A shift

“Joy isn’t just something we find. It’s also something we can make, for ourselves and for those around us.”
― Ingrid Fetell Lee

What isn’t joyful about yellow flowers?

I heard about this book on The Lazy Genius podcast.

I went searching for the book (which I found in an audio version at my most amazing library). And then I discovered that it began with a TED-talk so now I want you to Watch this

That was Monday and in every so tiny ways, I found myself shifting. I am working from home. I am not taking some time off. It isn’t a staycation. But the rhythm of my days does provide space to make little moments of joy. When I go downstairs to refill my water or coffee, I take a few minutes to check in with my husband and get a little kiss before I head back to the computer. And when I see those sun breaks outside, I quickly pull on my shoes and take a walk. Two or three of those shorter walks end up giving me over 10,000 steps which is amazing! And when I turn off the computer, I make a quick stop in the other upstairs room to spend some time doing yoga or Pilates. (I am so happy I didn’t set up my work space in there. I don’t think it would feel like a gift at the end of the day if I was looking at that mat for 7 hours.)

Yesterday we made some joy by having a virtual happy hour with my sister and her partner in NYC complete with chips, salsa, and margaritas.

How will you make joy today? Let’s see if can’t feel that little shift.

Unraveled Wednesday

I am so grateful to have read Bonny’s post this morning. The last two evenings I have been fighting with my Nightshift, knitting a few rows,unraveling, starting again only to find a mistake a few rows back. I love these cheerful colors but I don’t think I am going to love this shawl. So, at some point today, I am going to unravel this project and get back to knitting hats. This is a time for knitting calm. I also need to revisit my Gideon method list. Would be good to get some things checked off that list.

On the reading/not really reading front, I won a book from a Goodreads give away! And it is the Kindle version so instant gratification. I did find that my library had the ebook version of A Writer’s Diary that Jane mentioned in her post and that has been good reading this week.

My working from home routine seems to be, working. I have been making my three things to finish list each morning and getting it all crossed off. Yesterday I put a chicken in the crock pot and took two neighborhood walks for my breaks. Our Stay Home order goes into effect tonight (not sure why they waited so long) and I am hoping it will make a difference.

Off to connect with Kat before breakfast.

Distractions

I have heard others say that focus is a problem right now. I am there. I very much want a book to distract me but I find is hard to sit and read. So, I am hoping an audiobook might be the answer. I have a few options on hold.

Until then, I have been revisiting podcasts. Here are a two that are speaking to me right now:

Lazy Genius

The Daily

Because tomorrow is Monday

And this Monday will mark a new beginning for me, or an FFT as Brené Brown says. Did you know she has a new podcast? And this article is good reading.

Last week I made the decision to work at home for at least the next six weeks. I know they said we would return to school on April 27 but we have this new tiny human entering our lives sometime around May 4th and I want to be available to step in and help. So today I am setting up a workspace because I know I will need the structure to make working at home, well, work. I have read some tips: get dressed in real clothes, create a schedule, batching the work. I will be prepping my lunch and making sure I know what we will have for dinner. Food distractions are a real thing. On Friday I brought home files for the projects that have been begging for attention. I have my laptop. All of our admin and staff meetings have already moved to online platforms. So I’m ready – or as ready as I can be.

Have you been working from home? Any tips you want to share?

Even more good things

The weeks have been long but yesterday felt like it had far too many hours. Fortunately there were some very good things tucked inside.

1. A wonderful Zoom meeting with online friends

2. An encouraging email from a parent who supports the extra work our teachers are doing to support our young students while in-class school is on hold.

3. Sunshine – always a good thing but that afternoon sunshine that made it possible to get out and dig in the garden and uncover some of the first bits of color.

4. Fresh baked, gluten free cookies waiting for me when I finished the second of three online work meetings (so lovely to have a husband who bakes).

5. A special Thursday night edition of wine and cheese night and some time to work on my Nightshift.

And how good is it that people are finding ways to connect. Mary hosted a Zoom meet-up and Lori did a Facebook live. I am so grateful for my online friendships as we learn to do life together but apart.

Three for Thursday

We are three weeks into this new way of living together/apart and since we can’t sit around sharing funny stories at the lunch table, I have had to look for new things that bring a little levity into my days. I thought I would share some things that have made me laugh lately.

I found these rolls of toilet paper and the attached note on my desk yesterday. My assistant applied for a graduate program and asked me to be a reference and write a letter. I was happy to do that knowing the program was a good fit for her. It was exciting to hear she was accepted and I had a good laugh at her choice of thank you tokens. In a world that is spinning, toilets paper might become the new Starbucks card!

I love it when my daughter sends text stories about that special three year old. Words are his love language and he comes up with some hysterical ideas.

Finally, my teachers have been making videos to send to our preschoolers. Those teachers are quite the comedians. I think they are being silly to take off the pressure of being on camera but I love how they are stepping into this new way of “teaching.”

What is bringing a smile into your days?

A few more good things

There are a lot of small businesses who are cutting back hours or closing (hopefully just temporarily) because of the virus. I saw a suggestion to purchase a gift card from your favorite shops in a show of support. Here are three good places that I hope will still be open when we figure how how to navigate life again.

A local yarn shop who will still have shopping online.

A fantastic independent bookstore that hosts amazing author talks and is currently offering free shipping so you can shop without going out.

A local tea and coffee shop with the best ceremonial green matcha tea latte, currently taking online orders and offering curbside delivery because they cannot have table service.

Another good thing – our libraries are closed but they have extended due dates on loans so I have plenty of time to finish the stack I picked up just before all the distancing mandates came out. We are in this together friends.