These Are Crazy Times, My Friend (But I’m Still Staying Positive)

I haven’t been on here in awhile and I think it’s pretty obvious why…

I was going to write a Colorado recap post about my trip there with my family last week, and *then* I was going to finally post my Vietnam travel guide, but with pretty much the entire country on lockdown, that just didn’t feel right.

The last thing I want my little corner of the internet to be is a place of negativity or anxiety, and I’m sure you’re all already well-informed about social distancing, so I’ll just keep it at this: I’m not panicking, but I do have a LOT of energy bars, boxes of chickpea pasta and cans of bone broth😅

I think the biggest two things that are hitting me right now are the fact that 1) we still got to go on our big trip to Southeast Asia and I feel insanely lucky but 2) that things have escalated so unbelievably quickly since then and to be honest, I have no idea what’s going to happen to the world’s economy.

But this post is about positivity! Because at the end of the day, this is all TEMPORARY. Yeah, I know, it might last awhile and it might honestly last a lot longer than we thought it would, but this self-quarantined social distancing thing isn’t going to be our forever. And to be honest, I’m kind of leaning into this temporary “new normal.”

As someone who has been working from home for over a year now and LOVES it, I can tell you that there are soooo many perks once you get used to it! And I’m so, so lucky to be here with Alex, I know that, although it wasn’t easy at first navigating how to work in this small space together😂

But if you’re alone right now in your home, I can’t tell you how amazing FaceTime really is. Have a dinner date, coffee or drink with a friend and call them up – it’s the BEST. I’ve lived far from loved ones for awhile now too, and I promise there’s a way to make it work and feel less lonely😊

Other than that, here’s how I’m staying sane, hopeful, busy and focused on the good:

Gratitude

I’ve been reminding myself how lucky I am to be in good health, have a home, have people I can call when I need to talk all this chaos out, a job that I can work from my living room, food, my dog, and a boyfriend who makes sure we have plenty of hand sanitizer and toilet paper *before* it all gets sold out. If you haven’t tried using the 5 Minute Journal or even that method before, just take a moment each morning and night to write down 3 things you’re grateful for.

Hobbies

Coloring, journaling, doodling, baking, and even knitting have been taking up my free time the past few days and I’m super into it. I’d like to think of this “forced rest” as time to do all of those things we always say we’re too busy to make time for. Other things I want to do include reading, updating my blog design, and making more videos!

Work

I’m blessed as heck to have my regular full-time job right now, but my “influencer” income has definitely dropped. I was actually supposed to go on my first blogging trip today but it go cancelled, of course. So in the meantime, I’m focusing on brushing up on skills, getting my taxes in order, and even getting creative on how I need to pivot in order to keep my business thriving.

*If you’re someone who isn’t able to work right now, I’m sending you all my freaking love. I can only imagine what you’re feeling, but if you do feel up to it, I know I always feel my best when I’m learning something new. Skillshare and even YT have so many free resources if you want to take a course or expand your resumé!

What about you?

How are you handling all of this? I’m always here if you need to chat. That’s the best part about being on the internet – we have this amazing, built in community so that even though we have to be far apart from one another, we can still stand together.

xo Jordan