for no reason

Yesterday I saw this idea from @katebowler – do something for no reason. Even for those of us working from home, a good reminder that not every single minute of our day needs to be about productivity.

So, lying on the deck, looking at the sky for now reason. #dailyjoybits

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.

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?