Thursday, 23rd April, 2020
As we near the end of lockdown, we're touching base with more of the Ignite Board on how lockdown has been for them. Today we hear from our new vice chair Celia Crosbie.
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗰𝗼-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳? (𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗼-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳) I work from home mostly anyway and am used to having remote 🖥️ online meetings with my awesome team and clients. I also juggle running a business with being a mum, so the lockdown hasn’t really changed anything in that respect. Right now I’m sharing the Home Office with my husband Hamish and our two children aged 6 and 4 💑
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻?
I definitely feel like we (as a family, community and society) have been given a chance to pause. I’m actually really enjoying the pause; it makes me realise how busy our lives have been. I’m loving going for bike 🚲 🚲 rides in our bubble, going for walks and doing different activities with the kids. I’m enjoying catching up with friends online that I wouldn’t normally catch up with in person. From a business perspective, I’m enjoying watching, being part of and collaborating with other service providers to ‘support local’ at this challenging time financially.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴?
Juggling home schooling, working on the business, dividing parenting/work responsibilities between Hamish and I, and the emotional rollercoaster 🎢 🎢 that comes with the uncertainty of a lockdown. That and the fact that I can’t go out to catch up with clients and friends, or go to my hairdresser 💈 💈 or support my fave local retailers👗 👗 and cafes 🥐 🥖 🍮 ☕ .
Venturing out in the morning for walks, planning the evening meal at breakfast🥓 🥩 🍅 🍆 time with the family, making special brunches and lunches more often, organising FaceTime playdates, making marble runs, driveway hopscotch, baking, doing plenty of chores around the home, working on the business and having children run into the office during Zoom meetings.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘁𝗶𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆?
Exercise and fresh air make a big difference. I find that if I get outside first-thing, I set myself up for the day. I use my walks to focus on what I need to do work-wise as well as chilling out and getting the heart💙 💙 rate up. When I find myself feeling a bit down about the sheer enormity of the pandemic, I try to concentrate on the things I can control and look for the opportunities, personally and professionally.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱-𝟭𝟵?
• Put your people (your team, clients, customers) first. Encourage a two-way dialogue. Communicate with your people often but be aware of timing and external factors that may impact the way they receive your information. Don’t forget to listen.
• Where possible, think about the opportunities for your business once we return to the ‘new normal’.
• Be kind to yourself, as well as others.
• Keep yourself informed via trusted media and relevant information sources. But limit your Covid-19 reading time – it is easy to feel overwhelmed and bogged down by it all.