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.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #122

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 122! 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.

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.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #121

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 121! 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.

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.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #120

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 120! 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 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...

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.

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.