Do you remember where you were when you found out a plane had crashed into the first twin tower? I was in 9th grade, blue day, 4th period. I was in the classroom right next to JROTC, which was an elective but I don’t recall what elective it was… maybe shop?
I remember Sergeant Littlejohn coming in from next door and turning on the TV for our class and saying something about this being war. We kept the TV on until the second plane hit. Then I recall our teacher shutting it off and we continued with class.
Just like 9/11, I have recorded in my mind exactly where I was when I first heard of the potential threat of Covid19. I’m sure you’ll be saving that story for your history books as well!
I was sitting in the back of my 2nd grade classroom and the kids had gone to lunch. My colleague, taking advantage of our break, came and sat in the back and proceeded to tell me about this weird virus overseas. She showed me a couple of video clips on IG.
I was concerned, yes, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that this virus would, just a couple of weeks later, make us work from home for the remainder of the school year. That must have been about mid-February. Yet, here we are! It’s June, schools out and we did it all… via Zoom!
To say this has changed our lives is an understatement. But what if we decided that it doesn’t have to be a change for the worst? What if we decided to make lemonade out of lemons! Yes – I did just use that analogy.
Before I go on with that thought, let me acknowledge that thousands of people have lost loved ones all over the globe. I must have complained about quarantine for a couple of weeks at the beginning. It was a battle in my mind of fear and uncertainty.
But then I would be reminded that there are so many people out there that are going through real loss; the loss of a parent, a husband, a wife, a daughter, a son. Meanwhile, my two healthy kids sit in front of screens doing school from the safety of our home and I realize… we’ve been gifted time!
So I decided to make a change in my thought process. I decided that I was not going to let this gifted season go by without squeezing out every bit of juice for my lemonade. Even though we are now transitioning into life after quarantine, there is still the risk of second waves or community hot spots.
If you are to find yourself in a situation where you are back in quarantine to prevent greater contagion, here are a couple of things that I did that made my time worthwhile.
Don’t sleep in.
Let me clear that up… I sleep in once every two weeks. Usually, it’s a Saturday on the weekend I don’t have my kids with me. On that day specifically, I lay in bed well after the sun has gone up. When I do get up, I walk my dog, prepare my protein oatmeal and then proceed to get right back into bed to watch Netflix until I feel hungry again.
Except for that specific day, I wake up two hours before my kids do every single day. Yes, you are reading that correctly. I do this, even though I don’t have to “go” anywhere for work.
I wake up, prepare my protein oatmeal, work on my blog, spend some quiet time journaling, listen to some inspirational music and then I shower sometime between 7 and 7:30am. When my kids wake up, I’m already well into my day. It’s so rewarding!
Then, around 3pm, I’m ready for a nap. Ha! But by that time, I’ve already tackled the majority of the day. I recommend it… it’s been a game changer.
Do you follow LeJuan James? This man is hilarious! He had me crying with this clip he made of two girl-friends debating on working out or not during quarantine. I easily watched it 30 times. (Link below for fun!)
But seriously, it’s officially a habit. I made a weekly schedule of what muscles I work out each day and which days are for rest… and I live by it!
I’ll share a little about my workout journey in another post but honestly, open YouTube, search for a 15 minute workout and kill it. Then do it again the next day. Who doesn’t have 15 minutes? We all do! We are quarantine! What we don’t have is determination.
You can’t even imagine how crazy it is that I actually read. I’ve been the kind of person that has 5 books I’m “actively” reading at the same time and they have all been read up to half of the first chapter! Don’t judge me. I finished the book “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and I am pumped! I’m insane proud of myself.
So here’s the thing, you don’t have to do my three actions. You can pick three of your own! You can pick to start with just one. But read this carefully… people may be telling us that we can cope with quarantine in whatever way we please.
It’s true, we can but if we are going to live by that truth, then we must also recognize that not all coping mechanisms are healthy.
If we are on socials 10 hours a day, we can’t expect our mind to then be content and grateful for our own lives because we probably just spent the majority of the day comparing our current situation with that of Jennifer Lopez on TikTok. You feel me?
My challenge to you is this… I have seen a lot of posts about 2020 being a complete fail. I am proof that it doesn’t have to be that way. You decide what you are going to do with the last 6 months of this year… quarantine or not, make it count! This could be the year that champions you into your best season.
Friends, COVID may have changed our lives, (for some exponentially so) but it’s not the end of our story. One day we’ll look back at it as we now do with 9/11 and we’ll see that we survived and we’re stronger.
Remember to create a life you love… a life by YOU!