Hello to all you bold and beautiful people
I’m a work in progress
My Word of the Year (#WOTY) for 2021 is BOLD, and in case you missed it, you can read my original post here – 60 years old and feeling BOLD. In this post I explain why I chose the word bold and what my plans are for my year of boldness!
How’s it going so far?
Pretty good I’d say 🙂
I’m doing more things that I would consider as bold, I’m saying yes to new opportunities, and I’m seeing changes.
So far I’ve managed to keep track of my progress in posts during January, February and March. I’m always on the lookout for different ways to share and live my WOTY, through quotes, memes, stories and photos – it helps to keep me accountable. And I can look back in years to come, on how I made this year a bold one!
Showcasing my bold photo for April
Each month I try to have a photo that shows how I’ve embraced my growing boldness. I love nothing more than hurtling down a hill on my ebike at break neck speed, grinning like a loon, but mountain bike trails have always scared me, as they’re more technical, narrow and full of potential hazards.
But I decided to be brave and to give the single track through the bush at the back of our property a go, and although not pretty, it was spine tingling fun! Remember I’m a fairly sensible 60 year old, so this was quite a big deal for me!!!
I have since been on some other narrow bush tracks with the Mathematician, and my pace my have been slow, but I managed to stay on the bike and navigate the terrain – so I’m happy with that! Not bad for a 60 year old 🙂
How did April go?
My words for April include belonging, oodles (of cuddles), looking (after myself), and determined.
Belonging – I’m fortunate to belong to a supportive family, a great local community and I thoroughly enjoy the online blogging community, many of whom are my ‘cheerleaders‘. You know the friends you have that support and encourage you to try new things and are there to help pick up the pieces along the way.
During April I was a guest over at Leanne’s Cresting the Hill, talking about Cultivating a Bold Streak and enjoyed responding to the many comments from Leanne’s readers. It’s always interesting to read and respond to comments, it gives a sense of belonging to something special.
I also had a great month joining in with Becky’s Square challenge, which was all about bright – it was so much fun and I’m still on the look out for bright things, despite the month being over! Another great example of belonging to a wonderfully supportive blogging community!
Oodles of cuddles – we spent Easter with one of our daughters and her little family visiting and it was so much fun to be out in the paddocks, riding bikes, walking through the forest looking for kangaroos, playing with the dolls house and hanging out at home.
We’ve also been to visit them during the month, as they live relatively close to us, (only a 3 hour drive away) and I was able to help out by offering to hold 3 month old baby Zachary. He was giggling and laughing at me one moment and the next he was asleep in my arms, and there he stayed for 2 hours. Nestled in my arms, close to my heart I just sat and watched him – it was pure delight. His big sister, two and a half year old Miss E, wanted me to take her to swimming lessons, so off we went in the freezing cold morning and I joined the other mums and dads in the pool. My daughter captured this shot of us before we hit the water, I love how she’s looking up at me. Such fun!
I just wish my other two daughters and their children lived closer, as I miss them so much. We were lucky to spend some time in February/March with our youngest daughter and 1 year old Patrick. I really don’t know when I will be able to get to England to see my eldest daughter and little Dottie. Hopefully one day soon.
Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all these things that add up to the person you become.Angelina Jolie
Looking after myself – A few years ago I had a few minor health issues and sought the help of a nutritionist. It was a great way of staying accountable and very helpful. I have maintained contact and send through my blood test results to her every year for analysis and she helps to keep me on the right track. I’ve recently had an appointment, over Skype, and I’m getting back into a healthier lifestyle. I need to stay accountable.
I also finished my counselling sessions as part of the Bushfire Recovery initiative this month. I wrote about how asking for help was the best decision I made in 2020. The sessions were over Skype and were very beneficial. It’s all about taking care of ourselves, no matter how well we think we might be doing. I now have some good resources in case I feel I start sliding downhill again. Mental health is something we should be aware of and talking about how we may, or may not, be coping in certain situations, might just help someone else who is struggling.
Determined – I have been involved with the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail project for many years, along with the Mathematician and many of our friends. Due to COVID last year our opening had to be postponed and our third attempt at an opening event finally happened in April 2021 with a fabulous Family Fun Day and 1st Birthday Celebration. Together with my good friend Cathy, and many other volunteers, we worked on the plans for the special day for over a year, and it was a great success I’m happy to say. We had an event organiser to help us but we did a lot of the running around. It was quite stressful but well worth the effort. We were determined to celebrate the event and afterwards I was asked to be interviewed by the local TV news. In my year of being bold, of course I said yes!
So, that’s just some of my BOLD story for April!
I’m planning to continue 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.
Each month I reflect on the previous month and how I’ve dealt with being BOLD. I see it as a learning experience and it helps me have a focus for the month/year. I loved doing this last year when my word was Jump.Deb from Deb’s World
Feel free to make any suggestions on how I can embrace being bold, beautiful and brave 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold.
Are you feeling bold too? Tell me how you’re going, I’d love to have a chat with you.
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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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