It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged, and I apologize. I’ve been laying low with my 17- year old daughter here in Phoenix during Covid-19. Unfortunately, the Pandemic numbers are on the incline here due somewhat I’m sure to the Memorial Day weekend parties and protests for George Floyd’s painful death. On top of all of this negativity the Political bantering has gotten so out of control. Sad, challenging times for sure. My heart goes out to so many.
Even though it is really hard to focus on what is good in our world, we've been trying to do our best each day. Emma and I have had hard conversations. It’s not easy parenting a 17- year old cooped up with her mom. I’m the most uncool mom out there if you ask her. Regardless, we’ve cried, laughed, yelled, baked, hugged and played Scrabble. I sometimes question my parenting skills, but I keep chugging along day by day trying to be a loving, compassionate human and role model. Being a parent is the hardest job out there don’t kid yourself.
As a Wardrobe Stylist, unfortunately all of my work disappeared on March 16th. I was working for on a 5-day commercial shoot on The Salt River and Dreamy Draw Mountain in Phoenix. I remember pinching myself that day, saying “I love what I do, I’m so darn lucky.“
Then things changed. Due to the Coronavirus, were sent home in the rain and the crew flew home early.
It got a bit harry when I got home and friends/family in NY were calling and very upset about the virus spreading so quickly. I hadn’t seen any news in a week. I quickly got very worried about my 87-year old parents that live on their own in Upstate NY. My dad has compromised health. Plus my husband Dan was working in Seattle Washington (where the epicenter of Covid-19 started.) and was trying to get a transfer back to AZ. That miraculously did happen. My daughter’s school closed, prom was cancelled, and she finished 11th grade online. Luckily her dance studio offered live-stream dance classes. This helped with her sanity and mine too. Lots to swallow and my story is better than most.
Today, I’ve decided to focus on recharging my personal batteries and focus on the good.
Here’s what I’ve learned during the Pandemic.
1. It’s important to continue to learn one thing new each day.
I took a 7 week-class online class @ The MoMA called Fashion as Design. I learned a lot about what really goes into how a garment is made and how I can do my part in the world to purchase more sustainable clothing brands and recycle more. I will share future learnings with you in another post.
2. Kindness matters more now than ever. Pretty basic value. Lift each other up people!
3. You don’t need as many shoes as you think you do. Take inventory and downsize. The best things in life are the simple things. Love, joy, family, friends and laughter. Music too.
What have you learned today?
Pre- Covid Commercial Shoot without masks. There have been a few jobs now opening back up in Phoenix. I did have my first one last week. Our crew wore masks and took extra precautions. #staysafe
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