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The quarantine has been hard! While there’s a lot of sadness and grief, I have also found so much joy in finding positive things to be thankful for. I try to be a glass half full kind of girl and today I wanted to focus on the positives by sharing 6 positives the quarantine has taught me. There is still good in the world and I’m finding reasons to smile each day.
6 Positives The Quarantine Has Taught Me:
- Importance of Slowing Down: I stopped working at my full-time job about 2 weeks before the quarantine began. When I decided to leave work, I didn’t realize I literally would be staying at home 24/7 and quarantining. It was our busiest time of year and I felt like I never had time to slow down. I also had a feeling things were about to get bad with Covid-19. This was also a large influence in my decision to resign early. I shared more about our decision for me to be a stay-at-home-mom in this blog post. It’s been such a change of pace being at home more and I’ve learned the importance of slowing down. Before this, I would have a full week of work then come home to a full weekend working on my blog. I feel like I was always working and never got a moment to just relax. This time has given me the opportunity to slow down and relax more. It has also helped me be able to get a lot of things at home done like organizing the nursery/house, cooking more, picking up new hobbies and more. Slowing down has been so important as I only have 4 weeks (or less!) of pregnancy left and things won’t be slow at all once Scarlett is here. I am getting to the tired stage of pregnancy, so resting has been much needed. When things go back to normal, I am going to make an effort to give myself more time to slow down as much as possible.
- Enjoy Time Together: With Covid-19, Jake’s work schedule has completely changed. Jake works in medicine and all elective surgeries were canceled at his hospital, so his schedule has been much more flexible. It’s been really nice having him at home more, especially right now I am appreciating this time as a family of 2 before Scarlett arrives. It’s been so nice being able to have help in the nursery and around the house since I’m starting to wear out quicker. This has also made me really appreciate all the time I got to spend with both our families in February. I don’t know when we will get to see them again and I will always make the most of the time together.
- Take Advantage of Opportunities/Don’t Procrastinate: This time has really taught me to be thankful for all of the opportunities we have had to travel and experience things we wanted to. Jake and I have learned over the years to value experiences over material things and this really puts that into perspective. I am so thankful for the times we said yes to going to concerts and experiences we wanted to have. Unfortunately we had to cancel our babymoon, but I am so thankful we got to travel one last time to Miami for the Super Bowl before things got bad. This has also taught me to not procrastinate on things I want to do because things can change in a blink of an eye. The quarantine has taught me that everything is temporary. This has really taught me to appreciate all of the good times.
- Do What Makes You Happy: The quarantine has taught me to do what makes me happy. I picked up my love for cooking again, and have also been organizing, doing artistic projects, and getting creative with decorating. If you saw my last post, I pulled out my favorite dishes to use that usually are just on display. Life is short, so drink out of your favorite coffee mug instead of saving it. I have a need to be creative and being at home has inspired me to be that way with meals and also with ways to capture blog photos at home.
- Perspective is Everything : I try to be a glass half full kind of person and make the most of things. We fully have control over our attitudes and choosing to be positive has helped my overall happiness.
- There’s Still Good People in This World: Seeing people come together and help others has really restored my faith in humanity. I’ve heard of people shopping for elderly neighbors, people sharing their supplies, and coming together to collect protective gear to keep our healthcare workers safe are just a few examples. It’s been really refreshing to see people help others out.
With every negative of the quarantine, there are also so many positives too. What is something positive you’ve learned?
What beautiful and important life lessons! I hope you two continue enjoying the last few weeks before Scarlett arrives soon!
Thanks, Annaliese! Times like this really put things in perspective. We are, so crazy that she will be here soon.
I’ve been trying to slow down as well.
I’m proud of you. It can be so hard to do, but it’s good to take advantage of it right now.
these are all good things to learn
I think so 🙂
Great post. I have slowed down as well and listening to my body. Hope you are keeping well Courtney.
Thanks, Ashh! That’s so so smart to do. We don’t get many chances to take advantage of slow times. Aw thank you, I hope you’re too.
This has really been an enlightening and scary time for many of us. My girlfriend and I have been supplying lunch or dinner to the hospitals in our area.People are so grateful. I agree with so much of what you said. You look beautiful! Your photos are fabulous! Stay well and be safe!
It really has been. That is so sweet of you and your friend, I know it’s greatly appreciated. 🙂 Thank you so much, I hope you’re staying safe and well.
I am a glass half full kind of person too Courtney! We do need to slow down and enjoy the simple things! You both need to take advantage of this time of you and Jake together as just the two of you. Soon there will be the appearance of Scarlett which will bring joy to both of you. Procrastinating is something i need to work on! The virus sure had taught us to appreciate things And The people in our lives. I Hope your families can get to Birmingham sooner than later! There are so many good people in the world as the virus has neighbor helping neighbor like never before, and the medical staff are just amazing! Such a gorgeous dress Courtney! The style and print look so good on you, happy Saturday, Terri xo.
I can tell, Terri! You always seem to have a positive outlook, which is important 🙂 I am so glad the virus has taught you a lot of the same lessons too. Thank you so much! Hope you’re having a nice week so far.
I love your outlook! It’s so important to stay positive during this time. Slowing down has been my biggest one as well. It’s a nice change of pace. It’s great to spend some more time with my husband, who isn’t traveling at all for work for the remainder of the year now, and spending time with our kitty. I do wish I was getting better about procrastinating too, though! That’s one that I can’t seem to shake yet, haha.
Thank you so much, Lindsey! 🙂 Yes, it really is so important to have a positive attitude during this crazy time. I am enjoying the slowing down for sure. Yes, it’s so hard to not procrastinate haha. I hope you’re doing well.