Updated: Mar 26
I've always been drawn to positive people. I see magical rainbows in oil puddles and family reunions in funerals. Some might not share my Pollyanna perception, and that's ok. Just let me put on my rose colored glasses and spin in the rain. I don't expect anyone to join me, but welcome the company if you're so inclined.
It's all about perception folks. I realize the work from home model isn't for everyone; but it's the card we've been dealt and as my momma taught me, there's no need to whine about it. Let's share ideas to beat the boredom of social distancing and self quarantine. We can do this, and maybe have a little fun in the process! Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. It takes a village...
1. MUSIC - Do everything with music in the background. Play an instrument, sing randomly, have a dance party. There are TONS of music videos and activities online for every age group. You might just learn something. Music brings joy and healing! Here's one of my favorite CDs ever.
2. ART - paint, draw, color... there are art classes online, I have a friend "tagging" neighbors sidewalks with chalk drawings and inspirational messages...let yourself be creative without rules. It's all in the eye of the beholder. You do not have to be a professional. Need some art stuff? Here ya go.
3. READ - Have you been meaning to finish a book? Now's the time! If you have little ones, be sure to read to them every day. Their teachers will thank you. Here's the link to my new book, Bebeaux and Pierre!
4. WRITE - I cannot tell you how many times I hear, "I've been meaning to write a book, but never have the time." Tadaa!! Now you do!
5. FACETIME WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS - Missing the ones you love? Call them or FaceTime them and have a visit. Share dinner time with them by propping the phone on the table. It's dining together without spreading germs!
6. CARDS/BOARD GAMES/ PUZZLES - Time to get them out! You'll be surprised how much you've missed them. A good puzzle can provide hours of entertainment, and it's not bad on the brain either! This puzzle should keep you occupied for awhile, or make you pull your hair out.
7. TAKE A WALK - I'm guilty of not doing this lately, and my growing waistline can attest to it! I resumed walks 2 days ago, and already feel a difference. The outdoor break is also good for the soul. Don't forget the dog!
8. WATCH A MOVIE - Pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, and get the family together for movie night. Disney Plus is our go-to, even if my boys are in their 20s. Disney/Pixar movies are great for spontaneous sing-a-longs!
9. CLEAN/ORGANIZE - That junk drawer is waiting for you. No time like the present to purge some old clothes and get them bagged for charity. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment and probably find things you forgot you had. If you're not using it, trash it or donate it. You will shed gobs of stress! These should help you get those drawers organized.
10. DEVOTIONAL/BIBLE - If you're not reading God's Word daily, this is the perfect time to start. There's hope, peace, and love just waiting for you to discover. There are plenty of online sources if you don't own a Bible. This is one of my personal favorites. You are not alone.
Please add your ideas at bethroperstewart.com. We have no idea how long this will last, so make the best of the extra time. We should all come out smarter, closer, and more organized on the back end!
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