I know this is the understatement of the decade (century??) but it’s been a weird old month, hasn’t it? If you’d asked me at the beginning of the year where I thought I’d be by the end of March I definitely wouldn’t have predicted I’d be in semi-lockdown at home while the world battles a pandemic. It’s like something out of a film and it really hasn’t sunk in for me yet that this is really real and actually happening.
I’m one of the lucky people that is able to work from home at the moment, so I haven’t had to travel into London for the past 2 weeks, but I know people who are key workers and I am so grateful to them for continuing to go out there and do the crucial work they do in order to keep the country running and to keep all of us safe.
In terms of being kept at home for all but our permitted one trip outside a day, I have to say that I’m not finding it too difficult so far. I’m a real homebody and a bit of an introvert by nature, so pottering around indoors is actually one of my favourite things to do. Also, when I had my knee surgery last year I was stuck indoors for 3 months, only leaving the house for hospital appointments, so that has stood me in good stead for the current situation.
If there are positives to be found in this awful global situation we find ourselves in (and I’m a big believer in always looking for the silver lining to every cloud, no matter how bad it is) it has to be the way that humanity and the planet are already showing signs of change.
I’m sure most of us by now have seen the videos of mountain goats taking over a town in Wales as there’s no traffic and less people, the waterways of Venice running clearer as there’s less water traffic, and the massive decrease in pollution in the areas of the world practising lockdowns. In just a few weeks the Earth is starting to heal itself and I find that absolutely mindblowing!
On a more human level, there are families now spending more time together than they did before, neighbours pulling together and a growth in community spirit, strangers doing incredible things for the benefit of other people, the internet is awash with funny videos, and people are the using the time they now find themselves with to do things like bake, read, craft, garden, exercise and generally better connect with themselves and those around them. It’s quite beautiful to see and I really, really hope that when we come out of this horrible situation, we take the lessons we have learnt from this and go forward to treat both people and the planet better. We have to use this terrible thing as a platform to do good and create a happier and healthier society.
In terms of what I’ve been up to in March, the answer is: not a lot. The first two weeks were pretty normal and started with a weekend spent with Grace visiting some of her favourite places, meeting some of her favourite people, drinking whisky in one of her favourite bars, and chatting until the small hours. I also finally got to visit the amazing Stargazy who I’ve followed on Instagram for ages, and I treated myself to a few goodies. It was so hard to limit what I bought – I could have spent loads!
Also this month, I visited Parlour Nails to embark on a little programme of nail care to finally stop me biting my nails (so far so good – they’ve survived for nearly 3 weeks without a single nibble; a miracle!) and I published two blog posts – one being an ode to my best friend who is doing the most incredible things to bring happiness to people and change their lives, and the other an update on the books I read in February. Click the links to have a look!
Work for the past 2 weeks has been ridiculously busy and I found myself working 12-16 hour days, eating dinner and falling asleep on the sofa before finally collapsing into bed, but I’ve made a conscious decision that can’t continue going forward and I’m going to use my spare time more wisely. I’m going to go for a daily walk around the estate I live on and the fields nearby, I’m going to start a couple of online courses I’ve bought and not had time to begin yet, I’m doing a colouring book in the evenings to help slow my mind down, I’m cooking new recipes, am going to exercise every day and start doing yoga, I want to do some jigsaws and blog more, and I’m going to make the time to read – usually I do this on my daily commute but not travelling to work each day means I haven’t picked up a book for the past 2 weeks and I do miss that little bit of downtime! I’m also trying to make the time to Facetime friends and family which I don’t usually do, but it seems more important now than ever.
It feels weird writing a monthly update at the moment to be honest, with everything so focussed on the Coronavirus, but it’s early days and we’re all still trying to find our feet with this new way of living. I decided from the get-go that I was going to tackle this whole thing with almost aggressive positivity and that I was going to keep looking for the sunshine and light in all of it, and so far I’m doing ok! I plan on absolutely making the most of this enforced slower version of life.
I know not everyone is as lucky as me to be able to continue working from home, or to be a happy little hermit staying indoors all the time – I know it’s difficult for so many and that lots of people will be feeling lonely or scared right now – but remember: this too will pass. I’m always here if anyone wants to talk; you can find me on any of my social media channels or you can send me a message via my Contact Page. I’m always up for a natter!
I’ve got a few blog posts queued up in my head for the coming weeks – I’m thinking Netflix/TV recommendations (there’s some good’uns – Tiger King anyone?!), an update on my 2020 Goals progress, a few ideas to keep you occupied if you’re looking for something to do whilst you’re in lockdown, my favourite books of all time, some recipes I’ve tried recently and loved, and a few other bits and pieces!
Keep safe and well everyone, and try to fill your time as much as possible with things that make you happy!