Hello to all the bold and beautiful people in my world
I will be honest with you Dear Reader, July has not been the best of months for me.
At times it’s been long, emotional, wet, wintry, sad, and I will be glad to move into August – we’ll be that bit closer to spring for one thing and hopefully things will be looking up soon!
But at other times it was beautiful, uplifting, fun and heartwarming. A bit like life really!
I did, however, continue to be BOLD during the ups and downs of July.
Bold is the new way of the world!
My Word of the Year (#WOTY) for 2021 is BOLD. You can read my original post here – 60 years old and feeling BOLD – which sets the scene for my year!
How’s my bold year going so far?
I have been having fun finding different ways to share, and live my WOTY, through quotes, memes, stories and photos – it helps to keep me accountable. A friend sent me this quote knowing how I like to find bold quotes. Thanks again Leanne 🙂
Boldness is mostly putting one foot in front of the other while something else is happening that we can’t see.Katy Friedman Miller
Showcasing my bold photo for July
Each month I try to have a photo that shows how I’ve embraced my growing boldness. This jumper was an online purchase – what’s not to love – it’s orange, it’s bright, it’s oversized, it’s funky, it has a star on it and I just love wearing it.
It’s been a relatively quiet month but I still managed to be BOLD in some ways.
I continued to say yes to things and enjoyed new opportunities and had fun at the same time.
- I was part of a book collaboration post which was published earlier in the month. This was organised by Carol from Reading Ladies, and I was included as one of the 20 contributors for a great summer read (despite it being winter here) – Find your one ‘Must Read’ book of 2021. The book I recommended as my one must read book for 2021 was Joanne Tracey’s Escape to Curlew Cottage.
- I ran a marathon (well sort of) during July. I realised a long held dream to run a marathon. I was an ‘extra’ in some filming for a promotional video for the marathon to be run on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail on 9 October 2021. I’m proud to say I did run a bit and then spent the rest of the day riding to Rosewood and back with friends for our usual Social Saturday ride. A beautiful sunny winter’s day to be out and about in Tumbarumba!
- I joined Donna and Deb for their monthly challenge – What’s on your plate? for the first time, sharing a yummy recipe and the story behind it.
- I did a podcast interview with my good friend Sue at Women Living Well after 50, which will be out shortly – it’s all about my Bold year!
- I posted almost every day of July, joining Becky for her month of #TreeSquare posts – and what fun it was too! You can see all my #TreeSquare posts here
- I’m joining blogging friends Jo, Sue and Donna for a new challenge starting on20 August, all about What’s on your Bookshelf?
How did July go for being bold?
My words for July spelling out BOLD are: Books and Blogging, On-line connections, Lockdown, Difference
Books and Blogging – books play an important part of my life these days and when I can combine blogging and books, it’s even better. Due to lockdown restrictions my local bookclub has been unable to get together each month but we are still reading our prescribed books and staying in touch with each other. My online bookclub had a great time reading Jane Eyre, finishing with a cooking session (as we do) where we made Fat Rascals. I was lucky to have a special helper at our cooking session.
On-line connections – the connections we make as bloggers, around the world and within my own country, has really helped me this month. I’ve started an online exercise session with friends and love the connections we make during these tough times. The comments, support and encouragement are always most welcome. Being Bold is made easier with such good friends!
Lockdown – Although our little town in regional NSW hasn’t been in actual lockdown for the whole month of July and beyond, like Sydney, it has impacted on us nevertheless. The anxiety and stress I feel whenever the case numbers, deaths and details are released at the daily press conferences, has made it hard to pretend all is well. It might be fine in our little corner of the world but we still can’t have gatherings of more than 5 in homes, so no bookclub or similar get togethers or meetings. We wear our masks into shops, check-in with QR codes, use hand sanitiser, but I know we are so very lucky compared to others. At one stage during July, over half of Australia was in lockdown. I have had my first AZ shot and will have my second next month. The uncertainty and fear is growing and spontaneous travel, even for a weekend away, is almost unheard of. We are staying at home, lying low and feeling sad about family visits which were planned for August, as they won’t be going ahead as we had hoped.
Difference – I was reminded during the month (again), that we all have a limited time on this earth. We lost a few good people from our little town this month and our family always remember those who left us in July in years gone by – my brother-in-law in 2014 and my father-in-law in 2018.
It reminded me to make a difference wherever possible and the this poem, The Dash by Linda Ellis, says it so well – here are a few lines from it:
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?
As a distraction to everything going on in the world, I’ve been enjoying the Olympics and have loved the positivity and fabulous efforts of our Aussie Olympians. They’re making a difference!
Make a difference! Be BOLD.
So, that’s just some of my BOLD story for July! How was your month?
In terms of blogging, as I said above, I’m joining blogging friends, Donna, Sue and Jo for a new monthly series – What’s on Your Bookshelf? #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge – we hope you can join us too. I’ll continue joining in with other regular linkups – Denyse’s #lifethisweek, Natalie’s #Weekendcoffeeshare, Deb and Donna’s #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge and Terri’s #SundayStills
Denyse’s #lifethisweek has the optional prompt this week of Question so I am using this post for her linkup and answering the question in my title – I’m doing well, all things considered!
I’ll continue to review my WOTY each month – what I’ve done, how I’m feeling, looking at new things to add to my list and just living as boldly as I can. It’s such a fabulous Word of the Year!
Be bold, or go home!Donna from Retirement Reflections
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.
Recent posts you may have missed:
- Good Morning Sunshine #WordlessWednesday
- The Gift of Sunshine #WOTY
- Do you feel a part of a blogging community?
- Books and a performance #WOYBS
- May was a busy month – ICYMI
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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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