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It’s the last Friday in the month so that means it’s time for our monthly linkup party all about our Word of the Year (WOTY). Join my co-hosts Jo, Sue and Donna and share your WOTY progress with us all.
Look for the gift in each ordinary day
As you probably know by now, my Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2022 is Gift.
It’s now half way through the year and I must say I am seeing so many things in my life as gifts – I may have known they were there before and taken them for granted, but now I am recognising them for what they are – very special gifts.
- My family
- ability to travel
- my health
- acceptance of myself
- my body
- the way I think
- where I live
- my lifestyle
and the list of gifts goes on!!!!
It always surprises me, (I don’t know why), that my WOTY helps me see the world around me in a different light and whatever word I end up choosing, becomes a focus for the year. That’s the reason it’s called a Word of the Year you silly duffer I hear you scream!!
But for some reason, I never envisage being so taken in by my WOTY and yet I always am – I make it my own. In recent years I’ve had the words Bold, Jump, Time, Focus and New Horizons (the year after I was made redundant) and I find it’s a great way to view things that are going on around me.
The Gift of Sunshine
This month I can’t go past the gift of sunshine. I’ve mentioned it a few times lately that we’re away from home visiting our daughter and her family up north in Queensland. It’s cold and miserable at home at the moment but up here it’s been utterly delightful (we missed all the rain) with blue skies, warm sunshine and family. It’s been pure bliss with temperatures averaging 22 degrees while back at home they’re lucky to get to double digits!
We’re leaving soon and I know I’ll be complaining about the cold when I get home!
I’ll share a few photos from our time in the sunshine 🙂
Spending time with our 2 year-old grandson Patrick has been a highlight during the month, so many sunny smiles and fun in the sun!
The gift of friendship cannot be underestimated – it was so lovely catching up, in person, not over a screen, with friend and fellow blogger Sue one of our stunning co-hosts of this link-up. Just look at our lovely happy smiles 🙂 I was to meet up with Jo as well but Covid got in the way of those plans unfortunately. Next time!
Sunshine gifts through music
No books about gifts this month, instead you get some music – just for a change!
Three very different songs about sunshine – I annoyed my family no end by singing these as I was writing this post. My gift to them 🙂
The John Denver song has a very special memory attached to it. When my sister and I were teenagers, mum was in hospital in quite a serious condition, dad decided to take us to the movies which was a lovely gesture. Except the movie he took us to was all about a mother dying of cancer writing and recording her life for her child. A very touching movie and we can’t hear this song without being thrown back to that time in the theatre trying not to cry!
This one is a bit more upbeat!
This is a sweet song!
Other Gifts this month
- Time with my youngest daughter and her little family
- The beach
- The ‘winter’ weather
- Reading some great books
- Visiting Wildlife HQ with grandson Patrick and seeing him enjoy all the animals
- Going for long bike rides along the beach and discovering new places
- Night Noodle Markets in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens
- Catching up (twice) with my friend Sue from Women Living Well After 50
- Seeing a brilliant performance of Jane Eyre at Brisbane’s QPAC
Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
What’s your GIFT?
Do you have a superpower or a special gift?
One of my friends commented recently that ‘sunshine suits me’ and I must admit I am a huge fan of warmth and sunshine!
Thanks very much for stopping by and for making me smile. I always appreciate your visits and your comments 🙂
You can find my co-host’s WOTY posts here – we’re hoping you can join us! If you have a Word of the Year and have written a post about it, this is the place to share.
You’re invited to our link party! So what’s it all about?
This year I’m joining co-hosts Donna, Jo and Sue, to provide a link party for anyone who also wants to write a monthly update to help keep the focus on their WOTY. We’re hoping you can join us.
What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party #2022wotylinkparty
When: Last Thursday of the month PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday of the month AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.
Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts. Whichever way you choose to share, don’t forget to leave a note in the comments so we can find 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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