It’s The Little Things…
Over the past few weeks as life has shifted, we’ve had to shift too. We’ve exchanged nights out for nights in, family get togethers for FaceTime calls, and all the other million little things we took for granted for something a little different… The tradeoffs haven’t all been bad, just different. We’ve leaned on each other. We’ve had to get pretty creative with ways to make this time of FULL STOP feel less jarring and, well, a little more fun. So I thought I’d share a few things that have made our days brighter!
1. FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts:
If you haven’t scheduled a video call for cocktails with your girlfriends or a family dinner, then you’ve got to stop what you are doing and text your people! Oh my gosh this is so fun. We did a family dinner last week on Saturday at 6:30 pm and it was hysterical. Everyone set up their laptops at the table. We FaceTimed one another and legitimately HAD family dinner. We chatted for almost two hours and it felt like we were all in the same room having dinner together. My parents were having spaghetti, we were having burgers, and my sister and her husband were having egg salad sandwiches (can you tell she’s pregnant?! ha!). It was a hoot!
And then on Tuesday I did a “Stitch Club” Zoom call with seven other girls. We just sat on the call together, caught up on each others lives, and needlepointed for an hour. It was so much fun.
We’ve also met with our Bible study and caught up with family all over via Zoom this week.
Plus, I’ve taken to FaceTiming one of my girlfriends every time I make dinner to check in on them, and as soon as they answer I say “welcome to my cooking show!” ha! It’s always such a fun time to catch up because they are typically cooking too. So we just set our phones up and get to work.
2. Getting that Sunshine:
Wow, does fresh air feel far more important than it ever did?! Ha! I know each location has its pros and cons right now, and even though Florida is sunny (thank the Lord!) it is FULL of pollen. Both Ryan and I are very allergic. But itchy eyes, sneezing, and a constant sinus headache are better than the blues any day of the week in my opinion! We’ve been making a point to spend at least 30 minutes (often times much more!) out in the fresh air. It’s been just so good for the soul. I feel my mood lift as soon as I step outside!
3. Creative Non-Outing-Outings
We’ve gotten extremely creative with our non-outing-outings recently and truth be told they’ve been the highlight of our week.
This past week we drove 40 minutes to go through my sister’s fake “drive-thru coffee shop” for one of her famous Honey Lavender Lattes and Berry Rosemary Scones! We didn’t get out of the car, there was absolutely NO touching. And she cloroxed the coffee cups and treat packaging, and we Cloroxed the flower jar (our “payment” gift to her)… We swapped our germ free goods, chatted for a few minutes, then went on our merry way! It was the highlight of our week for sure!
4. Signing off the News
I feel like this one is a no-brainer, but wow, I can get sucked in! I’ve set aside 15 minutes each day that I can go in and get informed, and then GET OUT. Because I can get stuck in a rabbit hole of sadness and not get out. I have an EXTREMELY tender heart (honestly, I wish it was tougher than it is) and am very affected by negative news. So I have to be smart about being informed and know my limits if I want to be productive and healthy!
5. Finding Ways to Help
I know the biggest and MOST important way I can help my friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones right now is by staying home. So that’s definitely what I’m doing. But finding other ways to contribute has also been really helpful for me! Small things like checking in on neighbors, praying with friends (via Zoom!), baking homemade treats for our mailman and delivery friends, and virtually donating to our local food bank have been a few ways that have made me feel less helpless. And, you know, they are just good things to do regardless.
I’d love to know what y’all are doing that is brightening up your days!