Some days are pretty good — mostly better than pretty good.
Others are an energy-suck, and then I get mad about that.
I read “the numbers” every day for my city, my state, and my country.
I yell at the wifi.
I feel happy, energetic and proud when I exercise.
I get in my car and park on a neighborhood street a few blocks away.
I write and watch people.
I wonder if I’ll “get in trouble” or shamed by a passerby because I’m in my “car home” and not my home-home.
Will I get social-shamed for being out of the house (without a reason, like buying phantom toilet paper) even though I’m in a car, windows up and engulfed in my own breath and germs?
People in my neighborhood take photos of this sort of thing and post them on Next Door and Facebook. (Note: This practice of pointing fingers and cameras is actually called “virtue-signaling,” and is often not effective).
I eat at 8:30 p.m. a lot of nights. That’s not the old normal.
Most days, I laugh and have fun.
I have to.
I have to remind myself that I am that person, too — that I can get lost in things that are silly or joyful.
Fun isn’t just an escape.
It’s also not denial, or a sign that you’re not taking this crisis seriously.
Fun fuels resilience, and we need that now more than ever.
Building resilience is about getting back up when you feel like life knocks you down; and, it’s also having those pure-of-heart moments where you remember that you do laugh and you are playful.
It’s remembering how much you love music when you decide to take a break from listening to the news.
It’s joining your family for a Zoom talent show on Easter Sunday when you are usually at your brother-in-law’s house eating butter kuchen.
It’s watching your cats scale the screen of your sliding back deck doors (keep reading — you’ll see).
So this week, I’m sharing things that make me happy, make me laugh — that help me feel free.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of them, too.
How do you create fun right now? What brings you joy?
Please share your ideas and inspiration in the comments!
I made this playlist with songs that have anything remotely connected to the way we are living right now.
There are probably some you’d expect, and others you’ve never thought about, much less heard.
Click HERE to listen.
We are obsessed with these kittens.
They’ve been with us since before Christmas and they are adored, but being home with them all day, every day, for a month has taken things to an almost embarrassing new level. Their innocence and playfulness inspire joy … and they also do crazy shit like this (click HERE to watch):
There are so many videos of Jimmy Fallon and The Roots that I’ve watched probably 20 times or more.
The artists who perform, his earnest, joyful singing, and all of those grown men playing music with toys make me so happy.
So, of course, they created something epic during the pandemic that represents our current way of life (while sheltering-at-home … Sting included).
Click HERE to watch and listen.
It helps me to help others, and I have a lot of fun doing it.
But sometimes, something you use and know how to navigate very well gets “upgraded” or “new, exciting features have been added” — and it’s neither of those things.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, I will be proficient with the “new” Facebook Live and won’t have those looks on my face when I’m using it.
I don’t need to be dealing with all of that technical nonsense when I’m on a mission to teach planks with cats.
So, stay well.
Remember that we can do hard things … pandemics and planks included.
Now — right now — is the perfect time to strengthen the foundation of your mind and the choices you’re making to build your life.
These are uncertain and sometimes painful times, but that doesn’t mean working on your future has to be a heavy and draining process.
I bring my lighthearted spirit when I am working with my clients in a way that is honorable and respectful.
Right now, I’m helping women across the spectrum with job loss, home school overwhelm, anxiety, inventing new — often online – streams of income, as well as my nurses on the front lines who are devoted, and also terrified right now.
We need each other; we’re going to get through this, and I am with you.
The world has given us a “reset” that we did not ask for.
Everything stopped for everybody. No one was spared.
It’s been tragic and upending. Unprecedented.
It can also be an opportunity to look at your life, decide what is important and ask, “Am I living the way I want to live?”
If it’s time to recalibrate or rebuild your life as we emerge from this crisis, I’m ready for you.
Let’s get moving.
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