Honestly—I didn’t know what to write today. But I knew I wanted to be with you, check-in, see how you are getting along.
Hemingway said to write hard and clear about what hurts.
I say it does help to journal about the times we are finding ourselves in.
What our truth is, what is hard and what hurts.
Today, I want to tell you what I’ve been up to in this new place we have all arrived to.
Maybe you’ll see yourself and/or maybe you’ll find some inspiration.
MY SURVIVAL RECIPES
WATCHING. Seinfeld reruns, Austin Powers and anything that makes me laugh out loud.
STEERING CLEAR. Avoiding the news and negative input as much as possible.
COOKING PASTA. I am concerned that none of my jeans will fit when I finally become mobile again.
WINE. A glass of Chianti from Tuscany helps carry my mind to good times in Italy.
WATCHING. 3 new bird families that have built their nests near my back porch.
DANCING. My lovable Dreamettes (that’s you!) helped me create a REALLY great playlist—see below.
VIRTUAL MEETUPS. Catching up with family and friends
PAINTING. Watercolors and oils. I’ve added a couple photos for you to use for instant inspiration—see below.
WALKING. In my neighborhood and visits to a local public garden.
DRIVING. Riding through beautiful horse country at the end of most days.
HELPING. I’ve sent flowers, reached out to solo friends, created some ideas to help friends in Italy and France.
BATH. Taking more bubble baths than usual (sometimes 2 a day when I’m feeling the stress)
REMEMBERING. To be understanding with myself. These are unusual times.
RESTING. When I’m tired.
FORGIVING. Myself (and others) for ‘Covid-Crazy’ moments. You know, when the silliest of things can set you off! So important to remember what is going on and how it’s impacting each of us.
GRATITUDE. I try to do this upon awakening. It helps tremendously to focus the mind on good things.
READING. The good stuff ALWAYS helps.
QUIETNESS. I use the Calm App that plays ocean sounds. The ocean is restorative.
I guess what I’m saying, both to you and to myself, is that these times are both unusual and stressful.
Acknowledging it is essential. It helps us realize the importance of extending extra kindness and understanding to ourselves and others.
Just wanted to reach out and let you know you are on my mind and wishing you and yours an abundance of health, peace and beautiful days to come.
And one final thought from Mark Twain:
Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful day of your life.
Let’s do this!!
Leave a comment below and share your favorite survival (wink, wink) tip !
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Lilacs from the Dream.Love.Paint cottage in a vintage Ball jar!
Spring bouquet from here in Paris….Kentucky!