In some ways it feels like time has crawled by since this pandemic started. In other ways it feels weird to say we are almost halfway through 2020. Can we fast forward to 2021? I know things have been so uncertain for months so I thought I’d share 5 things I’m grateful for instead of focusing on the things keeping me up at night.
1. I haven’t worn jeans since March 13th. It’s been great, honestly. I’ve been living in sweat pants, joggers and leggings. I go for walks when the weather is nice and I definitely don’t take those moments for granted.
2. I’m a much better cook. A subscription to Hello Fresh back in 2016 and 2017 taught me how to cook. Staying home has made me so much more patient when it comes to cooking. I’m getting creative with my meals too! Last week I made cauliflower gratin (thank you Ina Garten!) and I was so proud of myself. You have no idea what a terrible cook I was prior to this. Just ask my husband.
3. My cat has never been happier (or at least he seems happy). He’s a flat face Persian and apparently Persian cats are very co-dependent and known to suffer from separation anxiety. Little Ozzy Pozzy loves being close to us. Little does he know he’s helping me treat my anxiety during this time.
4. I still have a job and I am so very grateful. I’ve been laid off twice in my career. Back in March, it felt like I was grieving over the loss of what life was like before all of this. If I lose my job it would feel like grief within more grief. All I can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
5. The September 2007 issue of Vogue Magazine. For me, online shopping has been my coping mechanism during this crisis. I’ve been focusing on products that bring me joy so things like doing my makeup every now and then and reading is very therapeutic. I re-watched my favorite fashion documentary, The September Issue, last week. Somehow, it prompted me to go on eBay and purchase the September 2007 issue of Vogue they were producing during the documentary. I’m so grateful for this relic issue. It’s like stepping back in time.
What are you grateful for during this time?