Part of me can't believe you are still affecting my everyday life, while another part me wonders if life will ever be the same as before you hit the World. And while I am not happy about all of the changes, regulations and stresses you continue to bring my family and I, I do want to thank you for a few changes I have made in the last six months.
Thank you for helping me focus on my health.
For the last year I have made exercise a regular part of my life, which was a great first step. But it wasn't til being stuck at home that I really focused on taking my wellness to the next level. I have been focusing on including vegetables in all of my meals and drinking 100 oz of water daily. These are all things I knew I should be doing, but it wasn't till this last six months that I really took the time to create those healthy habits. Who knew that I would actually crave water?!
This summer I've also found a new love for going on walks. I figured out that if I do a round trip of the gravel road we live on and the dead end next to it that I can get in a 5K close to home and usually without seeing another person or vehicle. Going on my weekly solo 5K has become a great way for me to have some alone time while energizing my body.
Thank you for time with my family.
Coronavirus definitely made life slow down, which gifted our family a clear calendar. We have loved going on adventures this year and creating lots of memories. We have even created some new traditions like family sleepovers (where all six of us sleep in the living room together) and exploring different state parks.
Thank you for the joy of hobbies.
Sometimes as busy adults I feel like we let things like hobbies fall down on our list to do because they don't seem important and we don't make them a priority. But thanks to you coronavirus I have rediscovered the joy and self care I receive by having hobbies.
I've really enjoyed reading this year. Reading has been something I've been doing more and more the older I get but this year it has reached a new level. I am ahead of my reading goal I set for myself to accomplish by the end of the year. By turning to books rather than my phone or the TV, I not only have been able to read some great novels and learn some new things, but it has also had a ripple effect on my children. The more they see me read, the more they want to read too!
Also, this year I have had the most fun gardening than I think I ever have. I've always had a garden but usually by mid-summer or by our family vacation, I would always loose interest and by harvesting time I was walking through a jungle of weeds to see what survived. Taking care of my garden regularly was an outlet for me this year and I have benefited from that dedication by having one of my most successful gardening seasons in the last 12 years. Plus, the kids really enjoyed helping in the garden this year and the whole family has enjoyed eating our rewards for all of our hard work!
So as I reflect on the past six months, I will admit it has been a strange, unpredictable time, but because of these things and more, the craziness was, and is, worth it. What are you thankful for during these times of COVID-19?