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LIVING A LIFE WHERE MONDAYS DON'T SUCK ANYMORE

If you dread Mondays then maybe it's time to be brave and make some life changes. It's time to wake up on Monday morning with a smile instead of a grimace. #Mondays

THOSE BAD OLD MONDAYS

Have you noticed there's a world of memes out there that all relate to how awful Mondays are because they're the beginning of another working week? I had a bit of spare time to go surfing around all the Monday memes and came up with a few that reflect what it feels like for a lot of us to be heading into work on a Monday when we're in jobs that suck the joy out of our lives.

HOW AN ICELAND ADVENTURE LED TO MIDLIFE BLOGGING

Erica from Behind the Scenery shares her story about how a visit to Iceland started her on a journey to Midlife blogging and contributing to an Icelandic online magazine. #midlifesymphony #bestlife

Today I have my second guest in my MIDLIFE SYMPHONY series where I've asked others to share what they're doing to make the second half of life the best half of life. Erica (from Behind The Scenerylives on the other side of the world to me and yet we have SO many things in common (including both having been Dental Hygenists in our previous lives).  Today Erica is sharing how writing and blogging have changed the second half of her life for the better - something else I can completely relate to!

4 WAYS TO DESIGN A MINIMALIST MIDLIFE

Midlife is the perfect time to pare down, discard the dross, and focus on what's important. Four areas to focus on. #minimalism #simpleliving

MINIMALISM IN MIDLIFE

I've always had a love for simplicity and living an uncluttered life. The Minimalism Movement has legitimized my preference for "less is more" and made my choices a lot more normal and accepted than they were back in the more indulgent 1990's. 

I read an article recently on simpleminded.life that says there are 13 different types of Minimalists. I could identify with at least three of them, but I think the Mindful Minimalist was the best fit. They define it like this:

HURRY LESS - SLOWING DOWN TO APPRECIATE LIFE

It's time to slow down - step away from the rush, the busyness and the need to always be "on". It's time to live a little more in the moment, to slow down and breathe. #slow #unbusy

HURRY NEVER

One of the recommendations from William Henry Channing in creating a life SYMPHONY is to "hurry never" and as I thought about this concept, I came across the wonderful Swedish term "Fika" which roughly translates into taking a coffee break, but it has a deeper meaning which relates to the idea of slowing down and focusing on meaningful moments. It's about stopping the rush for a moment and slowing down, pausing to breathe and to stop hurrying through life. We need to hurry less, stress less, breathe more, and to stop for a moment to be grateful for this wonderful life we've been given. 

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

Because I always enjoy a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, I hope you'll humour me and sit a while as I share my news. There's nothing like a virtual cuppa and a chat, and I have lots to share from the last few weeks. #ifwewerehavingcoffee

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

If we were having coffee these are a few things I'd be sharing from January. We're in the peak of Summer here in Australia with all the horror of bushfires and cyclones, but here in Western Australia things have been fairly calm and (fortunately) fire-free. January is now behind me and because I always enjoy a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, I hope you'll humour me and sit a while as I share my news. There's nothing like a virtual cuppa and a chat, and I have lots to share from the last few weeks.

LETTING GO, SELF-CARE, AND MAKING IT HAPPEN

Letting go means taking a step back, prioritising, and taking the pressure off. Find your balance and make time to enjoy all the areas of your life. #letgo #balance

Today I have my first guest in my MIDLIFE SYMPHONY series where I've asked other bloggers to share what they're doing to make the second half of life the best half of life. My BBB (Best Blogging Buddy) Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond agreed to share her journey over the last few years as she wrestled with early retirement and getting her life into balance. If you have a story you'd like to share I'd love to hear from you. But for now,  I'll hand it over to Sue..... 

YOU CAN QUIT THAT AWFUL JOB RIGHT NOW

Here are some of the things to consider if you want to retire early and quit that job from hell. #earlyretirement

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK TILL YOU DIE

If you're one of those lucky people who love their job then I take my hat off to you. I truly envy people who look forward to going to work every Monday. I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like because I've never had a job I could truly say I loved. I've had jobs that I've been really good at, jobs I've not minded doing, jobs that have paid well, jobs that were okay, but nothing all that fabulous. Because of that I've always wanted to NOT have to go to work and wondered if that day would ever arrive.

IT'S TIME TO GET TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER

Life's short and I don't have time to play around with being someone I'm not. So, the question is "how do I get to know myself better?" #lifesshort #knowyourself

WHO ARE WE NOW WE'RE IN MIDLIFE?

I don't know about you, but there are times I've wondered how much of who I am is due to my choices and how much has been inherited from my upbringing, or absorbed from those around me, or created so that I feel like I fit in. Now I'm past the halfway mark of life I'm finding that I want to drill down more, get to know myself, to understand myself better, and find what truly drives me.

WHEN YOU'RE NO LONGER THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

Life's short so don't force yourself to be an extravert if you're not the life of the party. You're allowed to socialise on your own terms. #lifesshort #partying

DOES AGEING CHANGE US?

Do you ever feel like you're becoming more introverted with age? My husband laughs when I say that I've become an introvert, but I really believe it's true. I'm also becoming a bit of a social recluse these days too - going out to social gatherings seems to have lost its appeal somewhere in the last decade or so. I'm content to be home in my own space and it takes a lot of incentive to get me out the front door. It feels like I'm forcing myself to do something that just doesn't appeal - and life's too short to do that anymore.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU A WAKE-UP CALL

2019 taught me a lot about living well. Sometimes you have to reach a place where you wake up to the fact that you aren’t living the life you want before you can start living well. #newstart #lifelessons

WAKING UP TO A LIFE I DESERVE

Today I'm guest posting on Sue's blog Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. She's begun a new series on Living Well and Ageing Well - a great theme and one we all should be embracing in Midlife. 

I thought I'd share 3 valuable lessons I learned from last year where I finally left an extremely toxic work environment behind. I did a lot of thinking and growing after the fallout and progressed through to recovering myself again. In the process I've learned that I deserve to live life well and to live it on my terms.