Adjusting To A New Normal: Quarantine

I think we are on day 27 of life in quarantine and I must admit it is sometimes hard to keep track of what day it is! These are indeed unprecedented times that we are collectively trying our best to navigate, we’re all enduring a pause, a new normal and a whole range of emotions. For some of us, there is gratitude for the slower pace and the abundance of time, for others, this time is filled with struggle and uncertainty. Wherever you find yourself, you’re not alone. As a mother of three and a small business owner, these are very scary times, but I have learned throughout my life that through adversity comes strength and resilience. We can't control what is happening right now, but we can control how we respond to it. Each day of this pandemic we are faced with a choice. We can choose to find gratitude or we can choose to be angry and resentful towards the situation we are facing. We can choose to lean into our community for support or we can choose to isolate away from those who we need the most. We can choose to settle into a routine that serves us or we can fall into bad habits. Now more than ever, we need to show up for ourselves and the people who need us the most. This is not to minimize the severity of what is happening and the impact it is having on people’s lives, including my own. The future of my small business is unknown, being forced to close with zero revenue is every small business owner's worst nightmare. As hard as this all is, I choose to take it one day at a time. I have been here before and I know that this is a lesson in perspective and perseverance. Whatever the outcome, we will get through this, we just have to decide how we CHOOSE to come out the other side. I am choosing to find the light through the darkness and seeking gratitude for this gift of time that we will likely never have again. I am using this time to find gratitude for my blessings and do the things I always wished I had time for. Sending love from my family to yours, be safe and give yourself grace. xo Natalie

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