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SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS ~ WHAT'S MAKING ME HAPPY #5

There's always something to be grateful for, something to smile about, and something silly to laugh at - we just need to look for them.
 

IT'S TIME TO BE HAPPY

December and Christmas are behind us and we're into 2021 already! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by - so now it's time to share some "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" ..... Sunshine - what's been happening to make me happy, Lollipops - silly things and memes that gave me a smile, and Rainbows - what I'm grateful for this month.

CULTIVATING WHOLEHEARTED LIVING IN MIDLIFE

Have you thought about cultivating qualities that will enrich and enhance your life in the years to come?  I'm sharing how to do this intentionally.


CHOOSING MY WORD OF THE YEAR

At the beginning of each year I've chosen a Word to represent how I want to grow and develop in the months ahead. I've had some that appeared in my head without a second thought, and others that have taken a lot longer to filter through. Last year I chose Symphony and it was something that came to mind in the dying weeks of 2019 - and actually worked very well for the highs and lows that 2020 brought with it.

This year I have a new word. I actually had several that presented themselves during last year, and I duly noted them down - Courage, Emerge, Harmony, Discovery, and Self-Acceptance. Each had meaning for me and each spoke of growth and balance. As I was mulling them over, a picture popped up on my Pinterest page that perfectly tied them all together...

THAT'S A WRAP AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

As the year draws to an end it's time to pause and look back, wrap up the loose ends, and celebrate the season of Christmas before we head into a new and exciting year.

IT'S A WRAP FOR 2020

Well, Christmas is just around the corner and the end of the year will be upon us before we know it. 2020 has crawled by at times, and flown by at other times. One minute we were in February and hearing about Coronavirus, then we were in March and completely locked down. Before I knew it, Easter had gone by without family or Easter eggs for the grandgirls.

We settled into our new normal here in Australia as Covid was kept to quarantined returning travellers in their hotel rooms, and life pretty much returned to normal. My heart broke for those who were living with huge numbers of new community cases, and those who lost family or friends from the virus. Things have certainly been uncertain and unsettled.

SUPER EASY LEMON MERINGUE PIE

A super easy lemon meringue pie - light, creamy, sweet and delicious.

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After reading and giving up on all the tricky, interesting, exotic recipes I see shared on blogs everywhere, I decided to work from the other end of the spectrum and share some of my super easy recipes that are guaranteed to taste good, be easy to prepare with basic ingredients, and they always turn out well.

Today's recipe comes from the back of a condensed milk tin that I saved from my early married days. Lemon meringue pie is one of my favourite desserts - and it has to be a creamy lemon filling - not those strange versions that are sour and more like a jelly. I make this dessert when I'm upping my "chef" game but it's still really easy and foolproof (win/win!)

HOW DID YOUR WORD OF THE YEAR PLAY OUT?

Choosing a word of the year gives a different focus to a New Year's resolution - why not give it a try?

CHOOSING A WORD OF THE YEAR

Every January for the past five years I've chosen a word to focus on rather than getting tied to New Years resolutions. I love that it's more general and it prompts me to think about how I'd like to grow in the 12 months ahead of me - rather than pledging to do things that I might not achieve. 

As far as previous #WOTY's go, the first year I chose Release (so many things I needed to let go of), then it was Embrace (so many new things to open myself up to), then I moved on to Enough (being enough and having enough). I changed track with Rise (rising up from a difficult year) and followed that with More (becoming more rather than fading away to less). This year I found it really difficult to settle on a word - nothing felt right and I nearly gave it all a miss. Then at the last minute I stumbled upon this quote....

HEADING TOWARDS MY SIXTIES WITH SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND A SMILE

What is the one thing worth working on over the year ahead? For me it's self-acceptance and the freedom it brings.
 

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR IN THE NEXT DECADE?

It was my birthday last month, and it was the last one in my 50's - yes.... I am now officially 59 and looking at finishing out another decade of life. I've been asking myself over the last few weeks, what it is that I want to set in place in preparation to embarking on my sixties. Basically, what ongoing issue do I need to finally get sorted?

I keep circling back to words like self-confidence, self-love, self-worth, and self-esteem, because I feel like I still haven't attained that inner sense of self-assuredness that I see in so many other women of my age. I can put on the mask and pretend to be confident, but underneath there's still that little voice in my head that tells me it's not real and I'm not comfortable in my sense of "self". I'm not sure what's lacking, but I'm planning on doing something proactive over the next year to finally step into being relaxed and confident in who I am - no more pretending.

SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS - WHAT'S MAKING ME HAPPY #4

In times of uncertainty it's good to focus our thoughts on the things that bring joy and remind us of how blessed we are.

IT'S TIME TO BE HAPPY

It's the end of November already and time to share some "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" ..... Sunshine - what's been happening to make me happy, Lollipops - silly things and memes that gave me a smile, and Rainbows - what I'm grateful for this month.

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE MUM WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Do you have a family member who's impossible to buy for? If you're in Australia I have the perfect place to browse and buy an experience they'll love.

GIFT SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

I think a lot of us have been feeling a bit low with all the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on us since February. I can't believe an entire year has gone by with very little happening to make us smile. Travel is almost non-existent, and a lot of the little luxuries we enjoyed were also curtailed due to the social distancing requirements. As Australia has slowly opened up again, we can start enjoying a few little treats that we're sorely in need of and I can't wait to share some here on the blog.

I have collaborated with the Australian company RedBalloon who is the heartland of enriching experiences. They offer a range of amazing experiences that build meaningful and memorable life moments, perfect to gift at Christmas time. On top of their bucket-list worthy experiences, they also offer a range of indulging, relaxed gift ideas for mum that caught my eye.

TAKING TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES

Are you busy rushing towards the next new thing, or returning to old habits? Maybe it's time to pause and allow yourself to smell the roses.

FINDING INSPIRATION

One of the things I love about blogging is that it introduces you to new people and new ideas. So many women in Midlife are exploring interesting concepts and Michele Vosberg recently shared a post where she recommended some great books to help with achieving our dreams. I'm not a big dreamer, but one book sounded particularly interesting and I thought I'd download it and see what it had to offer.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS ONLINE

If you've been thinking about starting a business from home, or creating a blog and earning some extra cash, here's some tips on getting started.

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Today on the blog I have a collaborative guest post with an interesting discussion and general overview of what it takes to start your own online business. It seems like everyone has an idea or two about what they'd like to do to earn an income from home, but sometimes it takes a little bit of a push to take it to the next stage.

Today might just provide another paving stone in the path to doing something you love - whether it's starting a blog, starting a business, or just dipping your toes in the water.