Cresting the Hill, No Descent in Sight
I’ve always liked the name of Leanne’s blog–Cresting the Hill. To crest means to reach the top, the highest point. For some midlife women, those who imagine their lives to be glasses half empty, cresting the hill might suggest that it’s all downhill from here. A gradual or precipitous decline into old age. But that’s not how Leanne or her many dedicated readers see it. Instead, to crest the hill is to inhabit midlife with vitality; to be free to make new decisions and new life choices.
If you haven’t met Leanne before, her responses to a dozen of our Slightly Scary Deep Questions Worth Asking Yourself will introduce you to this warm, authentic woman. Next, I hope you’ll check out her blog. Cresting the Hill is a great resource if you need inspiration or help with your own climb to the summit.
What would you do if you could not fail?
Quit my job, work from home and be an ‘influencer’ in the Midlife world. I’d love to have more impact on women in their 50’s and 60’s–encouraging them to believe in themselves, and to seize this stage of life with both hands.
What is your body telling you?
That I can’t get away with what I used to be able to! I can eat what I like, but my waistline will expand rapidly–so now I have to choose healthy foods (90% of the time) and I need to move more. Walking is now my best friend. You will never get me to cross the threshold of a gym–all those sweating, heaving bodies turn me off. Give me fresh air and sunshine any time!
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, humour, similar values, the ability to hold a conversation that’s engaging, like-mindedness, and having plenty of things in common. Just ‘getting’ each other is so important. There’s nothing worse than being misunderstood and having someone take offence where none was meant.
What life advice do you give to your friends?
I steer away from specifics. Life has taught me that people really don’t want your advice, even when they ask for it. So I tend to give general advice to my friends about living in the ‘now’ and appreciating how great our lives are. I share my journey and how content I am, and I try to steer them towards seeing how blessed they are in their lives too.
What do you want that you can’t have?
Probably the only wish of my heart would be to have our children and grandchildren living nearby. They are only a couple of hours drive away, but I miss being able to have unplanned coffee visits and seeing them more than once every month or two.
If you could choose to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Australia, no question. I’ve seen a bit of the Asian countries, a bit of Europe, a snippet of the Middle East. All were nice to visit but not where I’d want to live. Several other countries you couldn’t pay me to live in (I won’t go into which ones.)
What have you collected?
I come from a family of avid collectors–war memorabilia, cars, toys, Australiana, Royal Doulton–you name it, they’ve collected it. I wrote a post about it here. I’m the exception to the rule because I collect very little–some blue glass and perfume bottles. However, the collector gene came through when I found Pinterest. I have thousands of pins of pretty things, all safely online and I don’t have to dust them!
When are you most yourself?
I’m not a fake person. What you see is what you get with me, but we all have to wear a social face. When I’m home with my husband or having coffee with a close friend, I can let that face go and just be me. I think I’m also myself on my blog, Cresting the Hill. People who know me well say it’s like I’m having a conversation with them, so I guess it reflects the real me.
What is most important to you at this time in your life?
Oh… so many things! My husband, my children, my grandbabies, my blog, having a great work/life balance, being debt free after all those years of mortgage payments, having the freedom to do things on my own terms without worrying about others so much.
I love that Midlife has turned out to be such a fun and rewarding time for me. So much brings me joy and there are so few things that bother me nowadays.
Which culture, other than your own, speaks to you?
I thought I’d go a bit left field with this one. The Christian culture speaks to me. I have a strong faith and the concept of eternity and living with purpose speaks very strongly. For me, this life is about preparing us for eternity–not about living, dying, and becoming worm food.
Who is your favourite character in fiction?
I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan and I particularly love her J.D. Robb In Death series. Her main characters, Eve and Roake, would rate close to the top of my favourites list. Also Claire and Jamie from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.
What smells give you a sense of well-being?
Warm babies, roast dinners, hot chips, my favourite perfume, my husband (he says it’s important to smell nice and I agree!), coffee, the air after a sun shower.
Leanne and I invite your thoughts and questions. We will both always reply.