A Much Needed Rest

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restCOVID-19 is cramping everyone’s style. 

I have to admit, although I am very extroverted, I am enjoying this much-needed rest

I am so thankful I can stay home, not have to work many hours, and still get paid. I know that is not true for everyone. 

My heart is breaking right now to all who are out of work, in the hospitality industry or struggling as a small business. I also think of those who are trying to balance (impossibly) the incredible task of juggling their work life while now also being caregivers and substitute teachers for their children.

And healthcare workers. God bless ALL of those who put their own health on the line each and every shift they work. They do not get to relax and stay home. And when those frontline workers are home, they are worried about what they are bringing back to their family.

I want to make sure I don’t dismiss all those who are working more hours because of this crisis we are facing and those who are working around the clock to try and come up with solutions to get us all out of this as fast as possible. You are all true heroes.

I am only speaking today of my truth. 

Slowing Down

I find myself with drastically less on my everyday to-do list. Even though I am feeling some grief over losing my “regular life” I am counting it as the blessing it is.

My spring is usually a crazy blur. Sports here, activities there. Graduations, recitals, performances, oh my! That is not even taking into account the fact that my professional duties as a teacher ramp up at the end of the year. It’s often a struggle to get everything in.

So, for me, this time to scale everything back seems almost like an answer to prayers. Time slowed waaaaay down. Many contributors to stress, taken right off my plate. I have extra time to spend with my family. It’s definitely not how I envisioned life to slow down. Nevertheless, I am going to do what I can to make the best of it. 

I hope that even through all the difficulties that come along with this world-wide pandemic, we will take advantage of this much-needed rest. I know I will try.

How are you handling this “new normal”?

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Jennifer is a single mom of two boys. She does her best to get to places on time, despite being a chronically late person and the fact that neither she or her boys are morning people. She recently went back into the classroom after staying home for nine years to raise her kids, and she credits her sanity and success at this endeavor to the fact that she has incredibly supportive parents, family, and friends. She also has a network of single moms that truly “get it” and who encourage her on a daily basis. When she’s not hanging out with her kiddos, Jennifer enjoys writing at a coffee shop, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

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