Reclaiming a simple life!

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
  • Dust
  • 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
  • Clean Baseboards
  • Swiffer cobwebs
  • Clean mini-blinds
  • 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
  • Mend/repair Clothing
  • 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
  • Do yoga
  • 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

Bright spots in a crazy crisis!

Simple miracles!

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!