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Valentines = Chocolate

Living through a pandemic is kind of like living through the movie “Groundhog Day.” There is a lot of the same routine, everyday, rinse and repeat. As much as our pre pandemic life wasn’t that exciting, there was some variance to the schedule. Now, allergy shot appointments are a new and exciting place to work or read our newest book uploaded to our Kindle. Who would have thought that having a doctor’s appointment would be the social highlight of our life? That our big conversation outside of our home would entail confirming the shot vial has our correct name and birthdate on it?

But this weekend is Valentines and nothing says love like stores pushing wine and chocolate during a pandemic, but whatever, we are down with anything having to do with chocolate, really, who are we kidding? It just all feels a little bleak. Valentines had to be sent to school 2 days early, inside ziploc bags to quarantine, and that my dear friends sums up how our life is going as of late!

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
-Charles M. Schulz

Kids and adults have been under a lot of stress and pressure this last year, we have had to work and do school under circumstances we never knew we had to prepare for. We are learning as we go, but from everything we are seeing in the news and everything we are experiencing boils down to this: a lot of our self care tips and tricks we religiously relied on, haven’t been available to us and we are floundering.

Massages, girl’s night, trips to the library, pedicures, leisurely coffee dates, popping out to the store because you were out of something, trips...this list sounds and looks so boogie, so incredibly entitled, but for so many of us, we scrimped so we could have these little luxuries. We bought discounted massage gift cards for ourselves, made our mani/pedis last as long as possible, scheduled our in person therapy in advance, and could nurse a latte for an hour just so we could claim the comfy coffee house chair. Now, we have our four walls, a computer and our very small bubble of people we deem “safe.”

How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em.
-Shel Silverstein

So now, we rub each other’s feet, we read aloud, we have multiple streaming platforms to watch more TV and Movies, we shop online more and return most of what we order, Amazon delivery people are like celebrities in the neighborhood, grocery runs are exciting and as much as we wish we can say our love of cooking has grown, breakfast for dinner is still a sacred win!

... If you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.
-Dalai Lama

We are all tired, we have been pouring out of an almost empty cup for so long, a lot of us don’t even remember what it felt like to have a full cup, but we are trying. We are all tired and scared and the end of the road seems still kind of far away. While we tell our friends and kids we are GREAT, GOOD, NEVER BETTER, we also find ourselves crying a lot over sweet ads we see on social media, so we may be lying about the state of our mental health just a little.

Don't take your health for granted. Don't take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised. -Jada Pinkett Smith

Self Care that is Doable:
Be gentle with yourself.
Take a walk.
Go into your room and lock the door.
Order food in.
Buy yourself flowers.
Eat some chocolate.

Enjoy the little things, cry when you need to, cry when you want, scream when you need to, eat the food, enjoy the chocolate, serve pancakes for dinner. We are all struggling, we are all just trying to hold it together, but always know, we are here for you.

As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and a part of your journey.

All the best,
-Team SG

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.
-Stephen Covey

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