10 Things I’m Doing When Social Distancing Is Over

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I’ve been trying to stay positive and reminding myself that one day our lives will be back to normal. 

I started a Gratitude Challenge on my facebook page. Every day I’m writing 3 things I’m grateful for right now. A few of the things I’ve shared so far have been:

1. That my husband can work from home. Although I’m not sure he’s loving it as much as I do.

2. That he’s home for dinner every night and we can eat together as a family.

3. Playing board games together, even if my 5 year old is a dirty cheater.

4. That my husband has been grilling more, hence me not having to cook as much.

5. Going on family walks together in our neighborhood.

6. Living close enough to the Chattahoochee River that we can walk, bike or run there.

7. That I bought a bike a few years ago and finally dusted it off to ride it.

8. Amazon has toilet paper now, even if it will take a week to get here.

9. Not getting hurt when I crashed on my bike today.

10. The beautiful weather we’re having in Georgia.

It’s also been really cool to see all the things my friends have shared about what they’re grateful for.

Eventually we will be able get out of the house without worrying about getting sick.

Have you ever had a free day as a mom and spent the whole time thinking about what you were going to do? Or even worse, did you waste the few hours you had catching up on laundry or cleaning your house?

I’m not going to let that happen when we finally can get out of the house!

So I’m working on my list of what I’ll do with all of my freedom.

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These Are The 10 Things I Miss The Most:

  • Eating dinner in a restaurant
  • Sitting in a coffee shop
  • Walking through the mall
  • Going to the movies
  • Getting hugs from friends and their littles
  • Weekly play dates with friends
  • Pedicures at the nail salon
  • Workout classes at the gym- especially yoga
  • Sending the kids to their grandma’s house for a long weekend
  • Going to the beach

I’m also planning a weekend away with my girlfriends to do some of these things. Hopefully that will happen sooner than 2021.

What’s on your list?

I’m going to keep adding to mine.

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24 comments

  1. I’m grateful:
    – that we are all together and safe
    – that we are pretty safe with hubby’s job security
    – that we have a tv
    – for chocolate

    I miss:
    – real coffee
    – shopping in a mall
    – time to myself
    – seeing family and friends
    – eating out

    I miss life outside these walls 😫

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  2. I’m soaking up all the positive things about being home in close corners with my husband, daughter and our pup. We very much miss our extended family and friends and will be so glad to give them hugs.

    1. Thank you for your work and putting yourself at risk for us all! I miss eating out so much. I think that’s probably what I will do first when all of this is over!!!

  3. I definitely need to make both of these lists for myself. I’m grateful that my girls enjoy being home and my husband already worked from home. I miss going to the nail salon and sending my girls to school.

  4. The hardest part of this time is not being able to escape for real time for me and girlfriends. But as a yoga teacher, I cannot wait to get back into the studio and have real interactions with my students.

  5. I miss going to church, restaurants, malls and going to the park with my kids! But I don’t miss the traffic to the office and back. I’m grateful that I don’t have to go to the office now and having more family time😊

    1. It has definitely been nice to slow down a little and I think will be an adjustment for everyone when we do get back to normal. It will be worth it to have all of these things we miss though!

  6. Love your list, I do miss going out to eat with my friends. One thing we are saving money not being able to run around, go to stores. Since I have lived overseas in remote places I have experienced living almost the way we do now a lot. What amazed me the most when we moved overseas was how I could do what I thought I could never do. I think many are finding some new strength in themselves and new ideas because we are forced to. One burden America has is the,”burden of ease”, to much stuff, everywhere, too many choices. It’s overwhelming when we missionaries come back to the 1 world living after living in a third or fourth world condition. It’s takes time to adjust and it’s hard. REally like your post.

    1. Thank you so much! That’s a good point that we are saving money. I think my kids have been eating way too many snacks so I’m not sure how much we’re saving. You are right that this is making us all realize our strengths.

  7. I would love to know what board games you play. I also have a 5 year old dirty cheater and when we play my 8 year old gets upset that he is cheating and doesn’t want to play anymore.

    1. I have an 8 year old too! We struggle with that sometimes too. We’ve been playing avocado smash- it’s actually a card game. My 5 year old likes Sorry and trouble too. A lot of times the 5 year old end up on someone’s team. That seems to help a little. Good luck!

    1. I know! We’ve been out a few times but it isn’t the same and it makes me more anxious doing so. It’s hard to tell if it’s worth the risk and increased anxiety I get!

  8. I can totally relate to the things you are grateful for 😊 I just don’t want social distancing to end because this time is so precious!

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