Finding My Balance During Covid-19 Quarantine

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In January I started a 100 day project of drawing cartoons and focusing on positive self-talk. I shared many of those thoughts and drawings during the January Ultimate Blog Challenge. I filled well over a hundred pages in my journal of thoughts, practice drawings and completed illustrations. For the April challenge I haven’t quite figured out what I want my focus to be. I am still finding my balance. I drew this cartoon mid-February before the corona virus changed life as we know it. It still hold true today.

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Looking for my April UBC theme

I know that to complete and thrive during these blogging challenges it helps me to have a theme or singular focus to keep me on track.

That focus feels hit or miss right now in most areas of my life and work since we began to shelter in place.

The kittens are loving quarantine

The kittens keep me off balance daily with their play, their love and their need to chew on everything, including my sketchbook. And most days I’m grateful for the distraction. Other days, I send them into the garden to chase butterflies.

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At the very beginning of March we were very fortunate to get to take a trip to New York City to see my daughter and her high school concert band play at Carnegie Hall. They were the last band to play before the festival was shut down. We had 4 marvelous days of exploring, eating and visiting with east coast family, culminating in an amazing concert at Carnegie hall. She’s the tall one in the back, playing marimba. The sound was incredible and we could actually here her. I will admit we cried.

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Then we hopped on a plane back to California. Got home on Wednesday March 11 to a different world. Maggie and the rest of the students returned in the wee hours Thursday the 12th. By Friday, school was canceled and we were in self-quarantine after New York. Brad and I both came home with nasty head colds – not Covd-19 thankfully – but not fun. A week later the state of California declared a statewide shelter in place. Our family life shifted dramatically to me, Maggie and Brad at home with the kittens 24/7. 

What a whirlwind of drama, change, uncertainty and deep gratitude. We are safe. We have a roof over our heads. We have food. Toilet paper is running low but I’m hopeful we will find some soon.

Feeling all the feels during Covid-19

There has been grieving for my daughter who is a senior in high school and is missing some big moments like prom and perhaps graduation and hanging out with friends and her sweet boyfriend. 

I have shed tears that my 21 year old son Conner isn’t here with us. He is sheltering in place at Grandma’s in Colorado, being very well fed but feeling isolated and trying to stay creative and engaged in the new online learning format. 

My hubby and I are as happy as clams working from home. This is our normal. And I miss my girlfriends. I miss hugs from lots of people. I miss meeting people for lunches and tea and networking.

Going outside is my greatest joy right now. The weather is gorgeous. Everything is blooming. My often twice daily solitary walks, sometimes with Brad, are my biggest solace right now.

Finding my balance today

Finding balance looks different than it did before Covid-19 and quarantine. It’s different every day as I sit, reflect, go for walks and stretch into this new way of being home and sheltering in place. I have so much to be grateful for. I am balancing daily moments of sadness with moments of sunny optimism. The emotions rise and fall, surge and retreat. I am simply allowing space for all of them.

Life continues. I am confident we will get through this. I have no idea what it will look like on the other side. As long as I stay connected to self, to creativity and to Spirit, I’m okay. Maybe I need to be more like these two. Meet Diego and Georgia, the artist kittens. Aren’t they precious (not!) They look so innocent and sweet here and they mostly are.

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How are finding your balance?

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  1. Lillian Moffitt on April 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I think life is always about finding balance, regardless of the circumstances. It sounds like you’ve got a good rhythm and you’re staying in gratitude and letting grief do its thing. Sounds pretty balanced to me.

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks Lillian – yes and it’s a daily practice 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

  2. Laura Roberts on April 2, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    It’s definitely not easy to find (or maintain!) balance during this crazy Coronavirus crisis. One moment I feel calm, eager to take on work, get things done, and the next I’m wondering what will become of me and my family. My work hours were already variable before the crisis began, but now I have no idea if I’ll be working at all, when I’ll be able to apply for new/better jobs, and whether anyone in my field will go back to hiring before the end of the year. It’s a scary time for all of us. Hopefully we can all stay safe and just make it through.

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, this is the truth isn’t it. Thank you for sharing your story and wishing you well during this time Laura.

  3. April Lemarr on April 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Finding balance has definitely been a struggle. I’ve found that I’m fine for a few days and then I have a hard day or two. It is always on my mind – at least in the back of it.

    It does sound like you had an amazing time in New York.

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      I agree, up and down a lot these days April. And yes, what a blessing that we got to go on that trip. It was an amazing opportunity for all the kids and my first trip to NYC, loved it.

  4. Brenda Fluharty on April 2, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I try to think positive in these times. Stay safe!

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Yep me too Brenda. I generally tend to be an optimist and look at the bright side while still being realistic about that state of things. It’s another balancing act.

  5. Cindy Winsel on April 2, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Finding balance and calm is so important always.

  6. Mariette on April 2, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Absolutely love the thoughts, their realness and truth. Minette, you inspire. Thanks!

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks my friend!

  7. Paul Taubman on April 2, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    There is always a nugget of goodness that can be found in any situation. When you look for doom and gloom, guess what? You find doom and gloom. Look for goodness and you fill find it!

  8. Julie JordanScott on April 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Definitely an off-kilter or wobbly moment here and there – I enjoyed reading about going to NYC for your daughter. What a proud moment that must have been. Is this her senior year? I texted with a fellow swim team mom today… her daughter is a senior (my son graduated last year) and she is being such a good sport about missing out on so many activities including a fourth swim championship in a row. 🙁

    I keep a brave face on for my daughter who is home with me… and it isn’t easy. We do our best to be honest with each other. I think it is mostly working.

    • minette on April 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Julie, yes this is her senior year and she is soldiering on bravely. We will get through this with love and compassion.

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