It’s been a hot little minute since I’ve done an Ask Amy segment so today is the day. With all this Coronavirus/COVID-19 stuff happening I find myself needing an outlet more and more. I want to connect with others in a way that is less about fear (I find myself drowning in it sometimes) and that is more about conversation. I want to chat with you, hear your story and share about our lives in a way that can lift the spirit and bond us together.
Don’t you think that’s what we need more of lately? Bonding even in a season of social distancing. I really want to encourage you (and myself) to reach out to those family members and friends. Call them, text them, VIDEO CHAT WITH THEM if you can and get to know one another again. Gone are the days (for now) where we can sit in silence with one another and watch a TV show and instead we have to be intentional in our conversations with one another to stir that connection forward. That’s a good thing friends, connection is good!
QUESTION TIME – COVID-19 VERSION
Q | What is your favorite activity to do while social distancing?
Man on man, this is one I really want to share on but I also really want to know what YOUR favorite thing to do is while social distancing. In fact I’ll share mine here and then I’m going to ask on my instagram post as well, so please tell me here, or on instagram, what you’re doing too!
I am really enjoying doing some house projects, whether that’s propagating plants or replanting plants, organizing rooms and purging items I no longer love or need, and going for walks. Within ALL of that I’m able to spend time with Eddie and that feels really good.
Q | How are you staying busy during the social distancing?
First of all, are you like me and just flabbergasted that “social distancing” will now and forever be a part of our vocabulary; it’s just so weird to me! Ok, back on track…I am a creature of habit who loves structure and really begins to flounder after a few days without it. I find that during the week days i like to make a “schedule” of sorts the night before for the next day. That can look like waking up at x time, followed by a wakeup yoga video, coffee and bible study time, responding to emails, starting work hours (I literally just started a new remote job Monday), then following up with blog / photography / life stuff. I like to sprinkle in a stretch/dance/walk break in the middle of the day and if I’m feeling really frisky I’ll cross off a house to-do list (laundry, cleaning, purge to-do list, planting). I’m still struggling though. I feel like I have 1,000 things I can do but I am not spending my time wisely. I’m also learning to give myself grace during this time and I do NOT have to do all the things on my list every day and that’s ok too.
Q | How are you spending your quarantine? Any tips for introverts?
Well, like I said above I’m a list maker so I am making lists (cleaning lists, to-do wish lists – like cleaning out closets and rooms, house projects like painting or re-potting a plant, and fun lists – like books to read, movies/tv shows to watch). I want to encourage EVERYONE to do at least ONE thing a day that makes them step outside of their house bubble. Whether that’s going for a walk, sitting on your front steps / back porch and calling a family member or friend, or doing a craft/baking project. Do something out of the norm of couch sitting to break up the mental cycle of quarantine.
Q | Are you enjoying having your husband home?
Yes. 1,000x yes. I honestly don’t think I would be doing so well without him here. The 14 months we had a part were some of the hardest I’ve walked through but if we were still apart during this season of unknown I think I would be living with my brother and sister in law to keep myself sane. He is the calm to my crazy and provides so much depth to my days. We are still learning how to live with one another again and he will be reporting back to work soon so while it’s a learning process it’s one I’m super thankful for.
A FEW MORE FUN FINDS
- I recently got this beautiful piece to propagate more of my plants! Seriously, I love it! 😍
- I have been cooking so many delicious recipes from this cookbook. If you’re looking for something that is not only easy but is also functional and pretty, spend the $$. It’s definitely a cookbook that doesn’t collect dust.
- We are trying to do our part (when we can) to support small businesses and I’ve been browsing my etsy favorite list and am still so smitten by all the things.
This “stay in bed” sign is perfect for right now, no?
Anyone with Schitts creek? If so, let’s get matching hats.
This market bag is perfect for those quick grocery needs.
Needing a comfy sweatshirt? I’m obsessed with all of August Ink’s stuff but this Be Kind one is fitting for now, no?
- I got my hands on this recipe stand recently and it’s been really helpful while doing all the cooking.
Now onto you.
Tell me how you and your family are doing!
What are you finding is bringing you joy / keeping you busy during this season of life? We’re all in this together and what a beautiful thing it is to be able to say “we’re not alone” ya know?