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A Week of 60th Birthday Celebrations

  • February 16, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
  • 41 Comments
A Week of 60th Birthday Celebrations

Well it happened! I turned 60 around ten days ago and believe it or not nothing unpleasant occurred in the process! I didn’t suddenly gain more wrinkles, have to purchase a walker or a hearing aid, nor did I wake up with any new aches and pains. I felt exactly the same as if I were still 59! In what was a week of 60th birthday celebrations, I got to commemorate this milestone with three different events.

My BFFs took me out for a long lunch at a very upmarket Asian fusion restaurant located right on Burleigh Beach. It involved an exquisite 6 course banquet, a bottle of vino and lots of laughter and love amongst friends.

On my actual birthday I enjoyed an intimate dinner out with just family and a couple of close friends to an Italian Restaurant. On a balmy summer night we sat out in the restaurant’s garden courtyard with glimmering fairy lights, and once again enjoyed delicious food, a few wines and great company. The night culminated with the appearance of a decadent cake that was heaped with fresh fruit and sparklers on top. I felt so blessed to be surrounded with such wonderful family and friends.

My daughter, unfortunately couldn’t make it to dinner, but told me weeks prior that she had a birthday treat organised for me and to keep a certain night free. Much to my excitement a card arrived in the mail containing two tickets to the show Matilda in Brisbane, a menu to a top restaurant near the theatre and even pre-paid parking at the theatre. How spoilt was I?

The dinner was amazing, as was the show Matilda. If you have a chance make sure you get along to see it. Afterwards we both slumped into bed contentedly exhausted from our big night out at a nearby hotel that I had arranged.

Matilda the Musical at QPAC Brisbane

My never ending 60th birthday celebrations finally came to an end. After doing my research I have discovered that there are many benefits on becoming 60, such as:

  • My trip to Italy and a Mediterranean Cruise in April that is my 60th birthday gift from my husband.
  • Staying healthy and fit for the aforesaid holiday. But as it happens my husband bought me a Fitbit for my birthday as well, so this is going to keep me on track.
  • I’m eligible for a Senior’s Card and I can finally get discounted movie tickets (extremely important).
  • I need to take the dreaded Bowel Cancer Screening Test that arrived in the mail on my birthday (what a lovely birthday surprise!)
  • I can now use the “senior shopper” personal shopping services offered by the Government. This could be handy!
  • Apparently I can sign up for the Travel at 60’s VIP Hot Deals Club. Now we’re talking!
  • I can get discount on things like dentures and spectacles.
  • Telstra will give me a Senior’s Starter Bundle on a Samsung Tablet.
  • I can now access my Superannuation without paying tax on withdrawals.
  • I definitely qualify for a little place in a Retirement Village if I’m so inclined!
  • I guess I also can now call myself a grey nomad when we go caravanning!

A Selection of my 60th Birthday Cards

At the end of the day age really is just a number, but I’m amazed how society and the government authorities perceives ageing and why on earth I suddenly need personal shopping services or dentures for that matter! It got me questioning how turning 60 could suddenly categorise me as being a deserved recipient to so many services and discounts. I guess I just have to go with the flow!

So it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I can now embrace my “sexy sixties”. What one thing do you think is an advantage of turning 60?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Johanna from Lifestyle Fifty
Deb from Debbish
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, February 16, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

41 Comments
  • Lydia C. Lee
    February 16, 2017

    Sounds like a lot of great celebrations – you must feel fabulous~! Happy Birthday

  • Joanne Tracey
    February 16, 2017

    Happy birthday! You certainly were spoilt- if all sounds fabulous.

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      I was very spoilt Joanne. I’m thinking it made up for the pain of turning 60! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    February 16, 2017

    What a lovely celebration Kathy and you are right age doesn’t really factor does it. It is how we feel. I’m turning 60 later this year and like you have an overseas holiday planned to Spain and Italy. It is amazing that 60 is perceived as old – I certainly don’t need dentures that is for sure!!! We are entering our ‘sexy sixties’ as you say with more confidence, better health and happiness. Enjoy!

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      I’m hoping for all these things Sue, but I do need to try and lose some weight and sort out some back issues I’m experiencing at the moment. I want to be fit for our cruise because I intend to do lots of walking. The Path of The Gods along the Amalfi Coast is one that comes to mind. Spain and Portugal would be fantastic. I hope to visit here someday. You’re right 60 is just a number! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    February 16, 2017

    Happy Happy Birthday, Kathy!!!! 60 looks amazing on you!!

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Thanks so much. I’m still struggling to accept the number, but I’ll soon get used to it! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    February 16, 2017

    You are looking fabulous at 60 Kathy! In fact you still look like a youngster in her early 50’s (I say that because that is where I am and I’m a youngster…right?). Seriously, it looks like you celebrated in style with all your lovely friends and family. All those benefits when you turn 60 – dentures?? What??!! How exciting is April going to be for you?! What a great hubby you have. Enjoy your grey nomad’ing! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Thank you Min you are too kind! I thought it would be a bit of fun to see what benefits we get from turning 60 and I was bemused by some of the services and discounts we receive as seniors! I’m very spoilt for sure to be going on such a marvellous trip this year. But I am a travel blogger and that’s what I do – travel as much as I can! :)

  • Melissa @ All Around Oz
    February 16, 2017

    I love it ‘Sexy Sixties’ that’s where I’m heading once I’m done with my Flirty Fifities! But seriously, age is just a number and I think to many people think that once they reach a certain age it means that they can no longer do the things they once previously loved and enjoyed but that won’t be what we do will it Kathy!

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Well I’m not taking it lying down that’s for sure Mel! I want to be able to keep active, fit and healthy so that I can keep travelling overseas and within Australia. Without this to look forward I would be miserable. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Kat
    February 16, 2017

    Your daughter’s gift was so thoughtful! Happy birthday and have a fantastic time on the cruise in April! #lovinlife

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Yes my daughter is such a sweetie for organising such a wonderful night out together. Thank you for your birthday wishes. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Anne
    February 16, 2017

    Looks like you have had a fab time celebrating your birthday and you look so happy. By the way it is time to update your bio as you are no longer a 50 something!!!

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      I had some wonderful birthday celebrations despite the number. Mmm I’m lagging a bit with updating the bio. Can you blame me? :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan
    February 16, 2017

    Yes,one has to question whether all those benefitsare really necessary in our 60s,but nice to have. Good for you for fully celebrating reaching a wonderful age.

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      I guess the benefits are there for a lot of people that really need them, but I still think it’s funny that once you turn 60 you’re deemed as being old! Thanks Jan. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • jan
    February 16, 2017

    Wow what a week. It sounds amazing. Maybe you could turn 60 every year from now on!

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      No way! I’m not going through that again. I will be staying 60 forever given a choice! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Di from Max The Unicorn
    February 16, 2017

    Happy 60th! I’m glad you got to enjoy multiple celebrations for your milestone Birthday!

  • Leanne | crestingthehill
    February 16, 2017

    If the fabulous fifties are replaced by the sexy sixties then life will just keep getting better Kathy. I’m a big fan of week long birthday celebrations since turning 50 – and I’m glad to see that you’ve had your money’s worth out of this milestone (with more to come) Happy Birthday fortnight xx

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Let’s hope so Leanne. I’m really looking forward to our holiday in Italy. It will be epic! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Denyse
    February 16, 2017

    Congratulations on your 60th Birthday. It sounded like you had an amazing time. Lovely!! I had mine 7 years ago and I decided to mark it …instead of ignoring it. I has a delightful girls/women High Tea with 3 granddaughters aged 2 months to 13, my daughter and DIL, my niece, and colleagues from school and friends. It was just great. I also had a special lunch with just hub, our kids and partners and my Dad. It was enough! I am not doing any more special birthdays. 70 is just too horrid to contemplate!! Age might be a number but the body actually does start telling you things!! Enjoy all that the rest of your celebrations bring. Denyse x

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      Thanks Denyse, I did have a lovely birthday with my family and friends spoiling me. Yes I agree with you about your body telling you otherwise. I have been experiencing back problems and have been to physio, chiro and now my GP trying sort it out. I will be like you when I turn 70 – not celebrating it at all! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    February 16, 2017

    Looks like it’s been a fabulous festival of 6o! I’m glad it’s continuing throughout the year. The cruise sounds like fun – and I didn’t realise what a great list of benefits we get turning 60. Nearly there!

    • Kathy
      February 16, 2017

      It has been indeed Jo. I’m getting very excited about the cruise and Italy. Before I know it April will be here and I’ll be off! Don’t be in too much of a rush to turn 60 – enjoy your 50s while you can! :)

  • Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject
    February 16, 2017

    What an amazing week of celebrations for you Kathy. Happy 60th! You don’t look a day over 50!! :) x #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    February 17, 2017

    I’m so envious of the trip to Italy. It’s a bucket-list place for me and doesn’t look like I’ll get there any time soon!

    I love the idea of multiple celebrations. My mum did that for her 70th. She has A LOT of friends from different places so it was easier to have a nice family dinner out and then she had lunches and dinner with: peeps from her church; the ‘disco’ girls; family friends; old work colleagues etc…

    It’s my 50th at the end of the year and I guess I’ll need to think about that at some point.

    • Kathy
      February 17, 2017

      Yes Italy is going to be pretty special. So you are celebrating a milestone birthday this year too? I’m not one for big parties and enjoy lunches or dinners out a lot more. Now when I look back my fifties were a piece of cake, except for the menopause thing! :)

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    February 17, 2017

    Yipeee!! 60. Birthday’s last a week in our house but I think some birthdays should last a year. Keep celebrating!
    #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      February 17, 2017

      There is nothing to be yipeee about Leanne! I’m still coming to terms with it! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Janet
    February 17, 2017

    I hope I have as much fun when my 60th rolls around! Oh, and your cartoon pic looks wayyy older than you do!

    • Kathy
      February 17, 2017

      Ha ha! My daughter did the cartoon “me” and I think she did it well. It wasn’t so bad after all, turning 60! It sounds so old! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Clemmie
    March 10, 2017

    Congratulations on turning 60 and being a leader and example for other women to follow. It’s a great achievement being online and committed to blogging to an audience who may or may not like the style offered.

    I turned 70 in January and I’m too young to be considered old lol. Just started Pilates classes twice a week (and went to Lorna janes for my leggings lol) and doing an online course to refocus my brain after 10 years caring for a family member with Alzheimers. I may be going deaf; I may be getting arthritis; I may be suffering from dry eyes and have 3 autoimmune diseases but there is a life to be lived and I’m not too old to live it gently lol
    Look forward to hearing more;-)
    I prefer to think it’s sensational at 60 or 70 whichever bracket we are in;-)

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2017

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. You sound as though you have a good positive attitude towards ageing which is heartening to hear. I’m also hoping to kick-on as I age! :)

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