This pandemic has truly disrupted our daily lives. Schools are canceled, work is done at home, planned vacations and celebrations are halted, and all we can do is stay-at-home. This post is not a ranting kind of post but a look back at how it has been for me for the past 4 months since the first lockdown.
But since I do not like sulking or being bored to death, I tried hard to be productive or positive. Being a mom has challenged me to take control of my emotions and mental health, so I try to do things to help myself feel happier or less anxious. Let me share some activities the lockdown made me do.
Learn and practice cooking.
Having time at home with the limitation of going out, I was able to give more time to cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. In fairness, I probably cooked my favorite dishes perfect to my taste. Of course, it’s also approved by my family!
Learn to play Ukulele
I’ve always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument. Though I started with learning the uke last year, it was only during the lockdwon that I had the patience and time to really learn it. I am proud to say that I can play more than songs with not just the 4 basic chords. Such an achievement, really!
Start an online business
Due to uncertainties in work, it was during the lockdown that we started our online Korean store. It’s a funny story that it was really planned but thank goodness that it has helped us in saving. It also taught us a lot about money, marketing, and accounting.
Start my own container farming
I always believed I don’t have a green thumb and that anything I plant, dies. When lockdown started, my sister and I had the time to plant some vegetables to start our container gardening. Now I have about five vegetables here at home. I also started teaching Enzo about plants and how to grow them.
Live storytelling sessions
One of the things I am passionate about is storytelling. The lockdown has made my partner and I conduct online storytelling. It was kind of a risk as we weren’t sure if people would be interested. Great thing is that we found support from authors, illustrators, publishers, fellow moms, and even strangers. It’s a great feeling to know there are people who also share the same passion as I do.
Declutter stuff at home
The unlimited free time (?) I had made me clean out and organize stuff at home. If ever I felt stressed out or overwhelmed, I would clean out different parts of our house. I’ve always wanted to be a minimalist but it really is a struggle so I tried it out in some space at home. I’m already a little bit successful but there really is a lot of work that needs to be done. (hihi)
Choosing whether to enroll Enzo to an online class or to homeschool was a dilemma we had to deal with during this pandemic. Though their school offers an online class, we decided that it would be better to homeschool Enzo for this year. I did a lot of thinking and praying about it but finally decided to homeschool him. Hopefully, we can succeed this year.
Generally, what I learned in this situation is to look at things from different perspectives. When there is a crisis, there is also an opportunity waiting to happen. It is just that it takes a lot of effort to move and start on an opportunity. This pandemic might have taken a lot away from it, but through my own power, I also gained a lot from it.
What have you learned during this pandemic?