BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES 2 WITH SUE FROM SIZZLING TOWARDS 60 & BEYOND
The 2nd blogging grandmother to be featured for this series is Sue.
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: SIZZLING TOWARDS 60 & BEYOND
WHAT IS YOUR FAV SAYING: “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING IN YOUR WALLET OR PURSE: Well I’m a little boring, I usually carry just my smartphone and credit cards all in the one case. So nothing unusual for me, not even a Swiss Army knife!
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF: No, I am very guilty especially with my jogging shoes of just pulling my shoes off. I just use the excuse that I am tired after a long run. LOL
DOES WISDOM COME WITH AGE: Wisdom comes at different times for individuals. There are some very wise people who are much younger than me. For me, I think I was a late bloomer and it really took me turning 50 to actually believe that I did have something to offer from my learnings thoughout life.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY: I absolutely hate it when people are late, unless there is a valid reason. To me if you are late to an appointment or even a catch up it shows that you don’t really appreciate or value your friendship or the business. If I’m going to be late I usually text or call.
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP: I always wanted to be a teacher or a ballet teacher. I had a blackboard at home and used to teach ‘pretend’ classes. I also had a tape recorder with all of my ballet lesson music so I would hold ‘ballet classes’ in my lounge room. I didn’t become a teacher but I did realise my dream of becoming a ballet teacher. At 15 I started my dance studio, teaching ballet, tap, jazz ballet and highland dancing. I built it up to 200 pupils and continued for about 15 years until I moved interstate. I also became a teacher for H&R Block teaching students how to prepare Tax Returns for clients, so I suppose that I did become a teacher of sorts. I just loved seeing people learn, build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU REALLY LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF: A great question, Dee, because most people don’t like to look at their positive attributes. We are usually critical of ourselves or feel we are showing off if we promote our good points. My ‘never give up’ attitude and also my caring and encouraging nature are what I really like about myself. After years of feeling that I wasn’t good enough I would not have been able to answer this question until about 10 years ago. Once I turned 50, I ran a marathon and after retiring I started my blog. That is when I realised I could do anything if I put my mind to it. I give everything my 110% effort and also love helping others and encouraging them to achieve their dreams.
DO YOU HAVE A GREEN THUMB: Oh dear, I was behind the door when green thumbs were given out. I dream of having a beautiful garden but alas, most plants don’t survive under my care.
HAVE YOU GONE THRU MENOPAUSE? IF SO, WAS IT HARD TO DEAL WITH: Yes, I have and I have to admit I was a lucky one. Sure, I had the hot flushes but not many other symptoms. I believe that because I exercised regularly and followed a healthy eating lifestyle that helped me through. People underestimate the benefits of moving and keeping active not just the physical benefits but also the mental and spiritual benefits.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE: Definitely it would be to take a step back and accept that I can’t solve everyone’s problems. I am someone who likes to be there for others and it is hard to accept that for example, my children are adults and they have to learn, as I did from what ever life throws at you. As a mother or grandmother you want everything to be easy for your family, but if they don’t experience the challenges in life then they don’t grow as individuals or develop resilience in life.
WHO IS THE ONE PERSON WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My Mum. Mum had breast cancer at 53 years old and suffered through countless chemotherapy treatments and radiation for 10 years. She passed away at 63 years old in 1986. During her life, including when she had cancer, I never once heard her complain. She was always a gentle, giving person, with a strong faith and was an inspiration not just to her family but many friends as well. I think this is where I learned my ‘never give up attitude’ and my caring attitude for others. To me, Mum held on even after Dad died (six months after his retirement), because she wanted to see her family settled. It seemed that once she had that, then she felt she could leave us and be in peace and pain free.
COULD YOU TAKE A VACATION AWAY FROM ALL TECHNOLOGY AND IF SO FOR HOW LONG: I’ve written about the need to take a break from technology as it really can take over our lives. At the moment, I’m managing one day a week but oh a week might be very hard. My friend, Donna from Retirement Reflections, recently did this and she found it beneficial. Here is a link to her post.
DO YOU KNIT, CROCHET, OR QUILT: I love knitting and crochet although these days I don’t do it as much. I remember in high school I knitted a Fair Isle pattern jumper and thought I was so clever! Both knitting and crochet are relaxing and also if you are following a pattern you are using your brain which keeps it healthy! I have reintroduced crochet to my 92 year old Mother-in-Law and she has a constant project, making shawls for all the staff at her aged care home. I admire people who can do quilting, so many beautiful and creative designs, but have never tried it.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, WHAT 3 ITEMS WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU: Another tough question and my answers probably aren’t that clever. Probably, the internet (I know that isn’t going to happen but I can dream) because I could then have a steady supply of books to read on my e-book, my workout gear and of course my darling husband.
ARE YOU EMBRACING OR FIGHTING GRAY HAIR: Well I’m not against grey hair, but at the moment I am white across the front but darker at the back so I would sort of look like a skunk if I just let it go. I am introducing a color to allow my greys and whites to show through but not so stark a contrast at the moment. I must admit I love getting my hair cut and coloured as it is a pamper session for me.
IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE AND COULD USE IT ONLY ONCE, WOULD YOU VISIT THE FUTURE OR THE PAST AND WHY: I think the past. I would love to meet some of my ancestors and have a chat with them. I love history and also historical novels. Of course, I would be a lady living in a castle LOL or I am also fascinated with the WW1 & WWII eras. Women came into their own because they had to step up to do jobs their husbands did at home and they were also valuable at the battle front. I actually love the TV series, Land Girls and Downton Abbey.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN EXTRATERRESTRIALS: I don’t really know but part of me thinks surely we aren’t the only living beings in the universe.
IF A MOVIE WAS MADE OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT ACTRESS WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU? WOULD THE MOVIE BE AN ACTION FILM, COMEDY, DRAMA, HORROR, ROMANCE, OR SCI-FI: Of course, I would go for the best in my opinion – Meryl Streep! As far as what kind of movie? Hmmm that is a tough one. My life has been at times a roller coaster ride with drama but also I’ve had romance and fun so let’s just go with an easy to watch Chick Flick. LOL
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL: Truly, I don’t feel any age. I’ve recently written about and given a speech on having an Ageless Attitude. Sure my body is 60 years old but my mind doesn’t think in terms of a number, because once you start thinking how old you are, you will become old. I keep fit and active and also make sure I connect with people of all ages. Young people, especially my grandson keep me grounded and make me live in the moment.
WHAT ADVICE WILL YOU OR HAVE YOU GIVEN TO YOUR 18 YEAR OLD GRANDCHILD/GRANDCHILDREN WHEN THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL: Be authentic, believe in yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. You are unique and special in your own right. Your future doesn’t depend on your final high school results. There is a big world out there waiting to be discovered so get out there and explore. Most of all make sure you live your life being loving, considerate, kind, generous and enjoy every moment because we never know what tomorrow will bring.
SUE ADDED THIS NOTE: My blog is all about encouraging women over 50 to live a fit and healthy life by embracing an Ageless Attitude. Thank you Dee for the opportunity to be a guest at Grammy’s Grid. I would love to get to know more of your readers so I invite you all to visit me over at Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and also my Facebook group – Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive.
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