After experiencing the quarantine, it took me an eternity to figure out what’s in store for us. Of course, a lot has changed and we have to do a lot of adjustments. Though I can say that I have planned for what’s going to happen, but even if we did, the decision is still NOT in our hands. These are the few things I have pondered after a few months of getting lost.
You have to go with the flow
I know some of you dislike taking risks, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to try. Take my business as an example, before, I didn’t have to advertise online just to get customers. I used to get a lot of inquiries for the previous years via phone, email and website. Sometimes I reject and refuse clients. What I needed before was manpower, so every week, I screen tutor applicants. Now it’s the other way around, I have many candidates, but I need to work really hard to drive customers. For Face to Face interaction is now discouraged, I now discovered and made the right decision to shift my business to online.
Whether I like it or not, I must wear masks and a face shield… Which is why I didn’t have to put too much money into buying makeup. I still have a couple of lipsticks and eye shadows, but I rarely use them (only if I join Zoom meetings). Wearing them outside will do nothing, because they will be covered. I also stopped buying clothes as I rarely go out. I am now investing in skin care products such as moisturizer and night skin repair.
In the course of the pandemic, I also learned how to downgrade and I’m delighted I saved up and allocated money for other things. Every month, I have to consider paying my bills and dropping off the office at Marco Polo helped me a lot. We also have to take into consideration what we need; otherwise, we have to remove it from the list or at least downgrade it. I spend the money I saved by buying stuff for our house (for the homeschool area and the office space in our room). We are optimistic that it will be completed by December.
Me Time Matters
I try to balance my time for children (they are homeschoolers) and work at the same time. It wasn’t as stressful as it used to be, and now I have time to do what I want. In other words, because I run my own business, I am a BOSS. I don’t have to worry about my schedule as long as I can do my job—drive the customers and earn money. The fact is, although I’m busy, I should give myself a break that I deserve. Just in time, Wednesday, it has been announced that Boracay will be open to tourists in the Philippines. Yay! I can finally get the holiday I dreamed of! See you in November, Boracay!
Now, these are just a few of my realizations. If you have your own, try to make a resolution or adjustments if this “new normal” is a struggle for you. We can keep things running as long as we’re patient enough, flexible enough, and of course, you’re welcome to “change.”