Festive Season

My Christmas Wish for You

December 15, 2016
Christmas Wish

Well it is getting closer to the official Festive season and life is starting to become a blur. Christmas parties, gift buying, gift wrapping, decorating, baking and cooking up a storm.

Before we get too caught up, I wanted to pause and take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for joining me on my journey this year. I truly appreciate all of your beautiful comments and feedback which keep me motivated to spread the message about positive ageing and enjoying life by being fit and healthy.ย  I have loved getting to know you better and have formed some friendships with readers and other bloggers from all over the world.

This year was difficult with the passing of my father-in-law and caring for my 90 year old mother-in-law (Nonna).ย  She has certainly had an ‘annus horribilis’ with the loss of her husband of 70 years plus ill health. Although we were expecting that day to come, we didn’t realise how much stress it can add to life and your relationships. I certainly value the wonderful efforts of all carers who so lovingly give their time to support their loved ones.

We all have problems and each year brings it’s own challenges.

As the year draws to a close I give thanks for my family, friends and also my beautiful friends in the blogging world. You have all made my year so much easier with your loving words of encouragement and support.

My word for 2016 was Balance. Balance in life. However, I’m not sure I succeeded in achieving that – perhaps in 2017, it is a work in progress.ย  I actually have a word for 2017 which I will be sharing with you in an upcoming post.

Do you have a word that will describe what you want for 2017?

I will be taking a few weeks away from the blog enjoying some time at the Coast with my darling husband. I will be reflecting on the year and also looking forward to planning for new adventures in 2017.

Christmas wish

Looking forward to a new and exciting year for all.

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42 Comments

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama December 15, 2016 at 11:35

    Have a lovely break Sue, I’m glad I discovered you and your blog this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:49

      Thanks Janet!! I’m happy to have connected with some wonderful ladies such as yourself. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2017.

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 15, 2016 at 11:52

    I can understand how stressful 2016 was for you. I had one like this in 2015 when my elderly mum fell and broke her hip. She is totally rehabilitated now and living independently again thank goodness. My word for 2017 is going to be “foster” as I need to promote my blog, book and freelance writing a lot better than what I have been doing. I’m very happy that I have made your acquaintance. I feel like we are kindred spirits. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. “TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:47

      How wonderful that your Mum has recovered and living independently again. I love your word for 2017 and your goals are certainly in line with mine for blogging. I’m happy to have connected with you and feel we have quite a lot in common. Have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful 201/. I’m sure you will achieve your goals and I look forward to linking up each week at #TeamLovinLife.

  • Reply Leanne@ www.crestingthehill.com.au December 15, 2016 at 12:23

    Thanks for a fabulous year of friendship Sue – and you’ve done so well to maintain your blog through all the upheavals you’ve faced. Enjoy your break and I’m looking forward to seeing where we go in 2017. Who knows what the future holds – but if we embrace it we’re sure to be fine xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:45

      Ditto Leanne! I’m not sure where I would be without our regular conversations on life and the blogging world. Have a beautiful Christmas with your family and your special granddaughter, Sophia. I wish you health and happiness in all areas of your life for 2017 and look forward to many more virtual coffees together in 2017. xx

  • Reply Deborah December 15, 2016 at 14:03

    Balance is a great word. I just mentioned in another comment that at my yoga classes we’re often asked to think of an ‘intention’ for that day / week etc. I’m terrible at that sort of thing but as well as ‘Strong’ (which I mean in terms of physical and mental / emotional strength), ‘Balance’ is one that features regularly and not just in terms of my work / life stuff… but because I’m an ‘all or nothing’ person I think of it in terms of moderation! #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:44

      Hi Deborah, yes, I’ve struggled with Balance but even though it sounds easy it isn’t that easy to achieve. We are so alike – I’m an ‘all or nothing’ person as well! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017. It has been lovely to connect with you over the last month and look forward to getting to know you better in 2017.

  • Reply Jo December 15, 2016 at 15:44

    It sounds as if this has been a stressful year for you. Wishing you all of the best and less stress for 2017, and a lovely Christmas with family and friends.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:42

      Thanks so much Jo. It hasn’t been perfect but then I suppose who has a perfect life. I’m so happy to connect with you in 2016 and wish you health and happiness for 2017.

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project December 16, 2016 at 03:50

    As Deb said, Balance is a great word. I think of it in terms of staying to course, staying true to my intentions – although I don’t always manage my balance well. I don’t have a word for 2017 yet – better put my thinking cap on!

    I hope you’re having a little bit of time out over the festive season to relax and rejuvenate, Sue. May 2017 be a wonderful year for you (and all of us)! xox

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2016 at 04:40

      Thanks Lyndall, I’m hoping my word ‘Simplify’ might actually work in 2017. We were hoping for time out but MIL in hospital and maybe moving to a home so R&R is on the back burner at the moment. Have a lovely Christmas and it has been lovely to connect even though late in 2016. Here is to a fabulous 2017 for us all! xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 16, 2016 at 05:24

    We are word of the year twins this week!
    Merry Christmas
    Have a great break.
    #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:54

      Oh Leanne we must be on the right track then LOL:) Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  • Reply Roxanne Jones December 16, 2016 at 05:34

    Wishing you a warm and wonderful break, relaxing holidays and all the best in 2017. I’m glad to have discovered you here in the blogosphere!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:53

      And to you Roxanne! It has been lovely discovering new blogs and getting to know other wonderful ladies in 2016. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.

  • Reply Cathy Sikorski December 16, 2016 at 05:44

    I, too am taking some time for ff to be with family. Enjoy every minute. At our time now, we realize how fast it zooms by! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:52

      You are so right with the Zooming part Cathy! Enjoy your break and spending time with your family. Best wishes for a very happy New Year!!

  • Reply Lisa Carpenter December 16, 2016 at 08:36

    A lovely post, Sue. Wishing you far less stress and much more peace in 2017. โ™ฅ

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:51

      Thank you Lisa and have a beautiful Christmas and happy New Year xx

  • Reply Tam Warner Minton December 16, 2016 at 08:52

    I don’t have a nice word yet. After all, I’m in the USA and we just had a horrific election. I’ll try to find one though. And please have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:51

      I think you need a nice word Tam because of the ‘horrific election’. You need something to remind you that all things pass and good times will still happen. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. xx

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark December 16, 2016 at 11:00

    Happy holidays and enjoy your time off. Looking forward to following your adventures in 2017! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:50

      Thanks Lois have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 16, 2016 at 11:11

    Wishing you a restful holiday break, Sue and may you continue to have the balance you discovered this year in 2017.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:50

      thank you and look forward to linking up and reading your blogs in 2017!

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle December 16, 2016 at 14:31

    Such a lovely post Sue. I’m so happy to have discovered you and your blog. It’s fabulous to find other bloggers of similar age and who are like minded! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2017 is a far less stressful year than 2016 has been. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:48

      I’m so happy I found your blog, Min and #TeamLovinLife. I’ve been wanting to find other bloggers in my age group and also Aussie women. I’m looking forward to my break and to recharge ready for 2017. Merry Christmas to you and your family Min xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs December 16, 2016 at 19:19

    It is great to get to know you here Sue thanks to Leanne’s linky and I so appreciate you joining in my IG #24daysofXmas photo challenge. You certainly have had “one of those years” and I live in dread of the phone call about my very independent Dad who is almost 93. My brother lives 5 minutes away from him and we are 2 hours away and I am pleased in many ways as I am not the ‘best carer’..too worried! I used the word ‘balance’ one year and promptly forgot all about it. I am going to blog about my word(s) in early 2017 and whether I will choose one or not. Enjoy your bloggy break! Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:46

      It is lovely to have connected with you Denyse and hope to get to know you better in 2017. Ageing parents are a worry. My own parents both died in their early 60s over 30 years ago so I haven’t had that to deal with until now with Mike’s parents. Have a lovely Christmas and look forward to reading more of your blog next year.

  • Reply Carol Cassara December 16, 2016 at 22:42

    Wishing you all the best for the holiday and inthe new year. Balance makes perfect sense.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2016 at 05:45

      Thanks Carol enjoy your holiday season. x

  • Reply Michele December 17, 2016 at 08:48

    Hi Sue, I have enjoyed getting to know you this year. I’m sorry for your lack of achieving balanace, but I also understand how difficult that is when you care for aged loved ones. I am caring for my father who has cancer, and some days are hard. We all do the best we can! I wish you and your husband a lovely break and a Merry Chirstmas and Happy new year to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2016 at 11:01

      Yes Michele, I have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to more in 2017. I’m sure I will find Balance but it certainly takes work! Enjoy your Christmas and best wishes for a Fabulous New Year xx

  • Reply candy December 17, 2016 at 09:36

    Balance is an important word when caring for our parents. Very stressful times with passing of loved ones, life changing for those left here. May you Christmas be a happy and blessed one. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2016 at 10:58

      Thank you Candy for your lovely words and I wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2017! xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee December 17, 2016 at 17:12

    Sue, so sorry your year was difficult and I wish you less stress for the coming new year as well as wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Glad we had the chance to “meet” and hoping to continue our blogging friendship. Hope you can relax and enjoy your time away at the coast. My word for 2017 is joy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Christmas Link Party. We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2016 at 10:56

      I’m so glad we met Dee and I look forward to continuing our friendship and getting to know you more in 2017. Have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. xx

  • Reply Clearissa Coward December 19, 2016 at 07:55

    Enjoy your time away. I am thinking of taking some time off after Christmas as well. Just need a break. While away, I will come up with a word for 2017. Thank you for the idea and for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2016 at 10:54

      Thanks Clearissa I think we all need a break at this time of year. Best wishes for a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt December 19, 2016 at 13:27

    Hi Sue and Merry Christmas to you and your family! I believe you had a blessed 2016 despite the losses! I have been so busy finishing up the busiest semester ever and playing catch up to email! Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and enjoy your break. I’m about to take a blogging break myself after my last post of the year this Wednesday. Cheers my friend!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2016 at 04:59

      Hi Terri, it has been lovely connecting with you in 2016 although we have both been very busy. I look forward to catching up in 2017. I wish you and your family and Merry Christmas and hope that 2017 is fabulous for you. Take care and enjoy your well earned break. ๐Ÿ™‚

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