Everyone is facing a temporary “new normal” right now. You may be feeling like you have lost control of your life and the freedoms we all typically take for granted. It’s understandable! Let’s fix our eyes on what we can control and release from our minds the constant thoughts of what we can’t control. Let the “Cannot Dos” go! And focus on the “Can Dos.” I’ve started a list here to get you started…what are some of your own suggestions? Reply in the comments, post on IG or Facebook, or email me with how you are letting go of what you can’t control and moving forward as an inspiration to others… I CANNOT CONTROL: ~whether or not others follow the rules of social distancing, I CAN be sure that I, and my immediate family, follow CDC recommendations. The sooner we contain this virus, the sooner “normal” will return. ~the actions and attitudes of others, I CAN control my own actions and be sure that they are being tempered with a little extra kindness, generosity, and grace. ~the amount of toilet paper on the grocery store shelves, I CAN choose to only take what I need and not hoard that or any other essential supplies so that others can have access as well. ~the sensationalism and the constant barrage of negative news stories that incite anxiety. Still, I CAN control what I see by limiting my exposure to updates from a trusted source and filtering out all the chatter. Turn off the TV news! ~when schools will open again, I CAN do the best that I can to be sure my kids have some structure, proper nutrition, a reasonable schedule, time to play, creative projects, and lots of attention & love. Children get anxious, too, and they look to us for cues. ~how long this will last, I CAN choose to be a part of the solution and stay well by socially distancing, hydrating, exercising, eating healthily, resting and finding fun things to do at home. This, too, shall pass, and you want to be in better shape when it does than ever before! ~not being able to physically hang out with friends, coworkers, and family members, I CAN keep socially networking using video chats, emails, thoughtful social media posts, and telephone calls. Our bodies may be isolated, but our souls need connection, so keep reaching out in more creative ways. ~the restrictions on travel right now, I CAN provide you with inspiration so that you keep your dreams alive. While now is not the time to travel, many have time to figure out when and where your next vacation will be once the travel restriction has lifted. Check out our upcoming posts for some stunning travel inspiration.