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
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!
Ok, “retired” is a debatable word. It’s come up over the last 3 years that I’m not actually “retired”. And that’s fair! I manage my rentals which is a responsibility, and sometimes they require extra time and energy to maintain, repair or upgrade any of the houses. I’m fortunate that I’ve had great tenants for the most part, and good luck with no devastating property issues! Thankfully! And I do love to remodel, which takes time and money, of course. But it’s also a great creative outlet for me. And it improves my investment at the same time. So, I’m not retired in the sense of not having any responsibilities, I’m retired from working for someone else and having a schedule. Self employed, I guess. Otherwise, I’m busy doing all the things I love to do. And getting paid for it. Win, Win!
This poor kitchen was so outdated when I bought the place and moved in. See the short refrigerator on the far right. Right after I moved in, my sister came to stay and help and we had a new refrigerator delivered.
In 2016, I did a full remodel and converted this long term rental into a short term rental.
This little house has come a long way in the time I’ve owned it. It has a special place in my heart as it was the first of my houses I lived in when moving back to Denver in 2004. Although it looks so cute now, I loved it when I lived here so long ago. Now it’s available to rent through VRBO.com, listing # 795289.