Five Things Friday ~ 5 Quotes To Remind You to Breathe

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Quotes To Remind You to Breathe


We live in a fast paced world and all that busy-ness tends to take over our life. Sometimes you just need to stop for a second and do nothing - just breathe. Inhale some peace and beauty and exhale some of the stress that's been building up inside.

For Five Things Friday I've put together five quotes about the importance of stopping for a moment to breathe. As you browse through them, take a deep breath and feel the peace descend - then maybe pin a couple of them to remind you to stop and smell the roses occasionally.

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Just Breathe and Let It Go

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Just Breathe and Let It Go


It's so easy to let life knock the us down. There are so many petty little things that nip at our heels every day, just waiting to get a good grip and pull us backwards and sink us into a funk. 

In years gone by, I'd let that happen and let it affect my mood - but now I know that it comes down to a choice - my choice. I can choose to let circumstances bother me, I can choose to let the words of another person hurt my feelings (whether the words were intentional or not), I can choose to let ignorant people have an influence on my day.....or I can choose to just breathe and let it go.

Midlife Monday ~ Take Time to Exhale

Sometimes in life we need to breathe out all that we've been breathing in


Life is busy - there is always something happening, something new to experience - some new delight to breathe into our world. We are forever being told to "take a deep breath", to "listen to our breath", to "just breathe", to "breathe it all in".

It seems to me that the focus is on sucking it into ourselves, drawing all we can from what is on offer and filling ourselves with all that comes our way. What I've been wondering lately is.....what do we do with all that we've breathed in?

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Little Things I'm Loving Right Now

5 Little Things I'm Loving Right Now


When I write my Five Things Friday posts I usually pick something I've been thinking about - some are even a little bit deep. Today's is much more frivolous - I've just picked five little things that have added a smile to my life lately.


You can't live in the past - or the future - now is your time - make the most of it!


Midlife is my time - time for me to focus on what is important to me now, and to let go of all the distractions and needless worries about past and future. There is a lot to be said for moving on from the past and leaving it behind - learn from it for sure, but then kick it out the door and get on with the life that I'm part of now. Everyone has stuff in their past they want to leave behind - so now is the time to make the decision to unclench your fist and let it go. It's time to live in the present and not keep looking back to the past.

Midlife Monday ~ Tackling The A-Z Challenge Again

The A to Z Challenge kicks off again in April 2017 - my theme is "Why Midlife's Fabulous"


Last year I took on the A to Z Challenge because I thought it looked like fun - and it was....but it's not called a Challenge for nothing! Writing 26 posts in one month is quite full on and not for the faint hearted. A lot of bloggers start with good intentions and then fall by the wayside as the month progresses.

I soldiered on through the Challenge and used the theme "Positive Personality Traits" - it was an interesting exercise, and one I decided I wouldn't be repeating. But a year is a long time and I seem to have forgotten all the hard bits and I'm feeling the pull to do it all again. So......


Everyone talks about self-hosting, but what about those of us who use a free blog?


Everyone talks about self-hosting, but what about those of us who use a free blog? 

Ever since I fell into the world of blogging I've read dozens and dozens of posts on why it's best to set up a self-hosted blog - all the money you can make, all the plug-ins and added extras you can access, all the bells and whistles that blogging for free doesn't give you. But you know what, I've been blogging for two and a half years and (other than buying my domain name) it has cost me nothing, zero, zip, zilch. 

I don't use my blog to earn an income, so I have the freedom to stick with my free Blogger blog, to play around with it and enjoy it, without having to worry about all the problems I read about that come with having a blog that is bigger than Ben Hur. I thought I'd take a moment to share what I love about using a free blog.

So here's five reasons why I love Blogging for Free:


keeping a journal - is handwriting a skill we're losing?


I try to make a habit of reflecting on my week by writing a few lines in my personal journal. I don't have a very exciting life, in fact I have a fairly ordinary life most of the time. I don't have reams of things to write about when I look back on my week, but I find jotting down a few thoughts and reflections gives me a bit of an overview of how my life is going, where I've been and how far I've progressed. It also gives me an excuse to get out a nice pen and write in a notebook that lasts me a few years - then I get the pleasure of buying a new one!


The Brilliance of Blogging in Midlife - what is there not to love?


I've mentioned before that I started this blog with Absolutely.No.Idea about what blogging actually was, and how to go about it. I just jumped in and started typing away and learned the basics as I went along. I've never tried to turn it into a money making enterprise or a soapbox to vent from, it's just been a wonderful outlet for me and a fantastic way to meet and connect with people all over the world.

I'm a latecomer to the blogging party - some people I've "met" have been blogging for a decade or more. I am in sheer awe of their tenacity and adaptability, and the way they keep up with all the changes that have happened in that time. I've only been kicking around the edges for the last two and half years - but let me say this - "it's been brilliant!"

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Fabulous Things about Midlife

5 Fabulous Things about Midlife that make getting older worthwhile


Sometimes I sit back and feel my aches and pains, or see a new wrinkle, or notice an extra kilo or two and wonder what good there is in growing old? All the vibrancy and the fast pace of youth are behind me, what's left to look forward to?

Then I stop and remind myself that Midlife is a pretty fabulous stage in the journey. It's not the beginning, and it's not the end - it's a hiatus where I can catch my breath and enjoy these five fabulous things:

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ That Golden Age

midlife is the golden age of something good and right and real


I'm pretty sure Taylor Swift wasn't referring to Midlifers when she wrote "State of Grace", but a little snippet of the lyrics rang true to me about this stage of life. It is a golden age - time to take a breath and discover the people we've become, different to who we were and hopefully better versions of our younger selves.

Midlife Monday ~ Should There Be Limits on Fabulous-ness?

Should there be a limit on how many talents and gifts any one person is blessed with?


I am a midlife woman who has come a long way in the last few years in accepting myself and owning my fabulous-ness and my not-so-fabulous-ness. I know I have some great attributes and I also know that I still have a few areas that could do with some polishing up before I'm happy with them.

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Creations You Can Make Yourself

You may not be the craftiest kid on the block, but here's five things we can all create in our lives


I'm a really ambivalent person when it comes to craft and DIY. I have even written a post about being the Anti-Craft because I have never been a clever cutter, gluer, folder, painter, or baker. Sometimes I surprise myself and do something a little bit clever (like my stained glass project) but in general I leave all that stuff to the innately creative people.

What I have learned over the years is that there are actually things I am more than capable of making - to open up my world, grow my character, and feed my soul. So to get started, here are five things even the least crafty people can make (and I'm sure there's quite a few more!)

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Grown Up Colouring In

There is nothing quite so relaxing as a little bit of colouring in is there?


All through my adult life I have had a secret love - unfortunately there isn't anything remotely romantic or exciting about it, but it is something I find relaxing and strangely satisfying.....Yes it's colouring in. I thought I was the only grown-up in the world who loved spending time choosing colours and finishing pictures but it turns out that there are a lot of us out there.