I pretty much have a quarantine routine down pat as we round the corner on day 50 in self-isolation. That’s just about one-seventh of a year, eek!
This routine is not about productivity or goal setting or getting back to the way things were. This routine strictly exists to feed my soul, here and now and well into the future. I’ve found that developing a simple plan to get through each day helps me reconnect with myself, my family and with others.
My morning consists of waking up at 7 am and making coffee. I spend time catching up on news and then get Chia, my special needs bunny, from the downstairs bathroom. A week ago, our neighbors dog got her and now her spine is severed, resulting in paralysis. She is taking medicine, is eating and drinking although we do need to help her go to the bathroom every few hours.
After Chia is set up Outside, I let out Francis & Demergatroid (our silly french Duclair ducks) and fill their water. Then out comes our hens: Clementine and Chickybaby for a day of free-ranging in the sun/rain. And Penny, the newest little chicken joins in too.
By this time, all 7 kids are waking up and getting their own days going. Some have opted to login for school, some not. They’ve been getting their own dose of fresh air time too. And we’ve been collectively reinventing family time. Our family used to wake up and rush the day away. Now it feels so much more considerate, all around.
I’m working very limited and remote hours at my day-job creating content to keep the University Club of Portland alive and kicking each morning. Afterwards, I reel the focus back in: For myself, there are three things I like to do every day, no matter what. They are read, write, and get exercise. These things provide us with natural ways to become a better human all around and will ground you with connection and daily purpose.
Outside of this routine, exists few and far between trips to the store, household upkeep and other things to not just pass the time, but make the most of it. Ingredients go into the bread machine daily. Fruit is sliced and dehydrated. What can we learn today? What can we try out? Take a time out, decompress and rest. It’s all important.
I prefer to be productive but sometimes I’m not and that’s ok too. All in all, we’re striving to make this new normal, better than the normal we had before. And it’s working.
xo, So Called Mom
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