As I announced back at the start of the year, my Word of the Year (#WOTY) for 2021 is BOLD. My post can be read here if you missed it:
At the start of each month I’m going to try to reflect on the previous month and how I’ve dealt with being BOLD. I see it as learning experience and it helps me have a focus for the month/year. I loved doing this last year when my word was Jump.
I’m thinking I’ll break down the word BOLD in different ways during the year ahead. Sometimes I’ll use each letter as a focus, like this month, and other times I’ll just reflect on how life has been.
What did January show me in terms of being bold?
As I stated in my announcement post, I know I’m already bold in some ways, I’m sort of brave and have been known to be imaginative, but I want to be more so, if that makes sense.
I know I can sometimes stand out; I love wearing bright colours and can often appear confident, but I want to be bolder, stronger and braver. But never brash!
I’m not sure what the year ahead will bring (do any of us?) but I’m treating myself as a work in progress.
I love this selfie I took – and believe me I generally hate selfies – but this one shows me as a happy, vibrant 60 year old who is becoming more confident in her own skin as the years pass and says bold to me! I had just been for my first run of the year on January 4 and felt very much alive!
Blogging – January was a fantastic month for my blog – so many new followers, more engagement than usual, more comments and likes and I don’t really know why. But I’ll take it – thanks!
It’s been great to interact with other bloggers and learn more through comments, shares and posts. That’s what blogging is all about isn’t it?
I’ve made a few bold changes – new banners for my regular posts, Wordless Wednesdays, Wordy Wednesdays, Sunday Stills, #ShoutoutSaturday and I’ve started signing off some of my posts with pithy sayings about being bold.
I’ve decided I’m not afraid to put myself out there and isn’t that a sign of becoming bold?? Remembering of course that I make no money from my blog – it’s a creative hobby when all is said and done – but it is a piece of me that I’m sharing every time I write a post.
This notebook arrived for my 60th birthday late last year from a beautiful blogging friend and it is my notebook I am using for all my bold quotes, thoughts, snippets, ideas! How special!
Opportunities – I’ve taken the plunge and joined an online bookclub with some friends, which is a commitment I’m willing to give every few weeks. I have decided that I enjoy being involved with others in this way especially now I’m retired, I do miss social contact some days. For example I’m a member of our Rotary Club, I’m an enthusiastic member of our Rail Trail committee and I already belong to an actual face to face bookclub in town where we meet once a month. I always feel I learn so much from being with others, hearing their ideas and thoughts and seeing different perspectives.
I love my online blogging group, we meet once a week for a chat over Zoom and lately I have enjoyed being a part of several photo challenges – Sunday Stills, and Becky’s Squares plus blogging linkups – Denyse’s #lifethisweek and Natalie’s #WeekendCoffeeShare – although I often share posts for these challenges, not always writing new ones – life is busy enough!
It’s comments like this that make my heart sing with gratitude for being involved in a variety of groups and blogging challenges:
Hi, Deb – I so loved following your travel posts for this series. Your photography not only shows your immense creativity, it also reveals the soul of what you were trying to capture – and delightfully displays your joie de vivre (which is completely contagious). Thank you for joining in (and running with it) and for the shoutouts!Donna (from Retirement Reflections) left this lovely comment on a recent post
Also Sue at Women Living Well After 50 has started her annual Fit Fab Feb, which I inadvertently saw as Fit, FAT, Feb :), so yes I’ve obviously joined that group – it’s helping to keep me, and others, accountable!!
Life – After a horror few years full of grief (there were good parts but the hard bits stay with me the longest), and starting to talk regularly with a psychologist over Skype, I am starting to exhale! You know that feeling when you don’t know you’ve been holding your breath until suddenly you realise you’re breathing normally again??
Well I’m at that point, starting to have many family health issues resolved, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and with a grandson turning one later this month and another grandson arriving into the world a few weeks ago and my two granddaughters growing and flourishing, I’m feeling much better about things. I just wish Covid would go away so I can travel to see my granddaughter in the UK, but don’t we all wish that it would simply disappear?
Delightfully Bold – I made a few bold purchases during January which I’m very proud of. My orange converse sneakers were a purchase from a friend on a buy, swap and sell site. They were probably meant for a teenager to buy but I jumped in and got a great bargain. I love wearing them and despite being 60, I feel young and carefree in them.
My other bold buy was as a result from an email I sent to a company asking for some suggestions as the sunglasses I’d purchased in recent months had started to fall apart. They kindly offered to replace them for me and asked for my choices – I immediately chose these yellow ones, they’re actually called Pineapple Pain Killers and I love using them when out on my bike or walking/running. They are lightweight, fun and comfortable to wear. I had fun playing around with the photo too, in case you hadn’t noticed 🙂
I felt bold in approaching the company but didn’t expect the offer of a replacement pair so feel very pleased with the result.
So what’s next?
I’ll be reviewing my WOTY each month – what I’ve managed to achieve, change or maybe new things to add to my list. Feel free to make any suggestions on how I can embrace being bold (and beautiful) 🙂
One last thing
Today as I hurtled at almost 40km down a hill on my bike, I felt exhilarated, alive and bold, happy to be doing what I was doing and grateful for the opportunities I have in my life. But also happy that I’m bold enough to accept the challenges and move on.
This quote sums it very nicely:
Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.Brene Brown
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first edition of Becoming Bold, let me know your thoughts and how you are feeling bold or how you’d like to become bold.
Joining Natalie for this week’s Weekend Coffee Share
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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