A Change in Vision
Updated: Aug 11, 2020
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I started this blog in late February 2020 after many months of planning. I had an amazing editorial calendar full of engaging content ready for the rest of the year that included decor, travel, entertaining, and more. I started prepping my pantry and my kitchen. There is always another speciality ingredient to buy! And it was all derailed when the Corona-Virus turned from passing problem to pandemic. My office was sent home indefinitely on March 14, but I was lucky that I was able to work remotely. I thought the shift to working from home would make it easier for me to engage my blog, but I was far correct.
Though I was happier working from home the first two weeks, I have since felt like I have fallen into a slump. My lack of commute, less time spent packing lunch, and streamlined grocery shopping hasn't given me as much time back as I thought I would have. In fact, I feel like I have even less time. My home is no longer my safe place to get away from work, working on my couch everyday for a month hasn't been the healthiest, and I feel like the emotional drain of watching the news overwhelms me to the point where I feel like a drink is necessary every night. There was no way I had the energy to make the content I had meticulously planned out.
I have been consistently posting and re-posting on my insta story working remotely COVDID-19 principles that a friend shared online that have really resounded with me:
1) You are not "working from home, you are "at your home, during a crisis, trying to work".
2) Your personal physical, mental, and emotional health is far more important than anything right now.
3) You should not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours.
4) Your will be kind to yourself and not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping.
5) You will not judge others and not judge how they are coping based on how you are coping.
6) Your team's success will not be measured the same way it was when things were normal.
Keeping those six thoughts in mind has allowed me to show myself more self love in the last couple of weeks than I have shown myself in the past three months.
I hope in the future I will be able to share some of the content I had originally planned, but right now I plan to focus on more self-care, organization, and personal posts while staying at home. (Yes, I am aware that not every state is closed - however, where I am we have barely begun any type of re-opening process and it will be a long time before we can even start "the new normal".) I will to shy away from posts that talk about spending on superfluous items (though I will post about items I am saving up for or would recommend), and more about togetherness, mindfulness, self-awareness, and thankfulness. T and I have been staying with his parents in Massachusetts, so I won't be able to post as many recipes or classic German baking fails, but in the meantime I hope you feel that what I do post is entertaining, helpful, and informative.