Photo by Beth Misner, All Rights Reserved

We are well into month 4 of the Great Pause. And it’s starting to take a bit of a toll on my mental health, to be honest. I probably went all over town a bit too much, and then all of that came to a screeching halt, and I was grateful. It was so nice to have day after day stretching out in front of me with no appointments, nowhere to have to go, no luggage to pack, no planes to get on, no hotels to sleep in.

If you know the way Ivan and I were traveling, you will know that we probably were spending as many days away from our Texas home as we spend here. That has changed, for sure!

And I find myself beginning to feel the loss of going to yoga classes, taking part in in-person Qigong practice, meeting up with girlfriends to go out for brunch and then catch a movie together, even meeting at the dog park so we can have some family time with our son and daughter-in-law and our furry grandkids here in Austin.

So feeling this way, I went through my photos on my iPad and came across this one from February when Ivan and I spent a week on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island earlier this year. It feels like that was sooooo very long ago, but no, it was just five months ago!

And I realized that I need to create some future memories to keep my brain happy and keep myself from feeling down while we continue to sit tight in our home for the time being.

I just love the paradox in the term: Future Memories. Isn’t a memory something from the past? Well, yes, AND your mind is perfectly capable of creating memories from future projections. So to keep myself content while we stay put, I’m having fun creating a lot of future memories . . . And yes, Necker Island is in there, too!

What future memories are YOU creating during our worldwide Great Pause?