Goals During a Pandemic

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Whew. We made it to the end of March. Which is a MASSIVE accomplishment because (1) that means we survived winter and (2) it has been a BANANAS March. 

We’re all home now and life is nowhere near what we knew it to be just a month ago. Big events, small events, swimming lessons, school, extended family dinners, vacations, trips to the playgroup – all canceled. The past two weeks seemed like two months and I have to keep counting the days to remind myself that it really hasn’t been that long since life-during-a-pandemic started. 

How are you doing? Meditating? Drinking tons of water? Eating lots of produce?  

Me neither. 

It’s the third week of working from home with a preschooler and she’s had a cameo appearance in most of my video calls. We’re wearing PJs 24/7 so laundry is now easy to keep up with, but since when do we run the dishwasher this much?! 

I miss seeing my colleagues every day. I miss meeting a friend at a cozy coffee shop. I miss flopping into a booth at a restaurant with my family and letting someone else do the cooking and cleaning up. I miss hanging out at my brother’s house. I miss giving my mom a hug. 

The list goes on. And I know you’re right there with me, missing many of the same things and so many more. 

This post was originally for checking in on how 2020’s goals were going and adjusting as needed. But now I’m giving myself a virus-pass for those derailed by our new homebound way of life and the stress of everything going on. It’s not an excuse to abandon my goals completely, but it IS a way to give myself grace and patience during this time. 

With that said, let’s see how it’s going: 

2020 Goal: Improve my anxiety and depression by starting and maintaining a daily gratitude practice as well as a guided meditation routine.

Reality: The gratitude practice was going well until my schedule got upended by the virus. To be honest, I’m even sure where my gratitude journal is right now. I know it may not be the best idea, but I’m giving myself a virus-pass on this part. As for the meditation, I swapped that for yoga pretty early in January, and the yoga routine I’m keeping up with at home, thanks to free YouTube videos

2020 Goal: Reduce my alcohol consumption by having at least 2 alcohol-free days per week. 

Reality: This one was also going well until March. But now I get a virus-pass until we’re out of pandemic mode. Because wine. 

2020 Goal: Consistently work to build an audience for MittenGirl.com by posting to my blog once per week and sending out a monthly newsletter. 

Reality: This one is super on track. It’s oddly being helped a bit by the pandemic as everyone is cooking at home a lot more and I’m getting requests for recipes via Instagram. Which means I’m super motivated to sit down at the end of the day and write up recipes. I’ve also sent out three newsletters so far this year, which is right on target. April’s will come out in a couple of weeks. Sign up if you’re not on my list! 

And if your only goal is surviving until we’re all allowed back in our parks, offices and schools, I totally get it. Let me know how I can help you.

So how are you doing? Did you set goals for 2020? If so, tell me how you’re doing in the comments below. I’d love to cheer you on! <3

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