April Happy Hippy Mama
I hope everyone is hanging in there during this very scary and uncertain times. Here at the Holody house, we are trying to enjoy our time together, get out for walks, bake, cook, enjoy movies, and parks together as a family.
This is a bit sad for me as April 22nd, 2020 is my 40th birthday. I was looking forward to a running/brunch get together with lots of family and friends, but with the new restrictions and Ohio stay at home order it seems that might not happen. I am trying to breathe and understand this is all for the greater good, and this very simple first world, not even a big deal sacrifice will help others by just staying home and flattening the curve. For that I am grateful. Parties will come and go, but our health and well being is so worth staying home for.
Each morning I arrange my schedule to get up (before all the little Holodys) and work. This isn't always easy, but the quiet is peaceful and allows my brain to think and breathe a bit. After I work, I still get out for an hour run or walk each morning. I go with a neighbor or two and we social distance but breathing and moving together in this way has done wonderful things for my sanity. These two small steps start my day off in a more peaceful fashion. I am trying to be understanding of the kids and myself in these uncertain times and understand the crying, ice cream, and possibly a bit more screen time might just happen, and that is OK.
I would love to know what everyone else is doing out there to pass the time and keep your sanity. Please join me on Facebook at Happy Hippy Mama or on email at HappyHippyMama@yahoo.com and share your stories.
Look later in this issue for a fun new recipe to try during this interesting time at home. Remember to enjoy the sunshine and wash your hands. So many of you are in my continued thoughts.
This months mantra:
Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay safe.
Until next time,
A Peninsula, Ohio, native, Emily Holody is a stay-at-home mother and freelance writer with a degree in Sociology from Kent State University. She has a background in mental health and social work, loves yoga, all things outdoors, and lives in Euclid with her childhood sweetheart and their family.