Like many people, I find myself bouncing between feeling grateful and safe to anxious and unsettled, sometimes back and forth all day long. I try to stay occupied and positive throughout the day and look for ways to stay productive and feel like I’m still moving forward. Although this moment in our history will pass, right now it’s important to nurture ourselves with healthy and positive thoughts and activities while we wait for the relief we know is coming. It’s been helpful for me to make a list of activities I can choose from at any given moment, when I need a distraction, feeling bored or looking for ways to focus on all the beautiful things we have in our lives. Today, I’m sharing some of my distractions with you!
Things to do when I need a distraction!
Vacuum 1 room or all rooms
Wash the interior and/or exterior windows
Re-Organize /Re-Style Bookshelves
Balance Checking Account
Organize any and all closets
Pair food storage containers with lids
Clean out refrigerator/toss expired food and condiments
Update Bathroom with new curtain, towels and bath mat
Cook, try new ingredients and recipes
Update Living Room pillows, throws and rugs
Prepare frozen cookie dough for future use and for gifts
Bake for neighbors
Propagate plant cuttings for spring planting
Write and send cards to friends or neighbors
Do sit/stand exercises, use a resistance cord while watching TV
Do a set of crunches and sit ups
Shave your Sweaters
Switch out your sheets/bedding for the season
Rearrange framed photos or update the frames and matting
Kiss your pet
Clean your ceiling fans
Paint old furniture
Sit in the sun for 15 minutes each day
Write in a journal
List all the things your grateful for
laugh as hard as you can, until your crying, if possible
Give yourself a manicure/pedicure, beard trim, bang trim
Try a DIY new haircolor, if your brave
Re-organize your laundry area/kitchen cabinets/spices/ under the sink
Be outside for at least 15 minutes a day
Create a daily “tea time” to look forward to, sit and relax for a few minutes
Text your Mom or better, call her
Find a topic to research and learn about it
Learn or brush up on a language, other than your 1st language
Do a puzzle
Paint or draw a picture, write a poem
Bathe your pet
Take a walk
Dry fresh herbs
Use your least favorite piece of clothing and work it into a great outfit. Or get rid of it!
Donate to a recycling center
Drink more water
Decorate your home entrance
Buy fresh flowers
Pick an ingredient and research a new recipe to include it
Rent a steam cleaner and clean your rugs and upholstery
Rotate your mattress
Change your furnace filter
Move your furniture around or repurpose it
Lose 5 pounds
Make a Dentist or Dr. appt, if you’ve been putting it off
Name any wildlife you see from your home or yard
Look online for homes for sale in your area to see what your house is worth
Throw a ball for your dog
Go to bed early
Do something that intimidates you and gain confidence
Apologize for something that you keep thinking about
Pick up a new hobby or return to an old hobby
Give yourself a break- You’re doing the best you can
Being “Dad” is a tough job! You’re expected to save the world, have all the answers, show no fear and participate in occasional tea parties. These good guys have mastered all these challenges and more! Thanks to all 3 for doing a great job being Dad!
This time alone has sharpened my appreciation for family and friends. Realizing how much we depend on each other, especially during challenging times is a great reminder of what is important in our lives. I’m so grateful for my own Mom, my sister and Sister in Law! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, living and passed. ❤❤❤
As we all retreat into the safety of our homes, we are contemplating the impact of social distancing in our otherwise pretty comfortable lives. We recognize the real superheroes in our communities and pray for their well being. We long for the normal activities we are now managing without and reconnecting with the most important people in our lives. We are grateful to see glimpses of people in other countries share their videos of compassion and generosity from small balconies as we try to stay connected and support one another. I am uplifted by the outpouring of love, patience and consideration. Stay safe, people! We will get through this! Enjoy this simple video update of the miracles among us!
This project took about 9 hours to complete. I’ve tried to detail the steps for you, so you can attempt it on your own. The bottom line is you’ll have to get your hands dirty to really learn the technique and develop your own style. However, I encourage you to try it if your inspired by this tutorial. I find furniture refinishing to be rewarding , not just financially, but also for the feeling of satisfaction when taking an outdated functional piece of furniture and turning it into a thing of beauty and value!
This post gives insight into a couple days spent learning how to use a stencil and paint to update an old wooden box I bought at a thrift store for $20. It’s been in storage for almost a year and I’m now rethinking this fun piece for my new place. Let’s see how this goes!
When I was little, I did what my parents told me to do. Then I went to school and did what the teachers told me told do. I got a job and did what my boss told me to do. Today, I do what I want to do and I love it!
“I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pass time, if we live simply and wisely” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Some days, it’s tough feeling like I’ve gone past my prime and can see the changes to my face and body. I have a new appreciation for young people, being so fresh and beautiful and full of energy and anticipation of life to come. And I’m learning how to also appreciate the experiences in my own life, which have made me wise, patient and accepting of other people and myself. Today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts and decisions as I wander down the road of aging, excited to see what happens in the last half of my life.
I got up 2 hours before I was expected in my office and my routine was basically, shower at night and wet my hair in the morning, blow it dry and curl it. Over time, I got comfortable being casual on some days, letting my hair dry naturally into a curly bob. This felt like I was stepping out of the box!
You may have heard that hair extensions are hard on your hair. It’s true! They are fun, but I caution anyone who wears them to do so judiciously. It’s a good idea to not use them constantly, but give your natural hair a break from them regularly. Then when you wear them you feel spectacular!
My skin @ 47 years old, started to show damage from sun and lifestyle. I did my research, asked some friends and decided on a CO2 laser treatment for my face with the promise to erase all those years of damage to my skin.
My mom always had beautiful natural dark, arched eyebrows. Mine needed assistance. I have a chicken pox scar in my left brow and sparse eyebrow hair growing naturally in either brow. So, I’ve penciled in my brows for years and decided to see if I could find a more permanent (natural) solution. Here in 2013, drawn in eyebrows.
It’s been coming in for many years and I’ve stayed with my dark Brown hair color, which I’ve done myself with a grocery store hair color. Recently the hair color product I’ve used for 20+ years has been discontinued. So, I’m thinking this is a sign to take the plunge and let my Grey grow out! I like the Grey, but I’m struggling with the fading residual, now Gold-ish hair color on the bottom half of my hair with the Grey and natural dark Brown growing from the roots. This is 3 toned color blocked hair! Not ombre’, not natural or pretty, in my opinion.
BTW, I’ve been polling my friends about letting Grey hair grow in. It’s been an interesting discussion with a common response of “I’m waiting until I retire to let my Grey hair grow in”. And I understand their anxiety. It’s interesting that women consistently feel that we need to keep coloring our hair while we’re professional, but can let it grow out naturally after we leave the work force. Do men have the same concerns? I’m not sure, but maybe I’ll poll some men to get their take on going Grey.
I discovered at 14 years old, that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve tried to stay physical and active for most of my life. At 52, I feel more aches and pains, have less flexibility, don’t feel as strong, feel more jiggly, blah, blah, blah. I think many of you know how I feel.
I got a flash of inspiration in March and started to attend Water Fitness at my local Rec Center. I did not expect to love it as much as I do. I had silly notions that I wasn’t comfortable in a swimming suit in public, I didn’t want to get my hair wet, I’m not an old lady, etc…
But I went, and after 4 months, I love going to class 3 times per week and seeing my new friends in the pool.
If we’re lucky, we get the opportunity to have these thoughts and concerns as we age. It’s a vulnerable feeling sharing these inside views of my personal beauty choices with you all! Some people will see this post and decide all this stuff is not necessary or expensive or just vain. Others will see it as no big deal and may have done even more extreme things to themselves as they age or just because it makes them feel good. But I support people doing anything that does no harm and makes them feel confident and beautiful. The most important thing I try to remember is to make decisions that are healthy for me and to stay focused on balancing my physical, mental and emotional health. I hope these insights are entertaining at least, or helpful- even better, as you find yourself thinking about how to age gracefully! We are all beautiful just as we are, but a little lipstick never hurt anyone!
On August 24, 79 A.D., the Roman city of Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and stayed buried for more than 1600 years. The eruption spewed searing hot ash upon the city, preserving its people an