Show Up in These Uncertain Times
March 30, 2020
Fierce Creative was started nearly 13 years ago in the wee hours of the night as I was looking to keep my creative soul fed as I poured into my new life as a mom. Today, I can’t help but love the sound of my son running through the house dancing and singing about how to make a popsicle and my daughter singing along as she teaches herself how to play the guitar. It felt like just yesterday they were only 2 and 4.
With working from home and homeschooling requirements now thrust upon so many right now, our households are in shock. Our communities and school systems, in shock. In this, I encourage you to find the good. The extra time spent with your littles. The moments when they work alongside you, color on your meeting notes or “help” you with prepping dinner. These are the moments that instead of fighting it, I urge you to lean in and release yourself from that pressure of having it all together at work and at home – especially when they are all meshed together like they are right now.
These are easy sacrifices compared to the fight our medical workers are offering on the front lines.
Move your hours of availability around. Cut yourself some slack on how you show up every day. The focus is that you show up! You show up for your kids when they are uncertain why they’re not at school. You show up for your clients and team with all you’ve got so they know you’re supporting and honoring the work you do even when times get tough. Show up for your elderly neighbors and friends by offering to pick up groceries and medications they need because you can. Show up for yourself and partner by expanding your patience and grace.
I didn’t sleep for those first 8 years of building my business (and well into the last five, if I’m being honest). I had a flipped schedule of what we’re facing now. I did almost all of my work during the overnight hours. I can’t exactly do that with today’s workload, but I’m making adjustments. I was working the nightshift while feeling quite alone in that lifestyle choice. It was the opposite of my stay-at-home mom friends and my full-time friends with kids. But, it was worth every sleepless moment of it.
Today, we’re not alone. We’re in this struggle together. And we will come out of this on the other side, together. It’s still worth it. The interruptions and extra noise throughout the house are worth it. Now more than ever.
You’re sacrificing for your family and community in a way that shows compassion and global responsibility. It’s worth it.
Do your part. Stay home.
Cut yourself some slack.
Support those on the frontlines by staying out of their way, offering support through other means.
Take care of your family AND your community.
It will all be worth it.