Today’s Tuesday Topic is “What Did You Learn About Yourself During the Pandemic?”
I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim; be sure to check out their blogs for more suggestions on this topic!
There are many insightful articles out there about all the deep things we’ll have learned from this pandemic; this is not one of those, ha! This is just a few light-hearted thoughts about things I learned about myself during the pandemic. Let me know what you learned about yourself!
Here are a few things I learned about myself during the pandemic:
- I learned that I have way too many clothes.
I used to put great thought and effort into what I wore to work every day, but for the past year, 95% of my wardrobe has been gathering dust in a closet. I used to wear a lot of blazers and dresses to work…and I probably spent way too much money on clothes as well. And now? I still have hours of video zoom calls every day, but I only need to wear something with a pop of color or professional looking from the waist up! I still usually style my hair and put on makeup, but I spend way less time doing so every day. It’s freeing! So my lesson learned is that I do not need so many clothes!
I’ve started ruthlessly going through my closet and sending boxes to ThredUp with the hope of maybe making some money back. Anyone have experience with this service? It’s my first time sending clothes there to resell. I usually just donate, but I thought I’d try selling first this time.
2. I learned that I don’t miss a packed social calendar.
Sure, I miss some of the social life, concerts, indoor parties, family reunions, and TRAVEL. But I still really enjoyed this time of reading more books, taking more naps, and having way more nights at home.
The few social events I did have felt so much more special. A small backyard get together with a small group of friends makes for way more memories than a large bash!
3.. I learned that there is a lot of beauty right in my home state.
Of course, I was very disappointed to have both our Bhutan trip and our Patagonia trips cancelled due to the pandemic. But these cancellations gave us the opportunity to plan trips in Minnesota instead.
I really enjoyed our trip to the Boundary Waters with both dogs!
And I enjoyed a houseboat trip down the Mississippi, and other camping trips; all things that I would not have done if not for the pandemic.
4. I LOVE working from home.
This probably isn’t something I learned, as I’m not surprised at all that I love it so much. I feel that my job satisfaction has increased significantly. I’m more efficient and productive and way less stressed and tired at the end of every day. It’s not just because of the lack of commute, but the lack of distractions and walking to-and-from meetings and the small talk, etc. Sure, I have Zoom fatigue, but I’ll manage through that for all the benefits.
5. I learned that I love running even without races.
This IS a running blog, so no real surprise here that running would make this list.
With only one full marathon and one in-person socially distanced 10k, I really didn’t have any specific goals that I was working towards, I just ran because I love to run!
And I ran more than ever before- 2020 was my highest mileage year ever, with 2,718 miles. What can I say, I love to run.
So there you have it, a few things I learned during the pandemic. Let me know what you learned about yourself, and be sure to check out all the other bloggers on the link-up via Kim and Zenaida’s blogs!
I agree with so many of these! I really like working from home too. I miss seeing some of my coworkers but I don’t miss the commute or office drama or driving all over the place to different meetings. I think alot of people had a good year of running even without races!
Ugh, the office drama. I don’t miss it 🙂
2,718 miles! That’s a fantastic running year, Jessie, well done!
Running without a specific goal in mind can be great fun and very relaxing.
I find that I like to work for a running goal – but fortunately, there are plenty of ways of doing that, even without races.
Yep! I had mini-goals throughout 2020, like run 300 miles in a month.
i’ve never sold anything on ThredUp but that’s where most of my fitness clothes have come from. I was surprised how quickly I stopped wearing makeup in the pandemic. WFH is the greatest perk ever, not the least because I can run later in the morning.
Good to hear! I’m excited to try it.
As much as I miss the energy of the gym, I really enjoy training my clients virtually. Of course they aren’t all interested in virtual training so my business took a huge hit.
Wow, 2,718 miles for 2020 – that’s quite a year. Good for you!
I really enjoy being TRAINED virtually 🙂 I love my virtual 1:1 strength training sessions!
Yes I do have too many clothes period. Now all I wear working from home is running clothes.
Yes I too like working from home – much more time for running, walking, hiking.
My mileage was higher than when I trained for a marathon. I don’t need to train for a race to run the miles.
I guess I don’t either! Just run to run.
Most of these points really resonate with me – I LOVE working from home and I’m so much more productive. The last 2 weeks I’ve had outputs that I know I wouldn’t have had if I had been at the office. I also discovered so many fun activities close to home. South Africa is just next door so it was always easy to travel there for a day trip or weekend adventure. But there is so much close to home that can be done. Also I don’t need races. (Yes, I desperately want them to return!) BUT I can run… Read more »
Well, you are VERY lucky Shathiso to have cool places right next door!! I hope our employers recognize how productive we’ve been 🙂
I have definitely run more miles this year than before. I guess it comes from having more time.
We are also spending more time exploring our state and the things around us. It’s been very rewarding.
I’m glad you are seeing the positives as well Jenn! Way to go on the running, your recovery has been remarkable!
There has been a lot of good things that have come out of the pandemic, I agree. But I am so ready to be done!
Well, definitely! And ready to be done with the leadership too 🙂
Wow, that’s a lot of miles.
I really love working from home, too. I never thought it’s something that I wanted to do, but turns out: I DO!
I kept my “lessons learned” post light-hearted as well (I think we’re all exhausted from the heavy stuff LOL). I agree with less social time being an unexpected perk to the pandemic. The hubs and I had a lot of quiet evenings just relaxing in front of the tv – something we don’t routinely do very often. Another, that I forgot to mention on my blog, was all the fun group bike rides we did last Fall. We were able to have time with friends, but socially-distance as well. And, the exercise was a bonus 😉
All were nice unexpected perks! Not to say we are all not looking forward to the end of this of course…
Great list! I learned that I much prefer working in the office than being at home, lol. But I’m grateful to have the option! I also learned how much I enjoy hiking since we did a lot of hikes as a family to “get away”.
Ha, interesting! I don’t miss the office 🙂
Glad you found hiking Janelle!
I have bookshelves of shoes (not running shoes, LOL!) I don’t wear since I pretty much go nowhere now — I have gone through & gotten rid of a lot of them, but the ones there I still love. Someday I’ll wear them! Once in a while when I go to my mom I wear some of them. 🙂 Previously I owned my own business so I was used to working from home. I don’t have a job right now, but I’ve been working hard on my Yoga — just right now it isn’t earning me any money but someday,… Read more »
You are so right Judy- I didn’t even mention the SHOES. I barely wear more than slippers and running shoes these days. No need! Heels? Never again!
I definitely learned that I own too many things in general! And I didn’t mind being home during the worst parts of the pandemic either. It was nice to be able to take a lunch break run around the neighborhood if I wanted!
Agree! Love a lunchtime run.
I also have way too much clothes. Most of it I did not wear at all since there were some days where I wore the same top or bottom from the day before. 🙂 Ha, but of course I don’t have too much running clothes!
Agree! Never enough running clothes. That’s about all I bought in 2020 🙂 I kept Oiselle in business, ha!
I’ve sent ThredUp a few bags of clothes, and while I haven’t earned a ton of money, it’s such an easy process that I’m excited by any compensation. Furthermore, I don’t have the patience (or time) to try to sell clothing items myself through any of the available channels (Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Nextdoor, Craigslist, Poshmark, etc.), so ThredUp is a great option!
Awesome! Yes, the ease of the process was a perk. They are currently on pause from taking more bags though!!
These are fun things to learn! You figured out some great weekend getaways. The houseboat trip is something I never would have thought of!
It was a unique experience! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it with my sister and her family.
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