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.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ? (๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ) I work from home mostly anyway and am used to having remote ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ online meetings with my awesome team and clients. I also juggle running a business with being a mum, so the lockdown hasnโ€™t really changed anything in that respect. Right now Iโ€™m sharing the Home Office with my husband Hamish and our two children aged 6 and 4 ๐Ÿ’‘

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป?
I definitely feel like we (as a family, community and society) have been given a chance to pause. Iโ€™m actually really enjoying the pause; it makes me realise how busy our lives have been. Iโ€™m loving going for bike ๐Ÿšฒ ๐Ÿšฒ rides in our bubble, going for walks and doing different activities with the kids. Iโ€™m enjoying catching up with friends online that I wouldnโ€™t normally catch up with in person. From a business perspective, Iโ€™m enjoying watching, being part of and collaborating with other service providers to โ€˜support localโ€™ at this challenging time financially.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด?
Juggling home schooling, working on the business, dividing parenting/work responsibilities between Hamish and I, and the emotional rollercoaster ๐ŸŽข ๐ŸŽข that comes with the uncertainty of a lockdown. That and the fact that I canโ€™t go out to catch up with clients and friends, or go to my hairdresser ๐Ÿ’ˆ ๐Ÿ’ˆ or support my fave local retailers๐Ÿ‘— ๐Ÿ‘— and cafes ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿฅ– ๐Ÿฎ โ˜• .

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ "๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ"?
Venturing out in the morning for walks, planning the evening meal at breakfast๐Ÿฅ“ ๐Ÿฅฉ ๐Ÿ… ๐Ÿ† 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.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜†?
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 heart๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’™ 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.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต?
โ€ข 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. Donโ€™t forget to listen.
โ€ข Where possible, think about the opportunities for your business once we return to the โ€˜new normalโ€™.
โ€ข Be kind to yourself, as well as others.
โ€ข Keep yourself informed via trusted media and relevant information sources. But limit your Covid-19 reading time โ€“ it is easy to feel overwhelmed and bogged down by it all.