I’m not gonna lie, the first few weeks of social distancing was really hard for me to accept. For the first time in years, I’m not constantly on the go and being pulled in every direction all at once.
Juggling work and being a mom/wife is a lot: the long work days, running my young kids back and forth to school, maintaining my household and all of the events we normally have every weekend… it’s exhausting.
I remember the days when I used to pray for more time or for time to slow down. And here I am, with my prayers magically answered. I’d been given all the extra time in the world, and I was freaking out, unsure of what to do with it.
I didn’t mentally or physically know how to slow down, so it was really difficult in the beginning for me. I cleaned and organized every inch of my house. And I laid awake for hours each night while my mind just raced.
But, fast-forward three months later and here I am, still not able to work due to Covid-19. But now, I have a new found appreciation for this time we’ve been given. There’s more time to watch my little kids grow up right before my eyes. More time to reflect on what I want out of life and how to get it. More time to appreciate all of the little things that I once took for granted and also the things I’d achieved but was too focused on doing more to notice.
And, more time for education to broaden and perfect my skills as a colorist. I’ve connected with so many people in the hair industry in all different states dealing with this same situation. We’re trying to support each other and come up with ideas to come out of this even stronger than before.
If there’s ever been a time to make changes and really create the ideal work environment and clientele you want, it’s now! This monumental pause has opened my eyes in so many ways. And while it’s been difficult, it’s been beautiful at the same time.
It’s made me appreciate things more and helped me really prioritize what’s most important in my life. I can’t wait to be back behind the chair, doing what I love most and reuniting with my clients who have become such a special part of my life. I have to admit though, I think I’m going to miss this precious thing called time.