Where did the first months of the year go?
The last time I wrote a blog post was mid-December. Since then, we’ve been producing podcasts with The Husband, I’ve been sick THREE times, and now with working permanently from home for the past month, the weekdays have flown by.
Fortunately, as of writing this, we’re still both working the full forty hours a week and getting paid for it. I can’t say the same for most of my friends.
Data Wonderment is reaching its Third Year Anniversary this April, which is pretty awesome. I felt it was about to kick into high-gear in mid-summer, but now it’s just waiting and seeing. Things are steady and we’re still developing new programs, but it’s hard to build universally applicable survey programs for nonprofits when most nonprofits are reeling from trying to figure out how to just stay alive. There have been some people who have still kindly volunteered and for that, I am grateful. I hope that we can have everything ready to go to educate and train nonprofits how best to use data for their organization when they are ready to start receiving that information again!
John and I are making the most of our evenings. We still have a Date Night and a Patti & John Do Nothing Night (spent meditating and reading). We now have a Virtual Happy Hour almost every night with friends, family, or colleagues from other organizations we’re a part of.
I am also making sure that I get outside every day. During the workweek, it’s at least a morning and afternoon walk. On select nights, John will walk with me again at the end of the day. Weekends have been funny though, with me and exercise. I get out of the routine and I find myself more sedentary, which isn’t good. So I try to do more Tai Chi then and remind myself that even a walk on these days is good for the body and soul.
I hope you are all well and thriving. I do know some people who have COVID-19, or have been told that since they can’t get tested, assume they do because they have all of the symptoms. Thankfully, everyone is still getting through it. Order everything online, support local businesses through buying gift cards or take out. If you can, donate to any nonprofit whose message for needing help crosses your path. Take advantage of all of the loans and payment reprieves that you can. And try to stay connected with everyone you care about, even if you have to trick them into picking up the video call on Facebook Messenger so you can have a conversation eye to eye like I did with my Mom. 🙂