I started a built-in bay window seat so I can finally use my front room AND have storage too. I sold two old dining tables for more money than I ever thought I'd get out of them, and I bought a lovely (used) dining table that is dresses up my whole house. Yay, kitchen!
I refinished a desk, planted a garden, and canned a bunch of strawberry and cherry syrup from the fruit from my yard. I made a new little free library, set it up in the front yard and filled it with books. I planted a bunch of perennials, made new flower beds on both sides of the house, and threw a 20-year wedding anniversary celebration in my now-lovely back yard.
This list is really for my own benefit, so I can remind myself all of the good things I have done, since by now the memory is fading!
What I've discovered these last several months is that once I can start the proverbial ball rolling, Newton's law comes into play: I keep doing stuff. I stay in motion! How easy it can be to just be satisfied with the status quo. I can tend to be a body at rest. Inertia has its way. But I don't have to be satisfied with that.
Sometimes it seems easier to just complain than take action. Recently, we were talking about doing an event as a family, and there was a lot of complaining. The parents said, "Deal with it. We are doing it anyway." Well, surprise, surprise, we all ended up having a good time.
On reflection, my takeaway for myself--and what I discussed with the children afterward--was:
Stop complaining and just DO something.
Whining doesn't make a job go faster or easier or make an activity any more fun. It just makes yourself and those around you feel bad.
If a project seems overwhelming, just do something, anything, even if it's unrelated! Sell a couch. Plant some flowers. Throw a party. Just get moving.
Once you start, it will spur you to action in other areas of your life. I know it will! Let's do this!