Finding Ways to Help During a Pandemic

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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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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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

May 01, 2020 11:13 PM #28
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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.

May 01, 2020 11:17 PM #29
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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

Enjoy your weekend! 

May 01, 2020 11:19 PM #30
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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! 

May 01, 2020 11:23 PM #31
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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!!

May 01, 2020 11:25 PM #32
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

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

May 01, 2020 11:53 PM #33
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

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

May 02, 2020 04:34 AM #34
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

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. 

May 02, 2020 05:23 AM #35
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA



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,


May 02, 2020 05:44 AM #36
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

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

May 02, 2020 09:07 AM #37
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


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!

May 02, 2020 09:52 AM #38
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

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!


May 02, 2020 05:20 PM #39
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

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.

May 03, 2020 08:52 AM #40
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

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!


May 04, 2020 07:32 AM #41
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

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 :))

May 04, 2020 09:27 PM #42
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

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

May 05, 2020 09:21 AM #43
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

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! 

May 06, 2020 05:21 PM #44
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

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. 

May 07, 2020 01:34 PM #45
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

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

May 07, 2020 02:38 PM #46
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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?!

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