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  • Writer's pictureLauren Baptiste

Surviving (and Thriving Through) COVID-19

Updated: Apr 2

We are in week three of quarantine and we touched on how to build your immunity and how to take control in the kitchen during last week’s session; this week is about taking control of an uncertain situation. We are talking about how to survive during this pandemic and how to come out thriving.


Every opportunity is an opportunity to overcome or work through. In this moment of COVID-19, there are many uncertainties, people are losing their jobs, worried about their health, and the list goes on. There are opportunities to change for the negative but there is also an opportunity to change for the positive.


I am hearing from a lot of people that they have concerns about their summer plans, weddings, financial constraints, etc. All these worries and concerns are valid, and you are allowed to feel. You are allowed to feel scared, uncertain, frustrated, confused, etc. Things are hard right now and due to quarantine, it can feel lonely, it is important that we are all in this together. I invite you to take a deep breath and center yourself. I want to remind you that we have the control of our thoughts, we have the control of how we react, control over what we make of the items in our kitchen, but we do not have control over many other things. That is what makes this situation so hard. It is uncharted territory for many of us and you are allowed to feel all of the feelings during this time.


Surviving is taking advantage of this more time at home to watch more movies or make unhealthy food choices to cope with. We can absolutely do that, and it is not entirely wrong but I know that everyone has more to offer. You are probably being asked to step up for your family and expected to show up in the capacity that you are capable of. None of this is easy. In fact, it may be the hardest part of this whole situation.


Many people are working the front lines of this pandemic and I want to thank each and every one of you. Those individuals do not have the same quarantine restrictions that others have and do not have the time to sit at home to reflect. Those of you who are at home this is your time to make something happen. Do not allow this time to slip by and you look back with regret thinking “I wish I would have done something more with my time”. That same regret happens all too often because we always focus on some future event that may not happen. Do not COVID-19 be another “I will wait until…” situation.


My invitation to you is to take this time to examine what you are good at. You are being called to do something, something that only you can do. It can be something big or small, but it is something. Everyone has a magic of their own that should be shared at whatever capacity that magic can be extended to. Do not look back with regret that time was wasted, and you could have done more. This is your time to step up. Stepping up looks different for everyone. It can be reflecting and uncovering those dark places within and conquering deep-rooted issues to better yourself. It can be finishing that quilt your friend asked you for or starting that business that you have been dreaming of. It can be really easy to give up, but I am encouraging you to keep going. If you want to survive, Netflix and chill your way through. If you want to thrive, take action. We can hope down the road that we look back and think “we are grateful for COVID-19” not for the lives lost but for the changes that have been made for the better that may have not happened otherwise.

It will be easy to click out of this and turn on the TV but I want you to action. Take a piece of paper or pull up your notepad on your phone and write down at least one thing that you have been putting off. What is that rainy day project, that business idea you have been sitting on, that website you wanted to get done, or that class you wanted to take? Write it down. Now, write down three action steps that you need to take today to get there. Taking action is the only way you will be able to step away from COVID-19 and not feel that this time is wasted. Own your goal.

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