The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken up many our usual routines, and has us taking stock of what matters most in our lives.
But when lockdown begins to end and the world starts to emerge from isolation, what are some of the things from lockdown that we will take into our post-iso lives?
We asked a few of our favourite ALULU ladies what lessons & self care routines they will be taking from this experience, and will hold onto as we move forward.
Hollie has a background in holistic wellbeing, and coaching women on living their best, most vibrant and aligned lives. Hollie works as a motivational speaker and podcast host, with a penchant for all things spirituality. She practices as an intuitive reader and manifestation mentor, as well as working as a model part time.
"For me the biggest lesson and gift of this time as been to slow down. I'm constantly rushing, and teach often about the power in spaciousness and slowing down, but it can be tricky to really tap into with busy schedules. I've loved keeping my Sundays totally free for me, I'm loving starting my mornings from a really slow and steady pace (I don't really dive into work these days until about 11am) and I'm loving resting and couch time. I've also learned how important connection really is, and keeping in touch with my people. There's a whole new level of gratitude and appreciation for the littlest things - from the home I live in, to my husband (he's been the ultimate isolation partner!) to the work I get to do in the world. Just really taking stock of those little things more often. I've also loved more home cooked meals! That's definitely going to stick!"
Kendall is from San Diego, California. She has been living in Australia for the past 2.5 years with her partner Glenn. In January, Kendall and Glenn set off in their self-converted van to circumnavigate Australia and see all of its beauty. While things have definitely not gone to plan since they left (bushfires, cyclones, breakdowns and pandemics), they are still enjoying every day as it comes. Kendall has a passion for photography, travel and inspiring others to live simply.
"I think the biggest lesson I've learned from this time is to enjoy the little moments and take time to just be in the present moment. It's so easy to stress about what the future holds, especially for us living in our van and not knowing when I'll be able to see my family in the States again. But all that worrying will do is ruin the joy of the present. Even amongst the chaos in all of our lives right now, we still have control of how we handle the present, so I choose to do so by always reminding myself of everything I'm grateful for and finding a way to look at things positively."
Rinae is a 22 year old pianist/bassist living in Brisbane. She spends her downtime recording tunes, gardening and cooking with her beautiful partner Eliza.
"I didn't realise how much I used having a routine as a safety net prior to isolation! Not going to lie - it has been somewhat mentally trying, having a lot of time in my own head and space. With that, I've really just learned to be slower and more mindful. I work in the city and my work is extremely fast paced - so I love my new little morning routine of meditation, an iced frappe and sitting in the sun. I've also adopted a new skin care regime and will honestly take my new jade roller to the grave."
Ashley is based in Brisbane with her partner Alex and our dog Rusty. She was born & raised in the United States but Australia has been her home since she was 20. Ashley loves being surrounded by nature, and anything involving the sea.
Ashley: "The lessons I've learned during the Covid-19 pandemic are to live slowly, practice gratitude and enjoy the simple things in life. Most of us have been forced to just chill out and I honestly think it was something that needed to happen. Not only for us mentally but for our planet also. This pandemic has really opened up my eyes on how lucky we are to have what we have. I’m going to enjoy the small things like sitting down at our local cafe and enjoying a coffee. The biggest lesson that I will be taking away is to not take anything for granted because it can be taken away in a blink of an eye."