What brings me JOY? #Bloganuary

Bloganuary 2023

I am trying to at least look at each day’s Bloganuary prompts, think about them and if the mood takes me, I’ll write something. That way there’s no pressure on me as I know I just can’t commit to a post every day (and it would probably drive my readers nuts) 🙂


It’s summer here with warm sunny days, bikes rides to go on, books to read in a shady spot on the verandah, bbqs to have in the backyard, chats to have on the phone to family and friends, watching cricket and tennis on TV, essential trips to town…although I wrote these words in January 2022 they’re still applicable today! What does that say about my life?

Bloganuary is a daily prompt from WordPress, helping to serve as inspiration for blog content that day or at a later date. It’s fun and there’s no need to commit to posting every day but it can help sometimes to use the prompts provided.

Bloganuary prompts so far

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Bloganuary by WordPress

Day 1: Something you want to achieve this year?

My Word of the Year (#WOTY) is EXPLORE, so I’m wanting to set aside time each month to explore something new – read a new author, try a new recipe, visit different places, find new things that bring me joy, explore the world around me!

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M exploring the World

Day 2: How are you brave?

I’m brave in many ways – I’m honest and sincere and try to speak my mind (usually with kindness), I’m bold, I’m getting more fearless as I get older, and I’m brave in sharing my thoughts on my blog – it takes a certain amount of bravado to write and have people (strangers even) read your words!

I also received a Bravery Award from the Queen when I was 17 for my part in a tragic accident while on a school excursion in another country.

Day 3: Earliest Memory?

I never know if my earliest memories are real memories or those through photos that have become memories. My younger sister is much better with the memories than I am but we often remember things very differently.


Day 4: What is a treasure that has been lost?

I recently wrote about missing spontaneity in my life in my wrap-up post for 2022: 2022 looking in the rear view mirror.

I do like planning things but I also like being able to just get up and go and in recent years this hasn’t been all that possible – I’ve definitely missed it!

Been more spontaneous – one thing after being in lockdown, it’s been hard to regain that feeling of spontaneity. Sometimes it’s good to just get up and go!

Deb: 2022 looking in the rear view mirror

Day 5 : What brings you joy in life?

I have many things that bring me joy – family, grandchildren, friends, books, music, riding my ebike, blogging, taking photos, travel, walking, funny puns, rainbows, photography…

I also like to think of JOY as standing for Just Older Youth – now that I’m on that side of the fence!


This week’s JOYS

This week the things that have brought me joy have been walking in the forest, the orange day-lilies flowering in the garden, the warm weather and chats with my grandchildren over facetime.

orange day-lily
orange day-lily
Into the forest I go
Into the forest I go
walking through the paddock
walking through the paddock

Well that was fun – I might do a weekly update of the prompts like this, rather than a daily post. I’m also aware that the prompts come out a day behind us so although today is 6 January the prompt today is for Day 5.

How would you answer any of these prompts?

Are you participating in Bloganuary, daily or otherwise?

Happy Friday 🙂

Deb x

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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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22 Replies to “What brings me JOY? #Bloganuary”

  1. Hi Deb – loved this idea of doing several days of prompts in one post – I was wondering how I was going to find the time to be popping in to comment on them all – this is so much easier (and more joyful!) x

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  2. I love how you have combined several days blog posts into a weekly post – much easier for you and a joyful read for me! Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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  3. I enjoyed reading your take on the Bloganuary challenge. I am participating while hoping that my regular readers won’t get fed up with a post every day, so I’m trying to keep my posts short and succinct! Happy Blogging!

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    1. Yes I know what you mean June, I enjoy doing a round up post of the prompts for that reason although the whole concept is for daily blogging – I run my own race I’m afraid! I’ll pop over and have a read of your posts.

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  4. Oh, I love the idea of blogging prompts – and how you have answered them in your own way thats suits you. I think I need me some blogging prompts.

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