Covid 19 - From Pain In the A$$ to Unbridled Clarity
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
In every aspect of life, it can be said that the Coronavirus has disrupted, upheaved, and mucked up life as we know it for the last couple of months in 2020. I mean, let's talk about a reality check. I'm a single gal, carefree, and kid-less. I am the cool auntie whose only care is my adorable yet spoiled to the core, miniature poodle. I do love kids, I love my nieces and nephews, so don't get me wrong. What I love even more, however, is when I'm able to give them back to their parents and it's time for them to go home. Unfortunately, I met Covid-19 in early April, and my life changed.
My work from home job, my peace of mind and my reality was hit violently by a Corvid filled, Mack truck going about 95 miles per hour on a straightaway. When schools closed its doors and my sister needed someone to watch her 8 year old daughter, my niece, during the uncertain lockdown, life as I had known, changed. Not only did I gain 17 pounds in 4 weeks, my stress level sky rocketed, and my patience was tested as I found myself in the refrigerator multiple times a day. I didn't recognize myself. I was completely miserable, incredibly unhappy and unable to cope. Covid was a pain in my ass.
Covid was to blame. I hated this pandemic, I loathed it. But as time started to pass, I actually saw a silver lining in this reality of mine. For the first time, after about 4 weeks of daily breakdowns, I began to adjust. Social media, believe it or not, actually helped me through. Looking at the hilarious memes and posts from friends feeling similar to me, made me feel better. I saw that I really wasn't alone in this. Eventually, I saw the opportunity that Covid had presented. For the first time, I took a step back and seriously evaluated my life.
When I realized I couldn't be out as normal, I did have the time to become a better business person. I could get organized and make my business itself, STRONGER. I was able to finish my website, create foundational files, develop workflows and I was able to get my social media profiles in check. I was able to develop a content calendar for both my businesses and I started to feel good again.
For the first time in a while, I had gained clarity & was able to focus and see the big picture. Because I had been so disgusted, I started to think about how I wanted to be, what I wanted my business and life to look like. I started to think of how I could utilize my time to reach for my biggest goals, and honestly the most important gift given to me through this pandemic. What changes can you make that this lockdown has brought clearly to the forefront of your mind? Think about your answers for both your business and personal life. Write it down and start to map out a plan to bring what you want into reality.
In the end, the one thing that the Coronavirus didn't make me better at, was being a great aunt. Although my niece and I did butt heads in the beginning, we worked things out. We got on the same page and adapted to each other. I began to pick up on clues on how she best learns and the conditions she needed to still feel like learning held value for her. I then did what I needed to do around that. I'm pretty sure most parents already know this, but as a fun loving, do anything in the world for them - auntie, those lessons tend to be hard learned Nonetheless, I think I solidified my position in her mind as the best aunt ever. That's one title I hold close and regardless of the circumstances, I will ensure never changes.