You miss things about your old life. You wish you things could go back to normal. Maybe you’re not able to work the way you used to. Or, you can’t go to your favorite classes, gym, restaurants? You’re itching to get out and every day seems to be a freaking roller coaster of emotions. After 8 weeks of quarantine and 10 weeks of not being in my pre-rona life, I have found that all the things I wish I had are available to me. I mean, I am not traveling which is the one thing I miss in this “new normal” but before all this happened I wished I had “time” for a lot of things. And, now I do. We all do. The key though is to embrace it. And, that might be the hardest thing outside of dealing with the virus. Here are some of my best tips for thriving during this time:
Looking back at my life since high school I have done many pivots. I am sure you have too! In fact, most of my pivots were fast and not planned. In 2001 I pivoted from moving to Hawaii last minute to going to college in Southern California. In 2003 I was on a 45-minute plane ride home and decided to pivot majors. In 2007 I was walking down a hallway and got the feeling I needed to pivot and move to LA. In 2009 when no evidence that being in a service-based business was a good idea I pivoted and quit my job to be a full-time Pilates teacher. And I continued a few fast pivots in the last decade. Last month I made a massive pivot not just in my business but in my life as well. And, I think that is why being in quarantine while exhausting, boring and hour by hour a different emotional feeling is also going to be the best pivot for me and for those who take the opportunity.
Back in 2008 when the country and most of the world was feeling the recession I became a Pilates instructor. I got so busy I had to quit my “real” job. In 2013 I found myself homeless, carless and studio-less and that loss cleared the way for the life and business I have today. Currently your life, routine, work and everything in between have likely flipped on its head. So, how can this time be for you?
Crazy times is the understatement of the year. Living life in this “new normal” somehow is starting to feel more normal. And, honestly, I find I am truly enjoying my new routines. Especially when I don’t listen to the news. Not that I am not staying informed. But, tbh, this time can be one that causes us to live in fear, and wait, hunker down and let time pass. Or, it can be a time we thrive. And, it’s all in how you look at it. Because, if you look back at your life there have been times where “bad things” have happened. Or, at least things that you felt were bad. And while this virus is more than “bad.” It is downright scary. How do we know this disruption in our daily lives is “bad?”
Working From Home, WFH, and not excited about it? Or, maybe you were and then you got to day three, five and it’s looking like it might be more indefinite than you think? Couple that with the fact that the store’s shelves are bare, you’re not supposed to be in them anyways. And, if you’re in a city like mine your favorite workout spaces, restaurants and bars are closed. WFH is starting to sound like the loneliest chapter in many lives. So, what can you do to make the most of it?
Running your business, life, and family can seem like all you have time for. But you know that you want to feel better, have more energy and feel like you’re more in control of all the things. It’s so easy to let everything else take up your time. But, you really are the most important thing. And, it’s super easy to lose sight of that when you’re “in it.” But, here are my best tips for putting yourself first and not feeling guilty about it.
Tired of being tired after you fly? Travel is one of the greatest things you can do in your life! Experiencing other cultures, seeing sites hundreds and thousands of years old is worth all the miles. But, getting to where you’ve been dreaming of and feeling jet lag is the worst. And, for some means not traveling somewhere because there isn’t “enough” time to get used to the time zone or you’ll have jet lag when you get home. What if you didn’t have to deal with Jet lag at all? Where would you go?
Do you manifest, goal set or vision board? I do all of them! And, while I know that not everything will go exactly as I plan I love writing down my goal for the next year/s and trying them all on for size.
Did your parents ever tell you to stop complaining? Mine did! But, a good complaint that is heard can help you create the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of. You know, the one that you’re complaining you don’t have?
What do you pack when you’re going to be gone for two weeks, two different countries, and you hate “checking” a bag? So glad you asked. This is one of my favorite things to talk about! I’ve never loved checking and Brad and I have been doing carryon since we both can remember. One time we were gone for 15 days, 3 countries, 2 different weather systems and 9 flights. We still carried on! And we didn’t take space up for others, here are some tips for you to try this out before the holiday travels start.