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! Sizzling Sue Loncaric and husband

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.Sizzling Sue Loncaric at the finish line

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. 

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  1. I also began following Sue during A to Z. I loved getting to know a bit more about her through her answers to these questions. Some of her answers surprised me. I have a hard time imagining her ever worrying. Probably because she has conquered that to a great degree. I look forward to The Guernsey Potato Peel Society.

    1. I too was surprised to read that Sue worries about things. It actually reminded me of being surprised to read that you suffer from social anxiety, Heather. I think, as you say, both of you have conquered or come close to conquering your particular demons.
      I haven’t read The Guernsey Potato Peel Society but it’s now on my list. I did look to see about the movie version that Sue mentions. The critics absolutely panned it, but we’ll see. First the book however.

    2. Hi Heather! Thanks for the lovely words and yes I do worry BUT I am finally learning to not sweat the small stuff! I can’t wait to see The Guernsey Potato Peel Society now that I’ve read the book. I hope I won’t be disappointed. xx

  2. What wonderful insight into your life, Sue. I’m very impressed you’ve run a marathon. I can guarantee I will never be adding that to my life CV.

    1. A big ditto on the marathon for me, AJ. I just read a post today about one of those extreme athletes – the guys who do marathons of a thousand plus miles. In contrast, Sue’s looks positively tame…. and still impossible!

    2. Hello Anita! Running a marathon would have to be one of my greatest achievements. I just never thought I would be able to do it, but I proved myself wrong. x

  3. You have my BBB (Best Blogging Buddy) Sue on today Karen! She’s such an inspiration isn’t she? We started blogging around the same time and cheer each other on through those times when it all just seems too hard and we want to quit. She will tell you I “pestered” her to do the AtoZ – and how glad she is to have taken the Challenge and met people like you in the process. Now I’m wondering if I should answer some of those questions!

    1. Wonder no longer, Leanne! Those questions, questions from either of the other two lists, combinations of questions from the three lists, anything you want to say or story you want to tell, in print or video or art – is it obvious yet that my arms are wide open and welcoming you and everyone in! I love our community here and figure that everyone getting to know everyone else can only ever be a very good thing!

      1. Karen you warm my heart with the comments you leave on my blog and the replies to the comments I leave here – I’m so glad we met – and those questions are still ticking away in my head!

        Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
        Leanne |

    2. Hi BBB and yes even though you pestered me I am grateful you pushed me into AtoZ this year. What are we going to write about next year??? You might have created a monster! LOL:)

      1. Hi Sue – I already have a little idea swimming around in the back of my mind – I’ll probably have several more before February rolls around and I decide to sell my April to the AtoZ for a fourth time!

  4. Hi Sue, I love your ageless attitude. You know I’ve been a regular reader of your blog and participant of MLSTL link up. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts.

    Thanks, Karen, for featuring Sue here. I’m a regular reader of your blog too, and also look forward to your upcoming posts. Lots of wisdom, encouragement, and support from you and Sue.

  5. One of the best things about blogging is the relatability of others and their experiences. This post would be one of those. So much of Sue’s responses resonated with me – being a worrier, being uplifted by positive people, being grateful for my health and every new day.

    However the biggest thing was being told at a young age that we weren’t creative. That’s framed so much of my life and just now in my retirement, I’m discovering the opposite. We really do have so much control over creating our own reality. I wish I had learned that lesson much earlier.

    Keep sizzling, Sue!

    1. Some crimes are more unforgivable than others. Topping that list, for me, is being told that we aren’t creative. I’m glad you’ve learned otherwise, Joanne. And I agree that it would have been good to have known so much earlier, but I’m using the late date as justification for days when I choose to deep dive into a creative project. After all, there’s a lot of time to make up!

      1. I agree, Karen. It should be a crime to tell a child that they aren’t creative. It’s taken me a long time to learn that creativity manifests itself in very different ways.
        … and I’m all for making up for lost time!! 🙂

    2. Hi Joanne how lovely to meet you and I am so pleased my post resonated with you. It is amazing how a few words can shape our lives isn’t it? I agree the saying ‘I wish I had known this when I was younger’ is just so true. Have a great day and I look forward to getting to know you. I’d love you to pop over to Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and say hello anytime xx

      1. On some days it seems that “I wish I had known this when I was younger” is a repeating mantra …. but mostly I’m happy where I’ve turned out so far. Considering that we don’t have a clue what we’re doing when we’re young, and we’re just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks, it’s nice to reach a ‘certain age’ and know we didn’t mess it up completely 🙂

        Keep on sizzling, Sue 🙂

  6. Hi, Karen – Thank you for featuring Sue. I have been following her for awhile now and always find her posts to be inspirational. This one was especially so. I have read several guest posts and interviews with Sue (the most recent one on Grammy’s Grid), and still I learned more about her from the questions that you have asked her. Great post!

    1. I thought the same, Donna. Although I haven’t been following Sue for anywhere near as long as you, I thought that I knew her a bit from her A-Z posts. And I did, but the richness of her answers to these questions really deepened that knowing. Thanks for noticing and commenting on that, Donna.

    2. And special thanks to Shiraz. When I left my last comment, I no longer needed to fill in any details about myself — your site recognized me! Also, when you replied to my comment, I received instant email notification of that. I love these new features!

    3. Hi Donna! I never thought I was such an interesting person until I started answering all of the questions in my several guest posts! A great way to get to know each other, isn’t it?

  7. Sue – What Steals Your Serenity? You said worry and I can absolutely relate to that because I have always worried about everything. However, I read somewhere that “Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday” and I finally realized that there are so many things I worry about that I simply cannot do anything to change. So, like you, I’ve decided to stop worrying about things that are beyond my control and let the universe do as it will. Thanks Sue, I really enjoyed your story.

    1. I like that quote, Anna, and your decision as a result of it. I’ll bet it feels amazingly freeing to let the universe do as it will. I’m trying to get there but I’m definitely a work in progress.

    2. Hi Anna! How lovely to meet you and also wonderful that like me, you are overcoming the worry. It can really sap the energy can’t it and life is there to be lived. Have a beautiful day and I’d love you to pop over and visit my blog anytime to say hello. xx

  8. I love all Sue’s answers, but I related most to her quote: “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.” I’m in the midst of struggling with the aging concept and sometimes I let “the numbers” get me down. It was inspiring to read Sue’s explanation and attitude on this difficult subject. Thanks for bringing those thoughts into my life.

    1. That was my favourite quote too, Cathi. We’re going to keep working through this aging thing together. The end result will be a very good place indeed. I’m sure of it.

    2. Oh I love that quote too – it really puts everything into perspective and a positive spin. I’m so pleased you found some inspiration from my answers. Feel free to visit my website and say hello. Have a beautiful day xx

    1. Ditto on all of that, Anabel. I work with a personal trainer and I remember her asking me years ago if I’d like to set the goal of a marathon as a way to stay motivated. Um, nope. But kudos to Sue for embracing the challenge.

    2. Hi Anabel! Great to connect and I never thought I could run a marathon but I proved myself wrong. We can always surprise ourselves in some way. Come visit me at Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and say hello. Have a beautiful day x

  9. Oh Sue, you are amazing! I dropped into your blog–what energy you have. Love your answers to these questions. There’s a lot of bravery to being so comfortable you can be yourself, not what others expect of you. I’m not there yet!

    1. Hi Jacqui and thank you for visiting my blog and also leaving your lovely comment today. I do have my moments where I worry about what other people think but these days it is less and less. Keep going you will achieve it!

  10. So great to learn more about Sue. (And inspired to answer some of those questions myself.) An ageless attitude is a phrase I’m stealing, as I continue to approach 60. But sorry, not going to run. I married a runner and always said that my prenup states I will not run. 🙂 Walk, hike, SUP, even Zumba… but not run.

  11. Hi Karen (and Sue!) It is always fun to learn more about some of the people I follow and read regularly. I didn’t know you were a runner Sue–good for you for staying active! You and I completely agree about hanging out with optimistic people and that positive aging is not only possible, but imperative. May we all continue to stay healthy and happy as the years go by. ~Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy. I think that if we stay blogging and stay connected to this wonderful community of ours, the likelihood of remaining healthy and happy shoots way, way up!

  12. Hi ladies! I loved reading Sue’s answers. I am also a worrier who is afraid of heights 🙂 I’m still trying to learn to let go of worry, because it is a complete waste of mental and emotional energy. Sue, what has been the most helpful meditation you’ve discovered so far this month?

    And I love the quote! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Great question, Jenny. I’ll be interested in reading Sue’s answer to that one too.
      Oh, and welcome to our online “don’t make me go out on that balcony” club.

    2. Hi Jenny, the quote has become my favourite. The most helpful meditation this month has definitely been giving kindness and compassion to myself. We always give it so easily to others but sometimes find difficulty treating ourselves this way.

  13. Thank you for featuring Sue today! It was nice to get to know a little more about her. Karen, your questions are great and I AM REALLY MEANING TO answer my own choice of 15 one of these days… I guess I’m a “want it to” or “wish it would” happen sort of person 🙂 . Sue, I have been enjoying reading your blog for a while now… I can’t believe that someone actually told you that you weren’t creative!

    I hope your comment thingy works for me this time… fingers crossed!

    1. Hi Janis. Yes! The comment thingy worked. I had to moderate for this first one, but from now on you should be good to go. Fingers crossed.

      I’m happy to wait for you to answer questions whenever the mood strikes or, if you are someone who works better with deadlines, I’m happy to apply pressure by holding a particular date for you. Totally your call.

    2. Hi there Janis and yes that phrase about my lack of creativity stuck for years! I have been having problems with my comments on the website as well. All I want is an email to notify the reader that I have answered their post but I just can’t find what I’m looking for. I’m looking forward to reading your answers to the questions you select. Have a great day! xx

  14. Karen – thanks for sharing Sue’s responses! I too enjoy Maeve Binchy and Lisa Genova – get nervous from heights — and I’m so glad both of you own your creativity! I’ve been mulling over the ‘terrifying questions’ — but totally enjoy reading these more casual reflections too!

    1. Hi Janet! Maybe we were twins separated at birth! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to visit me over at my website anytime to say hello. Have a great day! xx

    2. Hi Janet. Life has been a bit intense this week, but I haven’t forgotten that I’m going to get in touch with you for a tribe story. I’ll set that up with you very soon.

  15. Hi Sue and Karen,

    First of all thank you, Sue, for sharing your answers to those questions. I found a lot of them resonated with me and I love your quote from Michael Jordan, being a person who makes it happen is such an admirable quality. I, like a great many others here will never do a marathon, just not in my wheelhouse of talents. I am, however, thoroughly impressed with your prowess at not only attempting but successfully completing marathons. Kudos!! I have learned some more about you and found there are quite a few similarities between us. I too am a born worrier and my mind always gravitates to the worst possible case scenario. It is usually not the case in the end but I worry none the less. I like to crochet and I also follow through when I say I am going to do something. I enjoy your comments on posts here on Profound Journey and read your blog as well. Looking forward to reading more of your writing here…and there on your blog.

    Thank you Karen, for the great questions you provide (all three lists) as they are a great jumping off point for writing a tribe story or expanding on one you have written. I plan on writing another update to my tribe story using some of the 25 Totally Terrifying Meaning of Life Questions Worth Asking. Oh, I wanted to tell you that your new tagline is great! We already had the discussion about the validity of calling it the “second half” but for the sake of simplicity and not to split hairs we can definitely leave it at that. 😉 LOL 🙂

    1. Hi Susan thank you so much for your lovely comment and I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading my answers and getting to know me a little better. Really great to connect with you and have a beautiful day xx

    2. Hi Susan. You and Sue sure have more in common than your name! Will you decide to follow in Sue and Anna’s footsteps and teach yourself to stop worrying?

      Thanks for the comment about the tagline. And you’re right – while second half isn’t valid unless we’re planning to live beyond 100, ‘final third of life’ is a bit of a downer for a tagline!

  16. Sue is awesome and it is wonderful to see her featured on another awesome person’s blog. I’ve ‘known’ Sue for a while and love her inspirational posts and positivity. She wrote a blurb for my book and it made me so happy to have someone from down under chiming in on ‘Boomer on the Ledge.’ The only thing I could fault Sue for is her propensity for exercise. It reminds me that I need to get off my butt and get moving, and that is such a ‘bummer.’ Haha! Karen, I am so glad that you have found Sue.

    1. Hi Molly you always make me laugh! I’ll be waiting at the corner for you Saturday morning for a run LOL:) It was my pleasure to write the blurb for ‘Boomer on the Ledge’ and I see photos on Instagram and social media all the time. The Boomer has become a celebrity!

    2. Me too, Molly. And I picked up on that “another awesome person’s blog.” Look how smoothly you did that! Thank you, thank you!
      I clearly need to order your book and doll. I’ve come up with “a scathingly brilliant idea” (remember that movie – Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows) and will be placing an order soon 🙂

  17. Hi Fran! A brisk walk is all you need to keep active and I’m sure your travels would keep you on the move! Thanks for the comment and feel free to pop over to my website and say hello anytime! xx

  18. Hi Karen, I’m overwhelmed at the response to my post and thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to meet such wonderful women. What a wonderful tribe and I’m so pleased to have connected with you through AtoZ. Have a beautiful week and enjoy. xx P.S. I still haven’t fixed the comment problem 🙁

    1. I so appreciate you, Sue. I appreciate your willingness to share yourself on your own blog and in your answers to the questions for this post. I appreciate you taking the time to write this post, and I absolutely appreciate that you always engage with your readers.
      Finally, I appreciate your efforts to fix the comment problem. I haven’t figured out anything either. Do you think maybe we need to learn a new skillset and create our own WordPress plugin? I mean really, given all of the technological problems our society has solved, we can’t get a plugin that responds to an individual comment? It’s just not right, Sue, it’s not right!

      1. Thank you for your lovely words Karen and it was an honor to be part of your Tribe. If I have any hair left after the problems with the commenting I might consider a partnership to build our own plugin 😀

  19. How lovely that was to read more about Sue. Sue is a caring & compassionate woman who has been incredibly supportive of me when I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. We may never have met but bloggers connect without doing that! Thanks for sharing. Denyse

    1. I didn’t know that your cancer diagnosis was that recent, or that Sue had been supportive. I’m not surprised though to read your assessment of Sue as caring and compassionate. That’s certainly the impression I’ve had of her in the very short time I’ve ‘known’ her. Thanks for writing, Denyse.

  20. Hi Sue,

    Great to know you better! I love the quote and all the things you shared. It’s always wonderful to find more like-minded and positive women out there. I really believe we are in the best part of life now and I don’t fully understand why – when we have attained the most wisdom and strength of our lives – do we become “invisible” at this time. We have so much to offer – to other women and to a younger generation of women as well!

    Anybody have any thoughts on this, Sue and others?

    1. Hi Deb,
      I wonder if our focus on acquiring wisdom and developing strength is a focus unique to our age group and, perhaps, even to a particular subsection of that age group – the subsection that is interested in questing, in seeking. Maybe we become invisible to other women just because they aren’t in the same place due to either age or temperament. The saying, “Fish don’t recognize the water they swim in” comes to mind.

    2. I’ve written several posts about becoming invisible. I believe it is our choice to be ‘seen and heard’. Women like us do have so much to offer. We all have the ability to inspire others simply by live way we live our life.

  21. I learned even more about you today Sue 🙂 I’m afraid of heights too, scares me to look down from a tall balcony. Was too afraid to get too close to the ledge while at the Grand Canyon! My grandbabies bring me the greatest joy! Karen, I shared your post x 3 ♥

    1. Thanks for visiting Profound Journey, Grammy Dee, and for sharing Sue’s post. I noticed in Donna’s comment that Sue did an interview or a post with you on your site. Now that I know about your site, I’ll definitely be by to take a look. Have a great day.

  22. Sue it is always nice to learn more about my blogging “friends”. I use the quotes because I use air quotes when I quote something from one of the blogs I follow. I was so happy to find your blog because of the age, most blogs I was finding were either all fashion or mommy blogs. I do wish I had the energy you do Sue. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m with you, Victoria. When I looked at blogs by female bloggers, I was distressed by how many I found that were focused on fashion or fitness or nonstop travel or, indeed, being a mother or a grandmother. I love finding blogs, like Sue’s, that are about us.

    2. It has been great to connect with you Victoria. There are quite a few of us who blog about midlife and beyond and I’m loving meeting new women each week. We all rock!

  23. Isn’t it great the way we can connect through this blogging journey. I love Sue’s blog and your questions have more of an insight into her life, so thank you both!!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I so appreciate Sue’s willingness to open up and give us those insights into her life. Knowing her a little better enriches my reading of her blog, and allows me to leave more meaningful comments that permit the connection you talk about. It’s all good!

  24. I’ve heard a lot about Sue,and based on the answers to your questions, she seems like an amazing person! I love people who are honest and straightforward, and I recognize many of her answers and feelings as being similar to mine. Except for the fear of heights. 🙂

    I’m so sorry you lost so many loved ones to cancer in their sixties, Sue. It sure opens your eyes to the realities of life and makes you grateful for your health. My husband and I had similar experiences when we were in our thirties/forties. Luckily, we were (and are) already living with the realization that life is precious and we need to make it worthwhile and unique. A very inspiring post, Karen and Sue. I love reading posts where people have their priorities straight. 🙂

    1. Hey Liesbet.
      Both comments worked (yahoo!) so I’ve deleted your follow-up one. Thanks for persisting.
      I think you’ve nailed it as to what is so appealing about Sue’s answers – they are really honest and straightforward. That has been a theme of anyone who has responded to my Tribe Story invitations (including you) and it makes for such a pleasurable read.

    2. Hi Liesbet I’m so pleased you enjoyed my answers and are getting the opportunity to know me a little better. Yes, losing my parents in my 20s and then my brother a couple of years ago really makes me want to make the most of life. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day xx

  25. This is all very impressive! I admire your openness in answering each of the questions. I looked them over, and thought, “Maybe on a day when I’m feeling better about myself…” Not because I am miserable. It was more that I felt the desire to put a positive spin on each answer…which felt like the conversations that just skim the surface, never revealing too much…that I find excruciating. Not that the questions led me there. The questions led me to a level of honesty and openness that I hesitate to share with people I don’t know. Not that I have any big hidden secrets.. If you can follow the circularity here, you see the problem: casual acquaintances make for shallow conversations, which seem like a waste of time…but I often avoid deeper conversations that would lead to greater intimacy and mutual knowledge. So, cheers to you, Sue; as for me…maybe on a better day.

    1. I get it, Cindy, and I thank you for your honesty and openness in talking about this issue. You are actually really good at both of those qualities, which is what makes your blog such a meaningful read.

      That said, we each reveal more as we feel more comfortable. If that never happens on Profound Journey for you, that’s perfectly good. I’m going to keep visiting you on your blog and learning more and more about you there because even if you think you’re engaged in shallow conversations, you are not – your blog is rich and deep and thoughtful. I learn a lot from it and about you every time I read 🙂

    2. Hi Cindy I totally get where you are coming from and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment about your feelings. I’m someone who probably shares too much about myself but what you see is what you get. I hope you have a better day and feel that you can answer some of Karen’s questions – they did make me think. xx

  26. Great interview! Love the best compliment – “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.” That’s something I enjoy as well,. It’s nice to know we can help others to live their best lives. You do it so well too Sue!

  27. I came across Sue on AtoZ last year but only recently started following seriously. Sue has been such an inspiration to me. I loved reading this guest post and learning more about Sue.

    1. I’m even more recent in following Sue – this year’s A-Z challenge – but we’ve quickly become blogger pals. Sue is certainly inspiring! Thanks for commenting, Jennifer.

  28. Hi Karen, great to have you join us at Midlife Share the Love Party this week and I’m honoured you linked up my guest post. I’ve met some more bloggers that I didn’t know thanks to you! Have a great week my friend xx #MLSTL

  29. What fabulous, thoughtful and original questions, and not surprisingly great answers from our Sue!

    #makingmidlifematter 😉

    1. Thanks for visiting, Sonia. I’m glad you liked the questions. If you want more, there are another 50 spread between posts of “slightly scary” and “totally terrifying.” Depends on your mood 🙂
      I love the name of your blog. I’m popping over to take a look right now.

    1. Ditto on that, Donna. Question and answer interview format posts are always so much more interesting when the person answering the questions is authentic and open.

  30. It was nice getting to know a little more about Sue this week. Sue, I do think you are in inspiration in on the on-line midlife blog world. I tend to be an introvert in my personal life outside of writing, but I have really enjoyed getting to know like minded souls in the on-line space.

  31. I think it is great when people take up something completely new in their fifties, like your marathon running, Sue. The new thing I took up in my fifties was fly fishing.


    1. That’s very interesting, Jude. You’ve made me immediately curious. Why fly fishing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to try, or is it a sport that is important to someone who is important to you? What is it about fly fishing that keeps you participating? Etc etc. I’m not expecting any answers here, Jude. I just wanted to let you know that you’ve piqued my curiosity.

      1. I grew up in an area of northern BC that is a world destination for fly fishing. My dad was a fly fisherman, and our family went on fishing trips. However, as the only daughter in a family of boys, I did not have as many opportunities to fish as I would have liked, and was not taught how to fly fish.

        One of my best friends is a world class fly fisher. I moved to his town (also a famous fly fishing destination) a number of years ago and expressed an interest in fly fishing. On the occasion of my 50th birthday, my friends and family pooled their resources and gifted me with a fly rod, waders, and wading boots. My friends took me out on the river and gave me some introductory pointers. Then I met Rob, also a fly fisher, and we fished together. I love it. It is very meditative. Unfortunately, during our years on the prairies, we had little opportunity to fish.


        1. Thanks for filling me in, Jude. I’ve only ever seen fly fishing in the movie A River Runs Through It. It certainly looked meditative there. What a wonderful 50th birthday gift.

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