Growing Older as a Gift
It’s the last Friday in the month, and the year, so that means it’s time for our final monthly linkup party, all about our Word of the Year (WOTY). Feel free to join my co-hosts Jo, Sue and Donna and share your WOTY progress with us all. It’s a great way of staying on track – at least that’s how I see it, not to mention fun.
My WOTY for 2022 has been GIFT and I’ve had a wonderful time looking at the gifts in my life each month. It’s been a form of gratitude in some ways and I’m definitely more aware of things that are daily gifts – not just the big things.
Growing older is a gift. Growing older joyfully is a choice.Krista
GIFT as my WOTY
I wrote about my selection of GIFT as my WOTY back in January 2022:
I’ve chosen a word that just ‘came’ to me when I woke up one morning. I’ve been tossing around a few words like Commit, Mighty, Bright, Colour – but felt they weren’t right for me at this time. With GIFT, I’m thinking along the lines of giving something voluntarily without payment in return and giving of myself throughout the year.Deb’s World
And I think I’ve done it! I’ve had fun looking for gifts, thinking about what gifts I have to offer and how we can all use our gifts.
I hope I’ve inspired others to look at the gifts all around them and to see how we are a gift to others, either by volunteering or being kind and thoughtful. I always enjoy the process of having a word to keep me focussed during the year and this year has been no exception!
Birthday Girl Gifts
As you probably know I had a birthday earlier in December and also had Covid, so it wasn’t much of a celebration. I wrote about it here in case you missed it: Happy Birthday to me – the Covid birthday
Now ordinarily this wouldn’t be seen to be a gift but in some ways it was. We both had it at the same time which was good as we were travelling north for Christmas a week or so later. We had quite a mild dose and were able to enjoy some quiet time before the festivities hit. It did mean we missed a few parties but that wasn’t the worst thing in the world.
I love this image, it says it so well – turning 62 is definitely time for some inappropriate age related behaviour!
Redundancy as a GIFT?
It’s now 6 years (December 2016) since I was made redundant from my highly challenging but very rewarding 22 year job as the Manager of Education in a Men’s Correction Centre.
At the time I never thought I’d use those words – redundancy as a gift – but time passes and wounds heal. I’m still upset the way my career ended but you know what, life has been good to me and now I’m truly living the life!
I’m older and wiser now 🙂
Blogging as a Gift
Blogging has been a gift again this year and I’ve ‘met’ and ‘chatted’ with so many interesting people, it’s good to be involved in a caring community of bloggers. Thank you one and all for your friendship and support during the year.
I’ve enjoyed being a co-host with lovely friends, Sue, Jo and Donna, for Word of the Year #WOTY and What’s on Your Bookshelf #WOYBS, and we plan to continue our linkups in 2023, maybe with a change or two just to keep it interesting (see the info at the bottom of this post)!
We’ve just returned from a wonderful week with family in an amazing Airbnb property near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It was the perfect house for us all with the added bonus of a pool. We had two of my daughters and husbands, three of of my four grandchildren and my lovely sister-in-law visiting over the week. It was chaotic, hectic, noisy, tiring, but a whole load of fun. We FaceTimed my daughter and her family in England so got to see them celebrating – where would we be without technology!? Another GIFT.
When I published my Christmas post I used a stock photo of a woman sitting by a pool, taken from above with the caption along the lines of ‘this is what I think I look like but the reality is much different’.
I was sort of ‘challenged’ into doing my own version of the photo, so with my middle daughter’s help we recreated the photo, and I love the result! Use the slider below to compare the two shots and let me know what you think. I think my daughter did a great job of positioning me and getting it almost perfect!
What a great GIFT!
Did you notice that I crossed my legs the wrong way? I didn’t notice until it was all over!
Unbeknown to us, my husband the Mathematician, was watching us from inside and taking photos of us in progress, this is just one of them! What a laugh it gave us 🙂
You might notice I’m smiling, even though the camera wasn’t on my face, but that’s how I roll – just ask my daughters! I’m known for my smile and consider it a GIFT.
My Gifts during 2022
As I said, it’s been a great way to look for the GIFTS in the everyday with my WOTY. Here’s a recap on my monthly posts. I only missed one month while I was having too much fun being the Granny with all the Gifts.
- November was all about the Gift of Sisters
- October I shared how I amused myself with Mrs Harris goes to Paris
- September I shared the Gift of Unconditional Love
- In July I shared the Gift of Health before heading off for a month overseas (and I took a blogging break)
- June saw me enjoy the Gift of Sunshine
- May was all about the Gift of daughters and birthdays
- April had me enjoying Gifts that keep on giving
- March had me asking the question ‘Is it even a Gift if you buy it yourself?’
- In February I celebrated Gifts in all shapes and sizes
- January I was just getting started with the Gift of GivingI
- In early January I announced my WOTY GIFT for 2022
To finish up, I think this quote ties both ageing and gifts together very well!
Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy hearing from you 🙂
Hope you can join us for the linkup. I’ll be announcing my WOTY for 2023 in early January.
You’re invited to our new link party What’s Been On Your Calendar #WBOYC starting January 2023! So what’s it all about?
What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC
What: 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for
three seven days each month.
Why: A space to share highlights from your past month.
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 so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
Dates: Beginning 27 January 2023. The linkup will be open for 7 days so we don’t miss anyone’s posts. Please note these dates in your diary for 2023:
- January 26/27
- February 23/24
- March 30/31
- April 27/28
- May 25/26
- June 29/30
- July 27/28
- Aug 32/Sept 1*
- Sept 28/29
- Oct 26/27
- Nov 30/Dec 1*
- Dec 28/29
- (The August and November Linkups will take place on the 1st of the following month for the Southern Hemisphere).
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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here
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