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Interrupt Normal and Refresh Your Life

Updated on May 12, 2016
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

Take blah to ah-ha! with a change up.
Take blah to ah-ha! with a change up. | Source

What About Refreshing Our Daily Lives?


Whether it’s the dog days of summer or the long dreary days of winter there are seasons when it seems that everything in life has turned the color of dull. We can feel drained and/or trapped by a running current of normal that feels colorless and we need a refreshment.

Don’t get blindsided by the apathy of any season's monotony that stains life with a stagnant hue. Whether it is the winter blahs or summer's tiring brightness, taking time to think through what can be done to interrupt our normal and get an energizing new take on daily living is always a good plan.

Making the decision to change a few small things is often the way to paint new life into days that seem to roll over us like a pepetual tide. Now's the time to interrupt the ordinary and refresh your way of life!


Interrupt your normal!
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Why Bother to Change Life Up a Bit?


The stale seasons this hub is about do not come from unusual circumstances that require a change in lifestyle for a period of time, such as when dealing with an illness or accident over long weeks or months, or when a job situation requires a move and all the complication it can bring.

We’re talking about nothing special here, just life going on pretty much all the same, except perhaps that it’s very hot or very cold, or that there’s a very long wait on something simple, or we’re working through a long-term project or process that is important but which is just a plain matter-of-fact something that we need to see through to the end.

These are not the delightful springs of life when everything is new and bursting with life, nor life's beautiful falls when autumn's fruits and vegetables and leaves and crisp air are in their glory. They are those winters and summers when life seems to be in a lull and we need to buoy ourselves up so we can maintain a good pace in normal living.

Recognizing we are in such a season, no matter what month we're in, is an opportunity to figure out how to override the temptation to fall into lifeless routine so we can avoid a suspended mind set and its pitfalls that will impede our progress on every level.

We want to go through an ordinary season successfully by learning, growing, and stretching ourselves to grow more. What we need are some simple steps that will help us turn the tide and refresh life before the doldrums bring our motivation and creativity to a halt.



The photos below are of a few of my hubs guaranteed to change up daily life and give your normal a refreshing facelift!


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Check out my hubs on how to make denim skirt handbags if you have time to do some sewing.Check out my nut prescription hub via the profile page.Refresh a piece of furniture with paint and brighten your living spaces after taking a look this hub showing the method I used.Brighten rooms up according to the seasons by making my reversible slipcovers.You can refresh your daily life by learning a new craft.  Check out my crochet edged baby blankets to try out an easy project.
Check out my hubs on how to make denim skirt handbags if you have time to do some sewing.
Check out my hubs on how to make denim skirt handbags if you have time to do some sewing. | Source
Check out my nut prescription hub via the profile page.
Check out my nut prescription hub via the profile page. | Source
Refresh a piece of furniture with paint and brighten your living spaces after taking a look this hub showing the method I used.
Refresh a piece of furniture with paint and brighten your living spaces after taking a look this hub showing the method I used. | Source
Brighten rooms up according to the seasons by making my reversible slipcovers.
Brighten rooms up according to the seasons by making my reversible slipcovers. | Source
You can refresh your daily life by learning a new craft.  Check out my crochet edged baby blankets to try out an easy project.
You can refresh your daily life by learning a new craft. Check out my crochet edged baby blankets to try out an easy project. | Source

Painting an Accent Wall is Easy and Fun

5 Ways You can Refresh Day to Day Life


Interrupt your normal and change the monotony!

1. Begin on a personal note and a) get a haircut--either an extra good shape up or a whole new style, b) buy a new top to match an out fit you already own or buy a new multi-use accessory such as a bag, wallet, scarf, or gloves--at the very least, buy a new shade of lipstick or a new fishing hat. I know this is two items for number one, but they will work together to brighten your days in layers.

2. Take a few minutes to think through your meals and plan some really different (and healthy) lunches or dinners for a few weeks. Every Tuesday and Thursday could be change up mealtime at home and/or at work. If it’s cold out, make a big sunshine citrus salad. If it’s hot, make up a big batch of fruit filled popsicles to have on hand. You can also check out ideas like a nutty menu or one that focuses on economy. Then there's always a new dessert!

3. Choose one wall in one room--kitchen, dining, living, or bedroom--and pick a bold new color for it that will enliven the entire space. You don’t have to paint a whole room to refresh and invigorate its look. A bonus is that if you do just one wall you can usually afford to change it frequently if you so desire. You can experiment with a view of completely redoing the room eventually. If painting a wall is impossible, redo a piece of furniture or accent piece with paint.

4. Make some seasonal slipcovers for throw pillows in the living room or bedrooms. Maybe even for dining chairs in the kitchen or dining room. The simplest ones are fast and easy with only 4 straight seams, but they can be decorated in any number of happy ways to personalize them for your spaces.

5. Begin learning an unfamiliar needle craft which is easy to pick up and put down according to your schedule. Start practicing basic crochet or knitting. You have great choices such as crewel, cross stitch, or needlepoint. Making fishing lures is also the kind of hobby you can start small with, but which is easy to interrupt and go back to if need be.


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Take a Refreshing Approach to Everyday Life


As you think through these ideas, others that suit your life and preferences will probably come to mind. Just remember, they do not have to be changes that upset your circadian rhythm, nor do they have to be so colossal that they overwhelm and derail you. Anything like that would thwart the goal.

The ideas need to be simple yet noticeable. Perk up your daily life with more than a determination to stick to your exercise routine or add more fiber to your diet. Enjoy living your life with some simple pleasures by taking a refreshing look at your normal.



On The Go With Citrus Salad:

More Ideas for Breaking Up Your Routine:


• Make flax packs for comfort on every level.


• Paint tee shirts for every holiday!


• Design an easy baby bib for a special little one.



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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Julie K Henderson:

      That one wall can be painted in an afternoon of planned free time so I hope you will be enjoying your new hotspot soon! May I suggest a couple of sites to get you going on the project:

      http://us.farrow-ball.com/colours/paint/fcp-catego.../TOP_NAVIGATION/wc_shop_all/wc_paint_all/wc_paint_colours

      http://www.sherwin-williams.com/painting-contracto...

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/b...

      http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/f...

      http://www.behr.com/consumer/colors/paint#

      I'm really loving Behr's Sudden Sapphire with it's compliments on 600B-6! :) http://www.behr.com/consumer/ColorDetailView/600B-...

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Nice suggestions! I like the idea of painting an accent wall a bold color. It's amazing how invigorating it can be to add a little color into your living space. Well done.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      No, no, that's no problem! Just an indication of being smart. :) Being willing to enjoy change is a trait that allows us to be refreshed in simple ways and I think that it encourages creativity in all areas of our life. People who dig their heels in and refuse to make changes they could benefit from may be undercutting their wellbeing on more than one level. You, child, have an advantage over stuck-in-a-rut people! :) So appreciate that you stopped in and added your great comment to this discussion.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm glad you wrote this hub. I was beginning to think I had a problem as I enjoy changing/refreshing often in my home. This also extends to my wardrobe, hair and most anything else. Thanks so much for confirming I'm normal. :) Sharing for sure!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      Thanks much for sharing your idea of using photos that way. I appreciate that you stopped in and left your feedback on this hub.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love the idea of changing up just one wall in a room for a little attitude booster! I hate to paint, but one wall would be a quick task and make such a change. I love this idea.

      Since I enjoy photography, I will choose some of my favorite photos, enlarge, matt and frame them and hang them on the wall. I use pictures of the current season. This way I can change my decor without spending too much. You have some great ideas here! Up and more! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      QudsiaP1:

      Thanks very much for stopping in with your comment!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      lrc7815:

      Thanks kindly, both for your visit and comment! Changing up life a bit should be simple--life's too complicated as it is. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      rajan jolly:

      Thanks very much for all of your input on this hub about breaking the monotony that can start to mark our days.

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas; it is so important to remember we are here and that we may as well live to the fullest.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      These are great ideas. We all need change once in a while and these are affordable and practical ways to get that little lift. Great job!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Good and useful suggestions. We do need to break the monotony and do something different to maintain freshness and sparkle in life.

      Great hub. Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing it.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      It's funny you should say that for I always wonder about this thing called writer's block. If I really couldn't think of something to write about I would just do something and write about that. However, I completely understand not having time to write about everything I want to write about!

      Thank you for letting me know you enjoy the project hubs. Perusing hubs on what others are doing is very inspiring and it means a lot to hear from people who find my work helpful.

      Thanks, too, for letting me know you enjoyed this hub on changing up normal with a change of pace! Everyone needs to think about doing this sometimes, and yet sometimes we need a little boost to get going with it. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      I cannot see you EVER getting bored or into the doldrums with all of your varied projects and ability to embrace life no matter the season. All of your examples of what you do by way of projects certainly gives you endless things to write about on HubPages...and that you do nicely. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas with us. I doubt that I will take up crocheting again...but your idea of just stepping back and trying something new...is an easy way to break a pattern. Up and useful votes.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      WannaB Writer:

      Your methods are tried and true ones. Thanks for adding them to this hub on changing up daily life!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I break up the routine with a day trip or photo walk. I find crafts and shopping stressful.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      CyberShelley:

      Thanks bunches for coming by and letting me know how much you enjoyed this hub on freshening up daily life!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      Thanks much for you input on these ideas for changing life up a bit!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed your perspective on refreshing life, will be taking up some of your suggestions! Up, interesting and useful.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What great ideas, it's easy to get into a bit of a rut - it does us good to liven things up a bit, thank you and voted up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      michiganman567:

      Thanks for your input here. :)

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Nice ideas. I don't think that a haircut is too much to ask. I might have to try that one out.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      girishpuri:

      Thanks kindly for letting me know you enjoyed this hub.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thanks your article makes my day.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela-anne:

      Oooh--terra cotta paint will definitely do the job! Have fun brightening up with your touch of color.

      Thanks for letting me know about your choice! :)

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      I really enjoyed your hub RTalloni infact I went to look for a terra-cotta color of paint to paint some doors in my home to liven things up a little! Take care and thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      dmop:

      In that case, perhaps you should apply the concept in reverse!

      Seriously, it's good to take stock and take a break from routine once in a while. Glad you found this useful. Very much appreciate your comments.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I may be guilty of taking this to its extreme as I try to never really have a set schedule of events. I sleep at different hours, go out of my way on my drive home from work, and take random trips often. That being the case, even I get caught in the rut of normalcy at times so I find myself looking for ways to mix things up. I love the idea of making meals that you wouldn't usually fix, I'll have to give that a try. Thank you for the great Hub, with some fresh idea to keep life from getting stale. I gave this a vote up, awesome, and useful.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      stessily:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate your visit and that you added your input here. :)

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      stessily 5 years ago

      RTalloni, This is such a refreshing idea, and, as you point out, it's pertinent throughout the year: staleness is not restricted to winter; it can show up in summer. Your suggestions are excellent and doable. Well done. Sharing.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      missolive:

      Thanks for coming by and adding your input to this post on changing up our normal for a refreshment!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      CrazedNovelist:

      Thanks kindly for checking this out and leaving your input!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Great idea and concept behind this hub. It is definitely time for me to freshen up my everyday life. Renewal and little perks go a long way in boosting our attitudes and energy. Thanks for the tips and the suggestion to refresh. It is a good message.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Really cool article. I always try to switch things up. Sometimes all I have to say is "Same ole same ole. It's so hard sometimes to switch things up.... Really useful and voted up!! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sueswan:

      Those t-shirts should definitely do the job of refreshing your daily life! :) Thanks bunches for adding that idea to this post!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Angelo52:

      Walks are a great way to change up a day, and drives, too. Thanks for adding your input to these comments!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Rtalloni

      Great suggestions and tips on refreshing our life.

      I bought myself some bright coloured t-shirts the other day. :)

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting approach to changing routines. I take walks, sometimes this way and sometimes another way. Or drive down to a different part of the Florida coast that I haven't been to before or for a while.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      jennzie:

      Thanks for letting me know you like these ideas and for all your input. Have fun with your color change up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ChristyWrites:

      Thanks very much for your input here! I hope your change up is a real bright spot in your summer!

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Great ideas! I am in need of a good haircut and plan on adding some color to it as well to liven it up a little! Voted up.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub has a great message. I am going to get a haircut before the end of the month and know it helps me feel good! I vote up and awesome, as well as sharing to help others mix up their day in a positive way :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly for letting me know you read it!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      This is a good read! Thanks for this hub!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much, Pamela99. I hope you can use this to develop ideas to help you change up your normal and get that break in routine that you need!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I like this hub and think I need to do a bit more interrupting of my routine, as I have too many responsibilities and am getting bogged down lately. I see I need a change of attitude! Great hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      pruntcess:

      Glad to know this helped you think the concept through. Changing up surroundings is actually one of the best ideas in the list, I agree! Thanks very much for coming by with your input. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      How nice to have such confirming comments come in--thank you for sharing a bit about how this worked for you! :) Love it--wish I could visit your consignment shop with you! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      The simplest things can make a big difference, can't they?! Thanks bunches for adding to this conversation!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      lilian1:

      A different road can certainly lead to a positive change up--thanks very much for sharing your input here!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      Your addition to this dialogue on breaking up our routines and brightening up our daily life is appreciated very much! Thanks for your generous remarks!

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      pruntcess 5 years ago from NY

      I love the idea of changing how we feel by refocusing our energy. I try to do this most during the winter months, and enjoying every moment year-round. I especially liked how changing our surroundings can improve our mood and outlook. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Oh yes, Rtalloni, variety is the spice of life and you have done a great job in reminding us of this truth. I just bought a couple of new blouses the other day at a consignment shop -- just needed a little perk. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sandrabusby:

      Thanks so much for letting me know how helpful this was to you today! Our routines can get the best of us if we don't change them up, can't they?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      GoodLady:

      I'm so glad you were able to change your pace a bit, and I appreciate how much you've added to this hub by sharing how the concept worked out for you--thanks!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Simply things we do can change the way we feel. I always feel better just with a new tube of lipstick or just new dish towel for my kitchen. Great hub vote up.

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      lilian1 5 years ago from Hertfordshire England

      Great hub r talloni :) I so agree go down different roads some times who knows where it will lead you change is mostly always good voted up :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a well put together hub and so well written, and i agree with you that we all should do something to work past those stale moments in life .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Just what I waked up thinking this morning and Bingo! there was your hub. I'm off to "interrupt normal. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I had a stale moment last week, went out and lay in the sun, had a swim, then had my hair cut...feeling so much better I bought a cute dress..All it takes is thinking and then making that first move to un-stale. You are so right and your hub is perfect. Love your craftwork ideas. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for your input on the concept--maybe the fishing lure idea would be better!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the sentiment in you hub and agree with it, but I won't be taking up needle craft anytime soon. :)