Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Why I Haven't Changed My Lifestyle....

Now.....before you go getting your knickers in a twist, let me explain.

The reason I have not changed anything about my life during this time is because I made the conscientious effort to make drastic changes the first of the year.

The months leading up to the re-release of 'False Victim' and the movie release were incredibly hectic. 
I barely slept. 
Always on a schedule. 
Always traveling.
Always a deadline.
Always a luncheon.
Social engagement. 
Someplace to be.
People to meet.
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

During Christmas break I decided that the day after the movie aired I would completely clear my schedule.
And I do mean completely.

So, for the past month and half I've already been 'sheltering in place.'

Time is (almost) irrelevant.
I go to bed when I want.
I wake up when I want.
I eat when I'm hungry.
I take walks during the day.
I read.
I write.
I nest.
I play dress up.
I ride my bike.
I play with the dogs.
My days are longer....
but in a good way.
It almost feels like time is standing still.

I am SO glad my body told me I needed to do this because these changes prepared me for what is happening now.

While I am hurting for those who's livelihoods are hurt, for small businesses that may never rebound, for those who are sick with the virus and those who've lost loved ones, I am truly hoping that the silver lining in all of this is that everyone finds out during this quiet time what I found:

That we don't need all the things we think we do.
That regular dinners around the table with family brings you closer.
That nature walks even just around your own garden can lift your spirits.
That a walk in the rain can be just as refreshing as a walk in the sunshine.
That children need more family time and don't need to be in every single activity.
That it's a great time to stay slowed down once the stay order is lifted. 
To spend more quality time together. 
To get out those board games.
To share life stories.
To be creative!

I know this is a scary and unprecedented time.
We're not only dealing with uncertainty about the future but also with losing the day to day freedoms we take for granted.

Let's also be conscientious of our loved ones that live alone. Reach out with a phone call - or better yet, Face Time!

ALL of you take care of yourselves -and of course #washyourhands.


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