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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?