It’s July can you believe it? I can’t believe half of the year is already over. I’m sure you will agree that it’s been a very interesting year, to say the least! From life in quarantine to racism rearing it’s ugly head, we’ve dealt with a lot within the first six months of 2020. Quarantine and social gathering restrictions have really changed my day-to-day life–it’s been an adjustment. I can’t complain and say that it’s all been bad. Life in quarantine has taught me these five lessons and I’m using them to conquer the rest of 2020.
Time Waits for No Man
It seems like the days go faster when I work from home and I’m not sure how to feel about it. On one hand, it’s nice to feel like my work week goes Monday, Tuesday, and then the weekend! On the other hand, I’m realizing how much time I have to work on my other passions like blogging. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Content Marketing Manager by day and an influencer by night. Which means I do A LOT of writing!
I decided to join Mattie James’ monthly #MJconsistencychallenge. For the month of July, we’re dedicating our time to writing 20 blog posts this month. If you almost passed out reading that, I’m right there with you! At first thought, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it and to be honest I’m still unsure. I do know that the flexibility I have working from home gives me no excuse. My commute is from the bed to my dining room table for goodness sake.
I’ve made blogging goals for this year and I don’t want to use COVID-19 as an excuse for not accomplishing what I’ve planned for The Strong Suit. With every week that passes, I realize how many opportunities I have to provide value to my audience and my community. I’m excited to take on this month and use the rest of 2020 productively.
Don’t Take Anything for Granted
COVID-19 has shut down everything from restaurants, movie theatres, amusement parks, and even local businesses. Here in the southeast, we’ve been teetering back and forth between phase 3 and phase 2. Face coverings are now mandatory to enter into a place of business and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
As someone who’s extremely social being quarantined has been difficult for me. It was really the lack of eating out at my favorite restaurants and the sudden halt to me and the hubs date nights at the movie theatres that did it for me. We’ve also canceled a family trip and being away from my friends has made virtual hangouts on Zoom and Facetime a must. I miss simple things like eating out with family and friends. I even miss buying over price concessions at the movies!
I try to be hopeful and realize that our current situation won’t last forever and it caused me to find creative ways to catch up with family and friends. Going forward, I never want to take for granted the casual memories I’m able to make with my loved ones.
Trust God’s Timing
If you’ve read Our Rustic Barn Wedding or follow me on Instagram over at @Genuinely_AA, then you know that I recently got married! By recently I mean literally the weekend before Trump started issuing travel bans due to COVID-19. I originally wanted to get married in the Fall, but Hubs and I had a quick engagement (6 months) and ended up picking March 7th as our wedding date. Choosing that day ended up being the biggest blessing we experienced all year. Not only because it was our special day, but because we were able to have our original ceremony with no worries.
Even though we had to come back from our honeymoon a few days early, it doesn’t compare to the sacrifices couples have been making around the country due to social distancing restrictions. My heart goes out to all of the brides who’ve had to postpone their special day. I hope to encourage you that everything will work out in the end (Romans 8:28). When your special day comes, you will look back at all you’ve overcome and it will better than you could’ve ever imagined!
Picnics are the New Brunch
Since brunch festivities haven’t fully returned because of social distancing, my friends and I have resorted to picnics instead. They’ve been perfect. We’re able to catch up and I’m able to scratch my social itch and not feel guilty about social distancing. It’s a good chance to get dressed and out of the house while soaking up some Vitamin D. Make it fun and capture the moment with your friends by taking pictures! I’ve gone to picnics where we dressed super cute and I’ve done picnics where we have on our favorite comfy clothes with our hair tied and bare faces. The goal is to make memories that will brighten up your day in the midst of this chaos.
|Breanna Powell | The Busy Bre|
Prioritize Valuable Relationships
Being quarantined made me evaluate every relationship that I have in my life. My relationship with my new husband has grown stronger than ever before. We’ve been able to slow down and spend more time together and for that, I’m forever grateful. As a busy body, the fact that I’ve had to slow down (forced to really) could be a different lesson within itself. I’ve also started to look at my family relationships and friendships differently. In this age of social media and social circles, we’re often pressured into being in relationships or friendships that don’t bring us joy. That’s something I’m cutting out in the second half of 2020.
As a black woman, I’ve been experiencing two pandemics and the fight against racism has made me want to shake the table and hold my loved ones close. Surrounding myself with people where we enjoy each other’s company during chaotic times has caused me to wonder how my loved ones view me. I want to be someone that they can be proud to know. As a result, I’ve been working on my relationship with my self, implementing some self-care, and stepping into new passions that I plan to bring to life. I can’t wait to share the projects I’ve been cooking up during this time! COVID has helped me realize I need to use my talents more than ever before.
My good friend Breanna Powell from The Busy Bre spoke on a similar topic in her recent blog post “Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Midst of Chaos.” Make sure you check it out!
In the meantime tell me, what has life in quarantine taught you?