I have been taking yoga classes online with some of my favorite teachers three or four times a week. It has been one of the most important things I do for myself, mentally and physically...and I'm going to keep doing it, but virtually.
I cleared out my office to make room, and have acquired a full set of mats and props so there's no need to return to the studio. I haven't missed rushing to get to class on time, trying to find a parking place and being squeezed into a room with 20 other people.
For those times when I can't attend class in real time, I'm taking advantage of recorded sessions with my instructors, and bought a set of yoga dice, if I want to squeeze in a quick practice on my own.
Finally, if I want to stay in savasana for 30 minutes at the end of my practice, no one is forcing me to roll up my mat and move along.
I bought an Olive & June nail polish set last summer, because it was clear to me that I wasn't going to get a salon mani/pedi again soon, maybe ever. I'd read lots of good reviews, but honestly, what sold me on their kit was the tools...because (as I have written about before, in previous posts) having the right ones can make all the difference.
|Olive & June mani vs|
memory of a Shellac mani
My toes were a very different story...
Nearly 20 years ago I was in a truly horrible automobile wreck. A woman ran a red light and broadsided me. She broke the axle on her car, totalled mine, and as my car was spinning around, my spine twisted...and one of the disks in my low back ruptured like a Christmas cracker. Within a matter of hours, my entire left leg had gone numb.
I needed back surgery and 18 months of physical therapy - which were some of the longest, hardest months of my life. I am fortunate to have made a virtually full recovery...due in very large part to an amazing medical and rehabilitation team as well as my regular yoga practice.
The result is that instead of swearing and making a mess of my feet...I can polish my toenails - and look down at them on my yoga mat - with a pretty significant sense of satisfaction, feeling no need to return to the salon. Not to mention, the pedi kit costs less than two appointments!
In the before times, I had pretty much quit cooking. We were busy, sometimes my husband and I had different schedules, so we weren't home at the same time or dinner was late. Covid changed all that. I've returned to cooking, and baking, and because I wasn't able to go to the jewelry studio - my kitchen became my happy and creative place.
We will eat out again, but not the same way...and I won't shop like I did in the before times, either. I've come to love my Sunday trips to the farmers market, and incredible the fresh meat, produce and specialty baked goods I am able to purchase from vendors I have come to know.
What I can't get at the market, I will continue to buy at HEB or Target (when HEB is occasionally out of something I want that week)...but I am a curbside convert! Before the pandemic it never occured to me, an able bodied person with a flexible schedule, not to go into the store and do my own shopping...but I have been so impressed with the process and the consistent quality of items that are picked for me (even when there are substitutions), I see no reason to return to the old way.
The jewelry studio, on the other hand, is someplace I hope to return to soon...and when I do, I'll share with you here.
Until next time.