Hello, hello you wonderful bunch! How are you this week?
I hope you’re all keeping really safe, warm and well and looking after each other. It’s week 2 of self isolation and distancing, and from what I can see from here- we’ve done a pretty a-ok job of tackling week number one.
I’ve been seeking solace in Instagram lives (as mentioned), Joe Wick’s chirpy morning wake-ups (weird considering I hated P.E at school), finding my STRIDE with Twitter and finally getting my content calendar in order (my responsibilities are few and far between during this pandemic so the least I can do is try and create something, haha)!
I’ve also been guzzling down everything Harling Ross writes for ManRepeller, and loved her piece on personal writing, and why it’s so important to so many of us during this time (which fully validates me writing blog posts, right- RIGHT?) I’ve found such community and comfort on Instagram, and have loved the intimate snippets we’ve all found ourselves sharing, which actually feels quite lovely- so Harling, here’s to you reading our minds!
One of the main things I’ve learnt over the last week or so is how important it is to give into the down days. Not all the time, of course. But on the days where you feel heavy, low and a little bit grey- know it’s okay to stop and say, ‘okay, maybe not today’. Doing this is a privilege in itself, but I’ve spent so much time working from home at 5% on days like this, when sometimes the energy is simply better spent looking after number one. Doing things gently; reading, resting and giving your mind a bit of r&r.
One thing I saw on Instgram today was ‘you are not working from home, you are at your home during a crisis trying to work’ and it definitely helped me reposition some of the guilt that I can feel when I’ve been ‘unproductive’ or ‘faffing around’. I mean, Christ- I’m hardly saving lives sharing a picture of me in a jumper or my trotters in some shiny shoes (and someone please come over and give me a good shake if I start behaving like I am)- but knowing that during these times you will have days like this, as we all will- is worth keeping in mind- and know that if, during those days, doing the minimal is too much, that’s ok too. It’s okay to not know your place in a situation like this and feel a bit redundant some of the time. We’re all trying our best, navigating something some of us haven’t practiced before- and that’s what matters.
So yes! Thought I’d check in here again . I’ve finally got a hold of the kind of content I want to share over here during the next couple of months (which means FINALLY getting back on the ‘ol video wagon) and I hope you’ll join me along for the ride. It’s a bit of a cocktail of the traditional get up (beauty posts, playlists and the like) peppered with some newness and recommendations for the days ahead of us.
As always (you are a grateful squirrel) (sorry HAD to)- I hope you’re all ok. Sending so much love to you that have had a difficult couple of weeks, are working endlessly on keeping the country going, saving lives, teaching children, looking after bustling families, struggling with work and don’t have the luxury of just sitting on the damn sofa (and lots of love to those of us that are too). You are so wonderful and we have all got this. I promise.