When I realized we were coming up on the one year anniversary of the pandemic, I wanted to write a blog post about it, but I didn’t know what to say. There’s nothing to say that hasn’t already been said-that this has been the hardest year of our lives, that this is unprecedented, that we can only hope to get over this and move on with our lives. Then I thought maybe I shouldn’t write anything at all since there’s nothing new to say. But I wanted to mark this occasion. Although living through a pandemic for a year isn’t a happy moment in anyone’s life, it’s certainly an important one, and I like to work through things by writing. I want to be able to look back on this and remember not only the painful and difficult parts of the last year, but also the positive and happy moments.Read More »
Becoming a Plant Person over Quarantine
When quarantine started, I had one plant: a fiddle leaf fig. I had seen occasional pictures of it on Instagram and Pinterest, and thought it would look cute in our apartment. Fast forward one year and here I am today, with
10 plants 11 plants (I bought another while writing this post)! While I originally bought my first plant because it looked cute, I’ve done a ton of research over the past few months and have become that annoying plant person that points out the name of each plant in the restaurant (sorry Tony).
Coping Strategies, Advice from my Mom
Yesterday was a pretty terrible day for me. Although I was able to wake up and make it through the first few things on my to do list, after watching the news in the morning, then scrolling through Twitter, everything hit me like a brick wall. I laid down on my bed and just started bawling. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was that triggered this, or why exactly today was the day it hit me, but everything seemed so overwhelming. The insurrection at the US Capitol, the hatred and division our current President is supporting, dealing with quarantine for almost a year, and on top of all that, having to be a “normal” adult and deal with work stress. I called my mom hoping she would have some suggestions to calm down or how to deal with this until we get to the other side, and in typical mom-like fashion, she did (and she’s especially knowledgeable on the topic, considering she’s published an entire book about coping strategies!). I know I’m not the only one feeling this way, so I wanted to share my mom’s advice, in hopes these suggestions will help someone else as well.Read More »