Life after Quarantine

We are now on week 5 of the quarantine here. For the most part, we have not left the house with the exception of a quick drive thru pharmacy pickup or a splurge on a milkshake from a drive thru. Every morning, I start out the same. I come downstairs, open the curtains in the living room to let as much light in the house as I can. Then move to the family room and open the blinds. Open the back door to let the animals out into the backyard (2 dogs, 2 cats). Off to make them their breakfast and make my morning coffee. Still haven’t tried the whipped coffee thing yet but my mother swears I should! And then switch on the news for a bit and figure out what my goals of the day will be. For the most part, it’s been constructive around the house but there are days that I just take a self-care day and don’t accomplish much of anything but getting through the day. And I’m ok with that.

This quarantine is not easy. It is heavy. Heavy on the minds, heavy on the heart. Not being able to see my family and friends is really catching up with me. I don’t think I have ever used FaceTime as much as I have these past 5 weeks. And it is invaluable. I wish the weather would warm up and at least not rain so much. I try and get outside as much as I can. Ordering seeds and plants so I can dress up the deck and backyard and make it a little oasis. It’s the little things!

One other thing that has been weighing on my mind is my career. I’m now without a job and as this all started, I had two job offers. One was with an IT team within a hospital system. By the time the position was offered, things were full blown and we were in quarantine. They wanted me onsite. Was a dealbreaker for me. I can’t risk bringing anything home to my daughter. The other position was put on hold. I’m one of 25,000,000+ citizens of the US who are in the same position. However, I’m trying to use this time to reflect and figure out how I want to move forward. Do I stay in IT? Do I go back to school? Can a 46 year old go back to school and it be worth it? And if I did, what would I do? Do I start my own business? If so, what? These questions are constantly going through my head. I guess now is the time to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. And I think Marine Biologist is off the list. My 8 year old self would be sad to hear that.

How are you spending your quarantine time? Drop a comment and let me know.

‘Til next time!
~E

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