I’m on the Radio!

Beach scene, I'm on the radio
When I first started blogging, all I wanted to do was travel, then sit on a beach under an umbrella or in the bush under a shady tree, and write and write and write to entertain anyone who was generous enough to take the time to read my ramblings.

chasing the big five newspaper article, i'm on the radio

Gradually I started including lifestyle elements into the blog.

Then I realised that I was never going to be an expert about anything lifestyle related and that actually, in order to remain interesting and helpful, I needed a) to crash test my own life and b) to get out from behind the computer and INTERVIEW PEOPLE who knew their stuff much better than me.

Reinventing myself and having adventures

Lately I’ve realised that starting a blog in my 50’s led me to re-inventing myself  and re-defining what it meant to get older, and (so far) this has been the most awesome adventure which also led to a World Cruise. It’s something that people ask me about all the time, and want to hear more about, which has put a little pressure on me to get out there and be heard – as in giving presentations (OhLordyMe – that would be public speaking) and chatting on the radio, sometimes LIVE (gulp).

I’ve been on the radio three times in the last few weeks, and doyouknowhwat?  HEADS UP!

baby giraffe, i'm on the radio

I’m really enjoying it!

I didn’t think I would. I thought I couldn’t do it. I thought I wasn’t good enough, or interesting enough for such a thing.

But I did it, and maybe nobody listened, or maybe nobody liked what I had to say, but you know what? I plucked up the courage to get out there and say Out Out Damn Invisible 50’s – we can do anything!

So today I’m going to say, dream a little and be open, very open, to opportunities that come your way to which you might have thought “Nah – No Can Do” to in the past. Because you Can Do and you are capable of amazing things from the age of 50 and onwards.

Radio Interviews

Now some of you might laugh, some might go “Oh Gawd not her”, and some of you might think “Gee she says ‘incredible’ a lot!” Anyway great big warts and all, here’s a link to the interview I did with Steve (Grumpy) Collins on Radio Roaming chatting all about travel and cruising the world – Just click on the arrow to listen.


And here are two more links to the interview chatting about all things over 50 with Harvey Deegan on his Lifestyle Show on 6PR.

Here’s Part 1

and here’s Part 2 (after the news!) Lol! I was interrupted by the News 😉


So here’s to our 60’s and 70’s and 80’s – Here’s to you doing something that might lead on to something just a little bit scary for you which takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you to grow and enjoy life to the full. What will that Thing be?

A Big Thanks to Steve and Harvey for having me on your fabulous shows 🙂  And here’s to travel wherever we may wander in the blue yonder or otherwise (That’s Yanchep Lagoon in Western Australia below).

beach scene, yanchep lagoon, i'm on the radio

Who are Harvey and Steve anyway?

Harvey Deegan is a media personality and radio presenter on Perth’s popular 6PR radio station.
Steve Collins is a broadcaster with a passion for travel. He presents travel segments on Radio 6PR, Perth and on Foxtel’s The Couch, as well as writing about travel for several newspapers and magazines, especially Have-A-Go news and Country Home Ideas, he also writes for the Huffington Post. Steve is almost a constant traveller who relishes discovering new places and getting to know the local food and customs.  He owns and manages the online travel radio station Radio Roaming – Talking Travel 24/7   which features a huge variety of interviews, radio documentaries and specials concerning all things travel.


  1. Never mind blogging, you may have another career out there as a radio presenter! Lovely to hear your voice telling the story – almost as if we were sharing a glass of wine and catching up.

  2. Lynne Stanley says:

    Really enjoyed this Jo. You have so many interesting things to tell us all. Loved reading about Petra.

    • Thanks Lynne – I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about Petra. I could have written so much more about that place too – it was completely mind-blowing.

  3. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama says:

    I love how you are going from strength to strength with your blogging! Cheering you along – your achievements inspire me!

  4. Congratulations Jo! I have been reading your blog since the World Cruise. I love the info you provide. I have recently started blogging about my travels and life from my spinal cord injury perspective and am totally inspired by where you have reached with your blog! I hope to meet you one day in person!

    • Hi Michelina, thanks for reading my blog 🙂 and for following me virtually on the World Cruise. I still can’t believe we went all around the world! I’m also so glad that you enjoy the info I provide on Lifestyle Fifty. I think you are inspirational blogging about travels and life from a spinal cord injury perspective – keep blogging! Yes it would be lovely to meet in person one day.

  5. Hi Jo – just found you through Middle Aged Mama and love that you are a fellow West Australian (I’m down South in Bunbury and blogging my little heart out) I am so amazed at the women I’ve “met” through blogging connections – it’s a fantastic thing to do. Nobody has paid me to go cruising yet though!

    • Hi Leanne, that’s amazing – we used to live in Bunbury too. When did you start blogging? Yes, agree blogging allows us to connect with so many awesome people 🙂

  6. Hi Johanna. Just dropped in via Middle Aged Mama! Good on you for doing radio in spite of your reservations. It was nice to also read a bit about your blogging journey. Anyhow, just wanted to let you know I was here, and of course, stop to say Hi. I’ll be back! 🙂

    • Hi Shauna, and thank you for dropping by 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading a little about my blogging journey. It’s been an adventure! I shall pop over to you and say hello too 🙂

  7. You are a natural Jo. You sound like a pro and I could detect absolutely no nervousness in your voice. I hope this is the start of your media career. I say onwards and upwards in our fifties and beyond! Go us!!!

    • Oh Lol, Kathy! For the first one I kept having to take deep breaths, and I think I said ‘incredible’ so many times because I couldn’t think of good words fast enough! But Thank You for your lovely words, and yep – GO US over fifties! You’re doing pretty darn fine one way and another too.

  8. You are an inspiration to us all plus 50s…umm…plus 60s! Jo. Onward for you Jo. We are enjoying every minute with you. xx

    • Hello Jill, and thank you. You are also an inspiration – jumping into the 60s with enthusiasm and vigour, exploring new creative ideas and having fun in semi-retirement 🙂

  9. Congratulations Jo, your pretty blooming awesome xxx

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