Hello to all you bold and beautiful people out there!
In some ways it’s been a real struggle to find ways of being BOLD during August. It’s been a month of lockdowns, restrictions, cancelled family visits, state border closures, postponed appointments, solitude and just doing the right thing by staying home.
Great for getting some reading done, riding my bike and spending time in my sunroom in the garden, all the while noticing the changes taking place around me. The whole countryside is coming alive, we’ve had lots of rain and a few warmish winter days so daffodils, snow drops, magnolias and blossom trees are starting to brighten the landscape – and lifting my mindset into the bargain!
How’s my bold year going so far?
The year is racing by isn’t it? So far, I’ve managed to keep track of my progress in posts during January, February, March, April, May, June and July, which means we are getting to the pointy end of the year. It’s been another weird year wouldn’t you agree?
I always enjoy writing these reflective posts, although I must admit this is the first month that I have struggled to write about being bold.
This comment left by by Carol from Reading Ladies, really made me smile when she left it on a recent post 🙂 Isn’t it just spot on?
We’re expert body surfers Deb, going with the waves and not fighting them!Carol from Reading Ladies Book Club
Showcasing my bold photo for August
Each month I try to have a photo that shows boldness. I couldn’t go past this beautiful late afternoon view from my verandah, the sunset behind me turning the hills in front of me red, along with the remnants of a rainbow. I was actually talking to my daughters on facetime at the time and had to pause the call to take the photo, they understood!
Red is such a bold colour isn’t it, and even nature is getting in on the act of being bold!
So how did August go for being bold?
- Lockdown restrictions meant no going out unless it was essential, no mixing with friends, no hair appointment, no massage and worst of all no planned family visits. My diary is full of so many things crossed out!
- Lots of books plus the launch of our new What’s on Your Bookshelf challenge.
- Bookclub in the park with my local book club friends – socially distanced of course!
- My first Covid test with negative results thankfully.
- My 2nd vaccination – all done for now!
- Rotary meeting on Zoom to catch up with fellow members as we can’t meet in person.
- Dottie my granddaughter turned 2 over in England but spent her special day in hospital!
- Trying to support local businesses who are suffering – I wrote a post all about Ways to stay Afloat
- Lots of Facetime chats with our daughters and grandchildren.
- Many walks in the forest and riding my bike on the local rail trail.
I wasn’t going to do my words for BOLD this month but these words came to me after my first draft of this post so I’ve included them after all!
Bounce – I’m sure you’ll agree that life has its ups and downs and we really need to be able to bounce back. A few years ago I wrote a post about bouncing with my top 5 tips on how to keep bouncing along. Sure we can stay down for a bit but getting back up is important. It doesn’t matter how far you fall, what matters is how high you bounce back!!
Organised – If you saw my calendar(s) you would realise I am quite organised. Of late things have been more fluid shall we say, but generally I’m on top of things. We aren’t doing much out and about but I’ve still managed to maintain standards and use my skills. We got a new TV streaming thingy (very technical term) during the month and I had to set it up, linking all our apps, inputting passwords and following the quite complex instructions and yay I did it! If I wasn’t feeling bold I would never had managed I’m sure!
Laughter – when things aren’t going too well, laughter can be the best thing and this made me laugh. We do a lot of Facetime chats with our girls, as it’s the only way we can see them and our grandchildren at the moment, so I’ve shared this with them to give them a laugh 🙂
Do it – yes like the Nike ad, just do it! I’m trying to make some changes to things in my life -like different types of exercises, activity levels, eating plans – and I’ve learnt to just get in and do it, take the opportunities that present themselves and JFDI. Boldness is my super strength at the moment.
I was wrong
Here was I thinking that I hadn’t been very bold during August but when I sit down and look at it I realise I have been bold. Not in an earth shattering way but I’m reminded from my interview with Sue from Women Living Well after 50 last month, that bold things don’t always have to be big, they can be ordinary things that help us keep moving forward.
If you missed my recent chat with Sue, you can see it here:
How was your month?
I’m hoping the next few months will improve (for everyone) and I can continue finding the bold in the everyday. I love this quote from Wonder Woman and as I have been called WonderWomanDebz in the past, I couldn’t help but share it here to remind myself and anyone else who needs reminding, that we all have something to offer the world.
Only love can save this world.
So I stay, I fight, and I give.
This is my mission now.
Diana Prince. Wonder Woman.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold, although I really didn’t do anything very bold this month!
Let me how you’re going at the moment, I’d love to have a chat with you.
Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits 🙂
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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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