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Dealing with Depression

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Dealing with a Dose of Depression

ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS

Midlife brings with it a time where you question a lot of your assumptions. Life changes and the kids move out and you're home alone with your partner and you start wondering why you do a lot of things. Maybe it happens sooner for some people, but for me it was Midlife when it hit me between the eyes.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Crazy Cat People

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Crazy Cat People

SPINSTERS AND CATS

Craziness and being a cat person is usually associated with spinsters - the obvious sign that you are never going to get married is that you own a cat (or two, or three). It might be the symbol for spinsters, but there is another stage of life where cat ownership sneaks up on you and that's Midlife. Before you know it you've become one of those crazy people who need to de-hair their clothes before they leave the house.

Monday, 3 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Blogging in Midlife

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Blogging in Midlife

WHO I'M NOT AND WHO I AM

When I was a Mum of young children the internet hadn't been invented so I never got to be a Mommy Blogger, I'm a fairly ordinary cook so I never got to be a Food Blogger, I'm the Anticraft so I never got to be a DIY Blogger, and I am no clothes horse so I never got to be a Fashion Blogger. 

But! One thing I am excellent at is being a Midlifer - I am learning so much, experiencing so many new things, and growing heaps now that I've hit my Fabulous Fifties - why not blog about it? So, a couple of years I jumped in feet first and became a Midlife Blogger - and what a ride it has been.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The A-Z Challenge ~ Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Autumn is our Season

A to Z Challenge - Why Midlife's Fabulous ~ Autumn is our Season

LEAPING BACK IN TO THE A TO Z

Last year I did the A to Z Challenge for the first time and thought "never again!" because it was so full on, but here I am again having another go at it and I'm excited to share my theme - which is the centre of my reason for blogging - Midlife is Fabulous! And it's fabulous on so many levels - so why not start with explaining why.....