November – where did it go? I can’t believe we are only weeks away until the end of 2018 but before I wish my life away let’s have a coffee (or tea) catch up and I can share what has been happening in my world during the month. I would love you to share what you have been up to in the comments section below and keep the conversation going.
Summer has certainly arrived here in Brisbane, Australia.
My Virtual Coffee Catch up for November
Family & Friendship
This month we celebrated my son’s 36th birthday and had a special morning tea for him at my daughter’s house. He is a wonderful and loving uncle to Ethan and Elliot and Ethan enjoyed helping Uncle Nathan blow out the candles.
I’ve also been spending quality time with my daughter Rachel each week as her parental leave will finish at the end of March. Each Tuesday I visit early, take Ethan to kindy and then spend the day with Rachel and Elliot who is now 6 months old. Christmas this year will be wonderful with Elliot as a new addition to our family.
During one of these visits we came up with a great idea for me to try in December – My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas a unique way to use my Advent Calendar.
I would love you to join me as we reduce the stress and find happiness each day from December 1st through until our Christmas Day Celebrations. You can read more about it on the blog and also through my Instagram.
It was lovely to also catch up with a Blogging Friend, Min Gillespie from Write Side of the Middle. I’ve known Min for a couple of years and even though she lives in the same city we had never caught up in real life. We enjoyed a lovely lunch together and hope to make this a regular catch up in 2019.
This month, I helped with the Melbourne Cup luncheon at Marycrest. The Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the horse racing calendar in Australia and it is referred to as ‘The race that stops a nation’. It was so lovely seeing the ladies and gents dress up for the luncheon. We had a Fashions on the Field fashion parade and there was a competition for the best hat or fascinator. My MIL and I both wore Black and White which wasn’t planned but at least we co-ordinated. Nonna (my MIL) had a wonderful time and even at 92 years old was dancing!
Health and Wellness
For November I’ve been keeping my running going twice a week. I also did a 30 days of Yoga practice through Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. I have a new love! This daily practice has been wonderful for my mental well-being and my body is feeling so flexible, health and strong. I would certainly recommend it.
Reading & Watching
My friend, Jo Tracey has published her latest book ‘Happy Ever After’ and I highly recommend it. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down but I didn’t want it to end either. I also didn’t see the twist half-way through the book. If you are looking for some holiday reading or a Christmas Gift then this is the book for you. Here is a summary from Jo’s website about the book.
Do you only get one chance at a happy ever after?Kate and Neil met at a protest march in Sydney in August 1985 – Kate was marching, Neil wasn’t. It was love almost at first sight.Over thirty years have passed, their children have grown, and Kate and Neil have gone from being happily married to being happily separated. That is until Neil asks for a divorce – and another wedding brings up feelings they’d both thought were long gone.
Kate and Neil fall in love all over again, but the repercussions are unexpected and far-reaching. Will Kate be able to overcome a whole new set of challenges to find her happy ever after?
13 reasons why on Netflix
My husband and I have been hooked on this show although the subject matter is tough – teen suicide. We book our seats each evening for two more episodes and have almost finished Season 2. 13 Reasons Why
Have you seen this program? I would like to hear your thoughts.
As I mentioned last month I was back after a short hiatus from blogging and eased into the blogging lifestyle during November.
Over 50 & Thriving Series
Another great month in the series with contributions from:
- Christine Blundell – ‘Realising I am never too old and it’s never too late’
- Sally Jackson – Thriving by avoiding or reversing Type 2 diabetes
- Laureen Lund – Thriving Without Fear – The Courage to Live Happily
- Esme Slabbert – What’s the difference between surviving and thriving
I will only be posting one more in this series in 2018 but will continue into 2019. We all have a story to tell about Thriving Over 50. If you would like to be a guest, even if you don’t blog, I would love to here from you at email@example.com
I hope you have enjoyed our coffee catch up and perhaps I will see you during #My25daycountdowntoChristmas.
If you blog, I’ll be putting a link at the end of my weekly update if you would like to join in. If you don’t blog, you can use the hashtag #My25daycountdowntoChristmas for Instagram or post to the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Page or the ST60 & Beyond Facebook Group.
Enjoy the lead up to Christmas and the Festive Season and I look forward to another coffee catchup with you next month.