Editor’s Note: This advicesisters.com “Things to Be Happy” series shares positive ideas with my readers and followers about things that help us stay positive during this challenging time. #9 in this series features people who want to share something that they are happy about. I hope these posts give you inspiration. Comments and suggestions are most welcome! Stay well and be happy.
During a difficult time for the world, I’ve chosen to focus on the bright side. I’m a natural positive thinker and although this season of social isolation has been difficult for many, I’ve been intentional and eager to make the most of it.
Instead of wondering when things will go back to “normal”, I’ve had the attitude of wanting to make the most of it. So far I’ve stayed positive by being involved in a virtual book club, using my time to invest in creative endeavors that usually get pushed aside, and making a TikTok for my dog.
I also bought a kayak and have since decided that kayaking is one of my new hobbies. Now’s the time to try something new. Everyone is an artist, an athlete, an avid snacker, likely wearing tie-dye sweatpants they made.
This season has all given us an excuse to go try something we normally wouldn’t because no one can judge us for it now. We all have the same very legitimate excuse, “Quarantine made me do it.”
Editor’s Note: Molly is a writer and lover of Jesus. Check out her website mrsmollywilcox.com IG: @mrsmollywilcox
My name is Ren and I have two big fluffy doggies that I have been spending nearly every waking moment with. They are my shadows and have been loving me and my husband being home so much!
We’ve been finding so much joy in our long walks together with the dogs, Kenzo & Vik. We’ve been walking around parts of our city that we’ve never seen before, commenting on great landscaping projects, sidewalk art, creative window art, and blooming flowers.
We live in Bayview, Wisconsin and the grass is finally starting to grow and trees are starting to bloom. The walks have been like a little scavenger hunt to find all the good that exists right in front of us that we never noticed or appreciated before.
We’ve also been enjoying doing the small tasks around our house that we never had time to do before. We’ve been organizing kitchen drawers, repotting our houseplants, collecting things around our home for goodwill, and even making our own dog treats! I have a lifestyle blog where I have been sharing recipes.
Editor’s Note: Ren is the owner of Studio 29 Photography. She is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based lifestyle photographer and blogger who has been featured on Martha Stewart, Huffington Post, West Elm, Pepsi, and more! Get weekly tips for spoiling your doggies on her blog House Fur.
As lifestyle bloggers, I’m happy about the fact that my husband and I have gotten to spend a lot more time in the kitchen, trying out new recipes. A few months ago, it was all too easy to jump in the car and run to the store for specialty ingredients or craft supplies (as if I don’t already have enough, ha!).
But now that we’ve been “stuck” at home, we’ve had to be more creative with what we already have. We’ve been able to create some really delicious recipes, and the bonus is that we get to eat them too! More for us!
Here are a few of our recent recipes:
-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: https://maplewoodroad.com/food/homemade-cinnamon-rolls/
-How to make hash browns: https://maplewoodroad.com/food/how-to-make-hash-browns/
-Chocolate Cake in a Mug: https://maplewoodroad.com/food/chocolate-cake-in-a-mug/
Editor’s Note: Viana is a lifestyle blogger. Her website Maplewood Road includes recipes, DIY & crafts, yard & garden, and nature. IG: @MaplewoodRoaddotcom/
I met the love of my life as Covid-19 started becoming prevalent in NYC. It was not the perfect timing, but it happened.
We are still socially distancing, so we speak every day for a couple of hours via facetime. The funny thing is that I would have never gotten to know him had it not have been for the virus; we lived in the same city and visited the same restaurants/coffee shops, but I was too busy working and traveling the world.
I simply wouldn’t have taken the time to learn enough about him and realize that his values, dreams, and goals matched mine – I would have really missed out. Needless to say, I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. I needed to stand still not only to find myself but also to discover how much I had in common with this amazing man.
We managed to stay apart for one reason only – I had to temporarily leave NYC. My apartment building in NYC is too crowded and staying there would have put me at great risk of contracting COVID19.
In early March, I decided to stay in my parents’ home in Indianapolis thinking I would return to NYC in just a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. Despite us being so far apart, we decided to continue speaking, and our relationship just grew from there.
What makes him so amazing is his optimism, compassion, strength, intelligence, and consistent effort in making this work. I must admit that one of the reasons I fell so hard for him is due to his ability to reveal extraordinary traits gradually over time. I hope this inspires some people to not give up on happiness and love even at times of great uncertainty.
Something that has brought a lot of joy to my life since this quarantine started has been the international friendships that I’ve been making!
I started DinnerTalk as a way to bring strangers together for fun and positive video chat conversations. It is 1-hour moderated Skype sessions, with a maximum of 5 people, including the moderator.
What can be considered as common conversation inhibitors, such as geographic location, age, wealth, or occupation, are nullified with DinnerTalk, as anyone can join!
When people enter a dinner talk chat, they don’t know who will be present. They only know that those present are there because they too value conversation and story sharing and that the moderator will ensure that the conversation stays positive and flowing!
Each session is started with an inclusive question, such as ‘what was a memorable adventure you had?’, or ‘what was something you used to believe, but have since learned otherwise?’ and then the hour finishes WAY off topic!
Editor’s Note: Skye Larlee BA, M.Ed, CELTAm is the creator of Dinnertalk. Visit the Dinnertalk website.
Needing to connect with people by digital means has made it easier to catch up. I’m so grateful that, because I can socialize in pajama pants, I’ve become more likely to call my friends. It makes friends who are far away, seem closer, too, because we interact with everyone the same way, now.
I’m grateful people can be brought together even while we’re forced to be apart.
Editor’s Note: Jeff is a content marketer with the SpellBound blog. Spellbound connects you with books you’ll love to read in what little time you have to read them. Spellbound recommend books that can help their audience to relax better and improve their mental health. Visit the Spell Bound website: https://spellbound.pw
I’m a mom of two young children with a very busy career in Higher Ed. Like so many, I’ve been working and teaching my kids from home since March. We have found it to be a very joyful and fun time together!
I find that tapping into my inner-child with my kids has been so fun and has helped me lighten up. I do hope this is something I carry forward far beyond the times of Covid19.
The role of creativity in parenting and teaching my two children during times of Covid19 helps me remember things that day to day living can cause us to suppress; especially when living during a period of sustained crisis.
Their imaginations amaze me and their inventiveness astounds me. I love that through fun and thoughtful activities I’m invited into their wonder and awe. We have colored to the beat of different songs in an exploration of how the music makes us feel and inspires our art.
They have carefully crafted sculptures from trash and recyclables. We have painted masterpieces with nature-made paint brushes we found while on a walk. And, we host a daily dance party in our kitchen. In all of these moments, I refuse to be a quiet observer or strictly a supervisor.
With each activity, I roll up my sleeves, join them, and hold tight to the moment. Embracing my inner child awakens joy!
Editor’s Note: Caitlyn blogs about motherhood, offering encouragement & inspiration. Her website is www.caitlynscaggs.com IG: @CaitlynScaggs.
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