Meaningful Mondays

Meaningful Mondays: 5 Women Over 50 share their thoughts on what brings Meaning to their Life

April 3, 2017
Meaning in life

Meaning in life

What brings meaning to your life?  That is the question I would like you to consider today.

In this week’s Meaningful Mondays post, I would love to introduce you to some dear friends of mine who I have met through blogging.  All of them are at that wonderful phase of life – Midlife & Beyond and I would encourage you to check out each of their websites and social media sites for some great reading and insights.  You can find their links at the end of the post.

I asked each of these lovely ladies the same question – What brings meaning to your life? Although their answers were similar they do have different ‘takes’ on the question.

5 women Over 50 share what brings meaning to their life

Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill

Meaning in Life

‘Meaning in life for me comes in three “F”s – Faith, Family and Friendships.

Faith: I have based my core beliefs and values on there being a God who cares about me and how I live my life. To me, faith in God is about investing in becoming the best person I am capable of being, and from there it flows into my relationships. It’s about having a bigger perspective and caring about myself and other people.

Family: My husband and children (and grandbaby) are the people who give me a reason to get up every morning, and who bring me joy and a sense of belonging. Family love is unconditional and all encompassing – my sense of self is tied in very strongly with being a wife and mother, and now a Nan to my little grandbaby.

Friends: These are the people who “get” me and understand me and accept me for the woman I am. They have my back, they make me laugh, they share the journey, and they are the extended family I need to truly feel complete.

 

Kathy Marris from 50 Shades of Age

Meaning in Life

I think it’s mostly the simple things in life that brings meaning to my life, such as spending time with my family, celebrating occasions, getting together with good friends and walking in nature.

However I think the big one for me is to travel to new and exciting destinations. I get a lot of enjoyment and sense of adventure from travelling both within my own country and overseas. It has brought me so much happiness and a re-connection with myself, making me appreciate the blessings that I have in my life. 

Denyse Whelan from Denyse Whelan Blogs

Meaning in life

What Brings Meaning To My Life?

This was something I have pondered on since being asked to write about it. I first thought ‘art’. Then my husband said ‘what about me?’ Of course! In my now 68th year on earth (and boy, that took some courage to admit) here’s what brings meaning to my life now:

  • Learning to care for myself and put my needs first after many decades of doing this for others first in my career in education and for family. I do this via art, photography and being in nature.
  • Remembering that whilst our days of child-rearing and grandchild caring are over and that those responsibilities are no longer ours I can lovingly tuck those memories and pride into part of the meaningful life I lead now.
  • Becoming a learner about life’s challenges and opportunities , spirituality that fits my life view, and using my mind and body along with my heart to become more at peace with me now. I meditate daily, read widely and do courses in mindfulness and self-compassion.
  • Connecting with others via social media and my blog. I have been fortunate to be part of the Australian blogging scene for some time now and it’s been so helpful to keep me intellectually active and communicating with many different people I may never have ‘met’ without the blog.

Gigi Whitford from A Warm Hello

Meaning in life

Of course, I need my family, friends, and cats in order to have meaning in
my life! That’s a given.

But, for me to be happy…really happy, at home in
my skin, I need to be doing something creative every day.

It can be something small, that only takes a few minutes each day…but it is what
makes me feel right. I’ve found that at a minimum, I need at least 15
minutes a day (I love those rainy days when I can sit and create all day
long), by myself, to do something I love to create balance and meaning in
my life.

I love learning and trying new things. I sign up for online
classes, Facebook groups, webinars, and I just started doing some
challenges on Instagram. I post a new photo each day on my blog and on my
Facebook account and that keeps me moving. I love transferring the photos
from my camera on to my computer and watching all the new images come up!

I love going to bed at night and thinking about how I will tackle a little
project the next day. Then, the next morning, I wake up and start planning
my day with my project in mind. My family, my friends, my cats, my camera, my laptop, brush markers, ingredients for a recipe, and a few ideas whirling around in my head is what brings meaning to my life.

Cathy Lawdanski  from My Side of 50

Meaning in Life

Relationships with those I love are the most meaningful part of my life. I cherish the time I have with my family – my husband, daughters and grandchildren.

But if you were to ask me what GIVES my life meaning, I would have to say my relationship with God. My life has meaning because He created me with a plan and purpose. He gave me the precious gift of family. He equipped me with the gifts and talents that I use every day with joy in creating my blog. He gave me His Son, Jesus, Who died for my sins, and through his sacrifice, I know that death is not the end. I will live with Him and those I love for eternity. What a wonderful gift. Thank you, Jesus!

For in Him we live and move and have our being Acts 17:28

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

What brings meaning to your life?

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

Connect with these lovely ladies at:

Leanne Le Cras – Cresting the Hill

Kathy Marris – 50 Shades of Age

Denyse Whelan – Denyse Whelan Blogs

Gigi Whitford – A Warm Hello

Cathy Lawdanski – My Side of 50

 

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63 Comments

  • Reply Denyse April 3, 2017 at 16:07

    Thank you Sue. This was an engaging and heart-warming read. I found it interesting that others also used a collage for the photo! Multiple things and people bring meaning in our lives.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:52

      Yes it was lovely to have you all take part and hear your thoughts. I think the photos were a perfect reflection of everyone. Have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill April 3, 2017 at 16:29

    I noticed we all had family up there in our most valuable list Sue. I can’t imagine life without my husband and kids and grandbaby…..but at the same time I’m coming to realize that I need to have a fair degree of autonomy where I am my own person in my own right because my kids are so independent and I can’t expect my husband to fill all the gaps in my life. Great post and I’ve shared it everywhere xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:50

      Thanks Leanne! I love your attitude to midlife and being a person in your own right. Life is there to be lived and we need to find our own path don’t we. Thank you for being part of the post and joining these other fabulous ladies.

  • Reply Kathy Marris April 3, 2017 at 17:27

    Thank you Sue for including me in this post amongst such wonderfully inspiring and talented women. There seems to be a common thread and that is family and friends bring the most meaning to our lives. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:49

      Thank you Kathy for taking part! There was a common thread however each of you had something different as well like your travel. Have a beautiful week and thanks again for being part of my post. x

  • Reply gigi April 3, 2017 at 18:14

    Such an honor to be included on your blog and alongside these awesome women! Thank you for inviting me to participate! Just writing out my thoughts really helped me realize how important all these things are in my life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:48

      I’m so pleased you accepted Gigi as I always love what you have to say. I’m pleased that it was also a learning process for you as well. Have a great week and thanks for taking part. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris April 3, 2017 at 20:42

    I really enjoyed reading the thoughts of these amazing women, great post Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:46

      Thanks Debbie! They are all fabulous. Have a great week!

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 3, 2017 at 21:23

    Thanks for sharing this, Sue. Like the others, I noticed how high in the priorities family and friends came. My brother has a saying on his Skype account that says, “The best things in life are not things.” So right.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:45

      What a great saying I really like that Shirley and totally agree. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 22:54

    Some I already read, but thank you for the introduction to others that I have not yet had the privilege of reading.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:44

      Hi Jennifer, I’m glad you got to know some new bloggers and thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") April 3, 2017 at 23:55

    Thank you, Sue, for gathering and curating the thoughts of these amazing women. It was enlightening to read their reflections and see the values that they hold in common.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:43

      It was fun Mimi and I really enjoyed each one’s take on the question. Although family seems to be a common thread. Have a great day!

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues April 4, 2017 at 01:17

    A great round up, Sue. I don’t seem to know anyone apart from Leanne.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:43

      Oh great Corinne you can make some new blogging friends. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365 April 4, 2017 at 02:13

    Hi Sue….what a nice idea asking other bloggers what is important to them. Not only does it make for an interesting read…I’m sure it was helpful for each of these bloggers to focus on and write up something that is vitally important to their happiness. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:42

      Exactly Kathy and one of them actually said that. She was so happy to be part of it but it gave her something back as she really focussed on what was important to her. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by I hope you visit again.

  • Reply Michela of Rocky Travel Blog April 4, 2017 at 05:24

    Freedom and the thirst for knowledge is what motivates me and brings meaning into my life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:40

      Oh they are two great motivations Michela. I love learning all the time as well I believe it helps keep us growing as a person. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:40

      Thanks so much Gigi and it was great to have you take part!

  • Reply Leah April 4, 2017 at 06:57

    Love all this inspiration from middle life bloggers. Sometimes I feel like I have so little in common with all those 20 something blogging out there. You guys give me encouragement.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:39

      I know what you mean Leah. I’m surrounded by mummy blogs which is great for them but I’m actually past that stage. I’m glad you feel encouraged so keep in touch!

  • Reply Roxanne Jones April 4, 2017 at 07:27

    What a nice way to get to know some other midlife bloggers–this was generous of you, Sue, and I enjoyed reading what these women had to say!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:39

      Yes Roxanne it was lovely to read each one’s take and although there was a similar theme there were different ideas as well. Have a great day!

  • Reply michelle April 4, 2017 at 20:57

    This is awesome. What an amazing group of writers!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2017 at 04:43

      I’m lucky to have met these lovely ladies through blogging. I think they are fabulous and so pleased you enjoyed meeting them. Have a beautiful day Michelle and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Karen Patten April 4, 2017 at 23:24

    Loved reading these thoughts. We all have family at the top of the list, but I love how so many are also now putting themselves at the top of the list. And exploring and expressing ourselves through creativity seems to be key. Thanks for pulling these together!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2017 at 04:42

      Yes, I was thinking about my mum’s generation last night Karen and how they never put themselves first even when their children had grown and left. We are fortunate that now having ‘me time’ or exploring who we are and what we want to do is encouraged and that is great for our total health, wellbeing and happiness. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Pinky Poinker April 5, 2017 at 08:51

    What a lovely read. I follow Kathy and Denise and will be checking out the other ladies. Thank you 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2017 at 06:51

      Thanks Michelle. They are lovely women who I have met through blogging and I’m pleased to introduce them to you. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Deborah April 6, 2017 at 09:00

    I was a little worried everyone would say ‘family’.

    It’s the main thing that worries me about ageing. I know when I turned 40 I was depressed that I was still single and childless. But… at least I tried to go it alone on the ‘having a baby front’.

    I’ve accepted that kids won’t be an option as I approach 50 in December but worry a little that life seems a little less precious because I lack the loved ones others sometimes take for granted. (Well, I will after my mum moves on…)

    But, things like creativity can be very inspiring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2017 at 13:04

      Hi Deb please don’t worry about ‘family’. Family is not the be all and end all of meaning in our lives. I suppose it is easy for me to say being a mother and grandmother, however, it is just as important to find your own meaning as a person. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 6, 2017 at 09:32

    Not an easy question to answer – thanks for gathering these together. I know I should say family – &, of course, it does – but I think I’d have to answer creativity…doing something creative each day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2017 at 13:03

      We are more than our family aren’t we Jo, so yes being creative would certainly bring meaning to your life. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle April 6, 2017 at 10:18

    Oh this was such a lovely read Sue. I agree with what each of these ladies say! Lovely to see two new bloggers here that I did not know of before. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2017 at 13:02

      Hi Min, I really enjoyed working with these fabulous ladies and introducing them to everyone. Have a great week!

  • Reply Donna April 6, 2017 at 13:30

    What a great post, Sue! I loved reading the answers to your questions through multiple perspectives. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:29

      Yes sometimes it is good to actually ask others what they think and feel. I enjoyed putting this post together Donna. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply jo April 6, 2017 at 14:05

    A lovely, heartwarming read. And the thread of family and friends as so important rings true with me too 🙂 #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:30

      Thanks Jo, I think family and friends are the core and then we can also discover our own special meaning whether it be helping others, travel, being creative. Something just for us is important as well. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject April 6, 2017 at 14:19

    It’s so wonderful to hear these lovely ladies’ thoughts on what brings meaning to their lives. Focusing on finding and keeping meaning in our lives is important, as it can keep us from falling into a rut or getting down in the dumps. Great post idea! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:32

      Exactly Lyndall. If we stop for a moment and reflect on what is important to us, it really does lift the spirits. I’m someone who does need a purpose and meaning in my life. If I don’t I do get down in the dumps and then my husband says ‘why don’t you go for a run’ LOL:) Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Mrs Shoes April 7, 2017 at 02:49

    This is a great collection from lovely ladies, and food for thought. I haven’t gotten over having completed phase one of Mothering (the active part), nor settled completely into phase 2 (the letting them go part), but I sure do look forward to phase 3 (becoming a grandparent). Is it just me who feels like I could raise another baby from scratch and do an EVEN BETTER job, given the chance? Yeah, it’s probably just me; in our home Mr Shoes is perfectly content with phase 2 & does NOT want to entertain the thought of foster children just to satisfy my need to’ mother’.
    On the plus side, I can sleep whenever, wherever, & however long I like.
    Meh.

    I came to visit from the AIM link party; I hope you’ll make time one day to stop by the 4Shoes & let me know you’ve been.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:39

      When my grandson was born I thought the same things – I could raise another baby and do a better job. Alas, I’m past that time but I can enjoy the time I spend with him. However, I love that I can also do things for myself now. Thanks so much for visiting and I’ll be sure to pop over to your blog as well. Have a great weekend and enjoy a sleep in LOL:)

  • Reply Grammy Dee April 7, 2017 at 12:32

    I love this post. Thanks from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, social media shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:28

      Thanks Dee I enjoyed putting it together and hearing what other women thought. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl April 7, 2017 at 14:16

    I love how family was a recurring theme among your inspiring group, Kathy. It’s true for me as well, relationships are the core of our lives.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 05:28

      Yes family is very important in our lives but I would also agree that we need to have something just for us. Kathy has travel which I love as well. Have a great weekend SSG. x

  • Reply Connie April 8, 2017 at 08:34

    Sue,

    What an amazing post to share other bloggers and to get to know them a little. I am thrilled to find other 40+ bloggers to connect with! I’ll definitely be back to look around! Thanks for the encouragement that there are more bloggers like me out there!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2017 at 09:07

      Thanks Connie and welcome! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your blog better. Have a great day!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit April 11, 2017 at 07:07

    This is fantastic! What a great over 50s round up and loved hearing their perspectives.
    #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2017 at 07:44

      Thanks Leanne it is always good to get other women’s perspectives and these are all in my age demographic. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. x

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2017 at 04:57

      Thanks so much Dee what a lovely surprise mid week for me. I’ll be linking up again and thank you for the opportunity. Have a great day!

  • Reply Lynne Patnode April 22, 2017 at 15:11

    Hi Sue! Your blog is a beautiful reflection of how age is a good thing–something to be celebrated! Thank you so much!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 30, 2017 at 09:33

      Oh thank you so much Lynne. You don’t know how much your words mean to me. Sometimes I think my blog is a waste of time and then I receive a beautiful comment like this. Have a beautiful day and talk again soon. x

  • Reply Leslie Clingan April 23, 2017 at 12:19

    Ditto what Lynne says above ^^^. Your blog breathes fresh new meaning into middle age.
    Leslie @onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 30, 2017 at 09:39

      Oh thank you so much for the lovely words of encouragement Leslie. Much appreciated. Have a great week!

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