FINDING SERENITY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

How moving across the world brought acceptance, peace and serenity into the this woman's second half of life.

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Cheryl (from Born In A Car) is a fellow West Aussie who now lives on the other side of the world to me. Her life and adventures leave me dumbfounded at times - it takes a lot of courage to pack up and leave everything that's familiar to start a new life in a foreign country.

Today Cheryl's sharing how her move to Moscow was the beginning of a whole new second stage of life, currently more changes are afoot and she's been documenting them on her blog - this is her overview of how her life changed in Eastern Europe.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #119

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 119! 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.

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 with you from May. We've just finished the third month of staying at home in isolation and being locked down as far as travel goes. But just as I was starting to go a little bit stir crazy and missing the family more and more, some of the travel restrictions were lifted and we got to spend some lovely family time with our son, DIL and grandgirls. Other than that visit, the main person I drink coffee with these days is my husband, so I thought I'd feature that theme in my intro picture. There's nothing like a virtual cuppa and a chat though, and I have lots to share from the last few weeks, so here we go....

HAS COVID-19 KILLED MY BLOGGING MOJO?

Does being isolated from life have an impact on our thoughts, our creativity and our blogging? It seems to have affected me lately.

I'M JUST NOT FEELING IT

I'm not sure what's been happening lately, but I'm just not feeling the blogging love at the moment. I think it's a combination of things that are stealing my blogging joy, but sitting at home looking at my four walls is definitely the instigator of the problem. How do I find inspiration when I'm home all day? How do I think of anything original or interesting when I'm living Ground Hog Day over and over again? I feel like my mind is going a bit soggy from lack of stimulation and that translates into not having much to write about recently.

QUITTERS CAN BE WINNERS

Are you holding on to something that it would be healthier for you to let go? Quitters can be winners and don't let anyone tell you differently. #quitters #winners

WHEN QUITTING TAKES ON NEW MEANING

We've all heard the old saying from Vince Lombardi that "winners never quit, and quitters never win". It's something I've believed to be true and I've used it to motivate myself to push through the rough times - you know....onwards and upwards!, Tally Ho!, stiff upper lip etc, etc. But what if that isn't the case at all? Maybe it's not always the best thing to keep ploughing through and making ourselves miserable. What if quitting something makes you a winner?

LEARNING TO LIVE A LIFE OF SELF-COMPASSION

A divorce can be the beginning of learning self-compassion and finding your personal core values. Life can turn around and be great again. #midlifesymphony

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Allison (from Start A Simple Life) has had quite a tumultuous time over the last six years and today she's sharing the biggest lesson she's learned from it all, and how that lesson is shaping the second half of her life.

HOW RETIREMENT PREPARED ME FOR LOCKDOWN

All the adjustments that are made to make retirement a joy translate perfectly into a pandemic lockdown. Contentment must be contagious.

RETIREMENT 101

Last year I did a lot of thinking, adjusting, and reordering of my life when I decided that I wasn't going to look for another job after leaving the job from hell. It took me time to figure out what was important to me - what I wanted to keep, and what I was happy to discard. My biggest takeaway from the process was that I wanted to have an Unbusy retirement - one where I had the freedom and flexibility to do what I liked when I felt like it - not rushing from one activity to the next without pause.

CHOOSING FORGIVENESS AND MOVING ON

When disappointment and betrayal happen in our lives, we can allow them to make us bitter - or we can forgive and move on. #forgiveness

WISDOM AND CHOOSING TO FORGIVE

As I continue with my Word of the Year - SYMPHONY - I've been thinking about difficult relationships, the damage caused by others, and how we recover from the pain and disillusionment that often results in our lives. 

I think we've all faced situations where someone has done the wrong thing and tested our belief in the trustworthiness of human nature. Most recently for me it was the work colleague who promised me the perfect job, and then failed mightily to live up to that promise. The fallout was enormous for me, but ultimately, the recovery process hinged on my ability to forgive her, and not be caught up in anger and the need for retribution.

4 SIMPLE WAYS WE'RE RE-CONNECTING WITH OUR WORLD

During this time of social isolation we're learning to appreciate the simple things as we look around, make eye contact and smile. #connection

COVID-19 ISN'T ALL DOOM AND GLOOM

Before the coronavirus shut down our world, I'd go for my morning walks, and in the process I'd encounter dozens of other people - school children on foot or on bikes, mums pushing prams, people walking dogs, little children playing in the park, and others like myself who are just out to enjoy the day.

MAKING A FEW COURSE CORRECTIONS IN MIDLIFE

Midlife is the perfect time to reflect on whether your work/life balance is all it should be - and to make some changes if you need to. #midlifecrisis

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Pradeep (from bpradeepnairis one of only a few brave blokes who've offered to write a post for me over the years - today he's sharing about the changes in direction that have occured since he reached Midlife - something we can all relate to!

So without further ado, I'll hand it over to Pradeep to share his story...

KEEPING WHAT "SPARKS JOY" IN RETIREMENT

Is retirement all about being busy and filling your days with activities and to-do lists? Or are you cruising through and waiting for joyful moments? #retirement #joy

HOW RETIREMENT LOOKS FOR OTHERS

The other day I was thinking about what "retirement" means for different people. I've noticed that there's quite a lot of variety in the Midlife blogging community in regard to how to approach this new stage of life - and my method seems to be a little different to many of the others I read.

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 April. It's been month two of "stay home/stay safe" and I wondered what I'd have to talk about with my social life grinding to a halt. Despite all the doom and gloom, it's still been pretty good where we are and so I thought I'd share some of the little rays of sunshine that have been part of my life at home this month and I hope you'll pull up a virtual chair (at a safe distance) and enjoy a cuppa with me today.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #118

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WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 118! 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.

HAVING A CHRONIC COUGH DURING COVID-19

What do you do when you have a chronic cough during a pandemic? Suck lozengers, cough into your elbow (not your hand) and stay home so people don't judge you.

THE COUGH THAT NEVER ENDS

I've had a cough for many, many years. No doctor has found a way to fix it for me - and I've had lots of advice from professionals, friends, and Dr Google as to why I cough and how to manage it. I think it's probably reflux related at its core, but ultimately it's a irritation somewhere deep down that gets triggered when I'm in cold air, or when I lie down, or lean back, or when I think about it too much, or when I try not to think about it too much, or..... anyway, you get the idea.

RE-DEFINING AND RESTRUCTURING LIFE IN RETIREMENT

What I am learning about life in retirement is that it can, and will, change and you will change along the way too. Retirement isn't a vacation, it's a life restructure. #retirement

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Nancy (from Defining Third Ageis sharing today about how retirement is being redefined for her as she adjusts her view on what this stage of life looks like as it opens up and leads into the future.

There are a lot of points that resonated with me here because it's something I've also been pondering a lot lately - all those years ahead and the vast unknown that they encompass - a mystery and a challenge! And now I'll hand over to Nancy:

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #117

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 117! 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.

WHEN LIFE BECOMES ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC AGAIN

When you're happy you listen to the music and when you're sad it's all about the lyrics. It's also true that when you're happy you enjoy positive and inspirational blog posts and you don't need to read quite as many self-help ones. #midlife #positivity

MUSIC AND LYRICS

They say that when you're happy you listen to the music and when you're sad it's all about the lyrics. And I think it's also true that when you're going through difficult times you look for articles that help you find your new direction, then when you're happy again you start to enjoy positive and inspirational blog posts and you don't need to read quite as many of the self-help ones.

WHEN LIFE TELLS YOU IT'S TIME TO TAKE LONG SERVICE LEAVE

Maybe this pandemic is Life giving us the opportunity to slow down and take some Long Service Leave. To relax and to recuperate.

A LIFE OF BEING PRODUCTIVE

I don't know about you, but I've spent 50+ years leading a productive life. It may not be an earth shaking, world changing, productive life, but it's been a full and engaging one for me. I've progressed steadily through all the age appropriate levels and now I feel like life is saying - "take a breath, sit back, rest, and recuperate". Life will go on again, we'll all be rushing around before we know it, but for now it's time to take some Long Service Leave.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #116

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WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 116! 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.

EASTER HOPE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

Hope is what we hold onto when life gets out of kilter and we're battling worry and concern. Viktor Frankl and Easter both teach us something about hope in dark times.

WHEN HOPE IS ALL WE HAVE

I read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" last year and the predominant thought that I came away with was that Hope is what helps us hold on through unimaginable hardships. Hope is the light that shines at the end of the tunnel. Hope is what we hold onto when we don't understand what is going on around us. And Hope is what we need to hold onto while we stay safe at home and ride our way through this pandemic.

THE GIFT OF AN EARLY AND UNWANTED REDUNDANCY

Sometimes the things that we dread become the turning points in opening up a new life adventure. Life never ceases to surprise us. #midlifesymphony

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Deb (from Deb's Worldlives on the other side of Australia to me and yet we have a great online friendship and one day I intend to have a coffee with her in her lovely glass sunroom. Today Deb's sharing how an unexpected and unwanted redundancy from her job has shaped the second half of her life in a way that was much better than she could ever have anticipated.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #115

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Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 115! 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.

EMBRACING A LIFE OTHERS DON'T UNDERSTAND

Making a life choice that's different from the accepted "norm" can be quite challenging. To allow the contentment of your new life choice to settle in, here's three concepts you will need to embrace. #midlife #lifechanges

WHEN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENT LIFESTYLE CHOICE

Choosing how to create a Midlife SYMPHONY where the second half of life is better than you could ever have expected can often include making challenging life choices that are different from the majority of those around you, and different from the accepted "norm". If you go against the flow and choose a lifestyle that suits you, but is out of the realm of what others expected of you, then you might need to embrace a few new concepts. You don't need to explain your choices to anyone, but there will still be many who don't understand why you'd step out of the mainstream and head off down a quiet little life tributary.

When you pull out of the expected course, and start paddling your canoe in a different direction, it's a good idea to be confident in your "why" and to know that it's right for you - maybe not for others, but definitely right for you. For your heart to be centred and to allow the contentment of your new life choice to settle in, here's three concepts you will need to embrace.

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 March. It's the first month of Autumn here in Australia and the weather is finally starting to cool a little. It's been a long hot Summer and now that March is 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.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #114

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WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 114! 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.

10 KINDERGARTEN LESSONS THAT APPLY TO A PANDEMIC

The little life lessons we learned as children take on a whole new meaning when applied to a crisis. #covid-19 #pandemic #lifelessons

KINDERGARTEN LESSONS

I don't know if anyone else remembers the book by Robert Fulghum called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It had a list of very simple and yet profound lessons that are taught to small children that also apply to adulthood, and being a compassionate and caring human being. I was thinking about the concept and how it relates to the recommendations we've been receiving for dealing with the Coronavirus and thought I'd share my 10 lessons from Kindergarten that have turned out to be incredibly useful in this time of global pandemic.

WHAT DOES YOUR SECOND ACT LOOK LIKE?

Retirement  is about pressing the refresh button and allowing oneself a bit of reinvention. It’s about trying new things while spending more time on things that you enjoy and wish to continue. #retirement

INTRO

Today I have the next guest in my MIDLIFE SYMPHONY series where I've asked other others to share what they're doing to make the second half of life the best half of life. I have the lovely Donna (from Retirement Reflections) sharing her thoughts on life after 50 and how she adjusted to early retirement.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #113

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WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 113! 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.

LOSING THE LITTLE LAYERS TO REGAIN YOUR CALM

Do you ever get weighed down by all the little layers of stress? Do you find things build up and the little annoyances seem to become bigger than they should be? #midlife #stress

THOSE PESKY LITTLE LAYERS OF STRESS

Have you noticed that stress builds up slowly? Over the last year or so I've made a conscious effort to live more slowly, to steer clear of conflict, and to rebuild my resilience. Then BAM! life decides to throw a whole lot of little stressors on me - things that normally would barely cause more than a blip on my radar, but added together they brought me to a point where I could feel my coping ability taking a hit. I realized that it's not a problem when there's a little bit of stress here and there, but when you layer them on top of each other, they start to have a bigger impact than you'd expect.

3 WAYS TO CREATE MENTAL WELLNESS THROUGH SLOW LIVING

Feeling mentally healthy and happy is worth the effort it takes to be more conscious of your routines and habits, stop running on autopilot, and start making meaningful memories. #slowliving #unbusy

SLOWING DOWN A LITTLE

Time flies when you're having fun, but some would argue that time just flies, period. And it can feel like the older you get the faster time passes. This is an experience that people all over the world can identify with, and it’s in response to it that the ‘slow movement’ has arisen. From slow and mindful eating, to minimalist living spaces and the Becoming UnBusy™ Movement, there are plenty of ways to help slow down your experience of time and, in so doing, improve your mental wellbeing.

Feeling mentally healthy and happy is worth the effort it takes to be more conscious of your routines and habits, stop running on autopilot, and start making meaningful memories. In collaboration with Retirement Now, here are three practical ways to do that:

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #112

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Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 112! 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.

RESIGNATION, RE-INVENTION AND A REVELATION

How life looks after an unexpected resignation leads to an early retirement and a re-invented lifestyle. #earlyretirement

WHEN A RESIGNATION LEADS TO A REVELATION

Allison from Start a Simple life asked me if I'd like to share a post about how my life has become simpler. Immediately I thought about the last year or so where being forced by circumstances to resign from my job led me into a new way of living that has turned out to be such a joy.

INSPIRATION NOT IMITATION IN MIDLIFE

Are you caught up in the imitation cycle or are you forging your own path? Have you reached the point where you’re confident enough to stand apart from the crowd and to own who you are flaws and all? #midlife #confidence

COPY CATS

I don't know why anyone would want to be a pale imitation of someone else. It appears social media would disagree with that sentiment though, because it seems to want us all to look like each other. Judging from all the “full lipped”, smooth faced, breast enhanced, hair straightened, eyebrow chiselled beauties out there, it seems that Instagram has succeeded in its goal of making every 20 something look the same as her fellow IG devotees. I think it’s kind of sad. Turn on any reality TV show and every young woman seeking her 15 minutes of fame has the same look – some do it better than others, but it’s all a carbon copy of what the internet tells us is beautiful. Where have the individuals gone?

SLIDING SLOWLY INTO SIMPLICITY

Life is a joy without the encumbrance of too many things. Sometimes, we get caught up in the chaos of life and don’t realise what we are capable of, and how little we need to be happy. It's time to simplify. #simpleliving

INTRO

Today I have the next 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. Jennifer (from Next Phase Fitness) has had some very interesting life changes over the last decade that have set in motion a lifestyle that is working well for her in the second half of life. Simplicity, de-cluttering, and down-sizing have all been gradual steps along the way in her Midlife pilgrimage.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #111

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WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 111! 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.

WHY I STARTED BLOGGING AND WHY I CONTINUE

Do you ever wonder why people start a blog and what keeps them writing posts week after week? The reasons might surprise you. #blogging

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BLOG?

I shared a lovely guest post from Erica (from Behind the Scenery) in February and she mentioned that a trip to Iceland was the trigger point for her to begin writing, and then to launch into blogging. In the comments section several people said it was an interesting reason to start blogging; and it made me wonder what motivated others to begin their blogging journey - especially if they started in their 50's or later. 

Then I also wondered if the intitial reason to "push the publish button" was what kept them blogging week after week, year after year.... or whether things gradually changed and their motivation for writing became driven by something else.

5 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS MIDLIFE TRAVELLERS WILL LOVE

Midlifers enjoy good company but dread noise and crowds. We love to travel and explore, but we're more selective in our destination. Here's 5 alternatives to the tourist hotspots. #midlife #travel

INTRO

One of the joys of the second half of life is travel. I think every Midlife Symphony has an element of travelling in it - locally, nationally, or internationally. Today I thought I'd share a post on some really interesting travel destinations that are a little off the beaten track. I'm finding that now days when I holiday I'm wanting to get away from the noise and crowds more and I enjoy discovering new places where I can kick back and relax in the peace and quiet.

If you're like me and you like hearing about places that are a little off the tourist track, here's 5 destinations that you might want to follow up.

Disclosure: This was a collaborative post that I feel is of interest to Midlife women.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #110

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Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 110! 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.

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 February. Summer is finally waning and Autumn is about to begin - I certainly won't miss the heat and the horrible bushfires that ravaged Australia over the last few months. 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.

CREATING THE PERFECT CRESCENDO IN RETIREMENT

Arriving at retirement is not the crescendo you might think as the score begins again; this time with a different mindset. #retirement #midlife

INTRO

Today I have the next guest in my MIDLIFE SYMPHONY series where I've asked other others to share what they're doing to make the second half of life the best half of life. Suzanne (from Picture Retirement) is sharing today about how she and her husband have been working on discovering what is the perfect balance for them in retirement. It sounds to me like they've gotten it spot on - see what you think...

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #109

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Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 109! 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.

3 TIPS FOR OP SHOP NOVICES - BECOMING SUSTAINABLY SAVVY

I used to find Thrift Stores dull, dingy, musty and overwhelming. Now I'm discovering they've changed and have a lot to offer the frugal shopper. #sustainable #thrift

DISCOVERING THE ALLURE OF OP SHOPS

Today I'm talking about Op Shopping (or Thrift Shopping if you're not Australian). I've arrived late to the Op Shopping party, but I'm hoping to make up for lost time now that I've finally figured out the appeal of buying secondhand. I'm still not ready for fossicking through all the bric-a-brac to find a treasure in amongst the trash, and I haven't bought any shoes yet, but I've picked up a few clothing gems recently and now understand the attraction these shops hold.

SELF-COMPASSION IS THE KEY TO THE VAST UNKNOWN

We might not know what the future holds, but self-compassion and recognizing our worth is the key to making the most of all life offers. #midlife #compassion

HEADING TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION IN LIFE

In January I mentioned in my New Year, New Decade, New Horizons post that I was struggling with the idea of approaching a year and a decade ahead with no clear destination in mind. It's liberating in some ways, but also quite confronting to be a planner without a plan.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #108

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Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 108! 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.

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!

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #107

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 107! 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.

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. 

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #106

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 106! 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.