Over 50 & Thriving Series – Leanne from Cresting the Hill
Welcome to the very first guest for my Over 50 & Thriving Series. As I mentioned in my previous post, Over 50 & Thriving – My Focus for 2018 is all about THRIVING. To start our series I am delighted to have my best blogging buddy, Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill.
Leanne and I started blogging around the same time 3 years ago and a strong friendship has developed over that time. Leanne is certainly thriving and is passionate about spreading the positive message of midlife. I would love you to read more about her at the end of this post. You can also find her social media and website links to connect with her.
We are also starting a new project together on January 31 which is a new link up ‘Midlife Share the Love Party’ exclusively for Midlife lifestyle bloggers, so be sure to watch this space for more details.
In her contribution to the series Leanne writes about Midlife Perennials ‘ever-blooming, relevant people’ and that certainly sounds like us!
WHAT DOES THRIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?
When Sue told me that her word for 2018 was THRIVE, I thought “what a great choice” and the little voice in the back of my head also thought “why didn’t I think of a word like that?” The next thing I know, Sue was asking me to do a guest post on my interpretation of THRIVE and I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
When all else fails, my go-to place is the online dictionary and thesaurus – and the first few words that leapt out at me as synonyms for THRIVE were “bloom”, “blossom”, and “flourish”. All these flowering terms immediately brought to mind my post from July last year on Midlifers being Perrenials and I thought I’d share a few thoughts from that perspective.
The term “Midlife Perennials” originated from a US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, who defines the term in the following way:
‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’
She also says:
“It’s a mind-set about being relevant, staying curious, reinvention, looking outside your own boundaries, and living life fully sans generational boundaries.
SUE THE PERENNIAL
If ever there was someone who fitted this description, it would be Sue. She has just turned 60, and when a lot of women would use that as an excuse to sit back and put on some comfy pants and eat chocolate all day in front of the TV, Sue has a completely different take on life. She is passionate about fitness and health and can run rings around me (and most other Midlifers!) She is loved by her husband and family, spends precious time each week with her grandson and with her elderly Mother-in-law.
As well as that, she has been blogging for three years, co-hosts link parties (including a fantastic new one that the two of us are launching at the end of January! Don’t miss checking it out when the time comes – it’s going to be fabulous – like us!) She has collaborated with other bloggers doing guest posts (and includes them regularly on her blog) and has been the best cheer-leader and friend to me as we figure out this whole blogging journey together.
I’d like to think that we are all making Midlife our time to THRIVE. I love that we can spur each other on to bigger and better things, rally each other when we’re feeling down, and applaud each other’s successes (big and small). Sue is such a shining example of this type of person and I am so blessed to have her cheering me on when I start to have my doubts.
I’d love to see everyone choose a Word for the Year – mine incidentally is RISE (and you can read my reasons for choosing it HERE) If you can’t come up with a word of your own then I’d suggest hitching your wagon to Sue’s word and follow along as she has guest posters telling you about their interpretation and how they are thriving in the year ahead.
You will certainly be inspired to THRIVE by the end of it.
Hi I’m Leanne,
When I turned 50 a few years ago I had the choice of sinking into middle age or celebrating it. I chose to celebrate, and part of that celebration was to start my blog Cresting the Hill . I found my voice again and in the process I connected with women all over the world who were also enjoying this great adventure that is Midlife.
I used to define my life by saying I was a wife, or a mother, or by what I did as my profession. Now I define myself on my own terms – as a woman in my own right. I’m discovering who I am, and I’m really liking that person! It’s like I’ve reached the “crest of the hill” in life, the climb is behind me and the view stretches out in front. I’m only half way there and the best is yet to come!
Connect with Leanne
Let’s Keep Sizzling!