Hi! Lynn here.
As we look forward to post pandemic days, I thought I would share my thoughts on how to exit the pandemic box.
1. Getting dressed everyday is important.
So many times, before the pandemic, I would hear people say say - I don't go anywhere, or I don't see anyone. Over the past 15 months, we can definitively say that we have mastered the art of going nowhere and seeing noone. But the thing is, you see you. And you matter. I know that how I look and feel has a direct impact on my outlook on life and what I can imagine and accomplish. When I feel and look my best, I am more likely to be open to possibility.
2. Daily self care is important to feeling good.
If there is anything we can take away from the Pandemic is the importance of self care and healthy living. Since the pandemic began, I pledged that I would come out better than the way I went in. I continue to practice yoga, eat right and took the time to take care of my dental health. And I can say that I am definitely healthier than I was March 2020. (knock on wood)
3. Happiness is a choice.
Every day I remind myself to choose happiness and to remember that it is better to inspire and to be inspired. Living through and running an independent shoe store at a time when people ceased to walk took its toll. And so I made a commitment to choose happiness, and dance my way through some of the hardest days, and wearing the most fabulous shoes.
4. Manage the media.
Since the pandemic life began, social media has become our source of information, inspiration, and sometimes misinformation inside our boxes. My social media selections include: animals, fashion, footwear, decorating and music. I take my science from the scientific community and not Facebook.
5. Live local.
As the world slowly began to open up, and our businesses began to offer products and services amid restrictions, I have made it a personal goal to live local as part of my self care practices, from hair, nails, yoga and shopping with other small businesses in our community, as I hope others will support mine.
Coming out of the pandemic, we will not be same as we were before. And that's okay. We have an opportunity to be better.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou