embracing the pause

how’s everyone fairing out there? it is a weird and trying time. we are seeing many wonderful acts of kindness shining through, and at the same time, we are seeing a lot of fear-based living being brought to the surface by this coronavirus pandemic. i have been trying to stay centered and am giving myself permission to engage in things i find meaningful and important. 

though we are all in this same boat of uncertainty, we are all weathering the situation differently. here are the top 10 ways i’ve been embracing the forced pause during this unexpected time. may we all be gentle with ourselves and each other.

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image | courtney | cliff walk, newport, ri

1.

rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore. – florence nightingale

working / appreciating from home  (and trying to keep my sense of humor alive) – i have coined #frontlinefriday #frontlinefridaychallenge, after “dateline friday” which i love, at my office to show appreciation to our staff who are tirelessly working the hospice frontline

2.

they motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal. – tom hayden

playing and cuddling with my dog

3.

some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. – laura ingalls wilder

exercising – the class  and walking the cliff walk

4.

people who love to eat are always the best people. – julia child

cooking

5.

connection is why we’re here ; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. – brené brown

connecting with those important to me

6.

invest in rest. – unknown

sleeping

7.

the trouble is, you think you have time. – buddha

spending time with my parents

8.

clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. – peter walsh

cleaning / purging / organizing closets and drawers

9.

i think i’ve caught feelings for money. – unknown

working on my finances  – tax prep ; fully setting-up the personal capital app ; updating my financial spreadsheet

10.

when you support small business, you’re supporting a dream. – unknown

shopping / eating local

 

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