I know this has been a frustrating, stressful, difficult, confusing, and likely depressing time for all of us. The stress has been pretty much non-stop for a couple of weeks here. I felt pretty overwhelmed and took some time to concentrate on my finals (done!) and getting Lulu Blue all set up and ready for the beginning of her school year. Her school has decided to begin with distance learning, which is both good and bad. I have to admit that I would not have felt super comfortable sending her back to in-person school, and as our school district was still figuring out how the new school year would be handled, we did throw around the idea of home schooling. She was all for it, I was a bit more skeptical. we don’t tend to be the most schedule oriented people. I also feel that socializing is important and was probably the driving factor of sending her to school in the first place. She’s spent most of her summer at home, and I feel like it would be great for her to see her friends. Let’s do this thing right! Let’s do our part so we can safely open schools and socialize our hermit kids!
This is a very unusual back to school. Around this time last year there was shopping for new clothes, backpacks, shoes, notebooks, pens, and all the other stuff that we get to prepare for the new school year, but around here most things are closed down again and we wouldn’t feel super comfortable going to a crowded mall even if it was open. While I am certainly not complaining, it is weird. Besides no in-person shopping trips, we have also moved away from using amazon. This has actually been so totally awesome. It’s opened up a whole new world of small business and quality for us. That is something we will definitely be continuing.
We also began to explore the possibility of doing a podcast. We love our night time drives, and we usually end up talking a lot about everything from eating disorders to music or movies we recently discovered. I am not completely sure if this is going to happen, but talks have been ongoing, and Lulu Blue seems to think it’s a great idea. I’ll share info as it becomes available.
I hope you are all doing well, and not buckling under the stress of all this insanity we’ve all been subjected to. Ff you find it is all a bit much, don’t be afraid to hit the pause button. It is so important to take care of yourself. If you are a mama, the breadwinner of your family, a student, a reliable friend, sibling, child, partner, or all of these things at the same time, it is necessary to give yourself a break. It is so easy to put yourself last, to put aside your moments of peace, but those moments are so important. For me, it can be as simple as having a morning coffee without packaging it with some responsibility that I *have* to do, like going over bills or making sure my “can’t forget this” calendar is up to date. just sit and have a coffee. It’s a rare opportunity, but it is SO GOOD. You probably have your own peaceful moment things, and I would love to hear about them.