The first week of this quarantine I sort of pouted my way through, being upset at all the things we are missing out on during this time. I was grouchy at not being able to do things. I was anxious at everything going on in the world.
Then I took a step back and looked at my true reality.
We are so lucky here. We are all healthy. My husband has a job still, and he is getting extra paid time off due to the virus. We have food, we have a home, there really is not much we can complain about right now.
We all have a choice here if you are in a similar position to where you aren’t sick and aren’t facing financial hardship because of this. I made the choice to make this for me instead of against me. I may not be able to live my life to the fullest in the same way I had planned 2 months ago, but I’m not going to just waste it away because plans change.
This post is in no way to brag about our situation or what we’ve been doing. If you are struggling with true hardships during this time, this isn’t for you. This is meant to inspire those who are struggling with missing a vacation or not being able to find all of their groceries or routines changing or whatever small things you may be stuck in at this time
Here are a few things I am doing with this to make the most of this time.
More workouts // I am using the boys’ nap times to go for a run or to do an online workout. I have been doing a workout at least 5 days a week now! I have a goal of running a half marathon this year, and a full in the future, so this is pushing me toward that! I just ran 7 miles which is crazy for me! I can’t wait to log more miles!
More outside time and hiking // We have been getting out to go for walks or hikes every day. We used to love hiking before we had kids and haven’t done it since then. It’s been a lot of fun to get out to the trails again and Elijah loves it!
I learned how to make my own iced lattes// It may seem silly, but my iced latte is a cup of joy for me. We’ve done a couple of smaller shop take out coffees, but mostly I had to learn to make them at home. I got this stove top espresso maker and lavender syrup, and they are actually really easy and good! I make them in a reusable cup that I had customized, and it’s like I’ve got my own coffee shop. You can find the recipe for my lattes as well as the reusable cup and my other coffee essentials here.
Arts and craft time with my boy// Elijah has really taken to arts and crafts recently, and I have had more time to sit down and do some with him! We made all of the Paw Patrol characters into paper bag puppets! It’s not arts and crafts, but we also got caterpillars! They are currently in their cocoons and we are anxiously awaiting them to emerge as butterflies! It has been such a fun thing for us to do! We got ours here.
Just hanging out as a family // With Daniel having the extra time off, we have had more time to just hang out together as a family. We spend the afternoons in the backyard playing with the boys. We all get sunshine, the boys get to get dirty, and we even get a chance to just talk for a few minutes.
It is real and valid to feel stuck or anxious at this time, even if you have no real hardship. We are all human. We are all facing uncertainty on some level. We just don’t need to stay stuck and complaining about the small or trivial things.
Your life or your loved ones lives could still end tomorrow. Make the most of the situation you are in! Live life to the fullest in whatever capacity you are able!
If you need extra help with the motivation side of things, check out this Next 90 Days Challenge here. It’s all about things like perspective, joy, habits, etc and totally free. Rachel and Dave Hollis are providing 40 minute classes every week on these topics with printables and other content. I have no affiliation with them, just love the work they are doing and it has been so beneficial to my own life!