Let’s talk about how COVID changed my life for the better!
You might be thinking, “How could anyone have a positive experience during a worldwide pandemic?!” While it has been a life-changing and challenging time both personally and professionally, I have been able to identify five positive outcomes that I have experienced.
I was born in the wrong era; I HATE technology. It’s a powerful and amazing tool, but when it doesn’t work smoothly, I feel like throwing my computer out the window. I probably get that urge from my grandpa who I saw throw phones, tv remotes and anything else electronic when it didn’t work. I will admit that for me -and probably him too- the issue was operator error. It is human nature to avoid what we struggle with or what we don’t enjoy. A lot of times we don’t like something BECAUSE we aren’t good at it, and vice versa.
So when I found out on March 17th I would have to take my business – a gym focused 100% on in-person training- completely virtual you can imagine I was panicked. However, instead of drowning in my hate for technology I jumped right in! We began streaming Facebook Live videos March 19th and Zoom classes began March 20th. One or both have been done almost every day since. It was NOT ideal to learn new skills while trying to keep TFW Louisville students motivated, keep my business afloat AND keep up with my training and family, but that’s my fault for not working on this skill sooner. While technology and I still are not the best of friends, I have learned what it can do and how to use it to help our students.
2. GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
At TFW Louisville, we talk a lot about getting out of your comfort zone. It’s very hard to learn or grow from the comfort zone, because nothing scary happens there. If you want to get better in ANY way (professionally, in your personal life, fitness etc.) you HAVE to push yourself out of the comfort zone.
Believe it or not, COVID-19 takes all the credit for getting me out of my comfort zone. I should have pushed myself long ago to learn Zoom, stream on Facebook live, and write blogs. It wasn’t my choice to step outside of my comfort zone, but I embraced it. I could have quit. I could have told my students that we were closed indefinitely. Jumping in and offering new, digital platforms not only helped my students but allowed me to overcome my avoidance to use technology. Having this new freedom to train anywhere is exciting and will open many doors for the future.
3. MAKING TIME WITH FAMILY A PRIORITY
When the shutdown first happened I was working more than ever. I was learning new skills, writing home workouts, getting creative with finding household items to use for weights, keeping my coaches up to speed, reaching out to students daily and more. All this on top of the “normal” tasks associated with being a business owner. It was a little hectic to say the least. For the first couple months, my husband was working from home. We were able to work out together every morning, something we didn’t do often before the pandemic because of our schedules. I had someone to talk to when I was feeling overwhelmed. We took a walk every day which allowed me to go back to work feeling refreshed. With no evening commute, we cooked dinner together almost every night. If we didn’t cook together, we sat down and ate together.
These may seem like simple things, and maybe you and your partner do them every day and always have. But for us, when I became a business owner, I put some of these things on the back burner. He is back to his normal routine during the day but I make sure our time together is a priority.
4. BETTER NUTRTION HABITS
Prior to the shutdown, my husband and I ate out every weekend. When restaurants closed their dining rooms, we ordered takeout to help support local businesses, but we ended up cooking more and getting creative with recipes. While we may have enjoyed convenience foods like toaster pastries and diet soda, we did so in moderation. Overall, our
nutrition improved with cooking at home. It felt good to cook on the weekends when we would normally go out. As restaurants and businesses began opening up, we starting going out again but we have some new recipes in our toolbox and limit how often we eat out.
5. OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATION
For years I have wanted to attend a summit in Seattle, but I have never been able to make it. This year, due to COVID-19, the summit was offered online and I was finally able to attend! I am so incredibly grateful for the experience. I’m excited to implement the new ideas I have learned and I look forward to going in person next year and meeting my mentors.
The changes brought about by COVID-19 have forced me to change for the better. I hope you’re encouraged to reflect and find something positive from your experiences this year. Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the opportunity to grow.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it