All over age 60…it’s your time to bloom

All over age 60...it's your time to bloom

 All over age 60, it is your time to bloom.

I have chosen to make BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED my Spring 2021 personal mantra well over age 60….and it’s not cliché.

When I came home to a new life last March, I chose then to watch for new opportunities…yes, even over age 60….and, yes, from home.

I know it was this age group which was saddled with more fear than any other and perhaps this age group which closed doors to the outside.

But, there is just something about Spring 2021 which has me desiring to have my focus on a blossoming new lifestyle …to wear more color with my style…to experience more joy in each day…to do things around my home I have not had the time to do in the past.

 

Over age 60, bloom with contentment

All over age 60, it's your time to bloom

 

Bloom Where You’re Planted…(said to be cliché by many) this year holds so much truth to me.  In the last year, we have all felt uprooted and planted in many different soils…some rocky, some dry, some rich…and many felt drained of the life they once had.

First of all, bloom where you’re planted is a statement about contentment no matter where you are.  In order to bloom, we must find the silver linings with our surroundings and circumstances.

If it helps, then make a list everyday of what you are grateful for right where you have been planted.  When you begin to think…if only I lived there or there…then work on your gratitude list instead.

I have already made a gratitude list for this weekend, so I will bloom through the time change and not grumble like I so often do!  It doesn’t help my joy for me to walk around being discontent about something I have no control over. 

Over age 60, bloom with opportunities

All over age 60, it's your time to bloom

I am not saying that we are all seeking financial opportunity.  But each one of us lives with opportunity to find joy where we are planted.  Of course, those of us still working always have opportunity to thrive in our work situation and believe that in America, despite the times, we can excel where we are.  We have opportunities to be kind and reach out to others.  We have opportunities to choose our focus for each day and not allow bitterness to steal the joy.

Also, along with our own personal responsibility we have opportunities to experience life once again in situations where we feel safe and comfortable.   I say personal responsibility meaning some of us are vaccinated and know when and where to wear our masks.  Spring 2021 is the perfect time to breathe in fresh air and rejoice in the sunshine….right where you are planted.

There is hope all around us if we just look for it.

Over age 60, ten ways to feed bigger blooms

All over age 60, it's your time to bloom

Not feeling the blooms?  Here are 10 Ways to Add Plant Food to Your Soil:

  1. Phone a friend! Call the person who makes you smile the most just for a fun conversation.  Maybe that is even a happy grandchild!
  2. Write a list of what you would like to do most over the warm weather months and make a plan of how to accomplish those tasks. (I am doing this for tasks around my home)
  3. Get outside! Even if it is only in your own yard…just go out to hear the birds sing.  Read outside rather than in the house.
  4. Do something just for you! Something that you normally do not do, such as… Add a new facial product to your skincare routine or better yet, if you are ready, go get a facial. Add a bright cheery nail color.  Get a conditioning treatment on your hair.   Make sure your daily supplements are happening DAILY and not occasionally.
  5. Volunteer! It is amazing how helping others bloom will help you to bloom.
  6. As soon as you can, try on colors and styles you don’t normally wear just for fun! You never know what you might discover.
  7. Don’t allow negative people to drag you down.
  8. Send cards to others you love just to say HI and I love you…reach out to spread encouragement and it will enrich your own soil. If you are creative, make the cards.
  9. If you are doing something that is making you sad or mad on a daily basis, then change it. If you like to be informed, then just check the headlines once a day and not live in the headlines throughout the day.
  10. Get plenty of sleep…ok we are about to lose an hour…don’t focus on it…just catch up.  Rest will lead to big blooms!

All over age 60, it's your time to bloom

 

I want all of us over age 60 to Bloom Where Planted this springtime and hopefully share with each other the joy we experienced through not shutting down and letting our plants (us) whither away.

It is our time...enjoy each day to it’s fullest.

Thanks for being here…and make sure to

KEEP SMILING!!

By Pamela Lutrell

Spring Fashion Fun

Chico’s

Talbots

JJill

Land’s End

Kohls

JC Penney

Macys

Home Refresh

Home Depot

Best Buy

Walmart

Target

Kirkland’s

Beauty Touch Up

Ulta

Sephora

Dillard’s

Nordstrom

23 Comments

  1. So true, and the opportunities are there each day! I love the picture of the field of poppies! While it’s still quite chilly here, I’ve been getting out daily to enjoy the longer days and look for signs of spring. Today I’m meeting my sister and my nephew for breakfast in one of our favorite restaurants and I’ll be doing some fun shopping afterward. I think we need to create things to look forward to, and opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty around us. Having the attitude that you do of incorporating positive things in our daily lives is important!

  2. My mother’s favorite quote. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for your suggestions on how to start Blooming at this time in our lives.
    Thank you for Blooming where you’ve been planted. You are a great example.

  3. Thank you for the reminder to bloom where we are planted. And also, if you keep thinking….I wish I lived elsewhere…..that it is time to work on your gratitude list. Yes, indeed, and we have so much to be grateful for!
    Here in the Atlanta area, the dogwoods are blooming, the forsythia, and the daffodils! Makes my heart sing! Appreciate all of your hard work in these posts! Keep up the good work!

  4. You always inspire me, Pam, to be better, to do better, to think differently about life. After this past year of pandemic and isolation, those of us who have survived can, and should, be most grateful that we are still here. Your list of ways to bloom include several that I have recently done to attempt to bring more satisfaction to the life we have missed during this year. I am well past 60 but still am determined to reach out to others where I can to make their lives better. Simple things like a phone call, or note, or gift of your time or food are such rewarding yet easy ways to benefit others as well as ourselves.

    1. Thank you Celia! I get so sad when I see women over 60 almost giving up on life because the past year has been so challenging. There is still a lot of living to do and joy to experience.
      So glad you are here!

  5. Thank you for this inspiring and uplifting post. I come to this blog for encouragement, its positivity and you. I add you and your blog to my gratitude list. In this day and age it is too easy to fall into being “Eyores” from Winnie the Pooh. Your comment about being content with who we are, where we are, with the weight we are, etc….. struck a chord with me. I have a bad habit of falling into the “if only…….” trap. I am 46 so not quite 60+ but your blog touches me too. The snow is melting here and it is quite brown and muddy. I am trying to shift my focus from its “brown and muddy” to spring is around the corner, the trees will start to bloom and lilacs will blossom (just gorgeous). To wrap up, thank you for your posts and feel encouraged that I add you and your blog posts to my gratitude list.

    1. Hi Lana, I do get the Eyores! Going to write a little more about that on Sunday. What is important is to not stay in that place but snap out of it! Thanks for being here!

  6. When I had my foot surgery, I was supposed to be in a cast 2 weeks, followed by two weeks in a boot. Well, it was a lot worse in there than anticipated, so I ended up 8 weeks in a cast and 2 in a boot! I’m almost done … 8 days to go! This week, I got my first shower in 56 days. It felt soooo good. It truly is the little things that can make us happy, if we focus on them. I am very guilty of always living in the future and not in the moment, but I’ve been trying to fix that.

    1. You have been through it! And a great reminder to not take little things like showers for granted. Thanks for inspiring the rest of us.

  7. Your post today is very timely. I just finished reading the sweetest book: ” The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock” – and while Oliver is neither female nor over 60, he is stuck (or feels stuck) in where he’s at in his life. He keeps a notebook where he writes down all his resolutions, which bolsters his hope and desire to change. More often than not he fails to take any meaningful steps toward them. Of course as the novel proceeds he overcomes his roadblocks and eventually succeeds. It is a very sympathetic and humorous look at our personal obstacles, and how we choose to tackle them. Your encouragement today makes me want to create a list of my own from all the Pinterest items I am clearly fond of pinning, but have yet to dig in and DO!!! 😁 Happy Friday!

  8. Today is Joyful one as my 91 year old mother got her vaccine shot. Vaccine roll out just started for the general public here with those over 80. My turn is a ways down the line but she is the first in our family and we give a sigh of relief.

  9. I am going to print off the list of 10 to make sure I am getting it all in. I already do call to chat with the ones who make me smile and laugh and am not so eager to talk to the cup half empty types. Those calls are short. I dug out more of my skirts to start wearing them instead of jeans, and like how that makes me feel. Just last week I sent out note cards to 10 of my old coffee group to let them know that with warmer weather on the horizon there will be distanced coffees in the park again. Little things make a difference. Thanks for the reminders. Oh, just registered on line for the vaccine and will get that in the next 6 weeks or so, better than the original 5 month timeline. Yipeee. I will take which ever one is offered first.

  10. So many of us are struggling mentally right now. My niece is only 38. She has stayed home most of this past year because of health issues. She is trying to reintegrate into the world & is terrified. I am hoping she will reach out for professional help as many of us have tried to encourage her to do so. Spring is a good time to take stock of our lives & attitudes as well as our homes & wardrobes. Thanks for always being inspiring.

  11. You are such an inspiration every time I read your post! Upon reading today I Couldn’t help but retrieve my copy of Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons, the artist of the pastel watercolor “bloom” you posted. Her book is filled with such calming & encouraging words, walking the reader through the seasons of life. Thank YOU for the courage to not shy away from sharing your inner self , your heart, & the core of your being!!

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