HAVING THE PRIME OF YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW

Social Saturday Guest Post - Are you making the most of life? Some tips to live in the Prime of Life.

INTRO

It's Social Saturday! And here is my favourite blogger - Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond to kick things off beautifully! Thanks Sue for such a great post to start off my series. She even did a fabulous intro so I'll leave it to her to tell you how much we like each other and I'll just kick back and enjoy her post.

HAVING THE PRIME OF YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!

Midlife and Beyond, that is where we are and it is a wonderful time of life! Leanne is my BBB (Best Blogging Buddy) and we have known each other since we both started blogging about 3 years ago. Over that time, we have shared many conversations on the ups and downs of blogging plus life in general. We are so alike that we both agree we must have been ‘sisters in another life’. I was delighted when she asked if I would kick off her new Saturday Guest Series which I think is a great idea. On my blog Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, I have a weekly guest series, Over 50 andThriving, which I started this year.

Some of you who follow my blog would know my philosophy on aging and retirement. I recently had my first gig as an MC and Guest Speaker for a Mother’s Day High Tea. The subject of my talk was having an Ageless Attitude to Life and I would love to share a few of these ideas with you today. It is all about STOPPING some of our negative habits and EMBRACING new ones. It is all about having the Prime of your life now – not waiting until some day but living each day with a positive and energetic attitude. How can we have an Ageless Attitude?

STOP BEING DEFINED BY YOUR NUMBER

The word ‘age’ can be so defining and limiting. The moment we focus on the number is the moment we start to grow old. Why should we be defined by our age and not our abilities? Because we allow ourselves to be. How did you feel when you turned 50?, 60?,70? I can say that I enjoy every birthday and looked forward to my 60th birthday celebrations last year. But then I just love a party!

Some of us though find it difficult to accept aging and avoid birthdays after a certain age, mainly because we don’t want to face reality. It’s no good sticking our head in the sand. Aging is a normal process of life there is no stopping it or changing that fact. But what we can change, is our ATTITUDE.

It is our attitude to living, not the number of years we have been on this planet, that should determine the quality of our life. We can live life obsessing about the number OR we can get out there and start living NOW. Like the title of my post says ‘Having the Prime of your Life, right now’. No matter what phase of life you are in , we should be making the most of every day and enjoying it.


STOP ACCEPTING ‘FOR YOUR AGE’ OR ‘AT YOUR AGE’

How often do you hear this? Maybe you even think it to yourself? Next time someone uses either of these phrases, call them out on it. We allow society to continue stereotyping older people so let’s get the message out there that our ability and achievements have nothing to do with age.

Social Saturday Guest Post - Are you making the most of life? Some tips to live in the Prime of Life.

START RE-DISCOVERING YOURSELF

Some of us have passed the ‘empty nester’ stage and others might just be experiencing it. For me, it is the perfect time to rediscover who you are. You have been a partner, mother, daughter, employee or business owner for so long that you forget who the real YOU is. Now is the time to embrace a new and exciting era. Don’t grieve the empty nest, embrace it.

The same applies to retirement. This can be quite a shock to the system if you haven’t given it much thought and I know it really took me a while to find my place in this new world. Take the time to discover what you want from life and go for it.


START AND MAINTAIN A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Having an Ageless Attitude to life is important but so too is living a healthy lifestyle. It is never too late to start and when I talk about healthy lifestyle, I’m not just talking about the physical side of things – being active and eating well. Having good mental health and making time for yourself is vital to living a full and active life.

ACCEPT WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO LET GO

There are some things in life we just can’t change because they are out of our control. Looking back constantly and feeling resentment or anger will not help you live with an Ageless Attitude. You need to accept and let go of things you can’t change and move forward to better things.

You Can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. 

Do you think you have an Ageless Attitude? Are you having the ‘Prime of Your Life’? I would love to hear your thoughts and I invite you to join me over at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond - let’s get to know each other.

Thanks Leanne for having me as your guest and I look forward to reading your future guests and their thoughts during Social Saturday.


Sue and where you can find her:


Blog:             https://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/Sizzling60





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59 comments

  1. I've been waiting with baited breath for this series Leanne and what a fabulous blogger to kick off! Sue always hits the nail on the head when it comes to living with enthusiasm and living well as we get older - without the number. I agree it's always so debilitating to think, 'at my age I should' or have someone else refer to you in that way. Ageing is natural, we just have to get on with it and as Sue says, 'Have the Prime of our Life," and 'Thrive!'.

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    1. I'm so glad you've been anticipating the series Jo - I'm really looking forward to sharing other bloggers (you being one of them!) I think society is going to get a big wake up call over the next few years as more of us decline to be put into an "old" box and start declaring that we are worthy and very visible :)

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    2. Hi Jo, thank you for our generous comments and I'm pleased you enjoyed my thoughts. I know you and I have very similar opinions about aging - "it is a part of life but we don't have to dwell on it when there is a life to be lived!" I'm looking forward to Leanne's new series.

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  2. What a perfectly timed read for me as I am celebrating my birthday tomorrow. Great attitude to have for anyone!

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    1. Happy birthday for tomorrow Jennifer! And yes, getting older isn't what it used to be - it's a great time to be alive :)

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    2. Happy birthday Jennifer and I hope you have fun and enjoy your special day. Birthdays are to be celebrated and not feared aren't they?

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  3. Well said Sue. I'm pretty sure I have an Ageless Attitude, because last weekend was my birthday and I had to use maths to figure out how old I was!

    Thanks Leanne for this new series, it's a great idea

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    1. Oh I love that Lise, having to use maths to figure out your age. Priceless! It shows that you do have an Ageless Attitude for sure and doesn't it make you feel good to be alive!

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    2. Hi Lise - Happy belated birthday to you and I'm so glad you found me (and my blog) I'm looking forward to featuring you on my new series later in the year xx

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  4. Thanks for this, Leanne! I'm looking forward to more...I've had difficulty commenting, but will try again.

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    1. Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by to comment even though you had some difficulty. Have a great weekend.

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    2. Hi Diane - well at least this comment got through - Blogger commenting can be a bit tricky at times - and I hope you'll be visiting each weekend xx

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  5. So glad I discovered you, Leanne! I love your blog and really enjoyed this guest post, I will visit Sue's blog also. I need some blogging buddies <3
    Lori Jo - www.50withflair.com

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    1. Hi Lori Jo, it is lovely to connect with you and I'm pleased you enjoyed reading my thoughts. I would love you to pop over to my blog and take a look, especially at my Guest Series, Over 50 & Thriving. Have a great weekend.

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    2. Hi Lori Jo - isn't it wonderful when you connect with a new blogging friend? Sue and I have become close through blogging and I've made so many friends - really happy that you found me and we can get to know each other - and I'm excited to have you guest post at the end of the year xx

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  6. I've definitely found my peeps!

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    1. Hi Diane, lovely to connect with you and isn't it great to find like-minded women enjoying Midlife and Beyond? Have a great weekend x

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    2. You've always been one of my peeps Diane - one of the first I ever discovered in the big wide world of Midlife Bloggers! Lovely to share a few friends with you xx

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  7. Hi, Leanne and Sue - What an awesome kick off post. I love the zest for life that each of you share. As usual - your tips are spot on! I greatly look forward to following this series.

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    1. Thanks Donna you are always so supportive of Leanne and I and it has been great to connect with you. We have quite a lot in common and you know I'm a fan of your blog as well. Enjoy your weekend. x

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    2. Hi Donna! You're the next cab off the rank - I've had a few posts come through and the variety and quality is fantastic. I'm so glad I copied you and Sue and decided to open up my blog to some guests - best decision ever (well second best - starting blogging was the best!)

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  8. Hello ladies. I have to say right now I am kind of in a rut. It is a self imposed rut because of husband diagnosis and I know it won't last forever and I will be back to living my life at full speed.

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    1. You are going through a difficult time at the moment Victoria so you need to be kind to yourself and take the pressure off. Spending time with and supporting your husband is a priority but also taking care of yourself is equally important. Take care x

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    2. You aren't in a rut Victoria - you are in a very difficult stage of life and focusing all your energy on supporting the man you love - that is worth more than any adventure or busy-ness you could be investing your time in. Seasons of life come and go - and you are doing so well to handle this one with grace xx

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  9. What a great way to kick off your new guest series, Leanne! You knew Sue would do it right, and she did. I am happy to say that I love this time of my life. I have close relationships with my children and grandchildren, but am no longer primarily responsible for them. I'm still working, but looking forward to retirement and the freedom that affords. I am healthy--thanks to good genes and taking care of myself. I sometimes worry that time is passing too fast, but then I stop and enjoy the current moment. So everything is not perfect, by any means, but I believe I am having the prime of my life. Thanks ladies!

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    1. You certainly are having the prime of your life, Christie as are many of the women I have met through blogging. I think our generation rocks and we are great role models for our children and grandchildren.

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    2. It is an amazing time of life isn't it Christie? Nobody even hinted to me that this stage would be as great as it is. I don't know whether blogging made the difference or not, but I just love being "me" atm - especially with a lovely husband, independent adult kids and a beautiful granddaughter - life is indeed good!

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  10. Hi Sue and Leanne! Congratulations on your new series Leanne...and having Sue first is a wonderful way to start. Have you two met in person yet? It is so great to meet fellow bloggers, especially the ones that see life and the world in a similar way. And yes Sue, I just turned 63 and happen to think this is surely one of the best times of my life. I too write about them as much as possible because like you, I think we need to share that with everyone so we start thinking of getting older as a benefit--not a downhill event. Looking forward to more posts on this subject! ~Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy! Leanne and I live on the opposite side of Australia to each other so we haven't as yet met to have a coffee IRL. We are working on that! I so agree we need to get the positive message out about aging and your thoughts on looking at 'getting older as a benefit - not a downhill event' is spot on!

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    2. Lovely having you stopping by Kathy - you are always such a great advocate for doing this stage of life well (and on our own terms). If we've prepared well, this is the time of life when we begin to reap some of the rewards - there isn't a single negative to being in your 50's and 60's as far as I'm concerned :)

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  11. As always, beautifully said, Sue...and congratulations on a sizzling start to your new series, Leanne.

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    1. Oh thank you Jo! Have a beautiful weekend and I appreciate your continued support.

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    2. Thanks Jo - Sue kicked things off well didn't she? And I haven't forgotten that you have a guest spot later in the year - after you've recovered from all your travels etc x

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  12. I have been thinking a lot about a lot of things these past few months - the decline of my 90 year old mother in law, the possibility of retirement in the next few months, my husband fallling last October and being fortunate that he didn't suffer more than the injuries he did suffer....life is way too short to hold yourself back. I have wisdom, I have resources, I will not be defined by a number (which, in my case, is 65). Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Good for you Alana that is certainly the right attitude to have. We can look at life in a negative way and view getting older as slowing down or we can take life's twists and turns and enjoy the ride. I think you are enjoying the ride!

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    2. There are always the physical aspects of the aging process that scare us a bit at times Alana - but they also serve to do exactly what you describe - they make us appreciate the time we have and making the most of these next couple of decades before thing really start to slow down.

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  13. Thank you BBB for having me as your first guest in the Social Saturday Series. I'm honoured and can't wait to read who you have next. I'm sure the series will be very enlightening and a great success. xx

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    1. Hi Sue - there is nobody who I would have picked to start my series off other than you! Your guest series (and Donna's) have shown me what a bonus it is to have other bloggers share their wisdom and to hear different voices sharing their Midlife wisdom - I'm so pleased with how keen people have been to offer to write for me!

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  14. Age is just a number - It's a good attitude to have.

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    1. Hi Suzy, I think it is a great attitude to have because then we don't put ourselves in a box by saying 'we are too old'. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    2. You're right Suzy - I think it's a good attitude to have too because when you drill down to it, age really is only a number until we let it affect how we live.

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  15. I've been singing the whole way through this post... and I've a terrible singer! "Now I've had the time of my life...No I never felt like this before... Yes I swear It's the truth"

    But yes, I can attest that I am having the best time of my life right now! I'm trying to be holistic in my life approach and let go the fact that this body is not going to do some things it used to any more....but that's OK. There is plenty still to enjoy!

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    1. I'm not a great singer either Pat, but that hasn't stopped me before LOL:) It is such a wonderfully warm feeling that I get from women like you and others who have such a positive attitude to this time of life. I'm glad I've found such motivating and inspirational women in my life. You are right there is still plenty to enjoy! Have a great week!

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    2. Pat, you, Sue and I could start the Really Bad Midlife Singers group - I'm sure we'd be a hit on karaoke nights!! And I completely agree - this stage of life has been a well kept secret - it's amazing!

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  16. Great kickoff post, Leanne. Sue, if these are the messages you shared at the tea, it's no wonder you were a big hit! They're important messages for all of us to hear and to remember.
    I'm with Pat above in feeling that I am at the best time of my life right this very moment and I'm going to make it last just as long as I possibly can. I'm thinking 30 years isn't unreasonable. Whatcha think?

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    1. Hi Karen, yes it was and I'm going to publish my speech over the next couple of weeks so if people are interested they can read it. 30 years at least, my friend! It has been great to connect with such positive women, who aren't feeling sorry for themselves and just getting out there and enjoying their life. Enjoy!

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    2. I think I might start slowing down in my 90s too Karen - until then I'm just going to keep stretching the definition of Midlife as far and wide as I can! I've loved all that my 50's have brought me (even the tough times have had their lessons) and I'm not planning on giving up for a long time to come :)

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  17. Awesome post, Sue and Leanne! I'm enjoying the best time of my life right now, and stretching my 'go go' years as long as I can.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! You are certainly enjoying your life especially with all the travel you do. I like the idea of stretching your 'go go' years! Have a fabulous week! xx

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    2. I'm loving this stage of life too Natalie - it's been such a surprise to discover how great Midlife is and I'm planning on stretching it out too!

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  18. Sue's the perfect person to kick off your new 'Social Saturday' series Leanne. Fantastic points as usual Sue and I love the term 'Prime of your life'. So clever! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. She did an awesome job didn't she Min? I loved her post and that I knew I could count on her to set the bar high and for others to get an idea of what I was looking for. Looking forward to yours later in the year when you're ready x

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  19. Hi Min thank you for your lovely words and yes I must have been having one of my 'light bulb' moments for the title. I usually struggle with the title more than anything. However we are in the Prime of our lives and I'm looking forward to reading the Social Saturday series each week. I know that I have loved all the contributions to my Over 50 & Thriving Guest Series. Women Over 50 certainly rock! Have a great week! xx

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  20. Indeed, age is just a number. Every day is a new day, that is what I always believe. And as we age, we must be realistic regarding what we can achieve and what we need to let go. Good post, Leanne. Enjoyed reading this.

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    1. Age shouldn't define us Pradeep - we often have a lot more to offer than we're given credit for - I think what a lot of us are discovering is that society hasn't caught up with how fantastic Midlife is and is missing out. It's up to us to redefine it for the rest of the world :)

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  21. You have such a great attitude about this stage of life. Age is just number. I feel better and look better now than I did ten years ago. I am interested in your talk, I have a peaking engagement coming up in July. I've given hundreds of talks and workshops, but this topic is a new area for me. I am glad people are speaking out about aging in a positive way!

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  22. Thanks Leanne and Sue. You have hit on some wonderful and relevant points to be going in the right direction. We will feature this to have your post to be an encouragement to others.
    Kathleen
    Blogger's Pit Stop

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  23. I’m playing catch up and realised I’d missed this great post about one of my favourite bloggers 😊 A timely reminder for all of us Sue, you are such an inspiring person, I just love your tips to living a better life at any age. Thanks Leanne for your fab new series.

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