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Stay Positive + Get to Work…

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Hello friends!
If you are reading this, I want to first say thank you for taking time out of your day to to read what I share. Thank you for continuing to follow this blog, even though our posts lately have been far and few between. I hope that changes, starting today! 🖤

How are you?
Such an interesting question to pose at this time, right? If you’re like me, you aren’t really sure how you are. I’ve experienced a range of emotions this past week and for awhile I just felt paralyzed. I would sit at my desk, as usual (I always work from home) but I didn’t actually get anything done. Everything just seemed so frivolous in light of the state of the world now. I was finding myself scrolling on Facebook and Instagram even MORE than I did before this crisis. Completely unproductive. How have you been feeling? Are you scrolling endlessly?

Be Grateful
I have the ability to sit in the comfort of my home in front of this computer, in my cozy sweater and leggings, sipping on my hot coffee writing this post. My husband is in his home office across the courtyard on conference calls all day and closely watching the stock market. My teenage kids are upstairs, keeping themselves busy, having virtual sleepovers, and playing Fortnite with friends. Even though I’m so used to working from home, the fact that I can’t leave the house actually gives me the freedom and newfound time to focus on anything I want to, related to my business. I am looking at the positives of this situation and I hope you can too. If you are taking the time to read this, I am guessing you may be in a similar situation. I want to be sure to take time everyday to be thankful and grateful for my personal situation and hope you will too. 🖤


With that said, we also need to take time to think about others who are on the front line of this crisis taking care of the sick, as they are going to need our support more and more as the days go on. I am very grateful for them and the sacrifices they are making. Let’s also not forget to think about those that are not in a financially stable situation, out of work and unable to make ends meet. I can’t imagine the stress and anxiety they are enduring. It’s overwhelming to think about the amount of people struggling now and we need to continue to stay positive and support however we can. 🖤

Get to Work
After a few of days spinning my wheels and not sure what to do with myself, I decided enough was enough. It was time to get positive, get motivated, get creative and most of all, get to work. I got off social media (not completely of course, but set some limits for myself) and sat down with a notebook and started listing everything that needs to be done (connect with current clients, finish partnership posts), followed by a list of things I’ve been wanting to do but never have time for (updating the website, creating forms), and then a list of new ideas for my business in light of this situation. It’s hard, because as a designer and real estate agent, my work seems unimportant compared to others’ work during this state of the world, but it is MY work. It is what I know and what I love, and I have to continue to do my job and come up with ways to work in this new situation to help support my team and my family. 🖤

I will continue to do what I do. With most people now isolating at home and the focus of my work being all about home, I want to do what I can to inspire you and be helpful and encouraging during this time. I want to look back at this time and see things that I accomplished and shared rather than look back and see this time wasted. I want to support other small businesses in the hope of doing my small part to keep them afloat. I want to share advice and knowledge that might make your home and life better. To some, my upcoming posts may seem frivolous in a time like this, but I won’t apologize for continuing to be me and sharing what I love. 🖤

Are you feeling the same way? Do you feel like the work you do no longer matters? You are wrong. Maybe it needs a little adjusting during this crisis, but what you do is important! Now go get to it!

March 26, 2020

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  1. Kim says:

    Hard days for many. Agree it’s hard to get motivated. Lots of layoffs at work yesterday we lost our first employee to Covid19 he was only 48. Fellow employees are afraid to go into the office as we have only 700 working at any given time.. We are considered essential as we have to be there to answer the phone for our customers still traveling or trying to figure out what to do with their unused airline tickets. They are working on now
    getting us all up and working from home. I worry for my youngest daughter she’s a nurse at Chandler Regional hospital. Also worry for my 2 kids that have been layed off work. Ones a teacher ( her 1st year ) my son worked at the airport. I want to be able to help them all and be there for them all and need to be strong for them as well. My 84 year old mother inlaw has self quarantined herself for the last 3 weeks – I’m making sure she has everything she needs. Thankful she’s tech savvy anc able to keep connected with her 7 kids all over the US. I can’t stop watching the news it’s sucks me in big time. Started taking sunset walks with my youngest son he lives alone. It’s pretty
    overwhelming and takes a lot to stay focused and positive right? I’m so used to being busy and usually multiple projects going on. Tomorrow’s a new day and I know each day is still a
    blessing for us all.

    • The TomKat Studio says:

      Oh Kim, it sounds like you are taking on a lot but taking great care of your family. Stay strong and let’s all hope this gets resolved sooner than later so we can go back to our normal daily lives! Thanks for reading my post, my friend! Hang in there! xoxo

  2. I loved this post Kim! It’s so true! I know this is such a hard time for so many but I am choosing to be grateful for the time I have to be with my family and the opportunity to work on this side business and hopefully grow it! I have the time now and it’s a blessing. I am excited to see what you will be posting to help us really enjoy our homes. I know I have neglected mine so much because we are all so busy (use to be anyway)! So I will take all the tips you have! xo Laura

  3. Annabelle says:

    Thanks for this blog post. Truly uplifting. It’s exactly what I needed to hear. I have continued to work each day (going to the office);As I worked for a company that sells products to supermarkets and pharmacy. I just try no to think too much as to not get overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing

    • The TomKat Studio says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Annabelle! Thank you for taking the time to read it and to comment. Please stay safe and healthy!

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