Lifestyle Building Blocks for Success

Your choices -Lifestyle building blocks for success

About Us and About Lifestyle Building Blocks

Come and find some building blocks to make a positive impact in your life’s journey, your lifestyle

Building your lifestyle one block at a time.

Our aim is to encourage and motivate you to reach your potential in the context of a balanced lifestyle. Setting goals and finding the courage to make action plans to achieve them. To keep inspired, to dream and be excited about the future.

Let this be the kick-start to make your lifestyle dreams become reality.

Lifestyle building is a combination of body, mind and spirit, in tune and optimized to reach our God-given potential.

Having purpose and making choices

It does not matter what our age, we all have a built-in desire to feel fulfilled, energetic, loved and appreciated.

To reach your potential, it is necessary that you make the right lifestyle choices. They are your options, consider what is right for you as an individual.

To make the right lifestyle choices, it helps to be open to educating yourself. By all means listen to advice, but don’t rely on others to know what is best for you.

That leaves the responsibility for your best lifestyle choices up to you. Here at 60-TheNew40 we want to provide some building blocks that will help you to make wise lifestyle choices.

Topics Include

For those who choose the blogging lifestyle, we have a section with some great Blogging helps.  You will see topics on general health issues and wise food choices. Check the growing list of delicious Gluten Free recipes. We encourage exercise, general mental health and motivation. Budget tips and book reviews.

Living in the present

We encourage living in the now making the most of this day, this minute. Having a positive view of the phase of life that you are in now. Making the choice to be happy now. Yes, things are not perfect now, and the hope is that they will get better. But if you wait until things are better, it is so easy to then want them even better, and so it goes on. Be thankful for how far you have come and make a choice to be happy in it as you move forward.

Allowing yourself to dream and set goals and to be excited about the future

With an attitude of thankfulness it is healthy to dream, imagine and set goals and to be excited about the future. Nobody invented anything without first imagining it, so allow yourself to dream.

Lifestyle building blocks for success

…has come about as a result of our experiences and what my husband and I are going through as we live the second half of our lives. We often say, ‘let’s make the second half even better than the first!’

A little about ourselves

We have two grown children, a son, and a daughter. Our youngest son died when he was just four years old. We have two grandsons who we are very proud of and who are a credit to their parents.

We have for several years now been challenging ourselves to live outside the box and our comfort zones. Consciously resisting the stereotype negatives that society sometimes imposes upon people.

We spent much of our lives working in nonprofit organizations. I have worked as a nurse and a medical clinic practice manager. A real estate photographer. A literacy teacher in remote Papua New Guinea.

We have lived in many different cultures giving us a greater understanding and respect for others.

We want to take action to keep our minds and bodies healthy. To make an effort to take responsibility for our health and lifestyle. We are created for a purpose, and there is no higher purpose than to worship our creator and in that we find fulfillment for our body, mind, and spirit.

We are presently living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland enjoying the Blogging lifestyle and freelance writing.

This blog reflects some of our past and present journey and the thoughts, lessons and attitudes that we are learning along the way. We would love you to join us and share some of your journey and learning as you exercise your choices – building blocks for your lifestyle.

Together on our journey

Together on our journey


The content of this website is information and opinions and does not constitute professional advice. You will see advertisements on these pages and in some cases we may acquire small commissions when the ads are clicked on or when certain products are bought. These commissions aid us in the cost of running this site. Any product reviews are on products that we personally use and would recommend.



Not another energy bill !!

This e-book is free to those who subscribe (click on the book). Just fill in your first name and email.

Not another energy bill !! is an e-book filled with practical tips to keep power bills manageable. Why give unnecessary dollars to the power company when you could use those dollars on other productive projects for your family.

It is really quite easy to save on power once you get into the habit of following these tips. We all know that cooking can use a lot of power, as a bonus in this e-book we have included some healthy energy saving recipes. They are delicious, I hope you enjoy them too.

We are excited that you are here, Just click on the book to go to the form

Below is from our account. Our daily usage 5.84 kWh the average for a couple in our area 13.98 kWh

 Electricity bill


Well managed finance is a Building block to enhance your lifestyle.

Running Sheet for Lifestyle building blocks for success

Wednesday update, 7th January, 2015

All ready it feels like this year is rushing along towards February, so it is time to get back to the work of making this a helpful site, one where you can find building blocks for life’s journey.  Patrick has been writing and doing a Book review of  Deep Magic, Dragons &Talking Mice by Alister McGrath it is an insightful analysis of the writings of C.S Lewis. I know Patrick really enjoyed reading it, anyway take a look at the review.  Reading can be so stimulating and healthy for our minds. It helps us to keep learning and to keep relevant and feeling younger longer.  The Book Reviews are under the Interests tab at the top

Wednesday update14th January, 2015

I am sure that we ate too much over the holiday season. If it helps, we do try and walk most days. We are fortunate to have a beautiful beach that we love to walk on and take in the fresh air. We had some left over Turkey in the freezer so we made up such a tasty meal with it. We called it Leftovers became Luscious, you might enjoy it too. It does not have to be turkey, I am sure it would be just as nice with chicken.

Also I wrote a post for LuvitJewelry on the jewelry worn on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, 2015. It was interesting to see trends change. Earrings tended to be longer, and although there were a couple of beautiful and expensive necklaces, very few stars wore a necklace. That is just a couple of the observations. Check it out here if you are interested.

It has been very hot today and hard to get into doing too much at all. I had several blog parties to go to. This is where bloggers get together and show their creative crafts or recipes or motivational and/or spiritual encouragement posts. It helps to get to know others from around the world with the same type of interests. Anyone can go and see the posts, you will find some of them listed here.

Patrick did another book review called Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. This is a most helpful book.

Wednesday 4th February, 2015

I am asking the same question as everyone else, “Where did January go.?” So here we are into February.

We added some awesome recipes, a very stunning looking pavlova, I did cheat and buy the base for it in the store. That saved me a heap of time. I must say it tasted very moreish.  Our faithful clock that had traveled with us to the last three homes that we have lived in, decided to call it a day. I think you will love my DIY re-purposing of this clock, you can find it under the Budget $ Tab.

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Gluten free tiramisu ready to eat We wowed everyone with our recipe for gluten free Tiramisu, I think you will love it too.

Check out the post on how to safely change a pages name or URL without too much SEO or traffic damage. You will find this topic under the tab Blog Helps.

Wednesday 1st of April

During April we were excited to start hosting a weekly Blog Party where other blogs come and present their best posts. The posts that are clicked on the most are given a special featured spot at the next party. We are loving hosting this party as it is designed to help others and to encourage bloggers to help each other.

Our favorite recipe for April was the Gluten Free Date and Walnut loaf.
Egg and Bacon Pie |quinoa crustThis Egg and Bacon Pie was quite popular also.


We have also been writing some Posts to help those starting out in blogging. These posts have been much appreciated.

One was a discussion on ‘Is Blog Commenting Valuable‘. The question was, Is it valuable or a time waster?  There was some very good discussion on the post.

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Our favorite recipe for May was Lamb backstrap with herbs

Lamb backstrap with herbs Another popular post in May was Photography tips for the blogger on a budget.




June, 2015

As well as hosting my own Blog Booster Party, all of this month I have been co-hosting a very large party, it is a good experience working with others and learning how they run their party. It did take up a lot of my time, but it has been worth it.

I have done two articles on safe food handling which are proving to be popular.

July, 2015

This month I have started a Pinterest Game. Other bloggers submit their Pinterest Pins and each week there are three random winners who get their Pins featured in the next game. It is fun and it helps promote the work of others.

August, 2015

I have done a series on different gluten free breakfasts. Mid month I was privileged to go to a Bloggers training weekend on the Gold Coast with around 700 in attendance. I learned a lot and loved the whole experience.

September, 2015

As we live near the coast we were fortunate to watch an International Lifesavers competition. I wrote a post on the highlights.  Those guys and gals do a wonderful job on our coastline.

Beef stir-fryYou will excite the taste buds with this delicious Beef Stir-fry with mango and fresh ginger.




October, 2015

One measure of a Blogs popularity is its Alexa Ranking, we wrote a paper on this as well as other helps for Bloggers.

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