As I sit and write to you today, I am struck by how different this week is from last.
A very strange new world.
Last week we were all working, sort of, and the world was changing around us.
This week the world has come to our doorstep as everyone has been forced to come home and stay home except for essential services.
A HUGE thank you to those who continue to serve in our essential services.
Until now I lived in the routine of working remotely as I’ve done for decades. A bit oblivious to what is going on outside, to be honest.
Now I’m joined by my husband Patrick who has been ordered by the government to shut down his bricks-and-mortar hair salon business indefinitely.
It’s only been a few days and we’re wondering how to pay bills next week, next month, and beyond.
How are we dealing with the unknown?
The questions we’re asking ourselves:
When will it end?
When can we get back to “normal”?
What will be the new “normal”?
How do we recover?
WILL we recover?
These are questions we are all asking ourselves.
What we do know is…we are not alone!
We are all in this together.
We all have a new “job” now.
I remind us all that the main part of your everyday routine is to do what you can to stay positive 🙂
We will make it through this. Last week I talked about your state of mind so feel free to take a breath and refresh yourself on getting and keeping a positive mindset.
Please remember we are all in this together. Globally.
Kind of hard to get one’s head around as this has never happened before.
Another thing to remember is that we are ALL isolated and we need human connection.
So if it can’t be physical, it can be virtual or the old fashioned method…by phone.
Reach out to people who you usually visit and have a visit with them.
Every day my Mom connects with me via a video system. If you haven’t tried Skype or Zoom, both free, give it a whirl. This week we added one of my sisters from out west. Soon we’ll get the local one and we will all be on as a family.
I’ve researched Zoom as part of my trusted resource “Garry’s List” Check it out here.
I’ve seen how people have virtual dinners together. So cool.
And in Italy, there are evening “concerts” where people sing from their balconies.
Be creative. Reach out. We need each other now more than ever.
In the meantime, we are doing what we can do. What we (sort of) have control over.
How to we weather the storm?
How do we pay our bills?
Will the government promised funds come through when we need it?
How do we get the monetary assistance we are offered?
So many questions, so few answers.
We’ve made a big part of our new “job” to keep supplies in the cupboard, food on the table and a roof over our heads. Keeping our businesses up and running by doing research and keeping tabs on resources.
Here’s what we’ve done so far that might be some ideas for you depending on your country, province/state:
- Made a note of what government websites to follow each day for news about how and when to apply for financial assistance?
- Applied for “Employment Insurance” (Canada) which will be made available to self-employed people as well as employed.
- Contacted the Bank where we do business to ask for support. There are a number of things they make available such as no minimum payments on credit cards for up to 6 months.
- Contacted out insurance company about the “Business Interruption” part of our business policy.
Here’s what we have planned for the next few days:
- Look at the government websites for the when and how to apply for financial assistance.
- Contact our local, provincial (state) and federal representatives for support.
Let us know how you are doing and what you are doing to stay positive.
Comment on what you are doing to keep your business up and running.
How are you feeling?
What are you feeling?
Are you worrying and if so about what?
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