Whichever of you bet big in 2020 on companies that sellat-home office furnitureand fitness equipment, know that I'm sending you a thousand socially distanced, aggressively sanitized high-fives. You possess soothsaying capabilities I do not.
Although I have not joined thethousands of pedaling masses in buying a much-coveted Peloton— which has somehow become a status symbol on par with having Doritos packed in your bag for lunch in middle school because you had the "cool mom" — I did spend most of this weekend completely redoing my home office setup...
...and I couldn't be more pleased. I have my living room back!
Oh, and I'm no longer working off a creaking, folding card table that's bowed in the middle from the weight of my monitors and other work detritus!
The last piece of my setup arrived yesterday, after the above photos were taken:
Is that a bright, backlit, bubble gum pink keyboard? Why, yes it is. It's also... sigh, it's also apparently Pumpkin's new pillow.(We're having a few boundary issues with my new setup, I'll just leave it at that.)
Why am I sharing this?
Well, many of us have spent the past seven months or so waiting for*gestures at everything*to end, so I'm sure recent news about spikes in new cases and the potential return of isolating social restrictions has been a tough pill to swallow this week. For example, there's a good chance Pumpkin and I will be ridin' solo for the holidays, now that travel is looking like it won't be a safe option this year.
So, as the weather gets colder and we spend more time indoors again, give into those impulses to do something, buy something, or lean into something that just makes you happy for the sake of it.
I know it's not always easy.I know it's hard not to feel overwhelmed. I'll be honest, I had a good ugly cry in my car tonight after the gym for about 30 minutes.
But making time for yourself, prioritizing your needs, and finding joy in little (and big) ways really does help.It's also just as important as being strong and responsible in the face of uncertainty with coworkers, friends, and family.
So, whether it's an absurdly bright pink keyboard that (for some reason) makes you feel stupidly happy whenever you use it, or calling up a friend you've lost touch with just to say hello, my challenge to you is to go find your own little slice of happy this week.