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Lessons the pandemic has taught me…

From the mind of Jennifer Ziliotto, written by Priyanka Niranjan Nasta

From baking banana bread, to taking up yoga and learning to knit, the pandemic has taught us some very valuable life lessons. Even though the pandemic and the consequent quarantine have thrown a monkey wrench in all our plans, we have all learned and evolved and found a new normal, whatever it looks like for each of us. Here are some of the important lessons I have learnt during the past few months and would like to share with you:

  1. Recognize the power of you: you probably don’t realize this, but you’ve come very far in the past few months. You’ve probably navigated either working from home or working on the frontlines, home schooling, finding innovative ways to keep your kids engaged, securing groceries and toilet paper (no kidding!), figuring out the logistics of virtual calls and a lot more, while keeping yourself sane. Don’t be hard on yourself and watch your inner thoughts and dialogue. You deserve all the love, kindness, and compassion you give to others.

  2. Keep your cup full: Know that you cannot pour from an empty cup and it is imperative that you do things that make you happy. Whether it is a virtual yoga or Pilates class, meditation, journaling, coloring, cooking, baking, cleaning out your wardrobe (cue my wardrobe consultation services) or anything else that has you intrigued, remember that your hobbies deserve pursuance even after the quarantine. Keep yourself happy so you can reflect that happy energy to everyone you interact with. Happiness is your best superpower always!

  3. Maintain some structure: I hear from so many of you about feeling unproductive or being in a funk. Know that it is normal to feel this way in the midst of a global upheaval and while it is healthy to have some lazy days, it can become a habit if not monitored. Try to consciously sustain a routine during the week, shower and wear some make-up (or a bra) and make some time for regular exercise and meals. You can even prepare a deep cleaning schedule and get rid of the things that don’t serve you anymore. Doing so will make you feel happy, productive, and deeply satisfied. You got this!

  4. Plan ahead: may it be meals, outfits for the week or hobbies, it is a good idea to have a general outline of what your week will look like. This will not only help keep you organized, it will also ensure you are holding yourself accountable and not skipping important things. This will also give you time to do more of the things that make you happy and ensure you are putting yourself first. Trust me, it is not selfish to do this. Remember how we discussed keeping your cup full earlier in this blog?

  5. Learn, evolve, and grow – it is always a good idea to grow your skill set. While we are mostly focused on work and survival, it is the things we do outside of work that shape our characters and personalities. Personally, I’ve been following and learning a lot from fashion bloggers and stylists and this quarantine has given me the opportunity to hone my social media and video editing skills, try out new recipes and research more style fixes and outfit ideas. I encourage you to recognize what it is that you’d like to improve. It could be anything from networking, taking a new course or trying to be more organized. Listen to your inner voice and get to work!

I hope you enjoyed learning about some of the lessons I’ve learnt. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I am super excited to see you in Toronto next week and discuss fashion, style ideas and a lot more! Until next time all you beautiful people…

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