Over 50 & Thriving Series

What Keeps You On Track to Thrive?

June 22, 2018

We all Thrive in different ways and today I’m excited to introduce my next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, because the topic she has chosen is something that I’ve not really heard of before. This is the reason I love the series so much because  I am continually learning from all of the wonderful women who have taken part.

I recently became friends across the globe with Karen Hume from Profound Journey. We met through the AtoZ Blogging Challenge in April and when I saw her website and read the content I knew I had found another blogging friend.  I love Karen’s attitude to Midlife & Beyond and I know you will too.  You can connect with Karen through her website and social media links at the end of the post.

What Keeps You On Track to Thrive?

Last summer, I built a labyrinth.  That sounds like I have serious construction skills, doesn’t it? I don’t. What I have is a credit card and a whole lot of rocks on my country property. The credit card bought me a classic Chartres labyrinth design preprinted on weed-blocking landscape cloth. The rocks made their way, a few at a time, from up near the house down to the lower meadow. I put crushed limestone in between the rocks and ta da, one 11’ x 11’ labyrinth.

Before we go any further, since this post is supposed to be about thriving, I need to stress that a labyrinth is NOT a maze. Mazes are deceptive devils, deliberately designed to get you lost—the exact opposite of thriving! Labyrinths, on the other hand, have a single path. You walk in, follow the path, and leave at the same point you entered.

What Does a Labyrinth Have to Do with Thriving?

What Keeps You On Track to Thrive?

Shylah, my Mexican rescue, checks out the angels. They have great names. From left to right, they are Carrying the Message, Good News Messenger, and Angel of Hope.

 

The labyrinth is actually only part of the story. For it all to make sense, you need the whole setting which includes: the labyrinth, a bench, and three stone angel sculptures carved by artists from Zimbabwe.

Each object is a symbol for a quality I want in my life:

  • Labyrinths have long been about a quiet, reflective inner journey, a walking meditation. I crave the peacefulness and, hopefully, wisdom that comes with contemplation.
  • The bench is symbolic of a sense of ease, a level of deep relaxation and self-kindness that I haven’t yet achieved.
  • The stone angels are symbols of beauty and creativity that I purchased from a local outdoor Zimbabwean art gallery. It’s significant that there are three angels. I connect three objects to the idea of body/mind/spirit, and the attention I want to be paying to each.

And lest you think I’ve got this thriving thing down pat, I’m a work-in-progress on every single quality I’ve mentioned. Lots of times I’m not even in progress, but am simply looking forward to getting started.

Why Do Visuals Matter?

 I used to travel North America, speaking with groups of teachers and principals. Following in the footsteps of Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen, my PowerPoint presentations had almost no words. Instead, each screen was a single large image. And each image was carefully chosen to help people make an emotional connection to the information I shared. As Reynolds explains, “Logic is not enough. Communication is the transfer of emotion.”

Visuals matter because:

  1. Our brains are better image processors than they are word processors. We process images much faster than words, probably because so much of the cerebral cortex is devoted to images.
  2. Abstract ideas are made concrete through image. An image provides an anchor on which we can hang all of our associations to a concept.
  3. The above two statements mean that we can also readily retrieve and remember information presented in a visual form.
  4. Whether a photograph, an animated GIF, video, or tangible object, visuals help us to keep an idea front of mind. This is the rationale behind vision boards, company logos, even lawn signs for political candidates.

 

How about you? What image or object reminds you of a quality that is important to the thriving you? Please share in the comments.

 

Meet Karen

 What Keeps You On Track to Thrive?I was a teacher, school administrator, then education officer in a large school district in Ontario, Canada. It was the work I was meant to do in the world and I loved every second of it.

I took a one year unpaid leave of absence to write a book about differentiated instruction, which is the idea that we are all unique learners who need to be taught in the way that we learn best. That one year turned into eight years, six books, and three adolescent literacy programs. Again, nirvana…until it wasn’t. Eventually, the relentless travel and even more relentless publishing deadlines took their toll and I retired three years ago at age 55, a crispy critter. I was so burned out, I needed a year to recover my health and another to start to recover my spirit.

I started my blog Profound Journey because I had the feeling that midlife and retirement were going to be something special. They are, and I am loving the opportunity to connect with other midlife women like you!

Connect with Karen

 Website:  https://profoundjourney.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/humekaren/

 

If you are Over 50 and would like to contribute to the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email at sue@sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au and I can provide more details.

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67 Comments

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 22, 2018 at 14:49

    Sue – this is why you did the AtoZ – it was to meet fantastic women like Karen! Great post Karen and I loved all the symbolism of your labrynth – and your angels were a great addition too. I loved that your dog snuck into the picture – our cat seems to photobomb as many of my pics as she can squeeze into. I made mindfulness jars once and took a pic for a post on them – sure enough, there was the cat in the background!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 22, 2018 at 15:20

      Yes I know Leanne and I do have you to thank for the AtoZ Challenge 🙂 I found Karen’s article very interesting as the topic of labrynths is not one I’m familiar with. That is why I’m enjoying the series, I’m learning so much from you wonderfully wise Women Over 50! xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 22, 2018 at 21:42

      Hi Leanne,
      Too funny about the way animals invade photos, especially animals like Shylah who goes to great lengths to avoid having her picture taken when that’s what I want to do.
      Mindfulness jars sound interesting. Did they serve as visual reminders for you the way the labyrinth and angels do for me? Do you have a post about them you can refer me to? I’ve been thinking about mindfulness a lot lately and could use some help remembering to practice being mindful.

      • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 05:42

        Hi Karen, my daughter has a miniature schnauzer who loves having her photo taken 🙂 I also kept a Gratitude Jar last year. Each time I was grateful about something or an experience, I would write it on a post-it note and put it in a jar. On NYE, I would read through all the notes and remember all the things I was grateful for during the year. 🙂

  • Reply The Widow Badass June 22, 2018 at 21:09

    Hi Karen and Sue,

    Nice! I love the idea of a labyrinth Karen, and look forward to seeing it in person later on this summer. I’ve tried to practice walking meditation before and find it sometimes easier to do than a sitting one. Inspiring! Now you’ve got me contemplating how I can put one on my rooftop…hehehe!

    Deb

    • Reply Karen Hume June 22, 2018 at 21:44

      Hi Deb,
      If you can’t get one on to your rooftop patio – and who’d want to spoil the ambience you’ve got going there! – you can always make or buy a finger labyrinth and, just like the old ads for Yellow Pages, let your fingers do the walking 🙂 There are lots of great examples of finger labyrinths on my Pinterest page about labyrinths.

      • Reply The Widow Badass June 22, 2018 at 22:49

        Thanks Karen. I did not know that finger labyrinths were a thing! I will check them out as I just learned of your Pinterest page and am now a follower.

        Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 05:40

      Hi Deb, I had never heard of a labyrinth until I read Karen’s contribution. Like you I find moving and meditation much easier than just sitting as I fidget too much! Have a great weekend and maybe you can put one on your rooftop? 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 22, 2018 at 21:46

    Hi Karen – as per your request – here’s the link to my mindfulness post (https://www.crestingthehill.com.au/2017/02/3-easy-ways-to-become-mindful.html) the jars are part of the post (note the cat in the background of the pic of the jars!) My husband uses the jars for his counselling clients as well – gives them something to focus on and block out the distractions for a few minutes when they are feeling overwhelmed.

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 22, 2018 at 22:11

    Another great guest post, Sue. Also, I keep meaning to mention, I love your new look, and your blog loads up much faster. Nice work.

    Karen, I’ve long admired you and your blog. This post was another wonderful inspiration. I hadn’t thought about imagery as a way of thriving before; although, of course it is. I’ll be putting some thought into how I can make better use of it. Now I need to go check out Leanne’s jar/cat picture.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 05:47

      I found Karen’s post fascinating, Christie and I’m certainly learning so much from the women who are participating in the Over 50 & Thriving Series. I should put them altogether in a book! I agree, I hadn’t thought about imagery and thriving so that is definitely a new perspective. x

      • Reply Christie Hawkes June 23, 2018 at 06:03

        An Over 50 & Thriving book is a great idea. I hope you do that, Sue.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 11:44

          Yes I’ve had the idea for a time just a matter of starting it! 🙂

    • Reply Karen Hume June 23, 2018 at 07:26

      Thank you so much, Christie. Your kind words would mean a lot at any time, but they’re especially valuable to me today. I’m having “one of those days,” especially frustrating because I have no idea why I’m feeling so edgy and out of sorts with the world. I’m off to join you in looking at Leanne’s jar/cat picture 🙂 Have a great weekend.

      • Reply Christie Hawkes June 23, 2018 at 07:52

        I’m glad my words came on a day when you could use them. I hope you’re feeling back in order soon. I am definitely making those glitter jars with my granddaughters!

  • Reply Array June 23, 2018 at 08:35

    Hi Sue and Karen,
    I love labyrinths – you may notice one on the front page of my blog, it is the chartres cathedral one which friends visited for love of me and brought me back the pic. there are many great books out there on them – the first one we got was ‘walking a sacred path’ by lauren ardress and on it went. I have several friends that have made them on their properties so I get to walk them when I need . they are excellent for all the reasons you mention karen – self reflection and learning more about ourselves and the big thing called life. sometimes at the beach I take a stick and draw a simple one – so I can walk in with a question or not mediate and walk back out….. the making of the labyrinth here in Sydneys Centennial Park is an amazing story too – they seem to have a way of bringing people together and that is what you are doing sue and you too karen and I am so blessed to have found you all …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 11:54

      Hello and welcome it is so lovely of you to stop by and leave a comment for Karen and I. I was born and raised in Sydney so I know Centennial Park very well, although I haven’t visited for a number of years. Until Karen wrote her post, I had never heard of a labyrinth and that is why I love my series Over 50 & Thriving. I am learning so much from the wonderful women who are contributing to the series and also from those like yourself, who take the time to stop by and leave a comment. I will stop by your blog and say hello! Thank you for your kind words and connecting with us and I hope you have a beautiful day xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 26, 2018 at 21:56

      Hi Sandra,
      I’m sorry I missed your comment.
      Lauren Ardress is the queen of labyrinth study. I’m going to have to read her book.
      It doesn’t surprise me in the least that you make good use of labyrinths. You are such a sensitive and attuned soul, Sandra. I am very, very happy to know you and to consider you a friend.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 23, 2018 at 09:00

    Another fabulous guest Sue. I loved reading about your labyrinth Karen. I’m trying out mindfulness but I get distracted unless I’m moving. Tending to practice it on my walks until I get better at it. Great to read about another midlife blogger who is Thriving

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 11:56

      Thanks Jennifer, I’m so happy with the series, as each week I’m excited to introduce another woman sharing her wisdom. You would have read about my Mindful in May experience, and I agree I’m happier when I’m moving. I’ve found like you that walking or even running by myself is a good time to think and be present. I hadn’t heard about labyrinths until Karen wrote her post. I need to investigate them. xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 24, 2018 at 23:36

      Hi Jennifer,
      I have the same problem with getting distracted when trying to be mindful. The walking does help because the labyrinth is a tight walk. The path only accommodates one foot at a time so you can’t stride. That does help.
      I’m also hoping that if I walk the labyrinth often enough, I will remember to practice mindfulness at other times. My biggest problem is that I forget all about it and then days later think, “Oh yeah, mindfulness. Right.”

  • Reply Jodie June 23, 2018 at 09:03

    I had a patient who loved her labyrinth that she made in her backyard. I didn’t know much about them until she educated me. It’s such a powerful idea!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 11:57

      Hi Jodie! I hadn’t heard of labyrinths until Karen wrote her post, so I’m keen to learn more. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 24, 2018 at 23:38

      It is, Jodie. The first time I tried one was at a small day spa. The labyrinth was out in the open and even though just a friend and I were at the spa, I felt ridiculous. I do think that context matters so it’s important to me that my labyrinth is tucked away a bit and that I’ve put a bench and stone angels nearby. I hope you’ll give one a try sometime. If you happen to live in Ontario, you’re welcome to try out mine 🙂

  • Reply Pat June 23, 2018 at 12:36

    Hey Karen, I’ve walked labyrinths a few times and enjoyed the experience. I recalled I even have a finger one somewhere!! (Now I need to find it… where would I have put it in the move?). Having one on your own property is so cool! And I love the symbolism of the angels and bench in the entire space. You create spaces with such intent. Your workshop, your labyrinth garden. My garden is a mish-mash! (And I even started with blank slate. Sigh.) Your labyrinth space looks so inviting!

    • Reply Karen Hume June 24, 2018 at 23:41

      Thanks, Pat. I appreciate the comment about creating spaces with intent. It hasn’t always been viewed as a positive. My dad used to accuse me of my “turnkey mentality” – needing to have every single detail of a space exactly right before I was willing to inhabit it. But, like you, i’ve come to embrace some of the things about me that just aren’t going to change, no way, no how.

      You’ve just moved. I’ve been here 21 years. My spaces have been exactly the way I’ve wanted them for just the last 5-7 years. You’ll get there.

  • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2018 at 14:03

    Thank you Karen for being my guest and teaching me something new. I have never heard of labyrinths so I clicked through to your website and read the post. I also found there are a number in and around Brisbane. I’m going to check them out xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 24, 2018 at 23:43

      Thank YOU, Sue. I truly appreciate the invitation to write for your site and the honour of joining your group of women who are over 50 and thriving – at least some of the time. 🙂

      • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 10:59

        Sometimes, Karen it is hard not to think that everyone else is doing better than we are. We all have our problems but the thoughts of all the wise women who are contributing to the Over 50 & Thriving series certainly helps to motivate and inspire me. xx

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com June 26, 2018 at 03:07

    Hi Karen and Sue! I’m just getting around to reading this but had to throw my 2 cents worth in as well. I LOVE labyrinths and will walk one any time and anywhere I find them. I don’t have the room where we live to build my own but I find them extremely meditative and enjoy the experience. Such an excellent way to create a “space” for self-reflection and turning inward. And I also found some of your background equally compelling Karen. Isn’t it interesting how our backgrounds still serve us in many ways and end up filling in and enhancing the experiences of today? ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:28

      Hi Kathy, I hadn’t heard of labyrinths until Karen wrote her post. It is a new discovery for me and I found that there are some public ones in Brisbane which I’m going to visit. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful week 🙂

    • Reply Karen Hume June 26, 2018 at 22:04

      Hi Kathy,
      Please consider this an open invitation to visit me in Ontario and walk my labyrinth a few dozen times! (I hope that makes it obvious that you’d be staying for a while.)
      We have a lot in common, Kathy. When I was writing the post, I too was thinking about the way that what was in our backgrounds so often comes once again to the foreground. I left the thought alone since it would have taken me off topic, but it’s definitely fodder for a future blog post or two.

      • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com June 27, 2018 at 02:26

        Hi Karen & Sue! Watch out Karen…I might be knocking on your door one of these days 😉 It would be lovely to visit and if not at your place, you can come to mine and we’ll find a labyrinth nearby! And yes, isn’t it wonderful that just about everything from our past can be used as we go forward, especially when writing blog posts. I seldom have a problem coming up with ideas for posts because EVERYTHING that happens can be included. Often times the biggest challenge is picking among so many topics! Looking forward to reading many more of both yours and Sue’s! ~Kathy

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 06:36

          You are always inspiring Kathy and wouldn’t it be lovely to have a catchup? I live in Australia though so it would be a long visit LOL:)

  • Reply Claire Saul June 26, 2018 at 05:41

    Not sure that I have an answer for what keeps me on track – but I am reading the book Labyrinth by Kate Mosse at the moment!! Not quite the same, I know!! Really thought provoking post – and thanks for the intro to Karen! Shared link on my regular feature on PainPalsBlog Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire x #BloggersPitStop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:29

      Hi Claire, lovely to connect with you and thank you for sharing the link on your Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs. I will be over to visit you and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Karen Hume June 26, 2018 at 22:13

    Hi Claire,
    Nice to meet you and I too will be over to visit your site. Thanks so much for the share.
    I haven’t heard of Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, but am am avid reader so am always keen to hear of good reads. Do you recommend it?

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski June 27, 2018 at 07:53

    I’ve seen several labyrinths but don’t remember the bench or statues, although it’s a nice touch. They are a wonderful way to meditate.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:01

      Hi Rebecca, I had never heard of labyrinths until Karen wrote about them in this post. I must have been living on another planet as so many of you have used them before. Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 21:27

      Hi Rebecca, Thanks for checking out my post. You’re right that most labyrinths don’t have anything around them, but I suspect that’s because they’re in public places and maybe people who are walking them don’t really want someone sitting nearby on a bench watching. I’m fortunate that this one’s at my home so no worries about anyone watching me while I walk and meditate.

  • Reply Michele June 27, 2018 at 12:00

    I love the idea of a labyrinth, the circles show continuing movement from beginning to end. Isn’t that where we all are, moving back and forth through life, learning and growing and trying and then moving again, a little more and a little more. Thriving is always a process. It is something we do, not something we arrive at. As for objects- I, too have my books. Hundreds and probably thousands of them. I just can’t let go of them. I have little things that I like, such as a collection of characters from children’s books, or artwork given to me by former students. I love things that remind me of happy times and of people. I find some things are comforting- kind of like old friends!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:22

      I always enjoy your writing Michele, whether it is in a blog post or your valuable comments. I love how you have compared the circles of the labyrinth with how we move through life. We have just had to box up some books as we just don’t have the room, but I kept some of my absolute favourite ones because as you say they can be comforting like an old friend xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 21:29

      Hi Michele,
      I’m not the least bit surprised that you have an extensive and much-loved book collection. I suspect that if we compared our libraries there would be a good number of titles in common.
      I love that you have a collection of characters from children’s books. I have some although not enough to approach collection status. However, who knows what tomorrow brings 🙂

  • Reply Natalie June 27, 2018 at 12:05

    Thanks, Karen, for sharing photo of your wonderful labyrinth. I agree that labyrinths have a contemplative effect when we walk through them. The rocks also remind me of Japanese rock gardens and their zen effects.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:23

      I hadn’t thought about the Japanese rock gardens, Natalie but yes I agree. We are visiting Japan in October so hopefully I will see some first hand. I had no idea what a labyrinth was until Karen wrote about it.

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 22:01

      I love Japanese zen gardens, Natalie. I’ve been contemplating put one or two on my property, but I’ve got lots of trees which means that the white or beige sand of the zen garden would always be filled with tree bits . That would drive me nuts and I would be the opposite of zen about it. Best laid plans and all that.

  • Reply mrsluvit02 June 27, 2018 at 12:27

    Karen and Sue, another popular post that we will feature on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Well done.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:27

      Oh thank you so much Kathleen, I know Karen will be thrilled, as am I. I had never heard of labyrinths before so it was another learning experience for me. xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 22:05

      Hi Kathleen,
      I am indeed thrilled. Thank you so much. I’m off to explore your site right now.

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle June 27, 2018 at 14:03

    Lovely to meet you Karen and thank you Sue for introducing us to Karen! I love your labyrinth and your explanation as to what it represents as well as the other objects in the scene as well. Love it all! I totally agree that visuals have a more instant impact than words. Thank you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:30

      My pleasure, Min and I learned about labyrinths from Karen – I’d never heard of them before. So pleased you enjoyed the post. xx

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 22:06

      Great to meet you as well, Min. I’ve been on your site and left comments and will return regularly. We have many common interests. Have a wonderful day.

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb June 27, 2018 at 14:27

    Karen, I’m not sure how I missed this when it first posted. I follow you and Sue. Oh well. Another great post. And I’ve already shared my thoughts on labyrinths. As for imagery — I love that too. I’m still searching for what my image is. For so long I connected to religious images that have lost their meaning for me at this point. Still searching…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:38

      This is all new and fascinating to me Janet. I’m so pleased Karen wrote about this is her contribution for the Over 50 & Thriving series. x

    • Reply Karen Hume June 27, 2018 at 22:09

      Hi Janet,
      I don’t think you missed anything, but thanks for being so on top of things that you were wondering 🙂
      I’d just mentioned this guest post in last week’s email and then intended to provide the link to it this week (tomorrow morning). But I posted a bit early so I could use it for #MLSTL. There’s still another post coming tomorrow – my RAW NEWS update for June.
      I know you know this already, but will say it as a reminder – When you find your image, you’ll know it. You’re readily attuned to that sort of thing.

  • Reply Janis June 28, 2018 at 02:35

    Hi Karen! So nice to see you over on Sue’s blog and I’m thrilled to see that so many new people are discovering your wonderful blog through your guest post! I was especially interested in your discussion about the power of visuals. Just yesterday, I found a convoluted path that I had driven (or, was driven in a cab) only once before. Only through my recognition of visual clues along the way (interesting door, mural, green awning, etc.) I was able to trace the path back by foot. It felt like being in a puzzle that I had to solve along the way. Thanks to the strength of my visual memory (that I wasn’t even aware that I was recording at the time), we were able to get back to the place we are staying.

    • Reply Karen Hume June 29, 2018 at 10:14

      Hi Janis,
      What a great example of the power of visuals! And with your photographer’s eye, I’m sure you actually have an acute visual memory because you are so observant of the details that the rest of us might miss. I hope you’re having a great time again – sounds like you are.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 29, 2018 at 11:29

      Karen is great isn’t she Janis and I’m so pleased I met her through AtoZ Challenge. Karen’s post has been very popular and I actually learned what a labyrinth was through her! Have a great weekend, Janis and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Joanne Sisco June 28, 2018 at 22:13

    The idea of imagery to connect with our life goals and aspirations intrigues me. Of course I’ve heard of vision boards, but it was your 3 stone angels that finally gave me that ‘aha’ moment I’ve been missing.
    Karen, your posts always give me an intellectual workout … and this one is no different.

    • Reply Karen Hume June 29, 2018 at 10:16

      Hi Joanne,
      If there’s such a thing as an ideal reader for a specific blog, you are absolutely an ideal reader for Profound Journey. Thank you for always commenting on the things that are important to me – intellectual workouts being a prime one. I so appreciate when you let me know about your aha moments.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 29, 2018 at 11:39

      I love your term ‘intellectual workout’ Jo and I’ve really enjoyed connecting with Karen who has now become a good friend. It is great to have ‘aha’ moments isn’t it? Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Liesbet July 3, 2018 at 06:34

    You say it all so wisely, Karen. And, you’ve obviously given it a looooooot of thought how important images/visuals are. I guess subconsciously, I knew this – people love looking at photos more than text (Facebook is a good example), there is this expression “A photo says more than 1000 words” and so on, but I never really thought about it much.

    I know we are all a work in progress, but it sure looks to me like you’ve got your act together! You certainly know what you want and try, deliberately, to achieve it. Chapeau!

    My object, to make me thrive for decades, is a wall-sized world map that hung in my childhood home in Belgium, until yesterday! Since my parents are moving to a flat, the last of my belongings here need to find another home. Luckily, I found one for my beloved map.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2018 at 10:50

      Hi Liesbet, thanks for visiting and commenting on Karen’s post. Your wall-sized world map would have been a wonderful inspiration to discover travel. Enjoy!

    • Reply Karen Hume July 4, 2018 at 10:18

      I’m glad you’re bringing that world map home, Liesbet. At least I assume that’s what you’re doing. Or maybe it has found a new home and you’ve got some photos of it. Either will work 🙂
      You are right that I know what I want. I’ll have to think about whether that means I have my act together. Thanks for the different perspective!

  • Reply Susan Millard July 3, 2018 at 10:08

    Hi Karen and Sue:
    I am just now getting around to reading and commenting on this post. It has been sitting in my email patiently waiting for me to click on it. Life has gotten crazy busy on me again and with this intense heatwave we have here in Ontario Canada at the moment we are doing the bare minimum. The heatwave has also sparked some rather strong thunderstorms that knock out our power every now and again. *Sigh*
    Karen, I love that you have three angels watching over your labyrinth and the body, mind and spirit connection is great! I totally agree that visual pictures and objects are a much better way to keep us on track. For me, the objects I use to keep me on the track are placed just so, right in my path, and as soon as I see them I am reminded of my goals. My guitar sits on a stand right beside my computer desk and is the first thing I see every morning when I emerge from the bedroom – this reminds me of my goal of learning to play guitar. Another object is my Journal the Word Bible. It sits right on my computer desk in plain sight to remind me of my goal of reading my Bible every day (sometimes a few time a day when I can find the time). It is also awesome because it has wider than normal pages to contain not only the text which I want to read but lined space on either edge so I can make notes! There are other objects that I use to help me focus on what I want to do/achieve but these two are great examples.
    Sue, thank you for having Karen as a guest here on your blog. I find Profound Journeys a great site and am proud to say I am a member of Karen’s tribe since the site’s inception. Perhaps someone who regularly checks in on your blog and doesn’t know about Profound Journey could find Karen’s blog too. I know I read more than one blog so everyone wins.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2018 at 10:53

      Hi Susan, I have grown very close to Karen over the last few months and learning so much from her. I’m very happy to have discovered her website. I like to promote other bloggers and that is why I started my Over 50 & Thriving series. It introduces my readers to new bloggers and also gives us all new insight to what Thriving Over 50 means to women. Have a beautiful week and thank you for stopping by to leave Karen and I a comment. x

    • Reply Karen Hume July 4, 2018 at 10:21

      Hi Susan,
      It sounds as if you have the perfect objects to keep you on track for your goals. And it’s brilliant to be placing those objects in your path so you are reminded to stay on that path!
      And thanks so much for your enthusiasm for Profound Journey. I appreciate your status as a ‘founding member’!

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