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LIVING A LIFE OF JOY

Do you want more joy in your life? Then swap out expectations for appreciation, take the time to look for moments of goodness every day. #midlife #joy #expectations

FINDING JOY IN OUR LIVES

Do you live a life full of joy or are you just scraping by and finding a few scraps of joy here and there in the daily hustle and bustle of life? I used to think that joy was the Golden Snitch of life - occasionally you managed to catch it, but most of the time it was snatched from your grasp by life's ups and downs.

If you're wondering where your joy is, or where it went to, or how to get it back, maybe some of my experiences will ring a bell for you and start you back on the path to joyful living.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #67

Midlife - Share The Love Link Party - an exclusive party for Midlife Bloggers

WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 67! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A MIDLIFE METAMORPHOSIS?

How to cope when life throws you a curveball in your 50's. It's an opportunity for a Midlife Metamorphosis. Are you ready to embrace your transformation? #midlife #transformation

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

Whenever life throws us a curveball, we're left with the mighty question - Where to from here? I think we've all asked it at various times of our lives. I know that I'm in the middle of asking myself what I'm planning to do with the days, months, years ahead now that I'm not working anymore. Paid employment has been part of my adult life for the last 40 years - so what do I do now that it's not who I am any more?

SATURDAY SNIPPETS #12

Saturday Snippets - where the best things I've seen on the itnernet come together in one place #Saturday #snippets #midlife

INTRO

Here's the latest little snippets from all over the place that caught my eye and I thought were worth sharing. I hope you enjoy them too - feel free to pin them or share them with other people if they resonate with you. I've turned off the comments on these posts because they're just a fun Saturday post to look at, enjoy and move on - hopefully with a smile on your face or with something to think about.

WHEN YOU'RE IN A SEASON OF WAITING

What do you do when you're between things? When you've moved on but haven't arrived yet? You are in a season of waiting and growing. Don't settle - just wait. #midlife #change #waiting

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU'RE TREADING WATER?

It's been 9 weeks of "gainful UN-employment" for me now - that's 9 weeks since I left the work drama behind after giving my 2 weeks' notice and walking out the door for the final time. In some ways it seems longer than a couple of months, but at the same time, it's the longest I've ever been "between jobs" - previously I've gone straight from one job to the next without a break.

INVESTING IN WHAT'S IMPORTANT

Invest your time in what's important to you - stop wasting yourself on irrelevant trivialities. #midlife #investyourself

IMPORTANT OR IRRELEVANT? YOU DECIDE

We're onto "I" in the "List of More" and today it's about figuring out what's important and focusing our time and energy on those things, rather than getting caught up in the little stuff that keeps us busy, but achieves very little. The trick is to figure out what has meaning and purpose in your life and turn your attention to that, while letting the more trivial stuff take a back seat.

WHAT IF YOU WANT TO STOP WORKING IN YOUR 50's?

Yes, you can stop working in your 50's. You need to choose what's right for you and stop seeking validation from others. Choose wisely and be confident in your ultimate choice. #earlyretirement #midlife

WHEN CAN I LEGITIMATELY STOP WORK?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I've been thrashing the question "when is it okay to stop work" around in my head a lot over the last couple of months. As most of you would know, I resigned from that not-so-perfect Perfect Job at the beginning of March. I needed to get out before I drowned in the drama and chaos that was the daily norm, but in the process I've been tossed into a bit of a quandry of my own making. That quandry is whether to stop work permanently now I'm 57.

5 QUOTES FOR FACING TOUGH TIMES

Are you facing a tough time? Is life throwing a curveball? Here are five quotes from Mandy Hale about rising up from defeat, growing from it, and realizing you are Enough. #enough #riseup #quotes

WHEN LIFE SEEMS TO BE DIFFICULT

Have you been going through a bit of an upheaval in life lately? I certainly have and I always find that there is wisdom out there just waiting to be tapped into if you know where to look.

Recently I found some fantastic advice from Mandy Hale's book You are Enough, Heatbreak, Healing and Becoming Whole and I wanted to share some quotes that I found particularly helpful.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

If we were having coffee these are a few of the things I'd share from my life that happened in April. #midlife #ifwewerehavingcoffee

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

If we were having coffee these are a few things I'd be sharing from Easter and the rest of the lovely month of April. I always enjoy a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, so 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 - including an Easter family visit.

CHOOSING TO BE HAPPY AND HOPEFUL

Choose to be happy despite your circumstances and here's why it works. Happiness is always a choice. Don't let you circumstances or the moods of the people around you, steal your joy. #happiness #choice

HAPPINESS IS ALWAYS OUR CHOICE

We're onto "H" in the "List of More" and today it's about choosing to be happy, not waiting for happiness to magically descend upon us. For far too long I based my happiness on the people around me (if they were happy then I was happy), and on my situation (if things were good then I was happy). It never occured to me that the power of happiness was in my own hands.