We’re four months into the pandemic in most parts of the world and we all have stories of how it has negatively affected our lives – lost jobs and income, countless canceled events big and small, kids home from school, missing friends and family, getting sick, and even losing people in our lives. But what about the silver linings? What are some of the discoveries you’ve made during this time – things you’ve learned or enjoyed, new experiences, something positive that you would not have benefited from if not for this unprecedented global event? I’ll start:
I learned how to cut Drew’s hair well and now he never has to go to a barber again. With the money saved, we’ll be able to afford an extra weekend getaway every year (once we’re actually able to get away again…).
I’ve changed my shopping/spending habits (I’m spending less in general because we’re on a tighter budget, but I’m also shifting from Amazon to more local and small businesses.)
I’ve gotten pretty good at DIY pedicures.
I’m cooking more frequently (and Drew is able to help with a lot more now), and trying at least one (usually plant-based) new recipe every week.
Related to the BLM movement, I’m educating myself on the history of race relations in our country and learning so much about events that I, unfortunately, never learned in school.
As an (outgoing) introvert, I have loved the relief from the pressure of social obligations.
Our home has never been more organized! We created a pantry in some unused space, I cleaned out the kids’ closets last week, and we are inching closer to getting all our framed art on the walls (two and half years after moving in…).
Maybe best of all, this is the longest stretch of time in nearly a decade that I haven’t had to suffer through a child’s birthday party.