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The End

I’m glad to have finished this year’s challenge and love that people from so many different countries visited my blog. I love the globalness of this challenge and the way it engages people with so many ideas.

Until next year.

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Zillow

What does your dream house look like? Where is it located? If you are happy where you live, what could you do inside or out to make it more of a reflection of your creativity or what’s important to you? Use Zillow to look at literally millions of places around the country to open yourself to new options.

My example: my daughter lives in a subdivision with some similar model homes. When those are on the market, I look at their photos to see what others have done with a similar interior and yard.

How did/will you stretch?

THank

A little bit of gratitude goes a long way. Sometimes giving thanks becomes routine or meaningless, but it’s fun and supportive to add it back into our lives.

My example: I just started an exercise class at the community center. Although I haven’t noticed others doing this, I thank the instructor as I leave each time.

How did/will you stretch?

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]

Yarn

Whether it’s a craft thread or a story, a yarn can help us stretch. Tell a tall tale, embellish it as much as you can and see where it leads you. Or purchase some yarn and a pattern to knit or crochet something new. And if you get really stuck, use it to play with the cat!

My example: recently I used reclaimed yarn to crochet a shawl for my daughter. The pattern was online and slightly unclear. In addition, it took more yarn than indicated, so we had to figure out how to address the shortage. This project is still incomplete….

How did/will you stretch?

X-ercise

We all know the importance of keeping a healthy weight and being active. But how to motivate ourselves to x-ercise? Find a buddy, pay for a class, join a challenge, watch online. And try a short commitment, say three weeks.

My example: I decided to try out the exercise class at the nearby community center. Programs are free and, my first time, I really felt like a fish out of water.  But I kept going and have found a few members who are at my level and I’m even getting to know their names and recognize them at other town events.

How did/will you stretch?

Walk

We live in a society that drives. Anywhere, everywhere. I know people (who are overweight, as you can imagine) who drive down their driveway to get their mail. So, stop and walk somewhere different or in a different way.

My example: my walking friend shared a suggestion from his physical therapist to walk with your arms at your side, palm turned forward. This rolls your shoulders back, keeps your head and neck upright, and just feels really different. I love it!

How did/will you stretch?

View

Change your view. Try a new movie, play, or program or different scenery. And, of course, changing your point of view would be a big stretch!

My example: I’m not a big movie go-er, but a friend invited me to see Lady Bird. I’m not very good at watching violence or suspense and at the time, I was fairly fragile and wasn’t up for anything very sad, either. That kinda limits potential movies! I checked out the preview and decided I would be comfortable with it. I went and enjoyed it a lot.

How did/will you stretch?