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Journaling in July Day 7

 

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues at they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

My Favourite Quote and Why

I love cycling and have done so for many years. The following post was one I wrote in 2018.  I think it’s worth reposting as it explains how I feel about cycling and why the above quote says it all to me.

Repost:

Bikes have been ever present in my life from a very young age. At every stage in my life, cycling and bikes have been more or less important, but the bike has always been there, even if only in the background. At the time, when life is just being lived, the importance isn’t noticed. It’s just something that’s there. It’s only in looking back on a long life that I realise my life wouldn’t have been the same without bikes and cycling featuring heavily.

I’m fairly sure that my youngest memory, was of me riding my brand new bike up and down the hallway of our house on Christmas Day. The bike was a blue three wheeled trike, and seemed so so huge to me. My mother was very strict, so I remember thinking that I would get into trouble for riding the bike in the house. But nothing was said, so ride I did. This is a very vivid memory.

When I was in year prep, my grandfather would often collect me after school on his bike. I’d sit side saddle on the crossbar and off we’d go. I can remember being very excited for school to finish, so that I could go riding with my grandfather.

My grandparents were caretakers at the local showgrounds, so that was our backyard. I loved riding my bike at the showgrounds. There was no traffic and lots of open space to ride around.

From Grade 1 onwards, I rode my bike to school. It was never considered unsafe and most of my friends rode also. The bike racks at our school were huge, to hold the bikes of most of the children at the school. Right through high school, I rode to school, most days. The days I didn’t ride, were the days I walked. We didn’t get driven to school on rainy days. The rain coat would go on, and off we’d go on the bike. I remember waiting at the corner most mornings, for a friend named Graeme who lived nearby. I rode with Graeme almost every day during my high school years, and we became very good friends. Unfortunately I lost touch with him, when we both began to have our families.

When I was about 14, I rode with my friend Nada to visit her aunty in Undera. That was a distance of 25k, which doesn’t sound much to me today. But when I was 14, it was the longest distance I’d ever ridden. I loved being out on the country roads riding, and I’m sure that was where my real love of cycling began.

I didn’t ride at all, from my late teenage years, to very early thirties, due to marrying and having children. However, by the time my third child, came along, and the older children were at school, I couldn’t wait to get back on the bike. So,with my daughter, aged one year, in the baby seat, I rediscovered my love of cycling. The two of us went out on the bike most days. We spent hours riding slowly around town and out past the orchards. There was no pressure, just a new found love of cycling, which continued throughout my life from then.

When my daughter, Lisa, who I had carted around on the back of my bike as a baby, became older, she was also into cycling. The first organised ride we did together was the Melbourne Bike Ride followed shortly after by the South Australian Bike Ride. When she moved to London, I spent time there visiting her. She made sure that I had a bike and we rode all around London and out into the countryside. We took a train to Wales and rode around the south of Wales for a week. The memories we made together on our bikes are priceless to me.

Over the years I’ve done many rides, organised by Bicycle Victoria, Bicycle NSW, Bicycle SA and Bicycle Qld. These are usually one week rides, though there have been a couple of two week rides. In total, I’ve done 13 of these rides, and feel like I’ve seen Australia from my bike saddle.

In 2006, when my marriage broke down, I decide it was time to make a new start in a new city. I chose Bendigo, as I knew it was a great cycling city with a very enthusiastic cycling culture. It is due to my love of cycling that I was able to settle down very quickly to life in Bendigo and make friends. The first thing I did, was to find a group of road riders, and I rode with them for many years.

You can’t be sad while riding a bicycle. I do believe that as I’ve found it to be true over the years.

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Journaling in July Day 6

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues at they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July theme reveal

 

DAY 6 THREE THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR

* My Health and Fitness: My health and fitness is quite good, for which I’m eternally grateful. But I work hard at it, exercising every day as I try to do. My preferred exercise sessions are weight training, cycling, walking and swimming. I do these exercises as single sessions as well as combining them for what I call super sessions. Because fitness is part of my life, my health is also very good. This enables me to still be working, and often long hours. I feel very proud and grateful to be 65 and still employed.

* A Peaceful Life: Over the years there’s been a bit of drama in my life. I’m really happy that things have now settled down, allowing me to live a peaceful life. I absolutely love where I live, on 20 acres, adjoining the Bendigo National Park. We are off the grid, meaning we use solar power only for electricity and have rain tanks and dams to supply our water.

* My Ancestors: I’m very much in awe and appreciative of the decision my ancestors made to come to Australia. Such a huge decision to get on a cramped boat with the family and sail across the water to a faraway unknown land. To make this decision even more difficult, in most cases they would have known they would probably never again see the family and friends they left behind.

 What are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your thoughts and promise to reply to all comments.

Journaling in July – Day 5

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues at they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July theme reveal

DAY 5 WHAT I DID TODAY

Today was a day off for me. At least it was intended to be a day off. I’d planned all sorts of fun things to fill in my day, apart from chores of course. I was going to the gym, had a long walk planned, and was going to spend a couple of hours on my blogs. And then I was called in to work! How quickly my plans changed. My workplace is moving into new premises. It’s been a huge project taking a couple of years getting a new store built and over the next couple of weeks we are finally moving.

I was asked to come in and help out with cleaning and moving stock, which is not my usual job description, but it’s all hands on deck at the moment, to help out with whatever has to be done. Instead of a slow start to the day, as I’d been imagining, I was on the road at 7am and worked until 4pm.

As soon as I arrived home I took myself into my home gym for my weights session. I try really hard not to let work interfere with gym. Really wasn’t in the mood tonight but pleased I made the effort after it was over. Early to bed tonight.

What did you do today? I’d love to hear about your day and promise to reply to all comments

 

 

What did you do today? I’d love to hear about your day and promise to reply to all comments.

Journaling in July Challenge Day 4

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues at they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July theme reveal

DAY 4 WRITE ABOUT A SPECIAL MEMORY

A very special memory I have is of my son, Craig, who died in a car accident in 1995, when he was age 18. I’m not sure why this memory came to mind, but perhaps it’s because Craig’s birthday is coming up very soon, and he’s been on my mind more than usual.

In 1992, we participated in the Great Queensland Bike Ride. It was a 10 day organised ride, around Queensland, and camping in tents at night. This ride started and ended in Cairns, and included Port Douglas, the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. The ride is a cycling holiday, and not a cycling race. Craig decided to come with us at the last minute, and I’m so pleased he did, as it’s the last holiday we had together.

I’ve done thirteen cycling holidays over the years, which shows how much I enjoy them. Seeing the countryside on a bike is a great way to have a holiday. But Craig didn’t really treat it as a holiday. At age 15, and a very keen cyclist, he was on a mission to get from the start to the finish every day, as quickly as he possibly could. He loved cycling and he particularly loved bikes. Arriving at the campsite early meant he was able to watch the riders and their bikes arrive. Every day, he would arrive at the campsite hours before we did, and at night would fill us in on what he learnt from the better riders and the types of bikes they were riding. He specially loved to tell us all about the technicalities of some of the bikes.  Craig became a familiar sight at the campsite early in day as he became friends with many of the faster riders who also arrived early. He would talk to them for hours about their bikes, and they also shared hints and tips with him on how to be a better rider. They would tell us what a funny boy he was and how they loved having him around. Especially, as he seemed to be soaking up as much information as they could give him. He really was in his element, as bikes and cycling were his life as a teenager.

There was a huge bonus for us, in Craig arriving at the camp site early. Every day, he would collect our luggage from the luggage trucks and erect our tents. We didn’t ask him to do it. He loved it. We would ride into camp, usually late in the afternoon, feeling hot and bothered, to find our tent up and our bags waiting inside. Such luxury! We wouldn’t see Craig until he wandered back to see us at dinner time. The dinner conversation was always about some of the amazing bikes he’d seen and the riders he had met.

This memory has been long forgotten until the prompt for day 4 brought it all back to me.

If you feel that this challenge is something that would be useful to your family history, do join me.  Please leave me a comment if you intend to join so that I don’t miss any of your posts.

Do you have a special memory. I’d love to hear about it and promise to reply to all comments

Journaling in July – Day 3

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues at they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July theme reveal

DAY 3 WHAT MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY

These days it’s the simple things that make me feel happy

  •  Having a tidy house
  •  Spending an entire day in the garden
  •  Watching my chooks
  •  Bushwalking
  •  Time in the gym
  •  Curling up with a good book
  •  Walking my dogs
  •  Blogging
  •  Reading other blogs
  •  Attending genealogy conferences
  •  Riding my bike
  •  Time with my grandchildren
  •  Being organised and not rushed
  •  Being employed
  •  Feeling healthy and fit

I’m fairly sure that I’m generally a happy person, but I do believe that we can choose to be happy. There have been times in my life when I’ve found it really difficult to be happy. But I’ve always made a conscious choice to be happy and not to dwell on the upset. One of the things I say to myself is to ‘fake it till I make it’. That usually works for me. I don’t underestimate the difficulty of this for some. It’s just what works for me.

What makes you happy? I’d love to hear your thoughts and promise to reply to all comments left.

Journaling in July Challenge – Day 2

Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond and Deb from Deb’s World have put out the challenge to bloggers to join in their Journaling in July Challenge challenge. Sue and Deb are not genealogy or family history bloggers.  Their blogs focus on lifestyle issues as they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life . However I plan to join Sue and Deb in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story.

As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and to my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours working on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July Journal prompts

 

DAY 2. DREAMS AND GOALS

I have so many dreams and goals as they relate to different areas of my life. I have goals for my health and fitness, goals for living a great life, goals for my garden, goals for travel and so much more. I often write about goals on my fitness and life blog. But for this post I will concentrate on my dreams and goals for my family history and it’s research.  Again, there are so many that come to mind, so I will just mention a few.

Dreams

  • To continue meeting unknown cousins who contact me through my blog or through matching DNA results
  •  Organise family reunions for two branches of my family
  • Have a headstone erected on my great grandparents graves – TAYLOR
  • Visit Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales where my TAYLOR/LLOYD great great grandparents were born
  • Visit Bedfordshire, England, the birthplace of my great great grandfather THOMAS WATERS
  • Visit Glenshiel in the Scottish Highlands where my Morrison family originated from
  • Attend Rootstech in Salt Lake City again
  • Write and publish the Waters and Taylor family history books

Goals

  •  To learn more about DNA so that my family history research can get the most benefit from the results of my DNA test
  •  To update my genealogy files on Legacy, adding extra information not yet added
  •  Digitise photos and all accumulated files and information
  •  After digitising files, distribute the originals to libraries and societies to ensure they are not lost after I’ve passed away
  •  Make a plan for my genealogy research after my life is over. Is there anyone in the family to take it on? I’m not sure that there is.
  •  Attend at least one, and preferably two genealogy conferences each year
  •  Visit cemeteries of my ancestors in Australia
  •  Find immigration records for Thomas WATERS and for John and Martha TAYLOR and children. (surely they didn’t swim to Australia!)

If you feel that this challenge is something that would be useful to your family history, do join me.  Please leave me a comment if you intend to join so that I don’t miss any of your posts.

Do you have dreams and goals for your family history? I’d love to hear about them and promise to reply to all comments.

Journaling in July Challenge Day 1

My blogging friend Sue from SizzlingTowards 60 & Beyond has put out the challenge to bloggers to join in her Journaling in July Challenge. Sue is not a genealogy or family history blogger. Her blog focuses on lifestyle issues as they relate to the midlife experience.  I mainly follow lifestyle bloggers on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness & Life .

However I plan to join Sue in the July Challenge on this blog, as I feel their prompts will help to build up a story about myself that will be useful in creating my family story. As I look at the prompts, and how they apply to me and to my life, I can see that some will be short posts and others much longer, some posts may even be just bullet points. I’d love you to take a look at Sue’s post for further information about the challenge.

Here in Central Victoria, July is usually one of the coldest months of winter, so as I will probably be spending more time indoors than usual, I plan to spend extra hours on my blogs. This challenge fits in perfectly with that plan.

Message from Sue: Here is the list of topics and I do hope that you will have some fun and enjoy this ‘challenge’ for July. Remember NO PRESSURE, some days you may find inspiration from the prompt and want to write and other days you won’t. I would also love to hear your feedback and perhaps you have some topics you could add to the list going forward.

July theme reveal

 

DAY 1. WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL

When I first read this prompt, I very quickly decided that I would skip day 1, as the thought of writing about what makes me special does press my buttons a little. I don’t usually write about myself in relation to my qualities or my thoughts.

On my fitness & life blog, I’m happy to write about my achievements and struggles in fitness, but I really don’t delve too deeply into my inner self or my inner thoughts.  I really don’t think that I’m any more special than the next person. We are all special in our different ways, as we try to live our lives in the best way we can. For me, I do try to be the best that I can be, and I’m always striving to be the best version of myself that is possible. Not that I’m always succeeding. It is a never ending struggle really, but one that I plan to continue.

After giving this topic some thought, I have decided to write a few lines about one of my qualities which does make me feel quite proud. I know that I have resilience. There have been a few challenges that have been thrown at me during my life that could have crushed me. Fortunately, my reslience, (and probably stubbornness) enabled me to rise above the problems and continue on to have a great life.

When I stop and think about it, I realise that resilience shows up often in my life. It’s just there and I rarely think about it, but it enables me to face a problem head on, solve it in the best way I can and continue on without dwelling on the problem and without feeling continuing upset.

Resilience: 1. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

 

I have posted previously about a few of my challenges I have faced. Here are the links if you are interested to read more

House Fire

The death of my son, Craig

The Luckiest Day of my Life

The Day I Walked 100 Kilometres

Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Walk – 1000k

I attribute being able to show resistance and cope with all of the above to the DNA that has been passed to me from my ancestors, most of whom definitely did need to have very strong qualities of resilience in order to start their new lives in a new country and against all odds. I do feel very strongly that the DNA that they passed down to me, has given me strength and resilience.

If you feel that this challenge is something that would be useful to your family history, do join me.  Please leave me a comment if you intend to join so that I don’t miss any of your posts.

Have you ever thought about what makes you special? I’d love to hear what you think and promise to reply to all comments.

 

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