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Finding Ways to Help During a Pandemic

Finding Ways to Help During a Pandemic

I've so enjoyed reading Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400's April Challenge Entries - what a wonderfully giving community we have. I marvel at the kindness and generosity shared here on a daily basis but, during a crisis, our members have gone above & beyond. Thanks to everyone for their fabulous entries and to Margaret for her continued community support. What on earth would we do without you, Margaret? 

 


  

CoronavirushacksRather than sharing physical or monetary ideas to help during these crazy times, I thought I would share something a little different - something more 'psychological.' I started a daily coronavirus hack to share ideas with my family, friends and clients...

From instructional #CoronaVirusHacks such as ordering groceries in to finding online fitness classes to keep your physical health in check. I have shared ideas to support your local restaurateurs - even purchasing from a local bakery and having something special delivered to someone living alone to brighten their day.

 

We’re doing our part to help small business - contractors, in particular, having our garage door serviced, having a contractor attack a honey-do list, buying from local florists to lift your spirits in your home…

 

 

 

I would like to think that I started the ‘Zoom Happy Hour’ trend in my city - and I am continuing to host 3 each week - different groups but, OH SO FUN! I can’t tell you how many people have shared how this has helped lift their spirits.

 

Spending time with friends and family has a way of lifting spirits anyway but, I really feel that we tend to ‘focus’ when we have several people in front of us on the screen! Of the 3 groups that I host each week, never have we not had a wonderful time together - smiles and laughter are THE best medicine. 

 

 

 

Giving people hope and ideas to avoid boredom during quarantine, making it all about positive, happy ‘things to do’ - not just for others but, for the reader too - is important to me. These simple little ideas have been so well received. I can't tell you how many 'thank yous' I have gotten for these silly, simple hacks!

 

People found creative ways to share Thank Yous for our first responders, putting jigsaw puzzles together to pass the time (and where to pick them up [safely]) and taking a drive, picking up lunch from a local restaurant and dining outdoors. I can’t tell you how cleansing (mentally) that was to get out of the house!

 

 

I just realized - it's time to take another drive to the lake and have lunch together! 


Some are celebrating birthdays, we celebrated Easter, anniversaries, graduations and more. I even found a fun way to celebrate my anniversary earlier in the month. After trying to dine in different rooms in my house, I came up with a bar-hopping idea to surprise Ray with. I shared this idea with a few people who even tried it before me but, never shared with Ray my idea so I would still be a surprise to him. It was a wonderful treat for him and we had an absolute blast!

OH and I also learned something - we dressed up, including my wearing heels. I have to say, my feet have gotten used to flats during this COVID quarantine and it may be a long while before I wear heels again! LOL

 

 


 

The bottom line is that you can find things to do to fill moments of uncertainty with positivity or simply 'busy' things. When you do come up with an idea, share it! Those suggestions can make a difference in ones day. Make it a goal to lift the spirits of those around you - it really does make a difference.

 

As I mentioned, I've gotten so many thank yous for these hacks. Really, how simple is it to come up with a creative idea to make people smile or to take their minds off of sadness or boredom?! 

 


 

 

One final word - don't think sharing these ideas and talking with others during this time about them hasn't been good medicine for me too! IT HAS!!

 

 

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Comment balloon 47 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • May 01 2020 04:35AM

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Morning Debe.

My wife and I stopped at Freddie's, the other day.  We got our meal, drove to the front and started eating at a table outside.  Sparrows were looking for a meal also.  They really enjoyed the fries that were provided to them.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 3 months ago

Good morning Debe. The wife and I have been very good at sheltering in place, but it is time to get out and smell the roses. No longer living in the south, no Freddies like James Dray! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 3 months ago

Hello Debe - support for others can be demonstrated in many forms.  You have shared some useful prescriptions that can be interpreted in each area/community.  It can spread.  in the best of ways.   And it can truly grow exponentially.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

You have made so many positive points in this post that I am elated by...

Happy Friday Debe...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 3 months ago

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS this post put a big smile on my face.... see the photo....looks just like that!!!   and you gave me some good ideas to follow through with.... you're the best.... xoxo

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

There are so many ways to connect with others right now. We have been enjoying Facetime with our kids and grandkids.  Always fun and festive, especially with kids involved. One of our grandson's kept trying to give us a kiss. So sweet. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 3 months ago

Hi James Dray! Freddie's sounds like a Sonic (drive-up)? 

We've been so good about staying at home but, we are not forbidden to get in our cars and do drive-throughs either. So, it feels great to get out, doesn't it?

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing some of your activities during these difficult times.

Dolores and I are staying at home in the social distancing mode.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Yes, we've been good about it too but, we are also in a single family community with a garage. We can easily get in our cars without passing anyone leaving their condo at the same time like you, Wayne Martin

I would be extra cautious if I lived in a condo...and in your area!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Good Morning, Michael Jacobs! I have gotten almost as much response off-line from this 'series' on FB that I got with my daily updates when Ray was in Denver. It's been tremendous and to hear some of the comments, really does make me feel like I brought cheer to others days...and that's what life is all about, isn't it? 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Mission accomoplished, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS! I hope you'll try some of these and that they bring a bright spot to your days!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Well, I love your smile, Barbara Todaro! And, I'm so happy to have put one on your face!

Happy Friday!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Oh my gosh, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, that is so precious! We have been spending a lot of Zoom time with family and friends as well and I'm telling you, on our laptops, you really do feel like you could lean in and give them a smooch! Technology is so amazing and for all of this, I am so very thankful.

Happy Friday! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Same here, Roy Kelley! We're having a great time putting these things to work for us to brighten our days. That and cooking, which I'm doing FAR too much of!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Dolores enjoys her cooking but misses the trips to the store to pick up the things she wants. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - Thank you for the idea about sending a little gift or bakery item, etc. to some who live alone.  Before becoming a REALTOR® in Sedona, I used to serve "meals on wheels" and serve lunch to seniors at our Rec Center.  The smiles on the recipients' faces were all you needed to know you were doing a good thing. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 3 months ago

Good afternoon Debe Maxwell, CRS - I think this is a great idea.  I have not been out but would like to cook for some people.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

what a great post - I still love the idea of the bar hopping at home!  All the best 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 3 months ago

Debe your creativity is shinning through, especially with your honey do list, getting a contractor to do it for you

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 3 months ago

Hey Debe you've given me some more great ideas! Love the flower idea for clients etc and the zoom parties.  Love that!  I know some of our folks would as well.  As for bar hoping at home.....been there done that with some neighbors (in the proper way of course) and I'm sure it will happen again soon!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 3 months ago

The good thing about technology has been the connections we make even when staying safe. Great ideas.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 3 months ago

Hi Debe,  Wow, such great ideas!  I never knew being restricted could be so much fun.  I plan to do another Zoom Happy Hour soon.  

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 3 months ago

Debe- I've read some of your coronavirus hacks on Facebook and thought they were ingenious. You've been providing lemonade for the lemons we've been dealt!!! And I do remember reading how you bar-hopped in your home! Creative and memorable. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

Roy Kelley, we have food delivery here and I have found that two of our 'specialty' stores always seem to have what we order. So, if I want to be sure I get all of the ingredients I need for a special recipe, I order from one of those stores! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

We are trying to be 'over-protective' of our seniors, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®. And, they are so very appreciative of everything we do for them. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

We read the other day that at this juncture, no one has been infected via the GI system (contaminated foods), Grant Schneider. I think it's great therapy to cook for others - and they benefit from your generosity too! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Thank you, Lise Howe! We really did enjoy that. I have to come up with something fun for this weekend...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Hi George Souto! I told a group of girlfriends about the honey-do contractor and they had a duck fit! Oh my gosh - you'd think we'd all sat down for dinner together...and hugged hello and good-bye! 

I had to reassure them that we were all conscious of safe distancing and disinfecting surfaces - OF COURSE WE WERE! LOL

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Thank you, Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!! Oh, I loved the bar-hopping - and the trip to grab lunch and eat at the lake. We need to do something special this weekend...the wheels are turning! 

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

It's so true, Sharon Lee - I know a lot of people that would be absolutely miserable without technology right now! 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Thank you, Bob Crane! Hey, not attending Closings, no home showings, no in-person listing appointments - I had all the time in the world to reach out to my sphere (whether by phone or Zoom), do double marketing and come up with some creative things to put smiles on others faces!

It was actually more peaceful to me than I thought it would be. Being a workaholic-people-person, I wasn't sure I could stay sane not being able to leave home! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

I so appreciate you following and commenting on my hack posts, Kathy Streib! It's been fun challenging myself to come up with something to put smiles on readers' faces and help families and small businesses along the way.

Stay tuned!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

It’s important to find parts in this time especially and kind of inventory that to pass time And come out of this fulfilled.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 3 months ago

Congratulations, the choices we make today determines our path, and you will be blessed keeping the spirit up during these challenging days. 

Posted by AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL (Keyes Co. ) 3 months ago

Reading your blog I sit here staring at the first sunny day in a while. I have not tried Zoom yet Debe Maxwell, CRS . Things are slow and I am feeling blue. I have been doing the shopping for my parents and a few other seniors who needed help. It lets me fill my day. They are so appreicative. Reading your blog gives me some inspiration. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 3 months ago

Debe,

 

I hope you and yours are well.  Any little bit of kindness I have found usually gets paid forward....I know that is what my wife and I do.

 

Take care,


Dan

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) 3 months ago

Positive, Uplifting and full of great ideas! Great post.

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) 3 months ago

 

Debe Maxwell, CRS You cut it close to the deadline with your entry. Love how you continue to share all the creative things to fill other lives with positive thoughts! Wonderful ideas from your Zoom Happy Hours,  Anniversary bar-hopping, thanking first responders, supporting local restaurants, and how you and Ray are enjoying the lake. Thank you for all do! You make me proud!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Hi Debb:

I love the coronavirus hacks - there are so many creative things that anyone can do and you've provided such inspiration for us all. The Happy Hours must be great fun!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 3 months ago

Friendly, Motivating, Inspirational, Positive and WOW! So many great things and communication uplifting your sphere! Enjoyed reading. Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS -- I still have to work on this Zoom thing!  I've been facetiming one on one.

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) 3 months ago

You have had some great ideas! We did the drive thing...and are doing one a week (when I'm not tackling long overdue landscape projects). Last week we drove to a burb North of the city and grabbed a Publix sandwich, potato salad, chips and soda... We did the parking lot...nothing as beautiful as a lake, but it made for a nice afternoon. 

I better get planning on one for this week....

Thanks for the inspiration...miss you!

 

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) 3 months ago

Debe, so fun and creative and so right.  There's always interesting things to do and new things to find to do.  That's the most creative bar-hopping scene yet.  Bet many rainers are jumping all over it, self included :))

Posted by Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102 (Smart Way America Realty) 3 months ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, I've seen some of your creative ideas on FB, I'm certain you inspired many. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 3 months ago

Debe - I so love your creative, joy-filled spirit.  You can turn anything around in an instant.  Love your anniversary idea - so original remembering trips in the past. Such fun! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 3 months ago

We've been lucky to keep all of our vendors working like normal these past two months.  They've been helpful in that they are practicing safe working conditions, wearing masks inside other's home and minimizing contact. 

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) 3 months ago

Hi Debe,
I think the pandemic has given us all a good excuse to mix things up and use our creativity to find fun in new ways.  I know it's given me opportunities to actually "see" people in The Rain that I've only seen pictures of and read their words.  I'm kind of thankful I don't look good on Zoom because then when people actually meet me in person they might be pleasantly surprised... or not!  LOL

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 3 months ago

You are a hoot, Carol Williams! I am loving the Zoom meet-ups and hope we continue them after the country gets 'back to normal.' What a great group that is joining in each week too!

As for creativity - I was DETERMINED not to get bored or let Ray get bored. That kept me motivated to find fun things to do and it was really my own therapy! It's funny how those mental things work, isn't it?!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

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