1. If you were only allowed one word to describe your 2015 what would it be and why?
Learning, learning, learning!
There have been times this year when it seemed that my mind was quite literally expanding with all the information it was seeking, absorbing, processing and using. From oncology to info-preneurship, podcasts to retirement villages, website design to gardens for butterflies, I now know more than I did a year ago.
2. What achievement for you this year epitomises making your second half deliberately delicious?
Do I really have to limit myself to just one? Sigh …
There was a moment during our inaugural ‘Weekend with The Ripenists’ when the participants were working in pairs. All were totally absorbed in the discussion of the moment. The sun was shining, birds were singing and laughter and conversation flowed easily amongst these women who, only the night before had been relative strangers.
I thought that my heart would burst with gratitude that they came (a month before our website was even live) believing that midlife could indeed be made more delicious and they were deliberately making it so. Right then and there.
I was humbled, overwhelmed and profoundly aware that by their engagement they were making my own second half even more delicious
3. As a smart, self-aware midlife woman (a.k.a A Ripenist) what have you learned about yourself this year?
I am more courageous, resilient and tenacious than I previously realised.
I have also learned that I do not have to always be ‘the strong one’ and in fact, by sharing my vulnerability, others get the chance to show their strength.
And as the red slippered Dorothy said so well, I’m now really clear that “there’s no place like home!”
4. What life lesson did you seem to repeat again in 2015 that you haven’t quite nailed yet?
Quite possibly because so much of my year involved sitting on my bum while being in the learning zone, I dropped the ball on prioritising my wellbeing. Again.
When I am mentally absorbed, time passes quickly and I tend to forget all else until I realise that my back, knees and shoulders are aching, I’ve forgotten to drink water, I’ve snacked my way through my lolly stash and my mind is too busy to switch off for sleep.
None of this is new to me. It’s been my pattern for years. But I had thought I’d do better in 2015…
5. What fundamental shift could you allow your learning’s from 2015 to herald for 2016?
Frankly, I’m not sure how much longer my body will allow me to ignore its wellbeing without more significant consequences than I’ve already had.
Getting traction on prioritising my wellbeing will need to involve a different approach to the way I have been thinking, feeling and doing it thus far.
I might just need a wee glass of bubbles while I mull that over!
Your turn, Ripenists. What are your answers to these reflection questions?
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