Category: Life at Home

This post is part of our Conversations at Home series, which aims to help spark positive and fruitful discussions in your home. It’s born out of the spirit of one of our company core values here at Platinum — Gratitude: “We focus our minds on the good stuff.” We hope you find these conversations starters to be helpful! Gather ’round. It’s time to refresh our conversations once again! We’re back with a few more questions to spice things up. It’s your call when and where to bust these out — whether that be in the company of family or friends or when engaging in solo journaling. Pick one or more question(s) to create positive conversation — with others or yourself — this week:

  • What are you excited about today?
  • What’s one thing you admire about the person sitting to your left?
  • How can you be generous this week?
  • What job would you like to try for one week?
  • What’s your favorite invention of the last 50 years?
  • WILDCARD: Make up your own!

PS – If you missed Part One and Part Two they hold even more thoughtful questions for you!

This post is part of our Conversations at Home series, which aims to help spark positive and fruitful discussions in your home. It’s born out of the spirit of one of our company core values here at Platinum — Gratitude: “We focus our minds on the good stuff.” We hope you find these conversations starters to be helpful!

It’s summer. We live in Phoenix. Have you ever noticed how many conversations this time of year seem to get caught on that not-so-uplifting discussion about how dang hot it is? Oops! Yes, we recognize the irony in the fact that we just fell into that trap too… 😉

Instead of getting stuck there, let’s spark some more fruitful discussions too. Pick one or more question(s) to create positive conversation this week. As we mentioned last go ‘round, it’s your call when and where to bust these out — be that at the dinner table, before bedtime or on a walk in the neighborhood!

  • What’s one of your favorite things about living in AZ?
  • If you were to start your own non-profit, what would it be?
  • What superpower do you wish you had, and why?
  • What is one of the best pieces of advice or insight you’ve ever received?
  • What’s something that’s inspired you recently?
  • WILDCARD: Make up your own!

This post is part of our Conversations at Home series, which aims to help spark positive and fruitful discussions in your home. It’s born out of the spirit of one of our company core values here at Platinum — Gratitude: “We focus our minds on the good stuff.” We hope you find these conversations starters to be helpful!

If you’re anything like us, you may find that sometimes… a lot of times… moments at home become a bit of a dash (remember this post?). Instead of savoring our tasks and conversations, we hurry through it all, endlessly diving into the next task.

But, we’re hungry for more than that. We crave more meaningful conversations. We want to slow things down a notch… or two… or 20… 😉 And, we want to make sure we focus our minds on the good stuff.

To help us do just that, we’re equipping ourselves with a few thoughtful questions, and we hope you’ll join us in putting them to use. It’s your call when and where to bust them out — be that at the dinner table, before bedtime or on a walk in the neighborhood!

Pick one or more question(s) to create positive conversation this week:

  • Name one person you deeply admire. Why do you admire them so?
  • What is something you want to do this month that you’ve never done before?
  • What’s your favorite trip you’ve ever been on?
  • What’s one beautiful quality about yourself?
  • What’s something that made you smile recently?
  • WILDCARD: Make up your own!

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… the sofa.

That cozy couch beckons us to kick up our feet, sink in and take rest. In a world of endless to-dos, we SO need those fluffy pillows and comforting cushions reminding us to chill out.

What a powerful thing it can be to give ourselves a space to breathe and set aside the concerns of the day for a moment — getting lost in a conversation, a nap, a book or perhaps a movie. Somehow, the sofa gives us permission to do all these things.

So thanks, sofa, for reminding us that we are indeed humans who need moments of rest and renewal, not machines. It’s worth celebrating those moments of renewal that you invite us into.

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… that chipped wall.

…and, the story it tells. It transports us back to that day when little Johnny turned the corner too quick and took a chunk out of the wall with his hockey stick. His look of shock and mortification was absolutely hilarious and priceless. It screamed — OH NO. I’m doomed. Somehow, we let that become one of our better parental moments — we met his fear with loving laughter instead of harsh reprimand.

So yes, chipped wall, there’s a good part of us that’d prefer you didn’t exist. We dream about a more pristine hallway without you there. And yet, there’s a good part of us that’s grateful for your reminder — even when when we make a mistake or things fail to go as planned, we can still laugh and give ourselves a bit of grace. 

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… the laundry that needs folding.

It’s an invitation — cast off the demands of the always-on world for a moment. Drop the devices. Engage in a humble act that allows you to disconnect and take a moment to breathe.

If we let it, that mundane act can transform into an opportunity. The pile of clothes can beckon us to find peace in the simple things. The hands-on chore can strangely become so rhythmic and therapeutic.

And that’s when we find ourselves saying — stack of laundry, thanks for being here. You remind us that comfort can be found in something so unbelievably ordinary.

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… the roof over our heads.

This time of year things get a little stormy out there. Monsoon madness delivers dusty air, gusts of wind, doses of extreme heat and often a few raindrops too. A roof offers the physical protection we need from all of those elements. We can sit safely in our homes, glance out the window and be filled with a bit of fascination about what’s going on out there.

When you think about it, roofs offer us a bit of mental and emotional security too. Things can get a little crazy in our jobs, activities, relationships. (Can we get an amen?!) Having a place to inhabit and return to again and again can ground us. Amidst the everyday ebbs and flows, we’re quite grateful for that roof over our heads. In all of its simplicity, it reminds us that shelter can be found, even amidst life’s storms.

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… air conditioning.

Too obvious? We think not.

We confess — this time of year, it’s easy to fall into a predictable conversational pattern. You know how it goes — someone asks how you are doing, and your automatic response becomes a complaint about the weather.

True, it’s ridiculously hot out there. But, how does dwelling in the negativity really help anyone?

Instead of further weighing ourselves down, let’s go the opposite route. Let’s choose to express a little extra gratitude for what we do have this time of year — air conditioning. It’s pretty incredible what our AC systems can do, allowing our homes and workplaces to be comfortable spaces amidst this season of intense heat.

So thanks, AC for doing your thing. As desert dwellers, we have super high expectations of you, and it’s pretty wonderful that you keep running.

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… the fridges that house our food.

Pause for a moment. Consider what your life would look like without a chilly place to store your milk, cheese, meat… perishables galore. Especially in the summer heat, those ingredients stand little chance of survival without a fridge to call home. Any extended time without that extra chill would render them questionable for consumption.

But how many times do we actually even notice the substantial impact our fridges have on our lives? In our own experience, at least — pretty much never. Their big time role is largely overlooked (that is, until they fall down on the job).

So today, we want to give a hat tip to the fridges in our lives. We’re taking a moment to say — thanks fridge for the way you keep on keepin’ on, ensuring that our food lasts, providing nourishment and fuel for our lives!

This post is part of our Gratitude series, which reminds us to celebrate the ordinary things as we navigate life at home.

Today we’re grateful for… the morning light.

Yes, we’re right there with you — getting ready in the morning isn’t always the most peaceful series of events. An abrupt alarm clock summons us from our dreams and our minds start racing with all that needs to be done.

Yet, the morning light offers a gentle nudge to notice and breathe. Before we race into the day, we can pause to gaze upon those soft beams of light as they gently peer through the window. Splendid in their own right, the illuminate the rhythmic beauty of each day.
They remind us that each day gives us a chance to begin anew… a clean slate, an opportunity to create. So thank you, morning light, for reminding us to pause and truly notice the new day unfolding.