Rocking Middle Age

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Category: Bucket List

Winter Blues? Get Out Your Calendar!!!

Got the winter blues?  Then it’s time to get out your calendar and make some dates with yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I try to make time for those I love.

Do you love yourself?  If you don’t, it’s time to start.

It’s time to make yourself a priority – make time to do the things you love.

One of my passions is scrapbooking – but I rarely block out time for doing it at home.  I usually have to go to all-day scrapbooking crops in order to get any scrapbooking done.

But late last month, I pulled out my calendar and made some dates with myself over the next couple of months to scrapbook at home.

I am making my passion a priority… making myself a priority!

I juggle a lot of balls in the air – homeschooling my children, taking care of an elderly friend, meeting the emotional needs of my husband and children, to name a few.

But I can’t meet their needs if I am burnt out.

Next on my to-do list is to plan some local hiking trips.  Walking in nature makes my heart sing.

So I will be breaking out my calendar this weekend and penciling in some hiking dates with my husband and children for the next couple of months.

Now it’s your turn – Make yourself a priority.  Open your calendar and make some dates with yourself.  You are worth it!

Come on Rockstar, let’s get busy ROCKING MIDDLE AGE!


Don’t Rush It!

Last year around this time, I took the time to develop and write down my goals for 2016.  I am a big believer in writing down your goals.  For me, they seem to transform from wishes to goals through the act of writing.  And I am pleased to announce that I completed the vast majority of my goals in 2016.

What was the difference this time (as opposed to other years)?  I took the time to really hash out what was most important to me for the year and chose goals that were actionable.

Also I referred to my list weekly to remind myself of what I was aiming to achieve in 2016.  Then I could plan baby steps to put me on the path towards completing my goals.

For example, reading my goal to be below a certain number on the scale was an impetus for me to sign up for my first 12 week challenge with my1fitlife back in April. You can read more about that here.

Reading my goal  that I was going to “give my all to homeschooling” in 2016, helped me to get back to devoting myself to my children’s education when I started to slip back into burnt out mode.

Life is short… it might not feel that way some days, but it is… I don’t want to sleepwalk though my life… Do you?

So I am taking the time to focus on my goal-setting for 2017 over the next week or so.  These goals are too important to just rush the process and slap some words on a paper and call it done.

My theme word for 2016 was HABIT.  You know how much I believe in the power of habits.

This year’s word is BOLD.  I will share my goals with you soon in hopes that they will inspire you to develop some goals of your own.

So don’t rush the process!  Take some time and set some goals.  Dig deep and dare to set some big time goals.  Because remember, together we can ROCK MIDDLE AGE!

P.S. I’d love to hear some of your goals… Let’s inspire each other!

Climbing the Darn Wall!


Earlier this year I started working on my Bucket List.  With my 50th birthday coming in December, I have been reminded all too well of being on the “back nine” to use a golfing term.  One of the items that topped my list was to scale a rock climbing wall.  During the last two summers, I had watched various family members conquering the wall at a family resort.  So as I have gotten into much better physical shape over the last year taking my fitness to the next level, I decided to give it a try this past summer… with mixed results… I was extremely proud of myself for giving it a go, but I was less than satisfied with how high I was able to go.  My fear of heights coupled with the difficulty of the wall itself (ie. the foot- and hand-holds were not placed as closely together as I would have liked), had me saying “Uncle” before I had made it more than 6 feet off the ground.

After reflecting on my experience, I decided that another attempt in a different, more user friendly environment was called for.  Darn it all, I had conquered bigger obstacles than this (for example, taking up running for the first time at age 41 and running my first half-marathon), and I was not going to let a silly wall get the best of me.  I was determined that even if I had to pay for a private lesson, I was going to conquer my fear and the stupid wall!!!

So when I saw a Groupon for a local rock wall climbing facility, I jumped at it, getting one for both my 16 year old daughter and myself.  Well I can’t adequately explain how empowered I felt when I scaled more than one of the walls.  It was scary as hell at the beginning… I wanted to get down off the wall… I wanted to have my feet on terra firma… I wanted to forget that I ever wrote this challenge on my bucket list… But I decided that I would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t overcome my fear… so step by step, handhold by handhold, I pushed forward… and honestly I can say that by the end of our time there, I was enjoying myself… my heart was no longer beating out of my chest… I felt confident in my abilities… and I am actually looking forward to returning to do it again.


So what would you like to try? What is on your bucket list?  What fear do you need to overcome?  It’s not too late.  LET’S KEEP ON ROCKING MIDDLE AGE!


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