Since we are all staying in for a while to help our amazing healthcare workers flatten the curve, I'm slowly working on a few website projects. I'll be honest I'm not setting any goals for myself and my business to be productive or creative right now.
My to do list this week looks like this.
check in my loved ones (virtually of course)
move my body: for me this is walks, yoga, dance and bike rides
eat nourishing food
then do whatever else feels good
Yesterday I actually wrote solder something, because I feel better when I get to sit at my bench and make things. But I also know my supply chain and the Los Angeles jewelry district are severely impacted, so I'm out of lots of supplies for now.
After that I colored in a coloring book a pretty hummingbird and some flowers.
I've mostly been curling up on the couch with a soft blanket and reading. This is what I've read in case you're looking for more book ideas.
I'm really trying to listen to the lessons this virus and the subsequent forced slow down is teaching us. I'm trying not to give in to the fear that my business that means so much, something that I've built for 13 years has come to a screeching halt. I'm calling one bill a day to work out a plan to give me more time to pay. Honestly I've had some really nice calls with every representative I've talked to. They've all been really kind and are working with me and it's meant so much that those calls haven't left me frustrated and in tears.
I know I am very privileged because I have a roof over my head and food in the fridge. I am so grateful for everything I have and I truly hope when this is all over we can all remember some of the lessons this taught us.
Instead of reading or watching the news too often I have also been looking for the helpers. I joined my neighborhood's facebook group and it's been so uplifting to hear how everyone is looking out for each other. One of my local shops The Whole 9 Gallery that runs a non-profit is temporarily turning in to a food bank, so today I talked to her to see how I can help.
I'm writing all of this not to tell you how to handle this craziness. The last thing I want to do is add any guilt or shame to anyone's plate ever. I'm writing this just to tell you how I'm finding a light through the very real fear and anxiety each day. I like what Glennon Doyle says about doing the next right thing. And if that next right thing is eating ice cream and binge watching netflix, you do you! You're doing the best you can and that is always enough.
May you be safe, may you be healthy, may you live with ease and happiness.