After a month of quarantining at home, I’m back to work with my flower shop family! I’m super grateful for a return to my daily routine; even if it looks really different than it did eight weeks ago. While Florida phases into reopening the state this month, we’re staying in our caves a while longer. And cautiously dipping our toes into getting back to work. It feels so strange to watch our community get back to “business as usual”, just as Los Angeles announced stretching mandatory stay-at-home orders well into the summer.
It’s such a crazy, emotional time to own a small business. For now, we’re erring on the side of safety, and figuring out how to pivot and adapt; almost weekly, it seems. Our storefront remains closed to the public and we’re practicing no-contact local delivery, so besides C and my two teammates at the shop, I don’t see many folks.
But still — despite how silly and trivial it is in the grand scheme of things — I’m enjoying picking out outfits in the morning. It makes me feel a little more like myself in this ‘new normal’.
Speaking of ‘new normal’, there are some things I want to leave behind with pre-pandemic life. Being at home for a month gave me plenty of time to evaluate my priorities and take inventory of my habits (spending, health, and otherwise). It also gave me a chance to wander around my home and catalogue the abundance of it all; from my kitchen to my closet. I had a Come-To-Jesus with myself about the things I take for granted and the resources I waste. In the big picture, I need to focus on being more present and grateful in my life. And in the smaller world inside this blog, it means a fresh, new perspective. One with less shopping and consumerism, and more intention and creativity. More on that soon.