Becoming Bold and Beautiful
There once was an old lady who lived her life by the rules set by others.
She ended up dying a sad and unfulfilled life.
I don’t want this to be my story. How about you?
This is one reason why I’m spending this year trying to find my ‘bold’.
I love this quote, which I saw ages ago (don’t ask me where). It sums it up perfectly – being bold, different and beautiful. We often don’t realise how our ‘different’ is the thing that sets us apart and makes us sparkle.
Becoming Bold in 2021
As you probably know by now, my Word of the Year (#WOTY) for 2021 is BOLD. My original post can be read here in case you missed it:
Bold in the choices I make, bold in my blogging, bold in how I speak to myself, bold in decisions I make, bolder in relationships….
At the start of each month I plan 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.
So far I’ve summed up my reflections in January and now here we are summing up February. I am going to try different ways of sharing my WOTY with you throughout the year, that way you help keep me accountable 🙂
Here’s my February bold photo!
What did February show me in terms of being bold?
Books – I have mentioned before that I’m in two bookclubs – one group is local and we meet every month after reading the same book which is provided by the local library, (we all pay an annual fee for this service). The other is a small online group with meetings every few weeks on Zoom. In this online group we decide which books to read, and how we read them. Currently we are focussing on the classics in bite sized chunks, reading, discussing then moving onto the next section. We source our own copies, either real books or on Kindle.
Although I can be a fairly confident person, I’m not very outspoken in some settings and I’m finding that being in the two bookclubs helps me to gain more confidence to speak up, have my thoughts heard and offer my humble opinion, while learning from the other members, who I view as eminently more knowledgeable than me. This is proving to be a very interesting exercise which entails I listen to what’s being said, and what’s not being said and working out my own views, then offering my input. Both groups are accepting and non-judgemental which makes it much easier to be brave and speak up. I’m also finding I often have something useful to offer the discussions. Yay, go me!!
Everyone has their own perspective and we can all learn from each other, if we are willing to listen. It makes the world a better place if we can share our stories and thoughts, not to mention extending our thinking, which is good for our brain as we age. What do you think?
By the way, have you seen my 2021 Reading Challenge page yet? I record and rate all the books I read throughout the year as part of my Goodreads challenge – I’m only challenging myself not other people – and it helps me keep track of what I’ve read and my thoughts at the time. Sometimes I even write a review on Goodreads and I am trying to be bolder with this!
Optimistic – By default I think I’m an optimistic sort of person, despite the myriad of things that have gone wrong over the years, I remain cautiously optimistic that things will work out in the end. Over the past few years our family has endured a lot of grief and there are ongoing concerns to address, but although I worry endlessly, I’m starting to realise that worrying won’t solve anything and only makes me unhappy. Why has it taken me to get to 60 years old to realise this?
Love – Boldly loving my role as a grandmother. It never ceases to amaze me the different type of love I have for my grandchildren. I love my three daughters, but their children take love to a whole new level. I have written about this before, in a series I did with Denyse Whelan, all about a grandmother’s love. This month I have been fortunate to be able to travel about 1700km to see my grandson for his first birthday. In some ways it doesn’t seem that long since we were up here for his birth, but then again a lot has happened in that year!
He is growing well, is busy cruising around the furniture, playing hide and seek with us, and laughing at goodness knows what. He is just adorable! We had fun at his little party and have enjoyed spending time with him over the past week or so. We have a few more days with him before we head for home.
This photo sums up how I’m loving ‘boldly’ at the moment. I’m happy to show my love in many ways towards my children and my grandchildren.
Derring Do – In the past, the Mathematician would refer to my blogging friends as ‘drug crazed trick drivers’, and would be worried when I arranged to meet any of them in person – in real life! (I must say he has now come on board and likes to meet my blogging friends without fear of me being kidnapped). I know he had my best interests at heart, but I have to say meeting up with people I have only ever corresponded with through my blog, is always one of the best parts of our blogging community. I have written about this on numerous occasions before, usually after meeting up with said bloggers!
Life is best lived by being bold and daring.Daisaku Ikeda
It takes a lot of boldness to make the effort of meeting in real life with many questions raised – will I be seen differently in person, rather than being known through my words and images only; will there be the same rapport, as has been established through comments on my blog; will we even like each other in real life; how will we get on; can we fill a few hours with conversation or will it get awkward; is it worth the effort?
Well I can say, again, after meeting up for lunch with two bloggers I follow, that it is one of the best parts of blogging. I’m always pleasantly surprised by things like voices, mannerisms and confidence.
To be honest I have met the lovely Sue from Women Living well After 50, on numerous occasions. Whenever I come to Brisbane we always make an effort to catch up now, it’s just a given!
But this was the first time I’ve met Jo Tracey in person. I have followed on her And Anyways... blog and her Joanne Tracey author blog for some time, I’ve read all her books and can highly recommend them – so to meet up and have lunch with her and Sue, when I was in Brisbane, was a real treat! Jo also has a Tumbarumba connection, she has family living in our little town! Jo is fabulous fun and I am in awe of all she gets done, with her writing, cooking, blogging, working a day job and still managing to make time to meet up.
We are all bold in our own way!
So that’s my BOLD story for February!
I’m planning to review my WOTY each month – what I’ve managed to achieve, how I’m feeling, what I can change or maybe find new things to add to my list. Feel free to make any suggestions on how I can embrace being bold (and beautiful) 🙂
Before you go
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold, let me know your thoughts.
Are you feeling bold too or are you joining me in my journey to become bold?
Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself.Haruki Murakami
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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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