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Weekend Reading 3.29.20

We’re having spring showers in Northern California, and it may be the last time, but I’m loving the soft rain. “Sunday morning, rain is falling… “ as the Maroon 5 song goes. This week was a lot slower than life as usual, have you adapted to it yet? As my fellow Gen X friend pointed out to me this morning by linking to this article, remember when we used to spend an entire weekend lounging on the floor of our bedroom waiting for songs to come on the radio so we could make mix tapes? Time to channel that kind of patience once more. 🙂

There are a few things that I’m doing differently. I’m enjoying really long conversations with friends (1-2 hours), all of them nostalgic, thinking back to the way things used to be, not two weeks ago, but two decades ago, when life moved a lot slower like it does right now. I’m eating on the fancy dishes and drinking from my fancy stemware, not just my everyday plates. I’m now a PE teacher for my two teens and I force them outside to exercise every day. I’ve noticed how much money I’m not spending just by being home and making do with what I’ve got.

I feel there is something to be learned in this forced stillness. It’s an invitation for all of us to turn inward and ask ourselves what do we really want our lives to look like moving forward? Both individually and collectively. I’m curious what changes you’ve made to your way of life, and what do you think will be the positive effect of all of this?

Favorite links from the web this week:

 

This charming home in Sydney’s suburb includes a pastel pink and blue kitchen!

Transitional chic: this pretty office/dining/living room reveal.

5 creative IKEA Ivar cabinet hacks.

5 tips for creating better iphone pictures of interiors.

While you’re home, consider one of these 14 decluttering tasks.

This is an insightful explanation of awareness of ego.

I’m loving each story from good news movement on Instagram.

Five ways to reframe your mindset during this time of quarantine.

How do you know you have cabin fever? 27 funny answers.

Made me laugh: quarantine adult activity book (warning: some language).