Meaningful Mondays: 31 days to focus on YOU

31 days to focus on you

 

Well we can’t put it off any longer – we are almost into July, officially at the midway point of another year.  How is your year going?

Some of you are enjoying a long summer break whilst here in Australia we are snuggling up in Winter.

The last couple of months I’ve been trying to write to a theme.  We had a Month of Happiness in May and then I concentrated in June for my Health and Wellness.  I’d love you to revisit some of those posts so just click on the links and enjoy.

So here we are almost into July and I was wondering what my theme might be.  I then saw a prompt on Denyse Whelan’s blog about Taking Stock and a Half Year Review.  It is a perfect time to reassess our lives and see where we are going for the rest of the year.

We start off each year full of anticipation and ideas of what we want to do and achieve.  However, most of our New Year Resolutions don’t even make it to the end of January!

We all say ‘time flies’ and life is busy that is for sure but unless you make the most of each day and have a general plan of what you might want from your life then you will continue to waste time.  I will be 60 next month and wasting time is not on my agenda at this time of life – what about you?

31 days to focus on you

In July, I’ll be bringing you ideas to focus on YOU.  My posts will be about finding your focus, reviewing your year, planning for the future and the importance of self care.  I will also be featuring another group post from some wonderful ladies Over 50 who will share their fashion tips.

Don’t you deserve some time to focus on yourself?

There are 31 days in July and even just doing something small for yourself each day will improve your mental and physical well being and fill your soul with warmth and contentment.

Click here and download my free list of ideas to get you started.

So let’s start with Reviewing & Planning

Review of my Year

Late last year I wrote a post  17 things on my ‘to do’ list in 2017 I did a quick review back at the end of February when I wrote ‘Is it time to take stock of your life?’ and was pleasantly surprised to see that I was on track and had actually ticked off a few boxes.

Reviewing our plans and goals is so important because life changes and sometimes so must our plans.

It is good to have a plan but you need it to be flexible to cope with life’s interruptions.

Still on My to do List

  • Complete my fun run schedule for 2017 with my Saturday Sisters – my big ones are the Gold Coast Half Marathon in July and a 34km run in August just before my 60th birthday.
  • Photography – I’m procrastinating with this I just need to actually take my camera and take some photos.
  • Regular massages – my daughter gave me a voucher for Mother’s Day so I need to at least use that.
  • Volunteer – I am in the process of being accepted to volunteer at my MIL’s aged care home.
  • We are on track for our holiday to Spain and Italy in October

Plan for my Blog

I’ve been posting more regularly the last few months and decided to put a definite plan into place. If you read the blog daily I want to give you an idea of what my plan will be so you don’t miss a topic you enjoy reading about.

Now, I know this seems ambitious and I don’t like to just post anything just for the sake of posting. BUT  at the moment I am enjoying my blogging and connecting with my regular readers as well as new friends I’ve have met so I thought why not?  If I don’t post the world won’t end but while I’m feeling positive and motivated I want to share that with YOU and hopefully help you to feel that way too!

Mondays – Meaningful Mondays will provide inspiration and motivation to get the week going
Tuesdays – Tuesday’s Tip – each week I will provide a helpful tip that I’ve picked up along the way.
Wednesdays – Fit & Fabulous day – we are mid week so let’s be fit and fabulous with healthy posts
Thursdays -Thursday Thoughts –  Anything Goes on Thursdays with guest posts or one of the writing challenges I’ll be taking part in or whatever I’m thinking about.
Fridays – Friday Favourites – each week I will share a favourite quote or previous post of mine which is still relevant.

I hope that you will enjoy my July theme of Ideas to Focus on YOU!

Do you have any plans you want to fulfil in the next six months?  I’d love to hear about it and maybe help inspire you to achieve your goal.

 

 

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95 thoughts on “Meaningful Mondays: 31 days to focus on YOU

  1. Donna

    Hi, Sue – What a great idea to do a mid-year review (…even though it seems like New Year’s Day was just yesterday)! I’m glad that you have been able to check off several items from your list…and have written about what you would still like to achieve. I was also happy to read about your plans for regular posting. I look forward to reading your tips and ideas!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Where has the year gone Donna? My year is progressing well but I can’t believe it is just under two months until August and my 60th. It is all downhill to Christmas then – scary thought. Have a beautiful day and thanks as always for stopping by to comment. xx

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  2. Anne

    Some great ideas on your list. With two little ones finding me time is something I struggle with but I am trying to make more time for myself. I can tick of spending time in nature, that is where I am my happiest.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Anne! Yes two littlies certainly means your time is limited but baby steps and even if you just take time in nature as you say you are doing something good for your mind and soul. Hope you can tick a few more off the box – maybe a bubble bath after the children have gone to bed? Have a lovely week whatever you do. xx

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  3. Deborah

    I love that you’re so organised – in life and on the blog – it’s very impressive (and inspirational).

    I’m downloading the 31 days PDF cos I need a project! (I focus a bit too much on myself – being single and childless – but probably not in the ways I should!)

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Deb you’ve made my day saying that you have felt inspired. I’m sure you can come up with some ideas but I thought a pdf with some tips might get people started. Thanks for downloading and hope you can tick some off. Have a great week! PS I’m loving your new look!

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  4. Debbie

    Thanks for the list Sue, I’m gong to print it out for my mother while I’m here visiting and gif myself too once I get home. I love your weekly plan for posts and admire your inspirational messages. Keep up the great work!!

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  5. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    I like your review and how you have helped others with your tips. I did blog via a theme/category each day when I was blogging daily and I did find it helped me but over time, I decided to cut back late last year and then this year a little bit more. You do what you can when you can! If the blog starts feeling like pressure/work that’s when you say “mmmm”. If you blog a brand new post on a Tuesday, go over to Kyliepurtell.com for her I Blog on Tuesdays link up. It’s only for posts new to that Tuesday.
    You already know what my plans are for July….
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week will be the last link up for a while. My blog post of this week explains the reason.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Denyse I hear you re pressure with blogging. Sometimes my enthusiasm comes in waves and at the moment I have quite a few ideas so happy to have a timetable to work towards. I will probably reassess if I think it is taking over too much of my life. I do hope you will be okay and will miss you and your link up but happy to read that you will be back. Good luck with everything and sending a big hug from Brisbane. xx

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  6. Jo Tracey

    The first 4 months of this year was manic, and the last 2 have been settling in & creating a new normal. The next 6 will be getting stuck in to getting the stuff done that was planned when the world went manic! Love your posts, your focus & your positivity. Keep on sizzling.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’ve enjoyed reading about you settling into Sunshine Coast life, Jo. It really is a lovely area of the world. Thank you so much for your lovely, supportive comments about my posts I truly appreciate the feedback. Have a beautiful week and I’ll be Sizzling Beyond 60 after August! LOL:)

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  7. Shirley Corder

    Hi Sue, I just did something similar as far as my writing is concerned, but I’ve had to back-track considerably. I have two websites, and I had a new (or re-vamped) post planned for Monday and Thursday on the one and Tuesday and Friday on the other, covering four different topics. But I’m getting further and further behind in my book writing. I couldn’t decide which of the four I wanted to drop, so I’ve decided to spread them to alternate weeks. So one week I’ll do the Monday and Friday posts, and the following week the Tuesday and Thursday. That gives me more time to concentrate on my other writing. Time is really a challenge, isn’t it?
    Have you ever had cold feet?

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Wow two websites Shirley! I had enough trouble with two Facebook groups LOL:) Time is the challenge and sometimes I get so caught up in my blog that I forget everything else. That is why I’m trying to work to a theme and plan and also having a technology free day each week. I look forward to hearing more about your book writing. Have a lovely week! x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh thanks Marci! I like to see how I’m progressing and the halfway mark each year is a good time to assess how my plans for the year are going. Thanks for visiting again and have a lovely week.

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  8. Alicia O'Brien

    After finding out my fellow Kindergym coach is leaving at the end of the year, I will be hoping to do a little more study as I will be taking on a little more responsibility at the gym. It’s daunting but as I’ve survived jumping in the deep end this year with taking Kindergym classes on, I realise it’s doable. I have, have, have to make more time to focus on me though, as I have been feeling a little burnt out lately.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh good for you in taking on more responsibility Alicia however as you say if you are feeling burnt out you do need to set aside some time for you. Even if it is just sitting in the sun or relaxing in a bubble bath. It all helps. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by. I hope you visit again.

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  9. Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine

    You’ve inspired me to sit down and review my year and make positive plans for the next 6 months. Sometimes I feel that I get so busy that I’m just flying along, but not really taking care of the truly important things. Sometimes that means me! Thanks Sue!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m so happy that I have inspired you Teresa! Sometimes we just need that extra push from someone else to get us to focus on ourselves. I love that you will be looking at positive plans for the next 6 months. It is good to have them listed even if sometimes you can’t tick them all off. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Leanne | crestingthehill

    I love that you feel inspired to write every day Sue – and I think having easy and hard days makes it more fun – good on you for thinking up a new theme for July and I’m looking forward to what you come up with. I’ll also check out your fashion bloggers post too – although I’m pretty settled with my look these days (but who knows what I might be inspired to do?!)

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Leanne! That is the plan at the moment, but if I lose that enthusiasm well I will just drop back – no point writing for the sake of it. I’m finding it easier to have a theme although that needs thought as well but it gives me a prompt about what to write. Have a great week!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Renewal is such a great word Jennifer because you can renew anything at anytime. I must read your review so will pop over now. Have a great day and it is lovely reading your comments and connecting with you. x

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  11. Natasha

    This is an absolutely wonderful idea. I think we forget sometimes to take care of ourselves. I like you included ideas of how to do it too. Wonderful

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Natasha and thanks for the positive comment! I thought I would give everyone a head start with some ideas but of course each person can replace with their own ideas if they want to. Sometimes we just need a little push don’t we? Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by. I hope you visit again. x

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  12. Sydney Shop Girl

    Sue, I love that you’re keeping yourself accountable by reviewing your to do list as the year goes by. It also gives you an incredible sense of achievement and a reminder to stay focused and on course even when life veers off unexpectedly.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I am a list girl by nature SSG and yes I do love the sense of achievement when I can tick something off. I’m also mindful that life can get in the way sometimes so if it stays on the list for a while that is still okay by me. Have a fabulous week and thanks for visiting. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Mary it must be inbuilt in women I think! However it is so important for us to maintain our individuality and do things we enjoy. It is important for good health! Have a beautiful weekend and do something for you!

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  13. Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?"

    I love your 31 days plan! And so many other things about this post! Congrats on the progress you’ve made on your 2017 list. I really appreciate the way you have set reasonable goals for 2017 and for the 31 days. I got carried away with my list for this year and though I’ve accomplished several things on the list, I can’t help but be a little discouraged. Oh, well, who says I can’t carry them over a few months? 😉

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Wendy! Lovely to hear from you! Don’t get discouraged you can just carry your goals forward. Life can get in the way so you need to be flexible. At least you have ticked some off your list. Have a great weekend and take care my friend. xx

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  14. Charlotte

    It sounds like you have a lot planned for your blog and can’t wait to see it! Reviewing goals is always a good idea and helps to set you back on track if you have lost focus!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I’m in an enthusiastic mood re the blog at the moment Charlotte so making the most of it! Have a great weekend and I’m sure you are starting to count down now. xx

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  16. Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project

    It’s definitely a good time to take stock and do a bit of a review of the year so far! You’ve been rather busy, Sue. I love the idea of 31 days to focus on ourselves. I must admit, with everything and everyone else coming first, this is something I do let slide. I do have a facial booked in a ocuple of weeks’ time – a little indulgence to look forward to 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh the facial sounds perfect Lyndall. You have reminded me I have a gift voucher for one that my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day so I need to make n appointment. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Kathy Marris

    I do like to have a plan, however I almost always find that life’s curveballs normally get in the way. Since returning from overseas I have started part-time work again (even though I retired in February), my husband and I have bought a block of land in a small town in Northern NSW for our retirement and our son has announced he is getting married next year which has really impacted on our plans to travel in our caravan. See what I mean about curveballs? Now my plan is in upheaval!! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh life does throw curveballs don’t they Kathy. Where are you working? At least you have some lovely goals to be working towards. I do hope you will continue to blog I love your posts. Have a great day!

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      1. Kathy Marris

        I’m doing marketing for several hotels/resorts that involves writing blogs on their websites and promotion via social media. I’ve had been doing this for years and decided to give it away in February, only to discover I needed to work again. So I’m back working with the same company.

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        1. Sue Loncaric Post author

          Oh that sounds interesting Kathy and lucky you could work with the same company. Obviously they know your worth! I do hope it is only part time for you so you get some play time as well 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hello Julie! Thanks so much for stopping by to leave such an encouraging comment. I do hope you find the list useful but at least it is a start. Keep following through the month as I have more tips for self-care to share. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Carol ("Mimi")

    Love this post, Sue! I like how you’ve carved out time to set purposeful goals and to assess your progress. Best wishes for a successful half-marathon! Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks so much Carol and I’m happy you have joined Blogger’s Pit Stop as a co-host also. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend. x

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  19. Sara

    Hi, Sue. It’s been an exciting year for you. The more I visit and read your blog, the more I enjoy it. You inspire me. Thank you.
    It was back in May that you shared your write one sentence a day challenge which was the seed that was planted in me. I followed along in June as you focused on your health and now am excited to join you for July.

    It’s nice to have you onboard as one of the hosts for the Blogger’s Pit Stop. ^_^

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh thank you so much for you encouraging words Sara and your warm welcome to Blogger’s Pit Stop. I really enjoy writing a sentence a day as it is lovely to look back on what I did during the month. I’m so happy that I can inspire you. have a beautiful weekend x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh thanks for the compliment about my writing Kathleen. Yes I am a pretty organised person and love lists – not sure if that is a good thing or not. I sometimes feel I need to be more impulsive. Have a great week x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Janet! Yes we are really looking forward to it. We have never been to Spain but it has been on the bucket list for quite some time. Have a great week!

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  21. Clearissa Coward

    Hi Sue,

    This is a perfect time to take stock. I am doing well, but I would love to be further along. More consistent blogging and learning a new craft are my main concerns right now. But I am hopeful both will catch up by year’s end. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for co-hosting and for sharing this post #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m sure you will achieve whatever you set out to do Clearissa. It is good to have something to work towards. Have a great week and thanks for sharing. x

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  22. Amy

    What a wonderful list! These are a great way to reset at any age, I think. I’ve got the printable scheduled to pin. Thank you!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Jennie! Thanks for also linking up at Over the Moon and for sharing my list. Have a beautiful day and see you at next week’s Over the Moon!

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  23. Christie Hawkes

    Mid-way through the year is a great time to take stock. This year I did not set New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I decided to set smaller monthly and weekly goals. This seems to work better for me. I love your list of 31 things–they fit right in with my “small steps” goals. Thanks for cohosting #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

    ~Christie

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I don’t set NY resolutions Christie. I used to but found it put too much pressure on. Like you I work towards smaller goals or things I really want to achieve and break it down into smaller steps. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh how exciting Kathleen! I must admit it has been one of my most popular posts lately so I must have hit a chord. Thanks for the opportunity to co-host Blogger’s Pit Stop I enjoy working with you! Have a great day!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh that’s great Lori! We all need to take time to assess things but sometimes we need a little push don’t we? Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and have a beautiful day xx

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