Anyone else feel like 2020 has been a scooter to the ankles so far or is it just me!? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I stepped into this year ready to embrace 2020 and a better me. I was planning my Italian elopement and ready to spend a month exploring the Almafi Coast and Tuscan Vineyards with my fiance, soon to be husband. Who knew what a fuckery everything was about to become?
I was hyper aware of this pandemic as it began to infiltrate Italy in March. As I watched the numbers grow I honestly felt like I was watching a train wreck in slow motion. I made the devastating decision to cancel a family trip to Vegas with my mom, dad and two sisters. Shortly thereafter I canceled my Italian elopement. After spending a week on my couch hating the world, binge-watching netflix and drinking wine I realized that there is no point being upset over things that are out of our control. Everything is part of a much bigger picture than just my travel plans and we all have a role to play whether we want to or not.
With the acceptance that life was changing and I could either make the most of it or be miserable I decided to embrace the down time. I did my part and stayed home. I started to think about all the things that I have always enjoyed that I could still do during COVID. It was surprisingly easier than I expected. Don’t get me wrong, some days are easier than others. Of course I miss the comforts of grabbing a glass of wine with girlfriends or hitting up a group fitness class at Annex or SpinCo but I have also learned to appreciate the quietness. My fiance and I also decided to go ahead and get married, SURPRISE!
So, with my newfound positivity I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about some of my acquired quarantine survival skills and recommendations for books & movies to help get you through what I hope is going to be the last few weeks of quarantine.
So let me share with you a few game changers for me. First of all, I bought a bike - which has given me the opportunity to get out and explore Victoria more than ever before while getting fresh air. I try to make it a point to get outside for at least two hours every day - whether it be taking my dog for a long walk on the beach or going on a hike or bike ride. I also like to spend time on my balcony in my chair swing, reading and watching the city below while listening to spotify playlists that remind me of happy times. I talk to my family and friends on the phone WAY MORE. It brings me so much happiness to hear their voices and see their faces. And yes, social distancing hang outs ARE a thing and can be done safely!
I keep myself busy workwise by continuing to run Clinic 805’s social media and marketing platforms with my colleague Kate. Additionally I have enrolled in different webinars and courses that have allowed me to understand that the world is changing, and our "new normal" is going to look different than before. I have also been able to understand through education how we can still be together even in a virtual world.
The thing I want to remind everyone of with this blog post is that we are all in this together. We’ve done a great job at flattening the curve. There is now light at the end of the tunnel (i.e. the whispers of things beginning to open again) and I am hopeful and excited for things to begin returning to normal. I am also thankful for this unprecedented slowdown. Without it I would not have appreciated this life and this island as much as I do today.
With that said, here are some things that have brought me entertainment and inspiration during this time:
Courtney’s Quarantine Movie List
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A Beautiful Mind
The Thomas Crowne Affair
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Quarantine Book Reco’s
My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell
Untamed - Gwenneth Doyle
Courting Darkness - Robin Lafevers
Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations - Peter Evans
Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Stay safe & stay healthy everyone. I can’t wait to see you all again,