What I’m enjoying during isolation

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Like most of us, I’m pretty stressed. I’m also extremely worried about my future. I can’t concentrate on writing because of the worries lingering over me. During this pandemic, I’m not going to become the next Shakespeare or Da Vinci, that’s for sure. However, there are a few things that I’m enjoying during isolation. (Many thanks to Sophril Reads for this idea.)

Podcasts

Even though I’m not commuting to the office, I’m still enjoying my podcasts. I listen to them (usually about women’s history) while I make breakfast and tea and throughout the day as I work. I think I’m enjoying listening to them much more than before because I don’t have the stress of the commute weighing me down. I don’t have to worry about balancing myself, plus all of my work stuff, while standing on an overcrowded, jerking metro.

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Tea

I can’t explain to you how nice it is to drink a cup of tea in the morning without worrying about hurrying up or not finishing it because I need to rush out the door. Plus, it’s such a treat to drink tea in my fine china during the workday.

Loungewear

I’m not going to lie. I wear my loungewear all day. It is glorious.

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Flowers

To cheer myself up, I keep an abundance of flowers around the house. I don’t leave the house often, but when I do it’s for the grocery store. I pick up at least two or three bouquets. This way I always have flowers in constant rotation.

Nature

Now that we have nicer weather, I keep the windows and patio door open while I work. Sometimes I glance out at the patio where I’m highly amused to see squirrels scouring about and the chirping birds dancing on the tree branches. Being so close to some type of nature during the workday is a stress reliever for sure.

I hope there are a few things that are cheering you up during isolation.

Take good care.

xoxo, Jane

 

 

 

Things I Love

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Photo by yours truly. I’m going to start using more of my own pictures on the blog. 

Well, here we are in the middle of November. Christmas is around the corner. I can see 2020 from my house (do you like what I did here?). But I must say that 2019 hasn’t been the best of years for me. Lots of changes and not the good kind, awful bosses, loss of loved ones (this one here I’ll never get over)…

But there are always, always things to be grateful for and I don’t want the year to end on a negative note. So I thought it might be cathartic to talk about the things I love.

Here is my random list.

  1. The smell of the earth after a rain shower.
  2. Being surrounded by my books.
  3. Spotting a rainbow.
  4. Working on my novel.
  5. A good cup of tea.
  6. A bingeable tv show, like The Crown.
  7. Traveling to a new country or even returning to a favorite haunt.
  8. Discovering a new author and their entire backlist.
  9. Afternoon Tea.
  10. Long walks while listening to a riveting podcast.
  11. Long weekends.
  12. A manicure for no special occasion.

Please chime in. I’d love to know what you love (besides the humans and pets in your life).

xoxo, Jane