This post is part of the #WOTY link party
Do you have a vision for designing your midlife?
Is it living up to your expectations?
What did you expect your midlife to be like?
As you may recall in ‘my word for 2022‘ post my word this year is VISION.
Back in March I embraced my word for the year to help expand my VISION for the future Moving Forward with Vision- March 2022 #WOTY update
At that point, it meant planning and booking travel plans. Those plans came to fruition through June and July.
I have just returned from five weeks of visiting family and friends and exploring parts of Italy and France. It was a wonderful trip although it did come with a few stress points over Covid restrictions, flight cancellations and possible baggage delays. Thankfully we negotiated all these obstacles with minimal disruption.
So what lessons did I learn from my WOTY VISION in June and July?
That we need to design midlife:
It is really important to design how we want our midlife (and life in general) to look and feel. It’s very easy to go with the day to day flow of life and accept what life throws our way. But this can lead to a lack of fun, joy and fulfillment.
By booking this trip back in March, when COVID regulations still seemed to be a major obstacle to travel, an opportunity to begin living life to the full became a reality.
I love travelling
This trip reminded me how much I love travelling after a break of three years. I love the opportunities to learn and be curious about other cultures and lifestyles.
Travelling makes me feel truly free. Somehow all the day to day anxieties and worries melt into the background. Travelling opens new doors and windows in the mind to see and experience life differently. To be honest, you don’t need to travel far. Just a break from your normal routines is enough to help you see the world in a different way.
I love my family
Being with my family brings so much joy. We had several occasions where the whole family were together again (including Grandma) which was amazing and joyful. Again, in midlife, we may have to plan these occasions in advance to ensure they happen.
Connection is important
Reuniting with friends who we haven’t seen for nearly three years bought so much joy and laughter.
I love food!
Especially when it’s been cooked by someone else. I also love trying new foods. Wait till you see what I was eating at our favourite hotel in Italy! (post to come soon).
I’ve become much quieter
I think the isolation and solitude of COVID has made me retreat into my shell a bit too much. As a teenager I struggled with extreme shyness and had to work hard to overcome it. I’m naturally a quiet person and find it quite draining interacting and chatting constantly. I noticed whilst away that I struggled with making constant conversation.
My VISION for August
- work on making more connection and conversation with people so I don’t become a total recluse!
- Get back into my healthy eating habits and exercise. Unfortunately indulging in Italian and French foods has had an impact on my waistline!
- Plan more travel!
VISION for my blog
- Whilst away I haven’t had much time to write. Prior to leaving I shared my latest recipe Raw Vegan Brownie Bites
- I also shared my holiday reads on my return My July 2022 Holiday Reads
- In August I intend to get back into a regular writing routine, including making content for my Facebook Group Midlife Challenge Group and send regular Newsletters
Let me know in the comments below:
Do you feel like you are designing your Midlife?
Is midlife living up to your expectations?
What did you expect midlife to look life?
Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this link party HERE and on the individual links below.