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Keeping Calm During COVID-19

Our first blog post (yay!)

It is March 24th and we are in the eye of the storm that COVID-19 is. To be honest, I didn't think the first blog post we published on here would be about a pandemic. I like to keep things light and easy with this business because often our life feels so heavy in other areas. That's one of the reasons I love fashion so much too... We underestimate the impact a piece of clothing has when sometimes feeling confident in what you're wearing is the one small spark that keeps you going for the day. Even when the world feels heavy, its important to give yourself a break... to find light in the small things and to do what makes you feel good, even if only for a moment. 

The news surrounding the coronavirus is seemingly inescapable. You log into Facebook and there are hundreds of your friends sharing their financial losses, their hardships at home, the chaos at their job, and their fears and uncertainty. You get notifications delivered straight to the home screen of your phone whenever news breaks (which is almost hourly right now). Even typically more lighthearted apps like Instagram and TikTok have photos and videos that remind us there is a lot of anxiety in the world right now. It is easy to get sucked into this vortex and feel defeated. Bad. News. Everywhere. And while I do think we have a social responsibility to stay up to date on current events, I also know that the news can be daunting in times like these. So yes, let Alexa give you a daily run down in the morning and read the article your friend shared with updates in your state ... but then, eat breakfast. without your phone. 

Go for a walk and listen to music instead of the daily press conference yet again (you can read a recap later). Turn on the t.v., skip the 24 hour news and head straight for Netflix.

The truth is the world is hurting in many ways right now but watching six hours worth of news versus just one isn't going to help anyone. I know its hard and some of us feel guilty finding any glimmer of happiness when there's so much to be upset about but we have to acknowledge what is in our power and what is not. Stay aware. Stay current. But don't let it be all consuming. 

If any good comes from this virus, it is that it has forced us to slow down. For the first time in a long time we can't use a lack of time as our excuse for not taking care of ourselves. The best thing we can do for our community, for our friends, our family, our world right now is to just stay home... and while that can feel like you aren't doing much of anything, its really the greatest contribution you can make. Once you understand that being at home serves a purpose, rid yourself of the guilt that comes from enjoying new found time. We all know the circumstances and this isn't ideal for anyone but sulking in that won't expedite the process. So make the most of it.

Wake up and get dressed in the morning. Do your makeup... yes, I know you have no where to be. Do it anyway. It'll make you feel good! 

Look up a yoga session on YouTube. Play 20 questions with your partner. Get out that puzzle you started 4 months ago and never finished. Blast some music and dance in your living room. Make a cup of coffee and get some fresh air. Organize that linen closet that topples over every time you open it. Declutter your wardrobe. The time for yourself has already been made. All you have to do is use it.

Its without a doubt difficult to unplug. It can feel irresponsible and shameful to go on about your day as if nothing is happening but remember, you are already doing your part. 

I'll end with one of my favorite reminders. 

"You cannot pour from an empty cup" - unknown. 

Take care of yourself. That is what is in your control. 

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