Donna has been kind enough to invite me to Guest Host for her again. I’m not officially a retired blogger, nor a travel blogger, so I can’t fairly discuss either subject. Instead, I thought I’d try a different version of my ‘If we were having coffee’ post and provide a bit of an overview of the year that was and what I’ve discovered along the way. I hope that some of what I’ve written resonates with you. After all, we are all cruising through life together – no matter where we are in the world.
So, here we are at Stirling Cottage in Harvey, Western Australia, surrounded by absolutely beautiful gardens and a river walk. You can tell it’s summer here (despite Donna’s artificial snow sweeping across the scene). If we were sitting at this table in the sunshine enjoying a cuppa and a scone, these are a few of the things I would share with you.
I’ve just passed my third year anniversary of writing ‘Cresting the Hill.’ It’s been an interesting time thinking about where I started from and whether I wanted to continue. To tell you the truth, I thought about calling it quits at the end of 2017. I was feeling a bit weary and wondered if I had anything else left to say.
Then along came my blogging buddy, Sue, from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. She wanted to know if I was interested in hosting a Link Party with her in 2018. Initially, I thought “what’s the point in doing ANOTHER party when I’ve pulled out of so many because there’s nothing in them that interests me?” But then I turned it around and thought “why not do one that appeals to me and see if there are others out there looking for the same thing?” Sue was on the same wavelength, and we’re launching a party exclusively for Midlife Bloggers. Our first link-up goes live on January 31st. We’re both excited, and you’re invited to join us. It’s given me the boost I needed to reinvent myself and head into another year of blogging madly away.
My lovely husband and I have started to get out and about for a Saturday walk or bike ride since the spring weather began. I’m finding that spending time together doing something we both enjoy gives us so many benefits. We’re moving (and I need to do that more). Out in the sunshine, we get our Vitamin D. We’re talking, we’re going to new places, and we have an excuse to stop for a coffee at the end. Marriage is so important–it’s easy to let it slide into the background. We need to find time to focus on each other now that the nest is empty. Or, before we know it, we become strangers and lose our connection.
My biggest smiles over the year have come from our gorgeous little granddaughter, Sophia. She is an absolute delight! I have to share a photo because it’s what all proud grandparents do. It’s such a blessing watching our children create full and rich lives of their own, and to be allowed to have a small part in that. Finding the balance can be a bit of fine line at times, but it’s worth the pain of figuring it out.
I wrote a series of posts this year on ‘First/Middle/Last.’ It was a lot of fun for me to look back on days gone by. Sometimes I get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that I forget to stop and breathe. I need to step away from all the consumerism around me and just remember old friends, or how proud I was of my little lawnmower car, or how simple my dress was for my School Dinner/Dance (compared to today).
That’s it for now. I could share screeds more on all that happened in the year – but I think we’ve drunk enough coffee and it’s time to head home. I hope you enjoyed our catch up as much as I did. If you’re ever in the Southwest of Western Australia, let’s get together for another one.