Even when times are tough, it’s nice to know my fellow friends out there are still finding and seeing joy among the chaos:
“Doing sillier things to connect with my family and friends that I would otherwise never have done, like watching a movie on FaceTime in the same house” – Erica W.
“My HS friends and I have been designing an online board game because we were bored, so definitely friends find a way to hang out regardless of distance” – Anonymous Friend
“I haven’t worn a bra in a month” – Elizabeth F.
“Boundaries are the distance where I can love you and me simultaneously. The quarantine is forcing me to do something I’ve been meaning to do my whole life: establish boundaries with and overbearing relative” – Francesca P.
“My eldest quit the piano when she was at the end of six grade and didn’t want to complete level 8 ABRSM exam. Yes! I was disappointed since that was (still is) the highest level one can achieve. Why quit at the last level? That was how I felt. She was simply not enjoying music anymore even though her piano teacher said she has a gift of music. I was definitely bummed about her quitting. Because of COVID 19, we suspended piano lessons for my youngest daughter. I asked my eldest daughter if she can help her younger sister with one of the songs, even though she has not been playing the piano for four years. To my surprise, she gladly played the Steven Universe Theme song. She laughed and giggled with her younger sister as she played the piano. It wasn’t an easy song and not playing it for four years definitely made her a bit rusty in one part of the song. But, it was just beautiful to see her enjoying music again and her willingness to teach her sister completely brightened my day.” – Anonymous Runner friend
“I’m grateful for the time I’ve gained to finally organize my house – going through all my clothes, shoes, magazines, papers, etc” – Monica K.
“I have found joy in the hobby of baking – fun with the added bonus of delicious sweets to eat” – Nicole D.
“Finding out that my sister’s leukemia is in remission on Good Friday, and then having a Zoom celebration on Easter Sunday with my family” – Zach E.
Watching Frozen 2 with my twin sister My sister and I have always been huge fans of anything Disney, especially with the movie Frozen (hello SISTERS!). So when Frozen 2 became available on Disney Plus, I immediately asked my sister to watch it with me and let me tell you, this movie DID NOT DISAPPOINT!
I won’t spill any movie details or spoilers, but this movie brought me so much joy because I love seeing the sister bond between Elsa and Anna. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf always makes me smile and having my sister laughing right along with me made this movie even more memorable.
Facetiming and having wine nights every Friday with my girl friends Now that we are all under #Stayathome guidelines, my girl friends and I have had to change our ways of catching up with one another: Face timing and drinking wine every Friday. Even though we’re all at home, it’s great just talking and laughing about each other’s stories of random things that we all experienced throughout the week. It definitely makes staying in on a Friday night more bearable.
Afternoon coffee and tea time with my mom on the balcony Every Tuesday at 4pm, my mom and I would have afternoon tea (for her) and coffee (for me) on our balcony. Prior to this pandemic, my mom and I would rarely have a chance to really sit down and have deep talks. Sure, I would talk to her whenever we were at home, but something about drinking tea/coffee on our balcony just made the mother-daughter moment more special. We laughed and talked about everything ranging from what was for dinner to breakups and relationships.
Reflecting and expressing gratitude on a daily basis With so much uncertainty going on, it is so easy to just focus on the chaos we are facing right now. I can listen and watch the news every minute of the day filling my mind with statistics of people who tested positive for Covid-19 or watching unemployment numbers going up. Now while it is great to be informed for current events, I believe that there are still blessings and gratitude to be found during this time. So at 8pm every night, I like to reflect on the day and jot down some things I am grateful for. Reflecting and expressing gratitude each day has truly helped me stay calm and see the light even during this tough time we are all facing.
Xoxo, Chrissie Carly
So tell me, what are some joys you’ve experienced during this time?