Sometimes, simply hearing that
someone else is feeling the same
way as you, brings comfort.

It reminds us that we aren't alone. That we are understood. Our beautiful MM team, have agreed to get vulnerable. To share each week, how they are feeling, how they are navigating these strange times. We hope that these little snippets of vulnerability can bring strength and solidarity. We are in this together.

I’m so very grateful to be safe and sound at home with my two loves Mitch and our fur-child Keiko 🐶 in lil' old Devonport, Auckland.

We are so fortunate to live by the beach so our daily walk with Keiko means she can usually get her paws wet. I feel lucky every day to live in New Zealand with our beautiful surroundings and our beloved Jacinda at the helm.

We have decided to start practising Pilates in the mornings after our walk in an effort to maintain a routine of sorts, however, so far I can’t say we are doing too well. Most days the no alarm sleep in's are winning, but we will keep persevering.

My beautiful friend posted this quote “in the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to” by Dave Hollis, which I’ve been pondering over for the last few days. It felt so powerful when I read it, what parts of normal do I want to return to? Do we need to rush back to normal? This is the perfect time for us all to take a deep breath, to relax, to centre ourselves and assess what is truly important in our lives.

I’m so grateful to be surrounded by beautiful friends, family and my MM team (albeit from afar). I'm grateful for the little things that can bring a smile to my day like getting a team WhatsApp of Honey (Maggie's dog) sleeping or a funny meme someone has shared. I'm grateful that this time apart seems to be bringing us closer together.

On the topic of things I'm grateful for, I celebrated my birthday a few days ago in lockdown and it was a really wonderful day. I got spoiled by Mitch (my love language is affirmations and his birthday cards are always tear jerkers), we ate pancakes in pajamas, drank bubbly and had video calls with lots of our loved ones. It was so good for the soul to see everyone’s warm faces. Keiko also thoroughly enjoyed ripping up the wrapping from my present - and watching her so damn happy with something so simple reminded me how truly simple life can be. That the simple things can be the best things. This time in solitude seems to be a great reminder of this.

I’m of the opinion that we shouldn’t feel socially pressured to improve ourselves or our lives in these weeks or months. We don’t have to be certain of what we or the world around us will be like after, we just need to be. Be with ourselves, be one with our loved ones and for the first time in a long time, try to just be with whatever may be next.

Now for a slice of cake...

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