The New Year is a time to reflect and set our intentions and resolutions for the upcoming year. The past two years have surely been stressful, and inevitably changed how we live our lives daily. Can you believe it has been two years?!
We all managed the pandemic differently. Families can agree that there are aspects of live pre-pandemic that should be forgotten, and there are aspects of the pandemic that, frankly, should stick around.
So, as we reflect on the last two years, we highlight some of the positive aspects that we hope will stick around.
Disclaimer: By focusing on the positive, our intention is not to invalidate the real struggles and heartache that many families faced. Unfortunately, we can’t always control our circumstances, but we can, however, control our attitudes and outlook on the circumstance itself.
Here are 7 aspects of the Pandemic that have made us stronger, and well, our lives a little easier!
Time is precious and should be something we never take for granted again. When the Pandemic first hit, the extra time with my daughter was a strange and accurate mixture of pure bliss, insanely difficult times, but overall, an incredible opportunity to spend more time with my daughter. After the honeymoon phase of the Pandemic ended, and there was no real end in sight, it was CHALLENGING. Thankfully, I had support from friends and family, though I know many did not, and for that I applaud you!
But challenges and struggles aside, I was able to spend so much more time with my daughter, and for that, I am truly grateful.
I never understood the in-office 40-50 hour workweek. There are many jobs that working from home isn’t an option, but for the jobs that do offer the option, it was life-changing for families. Even the simple observation of not needing to commute, and the money therefore saved, was valuable. This was an opportunity to be able to reinvest said money into the family. I also enjoy the hybrid model that many companies have adopted.
Reevaluation of Work-Life Balance
Both individuals and companies have put a new focus on achieving the work-life balance. From work-from-home options to flexibility with child-care, or the simple notion of placing high importance on our well-being, I think this is something we will need to continue to reevaluate so we can achieve a better balance. This is a win-win for individuals, families, and businesses.
Supporting Small Businesses and Restaurants
The Pandemic closed the doors to many small businesses, but I saw a community come together to support them. See the next positive outcome!
Delivery, Curbside Pickup and To-Go Drinks
Moms everywhere can agree: Delivery, Curbside Pickup, and To-Go Drinks should never be a thing of the past. I don’t think we need to elaborate on why, it’s just a win-win all around!
Early Access to New Movies at Home
Please, we are begging, do NOT stop streaming new movies online!! The option to watch new movies from my sofa has been INCREDIBLE. I love going to the theater, and will still go. Though, I do hope Hollywood and Movie Theaters can find a win-win solution to keep this as a viable option too!