Every four years, we receive a gift of time at the end February … AN EXTRA DAY!
Just for fun, I looked back on my 2016 Leap Day post on how I’d use this bonus in 2016.
I was gobsmacked.
Life has majorly changed in four short years! Becoming a baby boomer orphan. Rightsizing to the cozy yellow cottage. Making new friends and connections. Feeling more mellow about life after a milestone birthday (Can we start counting backward, please <wink>).
To reflect this new reality, I thought of five easy things to do to make the most of an extra 24 hours on Leap Day. I hope these simple actions for finding quality time will be useful for you, too.
p.s....At the end of this post, find more smiles and inspiration for this gift of time from my favorite bloggers in our #Gr8Blogs 2020 Leap Year Blog Hop.
1. Find Your Happy Place
What place nourishes your soul and makes you smile just thinking about it? Lofty mountains? Countryside quiet? Big city vibes? Library or fave coffee shop?
No worries if you can’t get there in person. Just slip away in your imagination.
Me? I head to the beach (IRT or imagined). It’s an easy 2-hour drive from my North Carolina home to our sandy beaches on the warm Atlantic coast (btw ... the NC coast is also the settings of two of my Sweet T Tales chapter books for young readers).
I can already picture it. Emerald-green waves tickling toes. Kids splashing in tidal pools. Endless blue sky punctuated by squawking gulls and diving pelicans.
Maybe a pod of dolphins leaping offshore.
2. Spread Kindness
It only takes a moment to do something nice for someone, and your spirits will do the happy dance, too. Promise.
Today, I was waiting in line at the Dollar Store to check out with a few items when the woman ahead of me, who had a full cart, offered to let me go ahead of her. I was so touched by her gesture!
My friend offers a ride to an elderly gent when she finds him crossing a busy 6-lane street to buy groceries. Even when he declines because he enjoys his outing, he’s grateful for someone just noticing him.
Hey, you can even go high-tech. Ring, the video doorbell and home security, launched a Neighbors app. The app makes it easy for people to celebrate their neighbors' good deeds by posting "Neighborly Moments," good things that that happen where they live. How cool is that!
Try a super simple way to spread kindness on your bonus day ...
Smile at a stranger (we do it all the time in North Carolina!)
Reconnect with an old friend
Allow someone to merge ahead of you on the highway
Check on a neighbor or tired mom you haven’t seen in a while
Say thanks to an overworked cashier or teacher
3. Get Outside and Walk
It’s hard to make time to get outdoors, especially when stuck at the office or corralling little ones at home.
I’m lucky to live in an area crisscrossed by walking trails and parks. It’s easy to open the door and be on my way. Walking also returns me to the keyboard feeling energized and ready to write my next scene.
How about bundling up the kids in the stroller and heading to a nearby park? Even a lap around the block or parking lot during lunch helps you de-stress and be more productive.
4. Crack a Task
I see you rolling your eyes here.
Really, Cat?!? More work?!?
Consider spending only 30 minutes tackling a task you've been avoiding.
Remember, back in the day, balancing your checkbook? I hated doing that! Today's equivalent might be sorting out photos on your mobile (or boxes of print pics). How about cleaning out that overflowing closet or garage? Making an appointment for your annual wellness visit?
You’ll feel better knowing you made a dent in your to-do list Once you finish, reward yourself with #5 below.
5. Be nice to YOU
Do you push yourself to do more faster and better? Skip something you enjoy because there aren’t enough hours in the day?
Leap Day is the perfect opportunity to be nice to yourself, too. What if you .....
Grab a pedicure
Enjoy a favorite beverage with a friend
Play with a puppy at the pet store
Start a puzzle
Give a neglected craft project some love
Buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing
Make time to read
Whatever your neglected passion, find few minutes for it on Leap Day. You know you want to! Might as well. You have a whole extra 24 hours!
How would you use your Leap Day? What other ideas can you suggest? Please share in the comment section.
Hey, before you go, discover more inspiration and smiles by clicking over to my blogging buddies in our #Gr8Blogs 2020 Leap Year Blog Hop. Thanks a ton!
2/23/2020 01:03:24 pm
Nice suggestions, Cat! Looks like the shoe industry may have a clear uptick in sales next Saturday. Have a wonderful Leap Day! 🤠 🐻 ❤️
2/24/2020 01:46:37 pm
Thanks, Jim. How did you know I wore out my walking shoes and need a new pair?!? They’re good for a year before threads disappear, and then they become garden shoes.
2/23/2020 06:10:31 pm
You have some great ideas here, Cat. I am hoping to sneak in a good read that day! Was hoping to maybe have a mini vacation but my bills said no to that idea.
2/24/2020 01:42:40 pm
I hope you get time to crack some pages, Rebecca. And maybe an inexpensive afternoon drive someplace close by for a micro-mini-vacay, too -:D.
2/23/2020 09:27:00 pm
Love all your suggestions, Cat. Maybe I won't be a good girl and do the task, but we share a love of the beach and walking. Have a Ring, but was unaware that you could post "Neighborly Moments." What a delightful idea. Love the pic of the puppy and your ideas on how to be nice to yourself. Even if it's as simple as reading a book or starting a puzzle. Thanks for some lovely ideas!
2/24/2020 01:51:56 pm
ooooooo...Another beach lover! I get there in my imagination often and a few times yearly whenever I can. Neighbors is a separate app from Ring easily downloaded from your App Store. Have fun with it. I hope you enjoy a bit of puzzle or book on Leap Day, too.
2/24/2020 09:28:37 am
I never put much thought into the extra day of leap day. I guess we'll sleep in and go shopping!
2/24/2020 01:55:14 pm
Jessica, I get a kick playing with holidays, and this one comes but once in four years. Sleeping in and shopping sound lovely. Enjoy your extra day!
2/24/2020 10:03:31 am
Lunch with good Friends!
2/24/2020 01:56:44 pm
I’ll second that, Deb. Nothing finer than fine food with special people. Enjoy your extra day!
2/24/2020 11:20:03 am
Great suggestions for Leap Day, Cat!
2/24/2020 02:03:37 pm
Thanks, Rosie! We are lucky to live close to the beach. I would move there but for the hurricanes on the coast.
2/24/2020 11:41:34 am
Paying it forward is something that is so easy to do, and has a ripple effect. I do plan to tackle a gardening project I have had in the works, along with clearing off my desk.
2/24/2020 01:44:27 pm
Loving that “ripple effect,” Carmela. Have fun with your gardening and extra day!
2/24/2020 06:25:18 pm
You’re so right, Loren-:D. Time is precious and it’s fun to imagine ways to enjoy our “extra” day. Enjoy yours!
2/24/2020 10:09:34 pm
Hi Cat, you have come up with some awesome ideas for that extra special day, although much of it I think are things we should do everyday. I will be in one of my happy places, one of my favourite bookshops at a writing workshop. Doesn't get better than that unless I'm in the great outdoors on a walking trail. Have fun.
2/25/2020 08:26:17 pm
Sandra, you are spot on. Ideas here for a special day or any day to make the most of our time-:D. Your Leap Day sounds amazing! All the best for your workshop. Wish I could sit in.
2/25/2020 08:30:08 pm
Thanks, Julie. North Carolina has many lovely beach. We are blessed to be equipped-distant between the shore and mountains.
2/26/2020 06:18:00 am
Great ideas. You reminded me that I can just hop of the train and be in Coney Island. The beach is so close I take it for granted. I love visiting Coney Island off season when it's not too crowded.
2/26/2020 09:01:55 pm
Auden, I am envious you can visit Coney Island any time! Beaches off-season, especially in winter, are glorious places to spend time. Thanks for visiting with me.
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