Happy Sunday to all my awesome BMG blog subscribers. It has been many weeks since I last wrote here. Frankly, this COVID-19 situation has had me observing from behind the bedcovers; watching until it is safe for us to come out. But seeing as the Rona will be with us longer than we thought, I guess we all have to begin to cultivate new coping habits to get us through this new normal.
So, I wanted to take the opportunity to share a few things that have been going on in my life.
- A week ago today, I relocated cities. I moved from Mississauga to Kitchener *insert confetti & loud drums & everything nice*. Interesting how life has taken this new turn for me. A few months ago – in May, I left my old job and got a new one that required me to move to the KW (Kitchener/Waterloo) area. I know… I know… in the middle of a global pandemic, I got a new job and even decided to relocate. I’m super thankful and grateful for this new opportunity and glad to say my new job is sooooooooooo much better in terms of work/life balance. My previous job seemed to be sucking my life force, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have moved on. Upwards and onwards eh? 😉
- Since the move happened, I’ve been spending the time settling in. If you know the KW area well, you’d know it definitely is far more quiet and more suburban than Mississauga. My strategy with dealing with transitions like this, is to have zero expectations when the change is occuring. I find thereafter, that whatever I find in this new place goes on to meets my expectations, because there wasn’t any expectation to begin with 🙂 … You should try it some time.
- I’m also taking time-out to practice self care and compassion through all the many big and small changes that have gone on in my life in the last 2 years. In the last 28 months, I’ve relocated countries, continents, weather, lifestyle, time-zones; changed jobs three times; gone to school and graduated; and lived in 4 different cities in Ontario. Even for the most resilient person, that is a lot! So when the loneliness hits, I let it wash over me, and when the sun comes back out, I celebrate and enjoy the heck out of it!
This global pandemic is showing us now more than ever, that life isn’t promised to any one of us. So everyday I am able to wake up and smell the roses, or the lilies or the plants or whatever else has got perfume in it; is one where I want to catalogue my joy and hold on to, especially for the days when the rain comes.
So I ask, how are you taking care of yourself? How are you practising self-care? What has this pandemic taught you? And most importantly, what strategies are you using to navigate through this new world of uncertainty most of us have now found ourselves in?
Leave a comment below, let’s show each other some physically-distant-compliant love.
Be kind to yourself this new week. Stay well.