My Twelve Personal Insights from Staying-at-Home

  1. I have too much stuff, much too much stuff, and multiples of much of it. This includes furniture, books, make-up, clothes, kitchen items, etc. While I probably already knew this, staying at home with all of my stuff for weeks reinforced this undeniable fact.
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A wonderful resource.

2.  I use the same stuff, wear the same clothes, etc. regardless of the excess that I have.


One of the outfits I wear quite often. And no, Mike and I do not usually dress alike!

3.  It is very difficult for me to part with stuff. Too often I just move it around.IMG_7066 (1)

4.  Even with plenty of time, I did not do the things I didn’t want to do, such as cleaning.

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I have wasted money and time.

5.  During these more than two months, Mike and I lived in only a few of the rooms in our home. The rooms we used are the family room, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, and laundry/exercise room. The other ten rooms were vacant most of this time.

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During our stay-at-home, many hours were spent in our kitchen.

6.  I do not need foundation, eye make-up, or most of my jewelry. I did not wear eye make-up (other than a brow pencil!) or foundation at all during this time, even when I dressed and went to the grocery store. I wore the same earrings, necklace, and bracelet almost every day.

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It is time for me to read my book again!

7.  Committing to daily exercise is easier than planning to exercise a certain number of days per week. I have walked two miles every day but one (when it rained!) since March 20.


Social distancing while walking on the beach.

8.  I need time to sit, reflect, and just be. I have enjoyed having time to do so.IMG_1762 (2)

9.  I do best with routine.


Much of my mornings were routine, sitting in the wing chair by the fireplace with my coffee, watching the Today Show.

10.  I cope best with stress by staying active, so I did not read or write much during this.

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It is time to write the next book about Changing Me From The Inside Out.

11. I love our home in Raleigh. Staying-at-home there made me want more time there.

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Our home in Raleigh at Christmas, which seems like years ago!

12. Time passes so quickly, even when it is standing still.

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Mike and me and our precious grandchildren, before COVID-19.

Now, what will I do with this insight? Will it change my behavior in any meaningful way?

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About Patti Fralix

Patti Fralix inspires positive change in work, life, and family through Speaking, Consulting, and Coaching in three specialty areas: Leadership, Managing Differences, and Customer Service. Her leadership firm, The Fralix Group, Inc., has been helping clients achieve practical and tangible results for twenty-two years.
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