My next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series is the delightful, Debbie from Deb’s World, who has been a regular guest on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond . I met Debbie through the blogosphere last year and quickly developed a firm friendship. A fellow ‘Aussie’, Deb and I share many things in common especially our love of fitness and health. We both enjoy keeping fit – I love to run and so does Deb, however, she rides a bike and at 60 I still cannot get the hang of riding a bike! We also share a love of travelling.
In her guest post today, Deb shares her word for the year ‘FOCUS’ and how we can regain our focus after 50. Deb raises some important issues in her post such as the feeling of losing part of ourselves when we retire but you will have to read her post to find out more!
Regaining Your Focus After 50
I’m definitely in with right crowd here as I hurtle my way towards 60. I have learnt a lot from Sue through following her blog Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. Being connected to fit, passionate and interesting women like Sue, and other bloggers in similar situations, makes it easy for me as I approach my late 50s. I am keen to thrive this year, as per Sue’s word for the year.
Up until recently I hadn’t used a word for the year but in the beginning of 2017 I inadvertently used the phrase ‘New Horizons’ and decided in hindsight that this was my word for the year. It was indeed a year of New Horizons as it was my first full year of retirement. I wrote a guest post, my Annual Report so to speak, for Donna at Retirement Reflections all about my year and it was a great summary of my reflections.
This year I have chosen FOCUS as my word, along with a fistful of other F words – fitness, friendship, family, fun along with photography and blogging. I want to slow myself down, stop being so flighty, reduce my multitasking and try to focus on one thing at a time. I’m easily distracted, prone to procrastination and in order to thrive this year I will need to focus! Sue’s a great source of inspiration and I love the meaning of her word thrive – to prosper, grow and flourish – this will suit me just fine! See more F words already 🙂
As we age we can sometimes feel we lose part of ourselves but since retiring I have tried to continue being of interest and to surround myself with interesting people. It was part of my reasoning behind starting a new feature on my blog last year, where I interviewed interesting bloggers and shared their responses in guest posts each week. Sue just happened to be one of my guests! People of Interest on Deb’s World
I remember reading some great advice – don’t ask me where – that said:
Surround yourself with these types of people – inspiring, encouraging and passionate.
And another one:
There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman with a story – make these stories, be a story teller, collect memories.
These descriptions typify my blogging community and also my friends and family!
How have I thrived since turning 50?
- I have become more comfortable in my own skin (although this can be a day by day issue)
- I have become more confident in myself and my views and expressing these said views
- I have learnt to listen more to what’s being said and sometimes what’s not being said
- I am open to adventures and challenges – and blogging is a big one!
- I try not to let my age concern me; it really is just a number!
- I appreciate my health and well-being more than ever.
- I value my relationships but know when to back off.
- I try to continue to be interesting and interested in others.
It’s not been an easy road especially being made redundant from a rewarding job at 56, but I must admit I’ve grown through it and I continue to thrive!
All the best to you interesting people out there! Thanks for the support and encouragement you continue to shower upon me, I wouldn’t be the blogger I am without you.
A calm and friendly exterior often hides her busy mind. Her soul constantly burns with curiosity and passion. A day wasted is a crime to her so she tries to fill them with unforgettable memories and unbeatable friends. A real force of nature!
She knows what she likes and how she wants to live her life. She likes to surround herself with great friends and wonderful family. She has no time for liars, troublemakers and general negative influences. She does things her way!
Connect with Debbie:
G+ – https://plus.google.com/+DebsWorld