Self-Isolation. When this term began circulating the world, it made me think back to my teen years where I would spend lots of time lounging on my bed with a family sized bag of peanut butter M&Ms in hand as I binge watched The Office. My, how times have changed. Now I lounge on the couch sharing cheesecake with my husband while we binge watch The Office together. *smile*
I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it many more times – Getting through this pandemic has been weird. It’s felt like we’ve been watching some crazy reality show, where you clearly see what is happening, but you feel disconnected from it all. The fact is this is our reality and it’s brought a lot of changes with it (cue the David Bowie, ch-ch-ch-ch-changes). The biggest change for me, like with most people, has been staying home. As a photographer, wife, and momma, I spent a lot of time out of the house. Having to stay home has slowed me down tremendously, which in turn has put me face-to-face with, well, me.
Before all of this, if you would have asked me if I was an introvert or an extrovert, I would have told you that I was a healthy mix of both. When the push for self-isolating began, I was totally on board – For a whole four days. I truly value my alone time, as should everyone, but I’ve realized that I lean much more towards the extrovert side of the scale. I missed people; I missed giving hugs, shaking hands, and attempting terrible high-fives. I missed adventures with Chris, meeting friends for coffee, and celebrating the lovely people that step in front of my camera. I missed things terribly and I am SO happy and grateful to be getting back into it!
My second greatest self-discovery is how I manage my workflow. Guys, this is so huge and life-altering that I was honestly a bit astonished it took a pandemic for me to learn this! I consider myself a flexible person and I thought that meant I didn’t need to have a schedule for my day because I worked best when I’m just wingin’ it. *cringe*
With the dramatic change in my schedule due to staying home, I caught myself wondering around my house while the days seemed to drag on. I did this for about a week and a half before I realized that I thrive on structure and routine throughout my day. With this in mind, I created a daily schedule that allows room for flexibility (because no two days look exactly the same with a little one), time for me to be productive, and time for me to simply be with my family. If you feel like your daily schedule could use a makeover, I recommend checking out this article on the perfect work from home schedule by my girl, Jenna Kutcher.
Who knew self-isolating would also been a journey to some self-discovery? While having to stay home wouldn’t have been my first choice of methods to self-reflect, I am thankful nonetheless. Even though this season of our lives looks very different for us, it doesn’t have to be bad! My prayer for everyone is that as we begin opening our doors and getting back out into the world with our favorite people, that we not forget what it was like to have had to slow down, to reflect on ourselves, and to be with our families. If you learned anything new about yourself as you were helping to flatten the curve, I invite you to share what you learned with us in the comments below!