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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Big Little Change digest - March, 2015

Weekly small change challenges

Week 1 - meet someone new.

This one can be tough for those of us who live in isolated areas and work from home. However, there are still ways. There's the internet, of course. There is Meetup.com. There are grocery stores, book clubs, dog parks and other venues where new people are ripe for the meeting.

The new acquaintance may yield nothing. But then again - it might yield a new friendship, a potential customer, or a business venture.

Week 2 - dress up for no reason.

People ask me this all the time, "You work from home, you hardly ever go anywhere - WHY do you bother getting out of your pajamas?" Because. That's it. That's the answer. It just does it for me. Some days I wear something nicely casual. And some days I might go up a notch and dress as if I have a special event coming up later - like a visit to the theater or a cocktail party. I might go to the grocery store like that or for a walk through downtown. And feel good.

Try it. One day - for no reason at all - pull out something you normally save for a big presentation or a party or some such, put it on and wear it. Listen to yourself when you do this and notice the difference in how you feel and carry yourself.

Week 3 - reconnect with an old friend.

Whatever happens to some of the amazing friendships we enjoy in our childhood, at school, or in college? Some people stay in touch consistently for decades. But more often than not, they promise to do so and then drift apart.

Social media made it easy to track down and reconnect with old friends. So, dig up someone from your memory - someone you know you liked a lot and were close with all those years ago - and consider looking him or her up. What's the worst thing that can happen? The person might not be available. Or might not be interested. Or maybe the old friend has changed so much you don't have much in common anymore.

But, on the other hand, you might be on your way to reviving a great and positive relationship. And, let's face it, it's hard to beat having someone in your life who knows all those embarrassing stories from your past.

Week 4 - the day of help

Choose a day, preferably when you know you'll be out and about, open your eyes and ears wide, and spend the day giving and helping everyone who asks for it. If you know you'll be going into a downtown, bring a bunch of change and give to every street beggar. It doesn't matter what they might or might not spend that money on - just give. If you are at a grocery store and see someone struggling loading their car - walk offer and lend a hand. If you get an e-mail about your local soup kitchen or pet shelter needing a hand - go and help.

In that one day, you'll become a point of origin of a whole slew of big little changes.

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