Life Lately & Pandemic Thoughts

flowers from my love

Holy moly, can you all believe it’s September!? 2020 is simultaneously the longest and fastest year ever. Despite it all, I can honestly say. 2020 hasn’t been my worst year. We’ve done better financially, I’ve become home-based, life has slowed down, and the kiddo is doing school from home. Overall, this whole pandemic has brought attention to the essential and most important things in our family life and things we want to focus on in the world at large.

For me, my teenage desire to be involved in environmental and animal rights causes has been resurrected. I’m getting ready to start looking into ways to get involved. One thing the pandemic has done for us is forced most people to get off the fence and choose how to act their values out in the world and choose their causes. The time for speaking out and trying to make the world a better place in now, not later.

sugary goodness….

I’m a homebody and I prefer to live my values on the home front. I do believe that a lot of the problems we face are directly related to the amount of people who have not had a great home life or enough love or guidance while growing up. That, and the massive growth of technology, has created a detached society lacking in the most basic of compassion. While our noses were buried in our phones, we have allowed our leaders to go rogue. We have a forfeited our power as people to guide this society into better days. We are de-evolving.

The pandemic, however, has woken a lot of people up. It has highlighted the importance of home and family. It has highlighted the importance of putting health first. It has shown us the cracks in our system. We can’t go back now. We’ve been enlightened in the worst of ways: through death and chaos. We need to move forward.

Ok, I’m stepping off my soapbox now! As this all carries on, I’ve ventured into freelance writing. I wrote my first major article and I’m waiting to hear back. I’m very proud of that article. I will let you know what happens. I’ve got more articles to write and I’ve got to get to work on my writing. I’m just focusing on making the home cozy, figuring ways to make money, spending family time, improving my home skills like loom knitting and weaving. I’m journaling daily, as usual. I’m just carrying on trying to make this year matter.

It’s within ourselves to either let 2020 be terrible and wasted or to use what’s happened to uplift our families and build up our homes in any way possible. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best way to stand strong in these trying times is to embrace the old-fashioned skills we have shunned for the last few generations. Growing food, canning and preserving, knitting, crochet, sewing, cooking REAL food from scratch, save money, get out of debt, and so much more. It’s up to us to come out of the other side of this better and wiser. We can do this!

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