Feel Good Friday 25
My friend, this week has had the biggest “quarantine milestones” we’ve yet had, and not in a good way. I am choosing to see the positive in everything, or create a positive from situations so I will be filling you in on what exactly is going on in our lives as well as what I am doing about it throughout today’s post. I am over here attempting to make the most lemony lemonade ever, metaphorically speaking of course. Yes, this has been a very challenging week, but we are strong and we will get through this! Here are all of the things that made my life better and brighter this week.
If this photo doesn’t make your day brighter, then I don’t know what will.
Joy in the Simple Things
I lost my first loved one to the coronavirus this week. Yvette was 95, and lived a very quiet and happy life. While she was obviously quite elderly, I thought she’d make it to 100 and we’d send her name and photo into the today show. She had surprised us with just how well she did in her nursing home, taking craft classes, and loving her new skill of crocheting, so while she was very old, her death still came as a surprise to me and hit me harder than I expected. However, I did a lot of thinking the morning she passed, and I recalled my memories of her throughout the years. You see, I had known her all of my life, and though she and her husband never had a lot, they always had so much to give. Every holiday my brother and I would find a $5 bill in a card from them, and as we grew we understood just how much that truly meant coming from them. She lived her life finding the most incredible joy in the simplest of gestures, and was always so grateful just to receive a Christmas card that featured a photo of my kids. I regret that I didn’t send a card this past year because I just didn’t get around to it, but I can’t dwell in that thought. Instead, I am choosing to honor her life by finding joy in those simple gestures of others, as well as being more generous with my own small doings. Her gentle presence will be missed in this world, and I am sad that Wilder never got to meet her, but I am so grateful for what she taught me about kindness and generosity. Even when you don’t have much, there is always something to give.
Conversation About Sustainability
You know I love a good ethical company and Sigrid & Co is a fabulous home decor brand that carries fair trade and sustainable goods. Sigrid was very kind to ask if she could interview me about sustainability, what it means to me, and how to start living in that way with small easy steps you can take. You can find the entire interview here.
I also wanted to take the chance to share one of the most adorable pieces in her shop. How stinking cute is this pillow?!? And it’s washable… I am thinking Emmy needs it for her room! It would be killer with that new wallpaper she has.
Affordable Clean Skincare
You guys know I love my clean beauty products, and I am so glad that there are now brands that are making it a little more accessible, especially during these times. I ordered some of the Versed products for aging skin, including their under $20 eye cream, last week. It should be arriving soon and I am anxious to try it. The reviews for this brand look great, so I am hopeful it can make me look 25 again for under $20. Maybe I am hoping for too much? 😉
Gosh, there were so many podcast episodes I’ve listened to this past week that spoke right to my soul, so I am going to share a couple of them that I found especially helpful
Last Friday, Chris was furloughed from his job in the restaurant business. We were told that it would be for 60-90 days, but the truth is no one knows. This past week, on the Rise podcast, Rachel Hollis didn’t interview anyone… it was just her talking, and she talked about the people depending on us, and how we have to be our best selves for them as well as for us. I thought about my kids and being the person they deserved and needed through this time, and I thought about Chris and being the person he needed to lean on as well. Tears fell as I listened because it just encouraged me to be the leader that my family needs right now. As hard as this time is for me, it’s got to be harder and more confusing for my kids and they need me now more than ever. That episode was sort of a swift kick in the rear and exactly what I needed to hear.
The second one I want to share is another from Cathy Heller, host of Don’t Keep Your Day Job, who I mentioned last week. Last Friday I took Wilder on a nice long walk through a beautiful adjacent neighborhood with homes full of character and charm. As I walked I listened to her interview of Rabbi David Aaron about finding your purpose in life. I cannot tell you enough just how much I loved this episode! He was so insightful, and such a gem of a man. There were SO many takeaways, and she lists several in the show notes, but here is one of my favorites: “When you feel good about yourself, you feel good about other people. So love yourself for the sake of the world.” Do yourself a favor and go listen!
In the past I have shared about how much affirmations and the power of manifestation have helped me in my life, and I truly believe that to my core. You can read my story of how it worked to bring Wilder into my life after several miscarriages here, but again this past week, it has come through for me. After Chris was furloughed, I had a day of wandering aimlessly and sadly around the house, and then I pulled myself together and decided I needed to do something about it. Most of my income here comes from partnerships, and I only partner with companies that I believe in whether that is in their ethical and sustainable standards, or their budget friendly accessibility. Monday morning I meditated which I hadn’t done in a little while, and while I did I envisioned new opportunities coming my way, and wouldn’t you know two good partnerships came my way this week that I am very excited about. Not only will it allow me to bring you new content during these times, but it will help get our family through. If you’ve never tried manifestation, I swear by it!
The good news is that I am able to say yes to opportunities because I am no longer solely responsible for the schooling and care of 3 kids all day every day. Chris is home and I am able to work, and thankfully work is coming.
Like I said in the beginning, this was a heavy week, but I am choosing to find the good and look for the opportunity in every negative situation. It’s always there if you are willing to work for it. What lemon have you turned into lemonade this week? Let’s cheer each other on through these hard times!