So much has happened in the world since the last time we have seen each other. 2020 has definitely been a year filled with transition, turmoil, and change. From the way we work and socialize due to Covid-19 to the world paying attention to the systematic racial injustice that has been going on for too long in the United States. South Minneapolis has really been in the spotlight with the murder of George Floyd. I live and work here. As I reopen, I was trying to think about what to write and share with everyone. We get to choose how show up in the world and one of the ways I would like to show up right now is by becoming part of the solution and not part of the problem. Some of the changes I want to make is by supporting more minority owned businesses. This week, I am donating a percentage of what I earn to help rebuild the businesses that were lost on Lake Street. I will continue to find different businesses and organizations throughout the year to donate to. This week it is www.welovelakestreet.com.
I love all the elements of nature happening in this picture. The water is flowing, the air has a rainbow in it, and the Earth has signs of Spring popping out. Luckily no fire. We went down on a weekday to avoid the crowds. This State Park is in the Driftless area of MN. It felt magical driving down into it. Spent time hiking all over. Beautiful bluffs. Then driving up out of it. Highly recommend for a nature fix.
One of my favorite ways of coping during this surreal time is getting out on daily walks. I took this picture yesterday to show that while we are all resting and slowing down (except for the essential workers-THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, NOW AND ALWAYS) Mama Nature is still doing her thing and healing.
Currently we are at a Shelter In Place here in Minnesota. Governor Walz has massage businesses temporarily closed until May 1st, 2020 for everyone's safely. This date is of course very fluid depending on what happens with the outbreak. This can be stressful for many during this time. I hope you are finding ways to incorporate self care into your lives. This could look like a cup of tea in a sunny room, making a healthy breakfast for yourself or a loved one, getting out in nature (socially distanced of course) & spending time in the sun while listening to the sounds of Spring unfold, chatting with friends and family virtually, taking a bath in epsom salts, napping, exercising in the home, catching up on reading a book you've been meaning to, catching up on home projects, gentle yoga stretches, and of course binging on shows on whatever streaming device you have.
I am thinking of you and please feel free to reach out if you would like.
Be well and I hope you & your loved ones stay healthy!