Thinking Out Loud

This website – and the projects I’ve been able to do during the COVID-19 crisis – was all made possible because I live in a 240 square foot tiny house, which gives me affordable housing and some disposable income. You can read the story on “In This Together” page if you are interested in learning more. This blog may be used to add stories about my tiny house lifestyle, the COVID-19 crisis and general thoughts that I might like to share with anyone who is interested. In this time of fear and uncertainty, making a difference and writing/creating have become my best ways of dealing with self-isolation and the “new normals” of everyday life.

What If

I have been thinking about life after COVID-19 and wondering how we will change from this globally shared experience of anxiety, self-isolation and physical distancing. Although we will be glad to get back to “normal”, I hope that we all use this time to think about the positive ways we can change our lives going forward.

What if …

~ we become truly grateful for the important things and people in our lives.

~ we realize that we are all human and that everyone is equal.

~ we recognized that the true heroes are everyday people who serve our communities.

~ we look for opportunities to connect and practice kindness everyday.

~ we re-evaluate our material possessions and become more careful about buying what we love, purchasing local and minimizing unnecessary shopping.

~ we stop taking our freedom, our health and our world for granted.

~ we’ve all come together to save our seniors and our healthcare workers – what if we can use some of what we’ve learned from this experience to save our planet as well.

My wish for each of you is less fear, more hope, health and the time to think about the positives that you can take from this experience. We are all #In This Together!

Dealing with COVID-19

This is part of a letter that I sent my family shortly after our world shifted due to the declaration of COVID-19 reaching pandemic status:

I have been thinking about just how much our world and daily lives have changed in the last week because of something that we can’t even see! The adjustments we need to make to protect ourselves and the vulnerable members of our families and communities are hard but there are positives as well and I know that looking for those – whether in the form of humour, good news stories, learning about ways people are coming up with to stay connected and to be kind to one another – are what will help me get through the coming weeks or however long it takes to conquer this crisis.

I am committing to:

~ supporting the local businesses that will struggle the most with this.

~ supporting and promoting businesses and individuals who are going above and beyond in this crisis by offering free advice for dealing with the crisis and helping their communities, employees and customers to deal with the impact of this new reality.

~ being gentle with myself – doing my best to eat healthy and be active – but not feeling guilty on the days that it doesn’t happen.

~ taking advantage of some of the free (that normally aren’t) resources such as classes, concerts, tours, etc. ~ noticing and being grateful for the positives I will find each day.

~ doing my part to “social distance” and “self isolate” as much as possible but continuing to be available to help those who can’t or shouldn’t be going out at all.

~ doing my best to stay connected virtually in the myriad of ways available to us.~ looking for the takeaways from this that might help me live an even better life once things return to “normal”.

We truly are all in this together – whether it is family, community or globally. It will be overwhelming at times so please reach out when you need support. Let’s make the best of this forced situation – and look forward to visits and hugs again in the near future!