So call me crazy (would certainly not be the first time), but I have actually had a very positive experience with this quarantine! It has given me a much-needed pause to discover some things I may not have otherwise.
I am sharing my top 10 Gifts from Quarantine:
1) My son is back living with us since his college is closed for the rest of the semester. I am loving having him here again.
2)I got excused from jury duty.
3) I had time to record a lot of podcast interviews with people who otherwise would never have had the time or interest.
4)Since I can't do my daily beach walk (I really miss it), I have started riding my bike again.
5)I have saved $5.00 a day by not being able to have coffee at the Don Cesar or Starbucks.
6)I have had several amazing group FaceTime chats with family and friends, and the best part is everyone is available; it didn't take a spreadsheet to plan a time that worked for everyone.
7) I have grown my online business audience by several hundred members because all stylists are home, and they are discovering how amazing a virtual education experience can be.
8) I have the time to create two all-day virtual Pop Up Workshops with just a few day's notice in collaboration with other educators who all immediately said yes for the first time ever.
9) I was finally able to grow out my bangs so I have an accidental new hairstyle and kind of liking it.
10) Drum roll, please...I am learning to cook! I cannot go out to any restaurants and have actually enjoyed discovering new recipes and cooking for my family.
I have found that focusing on the positives vs. the fear and worry about having no income coming in, and the uncertainty of how long this will last has made it a lot less stressful. I have my moments, of course, but overall I think it is the world's way of healing itself.
We have all forgotten what really matters and been running around working crazy hours to buy bigger houses and nicer cars while our children are in daycare and with babysitters. I know first hand how quickly those years go by, and you never get a chance to go back and spend more time with them when they need their parents the most.
None of us know what the "new normal" will be like, but we are a part of history, and if staying in our houses can save lives, it is a small price to pay to live to tell the story of that weird year 2020. I just keep reciting my Mom's famous words, "this too shall pass."
A licensed cosmetologist since 1986, Elaine has personally trained all of her own stylists and taken them from beauty school graduate to color expert in less than one year earning over $60,000 annually.