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Thursday, March 22, 2018

5 Ways To Slow Down Your Life And Really Enjoy It


Do you want a more peaceful life? Here’s 5 ways that you can begin today:



Please add your ideas and comments below.

1.  Turn off the Wi-Fi. We’re all on sensory overload. Lose yourself in some coloring, your favorite cookbook, or a great page-turner.

2.  Play soothing music.

3.  Take a long walk. Or meditate. Or cook. Pick an activity you enjoy.

4.  Meaningful, unhurried lunches, or enjoying a cup of coffee with friends or family are important connections. Make time for them.

5. Do you have a dream vacation in mind, perhaps to Ireland? Tape a picture of the perfect place on your bathroom mirror.

A perfect read for St. Patrick’s Day, my Contemporary Sweet Romance novel, Oh Danny Boy, is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.  (free on KU!)

Danny, the hero, owns a chain of coffee shops in Ireland. 

Savor a cup of coffee and Happy Reading!

Oh Danny Boy


“This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…”






30 comments:

  1. I try to stop and smell the roses at least once a week.

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  2. Slow down? We're in the midst of house renovations and we're supposed to list it for sale in 3 weeks!! Needless to say, there hasn't been any writing going on for a while and slowing down isn't supposed to be in my vocabulary. Except I can't push constantly, so I escape into a book some evenings. And chocolate. :)

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    1. Both books and chocolate sound good, Jennifer. And good luck on your house renovations and sale.

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  3. I’ve been a spinner for over twenty years - on a spinning wheel- and it’s soothin and addictive! And then I knit what I spin so there’s another great mind relaxation therapy. My wheel is near my writing space so when I get stuck sometimes I bring it over to my desk and spin for awhile to clear my head. :)

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    1. Wow, Laurie. How impressive that you spin on a spinning wheel.Fabulous and your work must be beautiful.

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  4. I agree with turn off the WiFi and nice wAlks last two days haven’t been great for walking with over 11 inches of snow very ready for warmer weather

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    1. It's cold in the Carolinas too, BethReim. Hard to turn off the WiFi, but sometimes it's good.

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  5. Watching a campfire or the ocean are a couple of things that relax me.

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  6. Going anywhere on or in water is a great relaxer & something I miss since moving to Texas.

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    1. I love sitting on a beach and enjoying the waves, Pam. Fortunately, Texas boasts lots of other activities.

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  7. I try to do unplug as much as possible. I'll put on some music & read. Also my hubby & I will turn off the electronics and just sit and talk about everything and nothing.

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  8. I love to find quiet time. I rarely use my cell phone and love being able to go out without that feeling I "must" be in constant contact via text messages, phone calls, Facebook, or email. The problem is that I am often with others who feel that they "must" be constantly connected - so I sit there while they are on the phone making calls or checking social media. I think it is a little sad that they can't enjoy their own company.

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    1. Yes, sadly I'm finding that out more and more.

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  9. I can't resist anything involving Ireland, Josie.

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  10. Josie, thank you for reminding us that we need to slow down, spend time in meditation, and relax. The world moves much too fast for me.

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  11. I color sometimes and I have many coloring books. I read of course and besides just being on facebook I play games probably too many on my phone and kindle. I watch NCIS during the day when it is on, my favorite tv show and I snuggle my little furry guys when they let me. One loves to sit with me in my recliner and get messaged and give me kisses. Then I sleep when I can which doesn't happen easily. I listen to my Christian music station and sing along.

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    1. Beautiful! Coloring is a wonderful pastime, and I listen to my favorite Christian music station, too!

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  12. I have been dealing with chronic pain issues from a compressed nerve for over a year. I have escaped from LIFE because I haven’t been able to enjoy any of the things I love. So since January of 2017, I’ve read and reviewed 146 (will finish 147 tonight or tomorrow). I also do online Jigsaw Puzzles everyday to help keep my mind sharp. I enjoy music, too! (lg.hudson@yahoo.com)

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    1. Lisa, I just had to reply to your Comment. My daughter is now a chronic pain patient since 2 back surgeries in 2016 and pain abatement procedures from a so-called Pain Management doctor made the situation so much worse and resulted in her now having a lifelong condition for which there is no cure. She started blogging about being a chronic pain patient and the alternative things she's done that helped--and the medical stuff that did not work. If you'd like to check out her blog, it's http://www.adinamayo.com. Good luck with your compressed nerve. I went through that all of 2014 after moving and remodeling a house. Took me a year to get where I could raise my right arm.

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    2. Oh, Lisa, so sorry for your pain and good you are keeping busy with reading and reviewing. And Joan, thanks for the info.

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  13. A warm drink, a quiet place, and a good book--and I'm zoned out!

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  14. Great post, Josie. I garden. There's just something about being out in the fresh air and looking at the flowers, trees, etc. that's renewing. I have a massive live oak tree in my front yard, and there's a small lake in my subdivision. On the rare occasions when I have a leisurely morning, I take a cup of coffee out and sit on the bench under the tree or over by the water. Very calming to start the day this way.

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    1. Beautiful, Joan, and what a perfect way to start the day.

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  15. Mine is a 40 minute walk every morning - well, most mornings - clears my head and helps me commune with the bigger world. Then I'm good to go!

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