Time Alone – Reflections

What would you do if you had a few hours alone? I don’t mean in a quiet it room. I mean alone, alone, alone. Nobody in the house, no plans, no noise.

Even though I’m empty nested, life takes on its own vibes, and I realize now, in the silence of my living room, that the last couple of hours I’ve had while Chris and a friend are golfing are extremely rare.

As the men left I mentioned that I had plenty of things to do to keep myself entertained. Learn some Python, blog, watch a Jane Goodal documentary, etc. And the time has flown. I even got some bonus things in – I worked on editing a book for a friend and watched a few more clips in my wine course and planned some logistics for our next trip 🙂

The feeling flashes me back to the day when, after years with young children, my youngest went to preschool for a couple of hours several times a week. It was the first time in YEARS that I had time to myself. So much to do. I literally found myself spinning. Each chocolate? Take a bath uninterrupted? Exercise? Clean without little hands “helping” me?

That day, I didn’t know where to start. And ended up doing nothing that day. Except spin.

It’s quiet moments like this when I am reminded of how full my life is. And I love that. It’s also cool to take a step back and rediscover interests I can enjoy pursuing in my own time, in my own way, with no time constraints.

I learned something that preschool day. Always keep a list of special things you can do when that rare moment of solitary time hits. Then you will be ready to immerse and enjoy.

Using Google Photos – One of my Favorite Tools for Blogging

Can I just tell you how much I love Google Photos? The tool makes my blogging life so much easier. In my last post, I highlighted some of my favorite pics of my husband from this past year. Know how long it took me to find those photos?

About two minutes.

To use Google Photos you sign up for a Google account. Then you download the app onto your mobile device. It’s in the Google Play Store for Androids and the iTunes App store for iPhones.

When your images show up in the app, you can sync them to your account so you can access them in a browser. Or share the images with friends, or send it to WordPress so you can create a blog post on-the-spot-using the WordPress app. Here is a screencast from my iPhone showing how it works:

You can also change it so the images auto-sync in your app settings.

Once the images are in my computer browser, I can play away. For instance, I can choose a date to find images from the past or I can search a person or a location. I can even use the tool to fine-tune my results as seen in this screencast:

For yesterday’s post, I searched for images of Chris then focused on the past year. When I picked out my favorites and clicked on the dots on each image to select it, I downloaded them and dragged them in to my WordPress media library. Then I used the /Classic block>Add Image>Create Gallery options to show the mosaic.

I’ll leave those images I quickly, randomly chose because they kind of make me giggle 🙂 Especially that one of Hudi in the goggles, right after the word “Laugh.”

Other benefits of Google Photos:

1. When I go on a trip, it marks my locations and when I get home, it notifies me of a “book” it made of my travels, using its algorithms to find the perfect pics of the visit away. That saves me tons of time.

2. It auto-enhances images and offers the changed shots as suggestions. Sometimes the results are stunning. If not, it’s easy enough to delete the suggestion.

3. It’s great from creating albums to share privately with people. This is really nice when we record dance class clips or want to share certain images with friends that, and we don’t feel like emailing or Drop Box-ing. Select the photos then choose to create a private album and share then type in their email address. That’s all there is to it!

If any of you have any other tools or tricks to suggest, I’d love to hear in the comments. For me? Well, I’m off to go back to my images and take a trip down memory lane. The images are making me happy.

Highlighted Blog #30 – Art and Soul Space

As I wrap up November’s highlighted blogs, it’s been interesting to see what holds appeal for me. I learned a bit about myself and encourage you to read over of lists of sites you follow. It was a treat reading the list, seeing how many people I connect with. People who take the time to write and share and make life a better place for others.

It seems like Art and Soul Space – connecting with the heart of creativity is a great closure for the month. The blog is a nice balance of great imagery, poetry, art and introspect. Hope you like it as much as I do.



The Opposite of Anxiety I’m breaking my own rules. Best kind to break. Instead of waiting an entire whole year to share another ‘Late Middle-Aged to Early-Old Crazy Art Lady’ adventure, here’s a tale for you a mere two weeks since the last episode. It’s because I can’t resist shouting from the rooftops about Uluru and […]

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Highlighted Blog #29 – Mr. Adam's Travels

When I can’t hit the road in real life, you’ll always find me arm-chair traveling, and Mr. Adam’s Travels is one of my favorite sites to follow. I think this is because he highlights interesting places, has great images, but also provides practical tips and thought-provoking insights such as in his travel summary post in which he states:

We’re here, worrying about our internet speeds… What colour to paint the house… Whether our online shopping will be delivered on time.
Who really cares?
There is a whole world out there of people struggling to survive.

https://www.mradamstravels.com/return-long-term-travel/

Sculpture by the Sea is an art & culture event in Sydney, Australia. It takes place for 3 weeks each year in October/November. Here is all you need to know! 15 more words

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Highlighted Blog #29 – Mr. Adam’s Travels

When I can’t hit the road in real life, you’ll always find me arm-chair traveling, and Mr. Adam’s Travels is one of my favorite sites to follow. I think this is because he highlights interesting places, has great images, but also provides practical tips and thought-provoking insights such as in his travel summary post in which he states:

We’re here, worrying about our internet speeds… What colour to paint the house… Whether our online shopping will be delivered on time.
Who really cares?
There is a whole world out there of people struggling to survive.

https://www.mradamstravels.com/return-long-term-travel/

Sculpture by the Sea is an art & culture event in Sydney, Australia. It takes place for 3 weeks each year in October/November. Here is all you need to know! 15 more words

via Sculpture by the Sea – Sydney, Australia — Mr Adam’s Travels

Highlighted Blog #27 – Strong Fit Well

It’s always good to think about health and wellness. This blog I follow shows interesting studies and methodologies that remind me on the importance of good health. Whether it’s highlighting mediation on flights or dealing with work burnout, the blog is a fascinating read with insight on how to take little steps toward big health gains.

Virgin Australia is encouraging its passengers to make time to meditate on their next flight The post Branson launches meditation in the skies appeared first on Strong Fit Well.

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Highlighted Blog #26 – Annezazu

Another blog from another colleague. I truly have the best colleagues. Just sayin’ :). Anne is a powerhouse nomad who is one of my heroes in life. Her dynamic brilliance is ever focused on making life better for others. Amazing.

My card got declined today while grocery shopping. It was ironic as I have been “home” in San Diego for an extended period of time yet still somehow managed to set off alarm bells with some bot overlord in charge of tracing fraudulent activity. It normally only happens when I’m on the road and forgetful […]

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