It's been a minute since my last blog. There's been so much going on.. or a lack of in a way I guess... On Monday 23rd of March 2020 the outbreak of the Covid-19 Coronavirus forced the Government to lockdown the UK.
It felt like overnight the whole country (or for the most part) became a ghost town. The roads are quiet of traffic, the schools are closed and supermarket shelves are bare as people panic buy loo roll, Dettol and pasta 😅
It's become the norm for those that are out to be sporting face masks instead of the latest fashion and people are staying home and social distancing in an effort to protect each other, the key workers and NHS, hoping to prevent the spread of infection.
It's been a funny few weeks for not just myself but the whole country and I thought I would tell you what I've been up to and how I'm feeling about it all.
I've been a whole bundle of emotions.. 😶
From panic for my business to sadness for the families who's loved ones have passed away or fell poorly from Covid. My heart breaks that they are not able to be with their loved ones in this uncertain and upsetting time.
I'm missing my parents and my sister and my nieces and nephews. I‘m worried for my in-laws, they live about 45 minutes from me, and for my Mum as she works in the NHS.
I'm feeling grateful for my health and the position I'm in, that I am financially able to keep my home safe and stable and fortune enough to be able to put food on the table..
Oh Lord, a real Jekyll and Hyde wave of emotions..
Here is our friendly alien Stitch, giving a very accurate demonstration of said emotions 😂
Positivity Is Power
Something I have been doing is practising positivity and gratitude 🙏🏼
I'll try to do activities to keep my positive head on.. such as reading an inspirational book, playing with my staffie pooch Zak and getting my daily exercise in (endorphins for the win 💪🏼🧘🏼♀️)
Okay okay... I have had days where I've lounged around in my sweats all day but I have tried to do something every day to keep the positive vibes flowing. I'm also trying to avoid the news apps and those Facebook 'experts' because I'm a Capricorn, an over thinker and a worrier and those thrown together is a toxic mix, believe me!
It really should be called 'Physical Distancing' because lemme tell ya, I have never been more social in my life! 😂
A question I get asked a lot is "don't you get lonely working on your own with no staff" but I'm not on my own, I'm with my clients or my students or speaking with people on social media.
It's rare that I am totally on my own so being in lockdown at home just me and the dog everyday was strange at first. David is classed as a key worker so he’s still at work every day as usual.
I’m missing my clients so much! The laughs, chit chats and banter we have I live for. They are such a massive part of my life... and of course the lashes! So being on my own all of a sudden has been difficult.
By the second week of lockdown I was having at least 3 video chats a day with different lash artists, my students, my family and my poor husband (I swear I’ve been calling him like 20 times a day😂) I am just so used to being around people all day!
Don't feel alone through this. Schedule a Coffee Date with a friend or catch up with your clients (on a videocall of course!) but please don't feel that you're alone because you’re not 🙏🏼
And on another note, if you want a day on your own that’s fine too! I go through phases. Some days I need to be speaking to someone all day and some days I am more than happy with the company of my dog and a good book 📚🐾
There’s no right or wrong way to feel 🤍
We are now half way through week 5 of this lockdown and I am pleased to announce that my emotions are starting to settle now. I have finally accepted that if I am not feeling motivated to do ‘worky’ things then I’m not doing it. There are a lot of brands and businesses giving advice saying what you should and shouldn’t be doing and/or posting about right now and for me I just think that you need to do what feels right for you.
My Life Motto: You Do You Boo 💁🏼♀️
I’ve felt guilty some days that I’m not doing anything work related but how I look at it is, if I’m not feeling it and I’m doing things half arsed then it’s going to be a naff outcome and my followers and clients will notice this too.
Instead of working, most of you will have seen, I've been clowning around on my IG stories making iced coffee and bleaching the contents of my wardrobe 😂
Then all of a sudden I’ll get that umph behind me again and I’ll get so much more work related things done. And more importantly the work and content that I’m producing and posting on social media, it’s quality, it’s serving a purpose for me and my followers rather than posting for the sake of posting something.
Some days I want to slob on the sofa... as you do! There is nothing wrong with that!
Don’t stress over the things that you cannot control.
We are never going to get this time back so relish the rest and find the little wins in every day, even if that win is that you’ve moved from the bed to the sofa today!
Stay safe, stay at home and stay positive. You’ll be okay my loves. This too shall pass 🌍🙏🏼
I cannot wait to hug you all when this is over!!