Sizzling Sue Shares What Inspires Her
I looked up the definition of sizzling. It means hot, passionate, very exciting. Often there’s a sexual connotation as in a “sizzling romance.” While we’d have to ask her husband about that last part, I can affirm that the author of this week’s Tribe Story writes a blog that certainly sizzles with encouragement, inspiration and support for women over 50.
Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond is one of the blogs that I started following during last month’s A-Z blogging challenge. I was delighted when Sue took me up on the invitation I’ve extended to all of you. Sue selected 15 questions from the list of 25 Not-Too-Scary Life Questions Worth Asking Yourself, wrote her answers, added some photos, and emailed everything to me. It was that easy, and I think she’d tell you it was even fun!
I hope you enjoy this little peek into what makes Sue tick. And if you find that there are some similarities in how you and Sue answer the questions, remember that’s a sign of one of the levels of friendship we talked about last week. In my case, there were many connections, including what we both fear. Read on and enjoy!
What is your favourite quote? Why?
“Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”
I love this because it puts age in such a positive way. We can’t stop the aging process (even going under the knife), but we can live with an Ageless Attitude and embrace it rather than fighting against it. We need to make the most of each day and not waste time getting hung up on a number.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
When someone tells me that I have inspired them to make positive changes in their lives, or they have achieved a goal because of my motivation. It makes me feel great to know I have helped someone.
What is the title of the last book you read that you absolutely loved?
The Guernsey Potato Peel Society was the last book I read and it was delightful. There is a movie now which I’m looking forward to seeing, although sometimes movies don’t live up to the book.
I love reading and can spend hours caught up in a good crime thriller or, if I’m feeling down, I like to curl with a Maeve Binchy book. I have recently finished several Lisa Genova books and loved each of those so would recommend them. She wrote Still Alice which was a moving story about a woman with Alzheimer’s. All of her books deal with different illnesses, but in such a personal and heartwarming way.
What are you afraid of?
Heights. I don’t mind flying in a plane or helicopter but being high up on the balcony of a very tall building scares me. My daughter works on the 51st floor of a building with elevators that have glass walls. I couldn’t face that every day!
When do you have trouble saying ‘No’?
It used to be always, but now I’m realizing that it is perfectly okay to say ‘No’ and not feel guilty. Having time for ourselves is so important to recharge and enjoy life rather than constantly rushing around trying to please everyone.
What is your greatest source of joy?
My grandson. I have spent every week with him since he was born four years ago and we have a very special relationship. He has taught me to live in the moment and experience the joy of just being. I can remember the look of awe on his face the first time he felt the breeze on his skin. It made me realize that making the most of each moment is so important in life.
What were your favourite activities when you were a child?
Growing up, I did ballet, tap, jazz and highland dancing, and even opened my own dance studio at 15 years old. I was never good at athletics, but ironically took up running when I turned 50. That was ten years ago and I’m still running!
What are you known for or would like to be known for?
Most people would tell you that if I say I’m going to do something, I follow through. I don’t like to give up and people know me for my determination and self-motivation. I live by the Michael Jordan saying, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, some make it happen.” I’m the type of person who will make it happen.
Who or what are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for my loving husband, family, friends (including blogging friends I have made over the last three years), and readers of my blog who leave such encouraging comments.
I’m also grateful for my health as I lost my Mum at 63, Dad at 65 and my brother at 66, all from cancer. Having turned 60, I’m grateful for each year that I get a clean bill of health.
What does being creative mean to you? Are you creative?
Someone once told me I wasn’t creative and that thought stuck with me for years. I actually wrote a post about it in the recent A to Z Blogging Challenge, ‘L’ is for Lifelong Learning and Creativity. It has taken most of my life to realize that we are all creative in our own way. I have a blog so I am creative in my writing and thoughts. I decorate special birthday cakes for my grandchildren each year, and I love to knit or crochet. It is amazing how we can limit ourselves just from a comment someone might make in passing.
What steals your serenity?
I’m a born worrier, although maybe turning 60 I’m finally overcoming that by taking the Mindful in May Challenge which is daily guided meditations and interviews for 31 days. Worry is such a wasted emotion and usually it is over some trivial matter. I am learning to know what I should be concerned about and what I just have to let the universe take care of. My only regret is not learning this earlier in life.
What kinds of people energize you and what kinds of people drain you?
Obviously, positive people energize me. Those people who embrace life and don’t dwell on the negatives. Life is never perfect for any of us, but our attitude to what happens to us determines our quality of life.
When do you feel amazing?
I feel great after I exercise or go for a run. The endorphins have kicked in and any stress or anxiety has left me. One of the most amazing experiences for me was completing a full marathon of 42.2 kms at age 55. I was so tired, but so emotionally happy that I had achieved my goal which I had been training for. I felt like I’d won an Olympic gold medal!
When are you most yourself?
What you see is what you get with me. I like to think I’m a genuine person and people realize that I don’t put on an act to impress.
Finish these sentence starters.
- I used to be a woman who was full of self-doubts and insecurities.
- I am now a woman who is embracing and living life with an Ageless Attitude.
- I want to be a woman who inspires my children, grandchildren and friends to embrace life at any age by living a healthy lifestyle and a life with purpose.
Did any of Sizzling Sue’s answers mirror your own? Do you have any questions for Sue? She will be happy to reply to your comments, as will I.