Wednesday, September 7, 2011

30 things to do when you are in a "rough patch" (part two)

Welcome to my series ~ 30 things to do when you are in a "rough patch."  Today is part two, so here we go with ideas, numbers 11 - 20.


11. Plan something special for someone who is hurting. Take a meal to someone who just had a baby, bake cookies for a new family in your neighborhood, send a surprise package to a friend who is scheduled for surgery, etc. Sometimes a thoughtful deed for someone else, is just the ticket for my own refreshment, too.

12.  Re-read a favorite book. When I want to add some joy to my life, Jan Karon's, The Mitford Series, is one of my favorites. I also love to re-read the four part autobiography by Madeleine L'Engle, The Crosswicks Journals. Or Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner. (I had best stop now . . . or I could go on all night.)

13. Simplify your meals for a week. Last week was a busy and emotional week for me. So Monday, Dave grilled a weeks worth of meat that I used in different ways. I also roasted a big pan of veggies that became a side dish, omelets and pizza. Super easy.

14. Spend an afternoon alone with the Lord. Have an extra long quiet time, review your journal to notice patterns of what God has been saying to you, listen, write out your prayer concerns, etc.

15. Practice hospitality. Keep it simple and enjoy a wonderful evening with friends, a new family in your neighborhood, your pastor, your kids' college roommates, etc.

16. Listen to some favorite music. Our friends, Gordon and Rita do this regularly. They call it "cd night." They light candles, prepare a simple snack or drink and sit together while listening to an entire cd of beautiful music.

17.  Slightly rearrange the furniture. This is wierd, but just a simple switch of a few things in my home, really gives me energy. (Not the big knock-down-drag-out furniture switch.)

18.  Clean the house. I love cleaning my house. I always have. And my favorite way is to clean when no one is home, have loud music, candles, the windows all open and use organic cleaning supplies. (Method from Target is my favorite.) I like to think and process and pray, while I clean. (If cleaning your house stresses you out, you might change this idea to . . . hire someone to clean your house.)

19.  Gather ideas. Ideas give me energy. Read a few favorite blogs, window shop, visit pinterest, peruse a favorite catalog or magazine, talk to a friend who is creative etc. (Because of our daughter's recent move to England, I am really enjoying British catalogues. . . Boden, Toast, Persephone and Cath Kidson . . . all arrive free in the mail.)

20. Invite some children over. Devin (age five) and Cole (age two) are coming over Sunday and I can hardly wait. Seeing their joy and wonder, holding hands while we walk to the park, laughing at their jokes, teaching them something new . . . right now my soul needs a great big dose of these darling kids that our family adores.

See you Friday, for the last installment.

Happily linking today to Jen and the soli sisters.

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28 comments:

  1. I'm benefitting from a number of your ideas even though I didn't know I needed them! I'm looking forward to us getting together soon. Hopefully before the winter winds blow--yikes! This is a busy month but perhaps in October? We can talk about those folks in Mitford. I love Jan Karon and even made a trip to Mitford (Blowing Rock) some years ago.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Oh my, I think I needed this series more than I realized! Thank you for some great ideas that are working for me!! Can't wait for Friday's post!

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  3. Glenda, what wonderful ideas--all of them!!! I must say that I have really benefited especially from doing something nice for someone who is hurting. Amazing what an act of kindness can do for the soul. Beautiful suggestions, thanks!!

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  4. Thank you Glenda, great suggestions!
    -Lynn

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  5. Gorgeous and
    encouraging ideas,
    all, Glenda! I'm
    reading Jan K's
    latest, set in
    Ireland and am
    loving it! I also
    love to sink into
    a Rosamunde Pilcher
    novel when I'm in
    need of comfort ~
    love her, too! Thanks
    for all the great
    suggestions.
    xx Suzanne

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  6. Gosh, Glenda. I love the practical ways that you speak to me. I cleaned the house last weekend and while I feel this faint pressure to start preparing for my class, I know that I am supposed to sit on the couch and press into Him. I am cloaking myself with His promises.

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  7. I too am a Mitford and Mudhouse Sabbath fan! Thanks for the wonderful post!

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  8. These ideas are so helpful, Glenda. And I couldn't help but notice a few have to do with hospitality (practice hospitality, invite someone over, prepare a meal for someone else). That tends to stress me out a little... but doing something for someone else in need does not. Would you like to have a couple of homeschooled boys, ages 8 and 10, over sometime, too? Perhaps... that could be arranged...:) Smiles. I live in WI, just north of Chicago.

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  9. Love the list...agree with them all!! Last year God told me I needed to re-energize...I posted for a week as He showed me...well reminded me how to do that...life had just taken the wind out of my sails...so thanks for the reminder, these are great

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  10. In a rough patch myself. Love your list. I've been doing some of them. The meal ideas are great though. I found myself chanting, "This too shall pass, this too shall past." And it does. My body adjusts to the temperature change and I cope well again. Now I think I'll go read -- or reread a friend!

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  11. I'm a pretty new reader to your blog and I already wish I knew you in real life. Too bad we don't live in the same town...

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  12. These are such great ideas, Glenda. I especially like your meal suggestions. Popping over to part 1 now.

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  13. This is sooo good, Glenda! I should print these posts out and tape them to my fridge :)

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  14. I do think children really bring smiles to empty nesters. Great ideas. Hope you are well.

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  15. Great ideas, Glenda. I love the idea of just sitting in peace and listening to an entire CD, especially worship music. :)

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  16. I really love this 30 things list...It's so practical and thoughtful. I think I'm going to add it to my file for the women's retreat that I help plan...it would make an interesting seminar. How far away do you live?? HA!

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  17. Hi lovely girl,

    I'm so enjoying this series. I have my Happy List of what to wear when I'm feeling down. I'm very rponbe to wearing awful, sapeless tat if I'm sad so writing down appy Clothes when I'm feeling happy gives me things to make myself wear when I'm sad.

    I love ALL your suggestions.

    Sarahxxx

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  18. What a great series, Glenda! I love all your ideas and am looking forward to the third installment. I may have to "pirate" the whole list -- print it out as a handy reference guide.

    Best,
    Jan

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  19. i love all of these, but esp. "slightly rearrange the furniture" :) xo

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  20. I also can re-read the Mitford Series any time. And I do rearrange furniture when I'm feeling stress out by something! I am enjoying your series =)

    Doris

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  21. I just love these ideas, Glenda. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Glenda, I love every single one of these ideas. Your series is thoughtfully wonderful; thank you.

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  23. Another great segment! All soul-healing things for sure!

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  24. What a great post! I love your list of ideas--especially the meal one. I can use that any time, whether I'm in a rough spot or not.

    I, too, am a Mitford series fan. Reading is very soothing for me and I especially enjoy Jan Karon's style of writing.

    Will be printing out your list for future reference and permission to give myself the space in a tough time.

    Thanks for visiting me. So glad I returned the visit.

    Blessings,
    Janis

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  25. I've been doing a lot of cleaning this week--mucking out. A week long power outage forced me to clean out my refrigerator--I'm so happy now when I open it and see how clean it is! And, now that I've got my son launched and off to college, I'm cleaning out drawers, files, areas of my house that haven't seen the light of day in forever. Feels so good!

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  26. Jeepers, Glenda, I can't believe every single one of your suggestions is totally awesome -- you are so right on with this list...and I have learned a few more tips to add to my "recovery" bag of ideas.

    I love Mudhouse Sabbath -- have you read "Girl meets God"? -- one of my favs.

    Love the movie "Holiday" (love your sneaky husband!).

    Love rearranging furniture and cleaning -- we could be BFFs for sure!

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  27. I love #15 and am so thankful to been given it so freely & beautifully.

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