Thriving in the Midst of Chaos
There’s nothing like a crisis to bring out the helpful spirit and creativity in people.
Now that everyone’s stocked up on toilet paper, and hunkered down safely, the ideas are coming fast and furiously!
One might think that my happily-introverted, self-employed, semi-retired, virtual-service-providing self might be relatively unscathed by current events. But I find myself completely obsessed with the news and with my social media feeds. which has completely, for the moment, diverted time, energy and focus away from my own projects. It’s less because I am anxious, and more because I am fascinated, intrigued, inspired, and non-stop entertained by the wisdom, creativity, compassion, and humor of my friends. THANK YOU!
Here are just a few examples of the amazing things that I have seen in the past few days.
With ideas like these, we can not only survive, we can thrive!
Working from Home
Former NAPO president Ellen Faye was first out of the gate with a helpful blog post called Maximizing Productivity While Working from Home – COVID 19. So helpful, with so many people suddenly working from home. Additionally, many of my professional organizing colleagues provide virtual services of all types. Click here to ask me about it. If I can’t help you myself, I’m happy to point you in the right direction!
Getting Educated about COVID-19
Sheryl Brown has a non-profit called Interesting Conversations. Her husband, Coffee Brown, is a doctor here in Albuquerque. In order to educate people about COVID-19, including future developments, they joined forces to produce a FREE video series called Covid Conversations. Click here to watch Episode 1.
Helping Musicians Recover Lost Income
Debbie Stanley is the owner of Thoughts In Order Consulting and author of The Organized Musician. In the wake of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival cancellation, in Austin, Texas, she had an idea. Out of concern for her clients, whose in-person gigs were suddenly curtailed by pandemic-induced social distancing, she created a website — literally overnight — for local musicians to produce virtual house concerts of their own.
Teaching People to Get Organized
Alison Lush is the President of ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization). She decided that since she is not seeing clients in person (as most people aren’t right now), why not start a video series where she shows us a part of her house each day, and talks about how she organized it? It’s a FREE, live series that will also be available for future viewing on her Facebook page. She’s doing it once in English, and again in French, because she lives in Canada!
At first, I thought, “Caremongering? What the heck is that?” Well, it’s the antidote to fearmongering, of course! I don’t personally know anyone in this article — Stories of caremongering during the COVID-19 pandemic — but I do know people in various neighborhoods who are banding together to help their neighbors in need.
Survive & Thrive Resource Roundup
And what do I, personally, do when the going gets tough? I make lists!
My new Survive & Thrive Resource Roundup, includes the following categories:
- Stay Informed
- Stay Healthy
- Stay Prepared
- Stay Productive and Focused
- Stay Grateful, Helpful, Creative, Entertained, and Inspired
- Stay in Touch
- Stay Calm
What creative, helpful, new ideas, products, and services have you heard of, or perhaps provide yourself?
Please share them with us in the comments below!
P.S. Thanks to Jane Ellen for suggesting the title of this blog post!
P.P.S. Now that I’ve finished this blog post, and the Survive & Thrive Resource Roundup — (check back for frequent updates!) — now maybe I can re-focus on the book I’m writing: What’s a Photo Without the Story? And vice versa.
A guide to telling the stories of your photos, family, and things.
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