Apples and Pumpkins and Squash, Oh My!
Adjusting to a Pandemic
We typically mark the seasonal transition with traditions we enjoy, like Halloween trick-or-treating and cheering with the crowd at sporting events. However, since many of our favorite pastimes remain restricted due to the continuing global pandemic, here are some suggestions on what we still can do:
- Plan an outdoor activity with colleagues or friends while socially-distancing, such as apple picking, hiking or picnicking
- Take a drive to check out the changing leaves
- Snuggle up with a cozy blanket and a good book
- Carve and decorate pumpkins and roast the seeds
- Cook up a pot of delicious roasted butternut squash soup, freeze it and save it for a comforting lunch on a chilly day
- Take an old and cold project and move it up in priority
- Dust off your resume and update it – in case you decide to go for that promotion or apply for a different job
Stay safe, stay sane, stay healthy!
I recently went to a concert of one of my favorite musicians: Keith Urban. At age 54, with more than 30 years in the music industry, he rocked a sold-out 25,000-person outdoor venue for 2+ hours on a Sunday evening in 90-degree heat. What an inspiration!
We shouldn’t have to pretend that everything is okay when it isn’t.
On a recent road trip, I stopped in Charlotte, North Carolina and discovered the city loves public art. It boasts over 60 murals, one of which caught my eye and my heart – the Confetti Hearts Wall Mural by artist Evelyn Hanson in the South End neighborhood.
Everyone has heard, seen and dissected the “slap” Will Smith bestowed on Chris Rock. On the precipice of receiving the crowning achievement of his career, the Academy Award for Best Actor, Smith slapped Rock on television before a global audience.
As we enter this new year, the pandemic is still creating uncertainty in our personal and professional lives. That said, now is the most popular time to set goals and resolutions. In order to set ourselves up for success, we need to be thoughtful about what we want to accomplish.
Who among us hasn’t had a moment, a day or a week where we felt the pressure in our lives – professionally and personally – to “go out there” and do what is expected of us even when all we really wanted to do was get back under the covers?