Well, it’s been quite a wild few weeks, hasn’t it?
First and foremost- I hope you’re all healthy, safe, and getting through this strange and stressful time to the best of your abilities. I know it hasn’t been easy for anyone- and all we can do is take it day by day and hope for the best while making smart and considerate choices to protect our loved ones, our communities and ourselves- but I’m sending love and a hug to each and every one one of you reading this right now in the hope that it brings you a little comfort in these uncertain times.
As for me, it should be mentioned that I developed a severe anxiety disorder back in 2012 after the death of my father, which resulted in daily and debilitating panic attacks- and it took years to get under control. I’ve been managing it with as much grace and humor as I can in recent years- but with current events it’s sort of come back tenfold. I’ve found that I’ve had to turn away from the news and step back from social media every so often because it’s been making me very, very tense. There’s so much misinformation and fear-mongering from unreliable sources floating around and it can be somewhat detrimental to my well-being. Trust scientists and Doctors, everyone- not politicians and business moguls!
That, and having seasonal allergies/colds has made quarantine and isolation all the more difficult. Every cough or sneeze sends me into a full-blown panic mode- but I’m doing my best to hang in there and keep myself distracted and occupied. Netflix helps- as does writing- so I’ve been doing a lot of both lately.
March was when I was supposed to head out to Las Vegas to pay my respects to Kelsey after her passing at the end of February, but as things quickly spiraled downward with the coronavirus pandemic and Stay At Home orders were made- the trip was postponed to April- and then again to a yet-to-be-determined date later on this Spring/Summer. It was devastating, to say the least- as I had been hoping to spend time with her family- but their safety is the priority and taking measures to slow the spread of this still mysterious disease goes hand-in-hand with protecting them.
With quarantine and isolation comes more time for getting creative with social distancing. I spent a good amount of time experimenting with dinner and dessert recipes this past month- and took to the outdoors to photograph some local abandoned architecture, including a furniture store and a historic inn, and a roadside rock with an interesting past– all while remaining safely away from others.
I even teamed up with one of my favorite local designers to raise money for female-owned businesses that have been impacted during this crisis- so all in all it’s been a fairly productive month.
And while coronavirus has caused massive temporary layoffs and closures for multiple businesses- I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work from home for the time being. I was even more fortunate to not only be promoted earlier in the month- but I received a much-needed raise, as well. I’m grateful and incredibly humbled that there’s one less thing I have to worry about during what has already been a trying time for myself and so many others.
I wish I could say what’s in store for April- but at this point- I honestly don’t know. I’ll do more cooking, I’m sure- and there’s plenty more abandoned and/or scenic places to explore while practicing social distancing I can check out when I need to get some fresh air- but I’m all about taking it one day at a time and hoping for the best for now.
Here’s to better days ahead, everyone. Stay safe.