Four weeks or four years?

My mom and sister painting signs for our front yard

It’s absolutely crazy to think that the last blog post I wrote was right before s$!t hit the fan in mid-March. The last time I published a post, I had gone out to a brewery in Brooklyn to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Then I went to a Celine Dion concert. So much has changed since then. Four weeks ago could have four years (or honestly four decades). Our lives have drastically changed. Now I’m working from home, craving human interaction outside of my family (sorry Mom and Dad, Charlie and Bridget, I love you all), and I’m just wishing that businesses and restaurants would be open again. 

As I’m sure most everyone else does, I miss traveling and hanging out with my friends on the weekends. But we have a new reality now, and I’m trying to remember that I’m not alone, and we are all going through this together. We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in some capacity. It is affecting so many lives and taking so many. I honestly feel so fortunate to still be employed, able to work remotely, and be in the presence of loved ones. Who knows when the next time will be that my entire family is united under the same roof for an extended period of time?

I am trying my best to make the most of this time and enjoy the company of loved ones. It’s not always easy, but I am making a concerted effort to find the positives in this situation. I am taking more time for myself, going on daily walks outdoors, journaling more, and FaceTiming distant friends. I feel that in a way this experience is a blessing – I am grateful for the opportunity to catch up with friends, albeit virtually, and I am enjoying the time with my family. 

Every day since quarantine began (weather permitting), my mom and I have gone on long walks outside. It’s a great opportunity to not only get some fresh air, but to chat and enjoy each other’s company. I look forward to these walks, and I cherish the time that I get to spend with my mom every day that we go for a walk. I am trying my best to live in the moment, and enjoy each second that I get to the very best of my ability. This global pandemic has really made me realize how precious the gift of life is –  and one that we shouldn’t take for granted. 

While it is easy to feel on edge with all this uncertainty, let’s make an effort to transform our negative thoughts to positive ones by realizing all we have to be grateful for. And remember, although things may be tough and you may feel isolated, you are not alone. Let’s support each other during this time and strengthen our human connection (virtually or from a safe distance of course). I’m always here to listen, so don’t hesitate to reach out. How are you making the most of your time in quarantine?

Sending much love and positivity–onward and upward!

Maddi 

Don’t give up. You are not alone.

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