Over 50s Lifestyle

It’s never too late to embrace life

July 9, 2018
It's never too late to embrace life

A couple of months ago, I was a guest speaker and M.C. at a Mother’s Day High Tea Event and the title of my speech was ‘Aging and Health – 5 ways to Start Living with an Ageless Attitude’.

Recently, I’ve read a number of posts around Mid-year life and goal reviews. Two that resonated with me were Jennifer’s from Unfold and Begin  ‘How To Do A Midyear Check-In Of Your Goals’ and also Denyse Whelans’s ‘Six Month Check-Up…. with Myself!”.  These topics are always a great reminder to us all to check in and see if we are happy with the way our life is progressing.  It is also a reminder that life passes quickly and sometimes we feel that we haven’t achieved all that we wanted and time is running out.  But remember…..

It’s never too late to embrace life

Towards the end of June, I was feeling restless and questioning where I was headed in life.  Yes, I have much to be grateful for and certainly my life is full.  You only have to read my monthly Virtual Coffee Catch Up to see that I love to be busy and I am very blessed. However, I’m sure you agree that sometimes a small voice pipes up and says ‘What’s next?’.

It’s never too late to make changes

After chatting to a blogging friend, Karen Hume from Profound Journey, who lives on the other side of the world (aren’t blogging connections great?) she encouraged me to go with my ‘gut’ and make a plan to find my ‘What’s next?’.

I made some changes to improve the look of my website and also took a step back from my weekly ‘Coffee Catch Up’ Newsletter for subscribers.  I want to make changes which will make it more informative and of value rather than just a list of posts published for the week.  I sent my subscribers an email explaining my plan and was thrilled to receive such positive feedback and support.

I want to spread the word that we can all find our way by embracing life with an ageless attitude.  We can make changes by removing what we don’t like in our life and replacing them with what we find joy in.

I discovered through blogging friends, Molly Totoro & Pat Doyle , Julia Cameron’s book ,“It’s Never to Late to Begin Again” and have been working through the chapters.  This book is an extension of her original book ‘The Artist’s Way’ but focuses on those who are retired or preparing for retirement.

Whilst I am modifying the tasks slightly, I am making progress and pleasantly surprised to read that some of my thoughts that I have written about align with Julia’s philosophy.

It’s never too late to achieve

Recently, it was the Gold Coast Marathon and I was reminded of the saying ‘It’s never to late’ when I saw a couple who were probably in their 70s, proudly wearing their t-shirt and participants medals.  They had just run the 42.2km Marathon!!!

I was inspired and reminded that embracing an Ageless Attitude to life can break down so many barriers. No you don’t have to run a marathon, but with an ageless attitude the possibilities are endless.

It’s never too late to learn

I am constantly impressed with the wisdom and life experience so freely shared by those who read my blog and those in my blogging community.

I decided to ask members of the ST60 & Beyond Let’s Thrive Facebook Group to finish the sentence –‘It’s never too late to…….’

The responses came thick and fast and all were so positive and uplifting and definitely aligned with living with an Ageless Attitude.  Women Over 50 are certainly so different these days to those of previous generations – we are discovering who we are and going for what we want.  We are shaking off the phrases ‘At your age’ and ‘Aren’t you too old for that?’. We are embracing life!

Here are some of the responses which I would like to share with you and perhaps you can add to the list or feel inspired.

To dream a new dream

To make a decision

To believe in yourself

To choose a new path

To become who we are meant to be. Don’t die with the music still within us.

To become who you truly are

To have an adventure

To enjoy dessert

To learn a new skill

 

So with enthusiasm and curiosity I move forward to finding my ‘What’s next?’, stay tuned…….

Remember, ‘don’t die with the music still within you’.

How would you finish the sentence ‘It’s never too late to……..”?

 

It's never too late to embrace life

 

 

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105 Comments

  • Reply Trisha Faye July 9, 2018 at 04:48

    I love it! I just adore your attitude. Share on my Embracing Life Facebook page.
    You are always an inspiration to me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 07:03

      Oh thanks so much Trisha Faye you have started my week in such a positive way. Enjoy, my friend and thanks for sharing and also your beautiful words. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph July 9, 2018 at 07:33

    We certainly are a different breed in our 50’s and 60’s than our parents were, and I’m so glad for it! I believe that it’s never too late to learn something new, make a change in your life, set a new goal. And, I’m always interested to see what you’re going to do next!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 14:44

      It is great isn’t it Candi? I’m always looking for new opportunities, challenges or experiences and I think that is what life is all about – living not just existing. Have a lovely week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Karen Hume July 9, 2018 at 07:59

    Hi Sue,
    I’d finish the prompt you offered with … to be fully alive; to live the life of my dreams; to embrace the authentic me.
    I’m really happy that we, and others, are on this journey together. Part of an ageless attitude, I think, is truly understanding, perhaps for the first time, that wonderful lives are formed and lived in community – real life ones and online ones.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 14:46

      Spot on Karen, I love your answer to the prompt and also your comment about the community we build in real life and online. I have very special online friendships, including you from whom I gain support, wisdom and knowledge. Have a beautiful week, my friend xx

  • Reply Christine July 9, 2018 at 10:39

    This a great post Sue and describes exactly my own thoughts and feelings about living an amazing purposeful life no matter what our age! I too am doing a 6 month checkup on where I am at, what I have achieved and where I am going. Making the most of this precious gift called life. Thank you for being an amazing motivator and cheering us on.xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 14:51

      Hi Christine, a great idea for you doing a 6 month checkup it really helps us feel where we are headed or make changes if we have to. I love inspiring and motivating others as you know, so glad to be of help! xx

  • Reply Pat July 9, 2018 at 11:54

    Hi Sue, Once again, Karen (above) & I are in sync! It’s never too late to live the life of my dreams and become the me I want to be, the authentic me. I’m glad you’re enjoying Julia Cameron’s book. I like so many of her tools; I’m a huge believer in the Morning Pages, which I started after reading one of her other books. One of the new ones I found powerful was the “The truth is….”. I haven’t done the 5-year blocks of memoir, but reading about Molly’s insights is inspiring me a lot!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 14:59

      Hi Pat I started all ‘gun ho’ with Julia’s book and then realised I was going down the overwhelming path like I did with Mindful in May. I have decided to work through at my pace, sometimes doing the tasks but not fretting if I don’t. Just reading her book plus blogs such as Karen’s and yours really inspire me as well. To me life will always be a WIP with lots of learnings and new experiences. Living not just existing 🙂

      • Reply Pat July 11, 2018 at 10:13

        I’m thinking of doing the memoir questions this summer, on my own pace to see where it might lead me. Like you, I feel like I am a WIP! P.S. Revisiting from MLSTL

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 07:22

          Hi Pat, yes I started doing the memoir questions but my mind is not in the right place. I, like you will be doing them at a time when I can really just think and write. Being a WIP means we are always evolving aren’t we and that is exciting. Have a great week, Pat and thanks for stopping by from #MLSTL. 🙂

  • Reply Kristin Alicia July 9, 2018 at 12:27

    What a great philosophy. I’m in my 50’s and I’m still re-inventing my life. There is always more to learn, do or become.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 14:42

      Hi Kristin, I think that life will always be a WIP for me. As you say there is always more to learn or do and that is what keeps us ageless. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to comment. 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill July 9, 2018 at 14:47

    Good on you for taking the time to stop and decide what is going to work for you and to discard what isn’t floating your boat any more Sue. I know exactly how you feel about reaching a point where nothing is wrong, but where more could be right and wondering what to do about it. I think you’re definitely on track and it’s always great to add a bit of new fresh air to blogging and to life in general. Life is short and getting shorter by the day – so I guess we seize inspiration when it hits us and we run with it – go girl!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 15:01

      Thanks Leanne, I know you always ‘get me’. You are right about nothing really wrong but more could be right and that is what I’m focusing on. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves and in the end the world keeps turning doesn’t it? Have a beautiful week, my friend xx

  • Reply Vanessa July 9, 2018 at 15:04

    This post reminds me of what I like about my gym – you see people of all ages and fitness levels there. There’s no pretension and we’re all just there for the same thing, regardless of age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 9, 2018 at 15:17

      Yes Over 50 & Beyond has really changed and it is great to see that we can all do whatever we want to without worrying about people saying we are too old.

  • Reply Ness July 9, 2018 at 16:51

    It’s never too late to travel. I hope! Because I will be ancient before my boys are all grownup and my husband and I can have some decent trips. Great sentence and attitude. Love it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:28

      Hi Ness, no its never too late to travel and I hope that you have your list. I have always had a list of places I wanted to visit. I might not get to them all but it is good to keep the dreams alive. Your boys will be grown before you know it! Have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply The Widow Badass July 9, 2018 at 20:57

    “It’s never too late to begin again.” This is a quote I read years ago, and I’m sorry that I forget who came up with it originally. It has certainly been a go-to for me, as I have begun again…several times! Hah! Thanks Sue.

    Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:30

      Well that is the wonderful part, Deb and so obvious we don’t always realise it. It is never too late to begin again. If life doesn’t go to plan we can change it and know that we can try something different. I’m not a huge fan of the word ‘journey’ but that is what we are all on and we can always change our plans. Have a beautiful week 🙂

  • Reply Molly July 9, 2018 at 22:20

    Off the top of my head, I have two responses to the question (although I’m sure I can easily add to the list with time). As a devoted life-long learner, I would say it is never too late to learn something new. And as someone who’s been plagued with self-doubt her entire life, I would say it is never too late to learn to accept yourself.

    I love your thought-provoking questions – and your positive outlook on life, Sue!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:32

      Spot on, Molly! I think your second point about self-doubt is something that plagues us all. I’m the same and as I usually say I’m a WIP. It is never too late to believe in ourselves we just have to make a start. I can see that Julia’s book is really helping us all, isn’t it? Have a beautiful week, Molly and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Lori Jo July 9, 2018 at 22:47

    Hey, Sue! Love the post! I am still finding my blogging rhythm and didn’t realize I wasn’t following you, shame on me, ha!
    As for “It’s Never Too Late….”, there is something that I have held within me since the 1980’s when I moved to Atlanta with my career at age 23. I saw a bumper sticker that said, “It’s Never Too Late to Have a Good Childhood”. That resonated with me since I had an unusual home life with a mentally ill mother. I have learned to deal with lingering emotions from this – it is never too late to pull up and out of most things with the right intuition, mindset and determination–we are stronger than we think we are.
    Thanks, Sue! Talk soon 🙂
    Lori Jo – 50 With Flair
    http://www.50withflair.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:33

      Welcome Lori Jo and it is hard to keep track of all the bloggers we like, isn’t it? You are certainly proof that even though your childhood might have been hard you didn’t let that stop you. Determination and mindset are really the keys aren’t they? Have a beautiful day and keep going with the blog you will find your rhythm. 🙂

  • Reply Dorothy Berry-Lound July 9, 2018 at 23:13

    Great post as usual. I have just been through another major life review and am emerging out the other side, still as happy but with a more realistic set of goals – until I do the next review! I retired from full-time work three years ago and started working part-time as an artist – but I kept too much of that ‘gotta work’ ethic from before so I am gradually smoothing that out to be more relaxed about my art!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:36

      Oh we sound so alike, Dorothy. The ‘gotta work’ ethic is hard to shake when we retire. I’ve struggled for 4 years in retirement trying to find my rhythm. Having worked full time all of my life it was a culture shock to find I had all this time on my hands. Being realistic is so important as is, just being kind to ourselves and taking off the self-imposed pressure. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Sandra Kelly July 9, 2018 at 23:25

    Wow! This is so inspiring! You are so inspiring! I’m not sure what my “What’s next” is for me. For now I’m just happy that I’ve started writing again. So I’ll sit with that for a while. 🙂 Xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:37

      Thank you Sandra, you have made my week! If I can inspire one person, I’m happy. It is wonderful that you have started writing again so as you say, sit with that for a while before you start thinking about ‘What’s next’. Wishing you a beautiful day and thanks for visiting 🙂 xx

  • Reply JEN Garrett July 10, 2018 at 01:21

    I’ve heard great things about The Artist’s Way… and now I’d better read it because I have another of her books to add to my list of To-Be-Reads!
    It’s never too late to ask, “What if?”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:39

      Hi Jen! The Artist’s Way is the original book and has had excellent reviews. The Never Too Late one is an extension of The Artist’s Way aimed at those who are retired or are about to retire. I am finding it very interesting and useful. Yes, ‘What if?’, that is a good one. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer July 10, 2018 at 02:25

    Thanks for the shout out Sue! I really appreciate it. You inspire me to keep trying and reach for next.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:40

      Hi Jennifer, my pleasure. I think we inspire each other and I’m really enjoying your posts as I always learn something. Thank you for the lovely compliment and I wish you a beautiful day. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl July 10, 2018 at 11:48

    it really is never too late, Sue. To achieve, to forgive, to do so many positive things.

    Thank you for your wisdom!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:41

      You have covered it all beautifully, SSG – so many positive things, I love it. Have a beautiful week, my friend. 🙂 xx

  • Reply Suger July 10, 2018 at 20:23

    Good luck with your MC job, I’m sure you’ll be SO great at it! It’s never too late indeed.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:42

      Thanks, Melissa. The MC job was great and I’d love the opportunity to do it again. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Jo July 11, 2018 at 06:41

    It’s never too late to be the best version of you that you can be. I loved this post Sue and it spoke to me on many levels. I’m definitely going to seek out Julia’s book, as I loved The Artist’s Way, which I read many years ago and is still on my bookshelf. Great that you’ve taken a step back to re-align and perhaps pivot a little – we all need to keep on doing that.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:48

      Hi Jo, I love your thoughts on ‘it’s never too late’. We can always strive to be the best version of ourselves. Julia’s book ‘It’s Never too Late’ is an extension of ‘The Artist’s Way’ aimed at Retirees or those about to Retire. I’m am finding it very valuable and useful. As for my step back. I have no idea what direction I will take now but I did need to just make that decision to actually stop and think about it. Have a beautiful week, my friend and enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply Natalie July 11, 2018 at 06:46

    I fully agree with you, Sue, that it’s never too late to embrace life, to make changes, to learn, and to achieve. I look forward to reading your ‘what’s next’. Have a beautiful week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:49

      Thanks, Natalie! I’m not exactly sure of ‘what’s next’ but I’m sure it will be fun finding out. Enjoy your week too! xx

  • Reply Michele July 11, 2018 at 07:55

    It’s never to late to be who you are meant to be.
    You inspire many people with your ageless attitude. If you had told me a few years ago that aging would be the best thing that has happened to me I would have thought you were crazy. But I feel like my best is yet to come, and that is saying a lot after raising a family and having a successful career as a college professor. I am excited to wake up every day and I get out of bed easily and I NEVER used to be able to do that. Life is good!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:56

      I love your thought, Michele. ‘Who you are meant to be’. Sometimes we are still trying to find out who we are even when we retire. I keep proving to myself that living with an ageless attitude provides so many opportunities and pulls down barriers. I’m so happy to hear that you life is good and I can hear it in your writing voice. You inspire me with your writings and I learn from all of your posts. Have a beautiful day, Michele and so pleased we are connected. 🙂

  • Reply Christine July 11, 2018 at 08:42

    This topic is so important! I love to be busy and engaged and hope I continue to do so for many decades yet. I must say I find the attitudes of a couple of aged people close to me very frustrating with so little interest in what’s around them or taking part. The world is so great – there’s always something new and exciting.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:57

      Hi Christine, yes there are those that ‘try to pull us down’ and dampen our enthusiasm for life but they are the ones missing out. There is always something exciting and new in this wonderful world we live in – even in our own ‘backyard’. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye July 11, 2018 at 09:31

    So true, Sue! I think we embrace life even more as we age, because we all recognize how precious each new day is!
    Sharing for MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 06:58

      Hi Trisha Faye, I totally agree that as we age we do think about life on a deeper level. The great thing is that our generation is embracing life rather than just sitting waiting to die. Have a great week and thanks for visiting #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt July 11, 2018 at 09:43

    I linked up today on #MLSTL to catch up with blogs! Glad I did not miss this one, Sue! Boomers have so reinvented work, leisure and retirement that one can’t tell them apart these days! With myself still working part-time, I take these ideas slowly since I am busy enough! But I do look for writing ideas and continue to think how I can do more with my photography hobby! A thought-provoking post for sure!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 07:20

      I totally agree Terri, our generation is really taking on life and I’m so excited with the responses I receive from others who teach me always that we can do anything we set our minds to. I am surrounded by such positive women Over 50 and I’m loving it. Have a beautiful day, Terri and your photography is always a joy for me to look at. xx

  • Reply Victoria July 11, 2018 at 13:24

    Great post Sue. It is never too late to make dreams come true or to dream new dreams.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 07:32

      Hi Victoria, we should always have dreams shouldn’t we? Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful week. 🙂

  • Reply Ann July 11, 2018 at 13:57

    Hi, Sue
    It’s my first time linking up, reading blog posts, and commenting here. I’m 56(almost 57) and still can’t believe I’ll soon be cresting 60!! I definitely have a lot of plans and dreams to live out yet! One currently my hubby and I are working on is traveling cross country by RV. He will be retiring at the end of the year. I’m definitely a planner and a dreamer and even though I realize not all our plans go as we desire them to, half the fun is preparing for our next leg of life’s journey! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 08:06

      Welcome Ann and I’m so pleased you have linked up with us and joined our community. I’m a planner and like you say, half the fun is in the preparation and just dreaming of what we would like to do. Your trip cross country sounds wonderful and something definitely to look forward to. Have a beautiful week and hope to see you at next week’s link up. 🙂 xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 11, 2018 at 15:53

    Let me not read you saying “I am not creative” again!! This post is full of your creative approach to blogging and more. I am delighted to read that some ideas are making a difference. I did some of Julia Cameron’s work but ended up sending it to a friend as I was already practising much of what she said. Learning to be alone with my company and doing some art while I have a coffee is one the the best things in my week.

    You are a great friend to many here on-line Sue, never forget that!! Your kindness to me is always appreciated. Your heart-felt words are lovely.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is What Is Courage? 29/52 Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 07:48

      You are so lovely and encouraging to me Denyse. I enjoy time alone although it is quite rare for me at the moment. If I am alone, I love to enjoy a good book and get lost for a while. I’m grateful you see me as a friend, Denyse and we have proven that we can have wonderful friendships on-line as well as IRL. Have a beautiful week and take care of yourself xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 11, 2018 at 20:40

    Sue I can’t for your ‘what’s next’. By the way I lovethe redesign of your website. Very crisp and clean. I would say ‘it’s never too late to get fit’. I really think it’s good to think about what’s next. It keeps me focused. It’s also an opportunity to toss out things that are no longer important.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 07:53

      Hi Jen, I can’t wait either but at the moment, I’m not sure ‘what’s next’. I’m happy with the website finally as it has taken a few attempts but hopefully I can leave it for a while. I totally agree that it is never too late to get fit and my only regret is not becoming a PT to help others. I also agree that looking at ‘what’s next’ is helping me give up what is no longer important to me. Have a great week, Jennifer. Love our connection xx

  • Reply Mary Lou July 12, 2018 at 05:50

    So many thoughts came into my mind and heart when I thought about ‘It’s never too late to ……… ‘. It’s never too late to begin writing your story; It’s never too late to begin watercolor sketching; It’s never to late to try out on-line dating; It’s never too late to foreign travel; It’s never too late to change your perspective on things; and It’s never too late to be young at heart! Thanks Sue! Such a positive post! I’ll be sharing on my social media for #MLSTL.
    http://www.meinthemiddlewrites.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 08:04

      Hi Mary Lou! I have wanted to try watercolor sketching although I’m not very good at drawing. Thank you for sharing my post and I loved all of your examples of ‘it’s never too late’. The women I am meeting through my blog, like you, are so positive and energising. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Donna McNicol July 12, 2018 at 07:55

    So many visitors that get it…I love it. Off to share on SM #MLSTL

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 12, 2018 at 08:39

    I haven’t read this one of Julia Cameron’s but am An Artist’s Way devotee. It’s absolutely never too late.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 12, 2018 at 08:50

      Hi Jo, It’s Never Too Late is an extension of The Artist’s Way aimed at retirees or those about to retire. I’m really enjoying it. Have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply Jodie July 12, 2018 at 09:07

    How funny you present it this way Sue, because I just changed my tag line after going to a blogging conference to “It’s never too late to look great!”
    Not that our appearance is the most important thing, but it sure helps to feel better about ourselves!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:02

      Hi Jodie, I believe that appearance does matter. If I take the time to improve my ‘look’ it certainly builds my self-esteem. Sure some days, if I’m at home, I would never win any modelling prizes 🙂 but generally to me if you look good you feel good. Of course, a smile and how you feel inside shows through and it really doesn’t matter what you wear if you aren’t portraying a positive attitude. Love your new tag line! 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ HandbagMafia July 12, 2018 at 09:12

    Don’t die with your music still inside you- I love that!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:03

      Yes, Amy we all have our own tune don’t we? We just have to let it out and show the world. 🙂

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 12, 2018 at 11:12

    It’s never too late to change direction…or try a new path. I love that you are listening to your inner voice and looking for your “what’s next.” I’m interested to see where it takes you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:05

      Hi Christie, I have no idea where or what my ‘what’s next’ is but I just know I have this inner voice telling me to explore. 🙂

  • Reply Jan Wild July 12, 2018 at 11:44

    Today I would say it’s never too late to try wearing a new colour, because I am wearing khaki, which is totally new for me. In general though I would agree with Jodie that’s it’s never too late to find your style. I absolutely don’t think that is trivial, how we present ourselves in the world can make a huge difference to our confidence and how we are treated. Pinning your post xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:07

      Hi Jan, I quite like khaki and it suits my colouring. I also agree with Jodie and you about taking time with our appearance and truly believe it does give you a lift in confidence and self-esteem. I must check you photo of your new khaki look. xx

  • Reply Deborah July 12, 2018 at 14:16

    This is really timely Sue as I’ve recently found myself looking at things (more and more) with a sense of ‘regret’ or of it being too late.

    I thought I’d left that sensation behind in the last couple of years when I met this lovely group of 40+yr old bloggers so have been surprised at that sense of loss I’ve been experiencing.

    #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:09

      I hear you Deb and I don’t think you are alone. I’m 61 next month which seems rather an odd number when you write it, and I’m still a WIP. I love the bloggers who I’ve met because all of us are taking on life in our own way. I sometimes feel you totally underestimate yourself and what you have achieved. You still have so much to offer and discover, so get out there and start discovering my friend xx

  • Reply Nikki@Wonderfully Women July 12, 2018 at 14:38

    I have just added that book to my list! It might be helpful in narrowing down the long list of possibilites racing through my middle-aged brain.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:10

      Hi Nikki, we can get caught up with so many ideas but not follow through. I’m sure you will enjoy the structure of the book and rediscovering yourself and your passions. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful weekend x

  • Reply Kathy Marris July 12, 2018 at 17:56

    Sue your enthusiasm for life is so contagious! As you know I love travel and adventure so I would probably say that “It’s never too late to travel and explore new horizons”. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:11

      Oh I’m with new Kathy. I wish we could travel more than we do but I am so grateful for all the travel we have done to date. We are off to Japan in October for the first time. It is a cruise but I will be interested in experiencing the culture. Have a lovely day and enjoy! xx

  • Reply Kalpanaa July 12, 2018 at 19:21

    I love reading your blog posts with all their connections and suggestions. Happy to explore the new blogs you mentioned, as well as Julia Cameron’s new book which I was unaware of. I love The ARtist’s Way and I’m sure I will like this one too.
    So for me it’s “It’s never too late to publish that book.” and “It’s never too late to find romance again.”.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:13

      Both of your suggestions for ‘It’s never too late’ are wonderful Kapanaa. We all should have romance in our lives. ‘It’s Never Too Late’ is an extension of the Artist’s Way aimed at retirees and those about to retire. I’m finding it useful but also validating my own thoughts. 🙂

  • Reply Debbie July 13, 2018 at 02:09

    Such a great list Sue! I agree with others, you’re always so inspiring and positive. Thanks for all you do in sharing your positivity.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2018 at 06:23

      Oh thanks, Deb. It was inspiring to read everyone’s ideas and also those left in the comment thread. There are so many reasons to look at life from ‘It’s never too late…’ attitude. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, you will be home soon 🙂

  • Reply Amy July 14, 2018 at 22:41

    Beautiful! I love your responses. I would finish the sentence with “It’s never too late to restore a broken relationship”

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid July 16, 2018 at 06:15

    I love this! I’d say: It’s never too late to really live your life ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 16, 2018 at 12:55

      That is for sure, Dee! Have a great week and glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski July 17, 2018 at 07:08

    To find love and romance. Some women over 50 close up shop because they think they’re too old and sometimes their partners do. We all deserve a chance.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2018 at 14:15

      That is so true Rebecca. Many women feel too self-conscious about their bodies and competing with younger women, when really they have so much to offer. We do all deserve a chance at love and romance 🙂

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit July 18, 2018 at 08:23

    I agree Sue. It’s never too late. I often work with clients in retirement age who are freaking out as to “what’s next” and I’m like “anything!” It’s never too late #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2018 at 11:36

      I know Leanne, I was like that. I had no plan when I retired early and if not for the blog, I don’t really know where I would have been. 🙂

  • Reply Liesbet July 18, 2018 at 23:12

    You and your fellow “sizzlers” are an inspiration, Sue. The way you are all embracing life in a positive, grateful and curious manner, and turning things around to suit you best. That’s the way to go. It’s never too late for (positive) change! It’s never too late to try something new, to expand your horizons, to seek out adventure in small or big ways.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2018 at 15:49

      Hello Liesbet! yes I love all of the women I connect with through blogging. They are wise and wonderful and I learn so much from them all. Our generation is certainly taking life head on and realising that this time of life can be our best. My philosophy is to live with an Ageless Attitude and then we don’t place barriers in our way. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply IRWIN July 24, 2018 at 03:32

    Good man! There is a fine offer for you. http://bit.ly/2M1PG7f

  • Reply Teresa July 31, 2018 at 08:22

    I LOVE this! So true and all the comments so spot on! It’s never too late to learn…..would be mine! Thanks for linking up at Nanahood. Going to follow you and hope you will return the favor!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:11

      Hi Teresa lovely to meet you and thanks for the link up and also for following. I have subscribed to your blog as well. Great to connect and have a beautiful day! 🙂

  • Reply 1010ParkPlace August 2, 2018 at 03:02

    I remember having a conversation with my mother when she was in her 70’s. She never went out, didn’t have many friends, didn’t exercise and was depressed. After multiple and lengthy conversations about this, it was clear she wasn’t going to make any changes. I remember telling her she was just marking time until she died, and sadly, that’s what she continued to do. I’m trying not to do the same thing but instead, make the most of my life. Thanks for a great blog, Brenda

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:50

      Hi Brenda it is lovely to connect with you. My mother died at 63 so I have not had her for 32 years. My MIL is 92 and after her husband of 70 years died a couple of years ago, she really gave up and became so ill she had to go to hospital. The doctors said that she would have to move to aged care and although she didn’t want to it was the best decision she ever made. There are so many activities each day which she attends and even goes to the gym. Most things she has never done before but is so very happy, which is great to see. It is sad your Mother, couldn’t change but at least you have a learning from her experience that we have to get out there and live! Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Gilda Baxter August 10, 2018 at 19:08

    I am in my fifties and have just taken early retirement to fulfill my passion for travelling. I loved my job as a Dietitian for the NHS in the UK. I thought I would miss my work but I am loving the freedom to pack my bags and travel whenever I feel like, it is so liberating. It is never to late to …travel the world, for me the right time is now. Just discovered your blog, so many interesting articles and interesting people here😄

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2018 at 07:55

      HI Gilda and welcome to my blog! What a wonderful time of life we are living in and I’m excited for you as you begin living your passion. I too love travelling but alas am not in the position to travel spontaneously. We do have a trip to Japan coming up in October which I am looking forward to. I will be over to visit your blog and I’m sure will find some interesting articles about your travels. Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Donna August 11, 2018 at 23:05

    Hi, Sue – I am a firm believer in “it’s never too late”. After my husand’s 50th birthday he shared that when he first studied law he had planned to live and work overseas — but then life had other plans for him. He was sad that he had missed that opportunity.
    One year later, we were both living and working in Beijing, China — where we happily remained for fourteen years. It seldom is too late — unless we convince ourselves that it is.
    Awesome post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 13, 2018 at 07:16

      Hi Donna, what a wonderful experience for you both and as you say it is seldom too late. I also love your point about convincing ourselves – we can either go for it or just give up and say ‘it’s too late’. A great point to keep in mind. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Ellen Best August 18, 2018 at 00:23

    It’s never too late to be something else when you grow up. But first we have to recognise we can grow until the day we die. I recently asked The Husband’s Aunt, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” She chuckled and said I am 91 dear. When I finished she told me “You my dear have opened Pandoras box.” But she had that key all the time. Nice to virtually meet you, I spotted you at Esme’s Salon you really should join in it is great reading following and making new connections. 😄😃

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2018 at 05:38

      Hi Ellen, thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. Your husband’s aunt sounds lovely and like my mother-in-law who at 92 is practically running her aged care home 🙂 I’ve only just found Esme’s Salon so I need to connect with others rather than link and run. I also need to subscribe to get a reminder. Have a beautiful weekend and thanks again for stopping by xx

  • Reply Paul Sunstone August 20, 2018 at 05:48

    Good post!

    “It’s never too late”. I agree. In fact, by coincidence I was about to write a post about that subject as soon as I quit your blog! 😀 Wish me luck!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2018 at 06:21

      Hi Paul, we can never promote the idea of ‘it’s never too late’ so I look forward to your post.

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