Just Life

Shaking Things Up.

I’ve been thinking a good bit lately about routines. Familiar paths that were once comfortable are now seeming worn and restrictive. I remember seeing the wagon wheels ruts in the Oregon Trail; they were as deep as I was tall! I couldn’t imagine how the wheels could even turn…let alone drive the wagons forward. Fitting metaphor.

Or maybe it’s just a good dose of Spring Fever!
it’s not really warm enough for bare feet, but I couldn’t resist!
I got a pedicure today. and so much for shaking things up – this is OPI’s Dutch Tulips, a warm weather color I’ve been wearing for years. 
There are some routines I’m not looking to change. I’m an early riser. I love my morning quiet time with coffee and my journal. I’m addicted to my FitBit and 10,000 steps a day.
But I’d like to get more variety in my workouts, our diet … and quite simply my days. I need some fresh inspiration! 
So – question for y’all – where do you look for inspiration when you feel stuck?
Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you have to share! 


  • Beverly

    I love to take classes to help me shake things up. I'm not so into fitness classes (I dig my walking/yoga/biking the way it is), but I find taking a writing workshop or a stitching class about a new technique works wonders! Your tootsies look spring-ready and pretty!

  • Bonny

    I'm with Beverly; I miss college and learning new things, and while I'm not ready to start another degree, I have done several Coursera courses. You could take also take a look at edX, and Stanford, Harvard, and MIT all have high-quality online courses in almost anything you might be curious about. Or maybe like Kym you could try some drawing and watercolor classes given locally? A cooking class might bring variety to your day and your diet. I just registered for an Intro. to Beekeeping Class in July at the university Justin attended; you're welcome to come up to NJ and take it with me!

  • Carole Julius

    I got a pedicure last week and also have Dutch Tulips on my toes! I think Pinterest is great for inspiration. Also, how about a trip to the library and a browse through the books on the subjects you are looking to change?

  • Marilyn

    Mary, I came home from yet another meeting in tears because nothing I was doing, no boards I was serving on, seemed worthwhile. My husband sat me down and we talked through and wrote down my days – 24 hours at a time. The things that brought me or someone else joy went on one side, the other "busy" things went on the other. That night, I called my pastor and resigned from two church offices. When my time was up on our community college board, I did not re-up. I am always aware that life is not about me; but, in reality, if I am not in a good place, I will not be in a good place to help others. Today, instead of just walking my 10,000 steps, I took a garbage bag and picked up roadside litter. For Lent, I have allow myself only a few minutes a day on social media. That extra time has allowed me more hours for reading, knitting, and just being. Life is a precarious balance that is often hard to maintain in a healthy way. With the start of spring, I'm sure you will find a new and different routine.

  • Penny

    Well, I know this isn't helpful, but one of the places I find inspiration is your blog. I have a whole new excitement about knitting thanks to you. It looks like quite a few really good ideas have been mentioned already. I agree about learning something new – I've thought about trying to learn a new language. And you have to be careful but I do find a lot of diet/menu inspiration on Pinterest. Love the name and color of your polish. : )

  • alexa

    Your pretty feet already seem to promise something new and fresh :). I wonder where they I'll take you … When I feel stale, I simplify. Anything and everything. My life seems to accrue bits like barnacles and every so often I just need to pare things back and see what's underneath first. Inevitably, something suggests itself when there's enough space for it to emerge …

  • margene

    I certainly need a pedi, but today it's raining and I do not have a half second of time this week. My plan is to learn something new when my work routine changes, perhaps calligraphy. I find inspiration comes from my friends. Just being with others, listening for their passions, sharing new ideas, has brought more to my life than many websites.

  • Honoré

    I also need a pedicure! But I think I'm going to go see the Cherry Blossoms, first – either tomorrow or Thurs, they should be at their peak. I think you may be experiencing a big dose of spring fever, among other things. How about just a day away for you with you — a bit outside your routine and "just let moments" happen? And I'm sure your pending NYC trip will help, too. Lots of good suggestions from the community.

  • Kym

    That was my whole point last year . . . with my word "journey." Here's one thing I learned: if you want to add NEW things, you've got to clear out some of the OLD things (even the old things you like). Clear some space. New things will come! XO