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Happy Friday! How has this week in quarantine gone for you? Whether you are an essential worker on our frontlines or someone who is working remotely with the entire crew at home, just take a deep breath and reflect for a minute on the past month and a half…………
First, THANK YOU to all of our front line workers who are putting their lives at risk everyday to keep our community healthy!! You deserve all the praise in the world and just know people are thinking about you everyday and are greatly appreciative of your service.
I always come up with blog topics, themes, or captions before I ever bring them to fruition (aka a photo). This one is close to my heart and I am quite excited to share. I realize the longer the blog, the less people will read, so… bear with me as I put a little more passion into this one. TLDR is featured at the very bottom if you don’t have a lot of time.
On Friday, March 13th (six weeks ago and an ironic date) my supervisor called me in and communicated that we were officially going to a remote schedule for our safety. At the time, I was thinking, “I’ve worked remote before, I can handle it” (one day a week at my previous job) and obviously knew we were making the best decision to keep everyone safe. I wasn’t necessarily thinking about the long-term effects and drastic impact Covid-19 would have on our lives. I soon began to realize that what was once considered to be “normal” may not ever be the same for many months and possibly even years. Obviously, Covid-19 has changed our world forever and we must be prepared to embrace our “New Normal” with an open mind.
In no particular order, here is a list of things that I have learned to appreciate and have helped me maintain a sense of positivity during Quarantine 2020.
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS. I’ve always been a huge believer that the little things in life are the most special. Let me explain…
- I have always been a busy body and always have something to do. Being able to say “no” is one of my flaws, but I have learned to be more selective and keep my priorities in check over the past year.
- It’s nice to have a reason to stay home and just RELAX. I’ve bonded with my family, my boyfriend, and my two precious pups more than ever
I CAN’T WAIT TO HUG MY GRANDPARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS. We can all relate to this necessary “social distancing.” A new word that has surfaced in connection with Covid-19. For those of you that know me well, you know my family is super close! I am accustomed to casually stopping by my grandparent’s house for a visit, having impromptu lunches, going on fun shopping dates, and initiating FaceTime calls about random things. However, this has not been possible and I look forward to these fun times again when it is safe.
I CAN’T WAIT TO HUG MY FRIENDS. I foresee many wine nights, bachelorette parties, brunches, pool days, bridal showers and weddings in my future. I know that this situation will not last forever! I will definitely continue to live my life to the fullest. We all can relate to how easy it is to take these special things for granted. ZOOM CALLS have been a fantastic way to keep up with my friends. Many of my close friends don’t live nearby, so we have decided to continue the Zoom calls beyond the days of Covid-19 Quarantine.
I HOPE YOU GO ON THE ADVENTURES AND VACATIONS YOU HAVE POSTPONED.
- Traveling has always been something I am super passionate about. I personally think it’s critical to invest in life experiences that will help you to explore and better appreciate the world around us. I have been blessed with parents who value the benefits of world travel at a young age. The older you become, the more difficult it is to get away from life’s responsibilities. My parents have always believed that traveling is an important aspect of EDUCATION. Exploring new countries and cultures allows one to learn more about themselves, to understand implicit bias, and to appreciate what makes different cultures and humanity unique.
- 2020 was a huge year for so many of my family members, friends and myself in regard to life’s celebrations, unique travel experiences, honeymoons, or other special adventures. Two of my biggest trips of 2020 have been postponed, but God always has a plan and I recommend you start researching bucket list destinations and make a plan for the future.
My DOGS BARK MORE OFTEN THAN I THOUGHT. Apparently we have crazy, harmful, unseen, intruders that come to the door multiple times a day….. What???? These would be known as the wind, the rain, the delivery people, the postal workers, the sanitation workers, the Zoom audio, etc., etc… I could go on and on…LOL! These precious pooches are always on guard and ready to protect their family!
I REALIZED HOW MUCH MONEY I SPENT ON “LIFE.” I’ve always kept a budget, but wow! I didn’t realize how much money I had been spending on “life” in general. Quarantine has squelched many activities and I didn’t realize how much I had been spending on gas, going out to dinner, meeting friends for cocktails, visiting my favorite salon….. it’s amazing how much money this adds up on your monthly budget. Now, I don’t regret these fun activities for one minute as that is the beauty of life, but this definitely puts things into a different perspective for me.
I MISS BEING PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT CHURCH. This unprecedented time sure makes one appreciate his/her faith. I think it’s incredible that the majority of churches have the resources to provide online streaming of mass or services, but I sure do miss going into church with the spirit of the congregation and the beautiful music. Online is great to connect us with our faith, but it’s just not the same. Prayers that we can gather together again soon.
I ACTUALLY LEARNED THE RULES OF CHESS.
- This sounds lame, and some are thinking, it’s not that hard, just read about it. THIS is one of the “little things” that I put off while my life was “so busy” over the past two and a half years. My boyfriend and I played this on one of our first dates and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. For months, I told myself I would learn but never got around to it. Well, guess what? I got around to it and my boyfriend and I have been playing chess and enjoying wine almost every evening. We have had more fun doing this!
- We are also fans of many other board games. If you need recommendations. Just let me know and we’ll be glad to share our favorites.Get off your phone and just have some good OLD FASHIONED FUN. You won’t regret it!
SUPPORT LOCAL, I REPEAT SUPPORT LOCAL! I have always tried to do this in general, but it’s critical now more than ever. Please support your local small businesses! We want them to survive. 🙂
IT’S OK IF YOU DON’T COME OUT OF THIS WITH GRAND LIFE PLANS AND “A NEW YOU.” I’ve read quite a few articles suggesting that you have “failed” if you don’t come out of quarantine refreshed, “a new you,” or don’t have new grandiose plans for your life. Let’s just pause for a second! You do what’s best for you during this time. Many people are facing various challenges with unemployment at an all-time high, children learning virtually at home, parents working from home, family members are ill, childcare is limited, anxieties are high…Please, take care of yourself and don’t read too much into these social pressures. YOU ARE FANTASTIC ALREADY and everyone has their own path and plan. Quarantine 2020 is a time we will never forget. Let’s pray for a vaccine and that our healthcare system can stay strong. Our American Spirit is strong and we will make it through this pandemic together!
Thank you for joining me on my quarantine reflection. Below are some quick bullet points on things that have made me smile or kept me very positive through this time.
TLDR; Things that have kept me positive during quarantine:
- My support system
- Creating an updated bucket list for myself and one for my significant other and I to have together
- Virtually Volunteering (Please let me know if you would like to learn more)
- Zoom cocktail hours with family and friends
- Exercise-virtual classes, runs, walks
- Playing golf (Golf courses are still open and have taken CDC precautions)
- Online Church Services
- Walks and fetch with my fur babies
- Trying to teach my dogs tricks
- Playing board games
- Fragrant candles
- Getting ready occasionally (Even though I don’t have anywhere to go)
- Advancing my cooking skills (VERY MINOR)
- Supporting local small business through curbside pick-up (Restaurants, shops, etc. )
- Refreshing or cleaning your household
- Reading new books, articles, etc.
- Online browsing (Notice I didn’t say shopping LOL)
Stay safe and keep the faith!