I keep a to do list for the sheer fact that I find it satisfying to cross something off the list when it is done.
Last Tuesday I made the decision that we needed to shut the doors to Haute Yoga Colorado. It was a very difficult decision. I still had students signed up to take classes. But I knew it was the right thing to do. I couldn’t risk the health of my teachers or my students. Since then, I’ve run the gamut of emotions! In case you are curious, here’s what I’ve been up to.
1. Make a to-do list.
- It will help you feel better.
2. Feel sorry for self.
- It didn’t take long though for my sadness to set in. We have worked hard to open HYC and after eight very short months, the doors were closing! Not fair! With all this self-pity, how could I possibly worry about healthy eating and exercise?
3. Bake cookies.
- Peanut butter. Delicious.
4. Worry about the future of the studio.
- How are going to stay afloat during this? I wrote to the landlord to see if they can make some consideration for my lease. I’m still waiting to hear back, but perhaps a “force majeure” clause in the lease will be applied. (I’ll save you from Googling it: “Force Majeure includes the inability of a party to perform due to regulations or orders of government authorities which arguably may apply to retail tenants in jurisdictions subject to mandated “shelter in place” orders.” https://bit.ly/39mjMh3).
5. Find toilet paper.
- Three trips to Costco, one trip to Walmart, and two trips to King Soopers. Score! The trick is to get there no later than 7:15 a.m. Sure, there was a 1 pack limit, but I secured a Mega 6 roll of Quilted Northern.
6. Binge watch Outlander and the Crown.
- In case we weren’t the last people on earth to watch Outlander, do yourself a big favor and watch it. But it is not for young eyes. Still have a few episodes of the Crown left but I’m trying to ration them.
7. Walk the dog/get 12,000 steps each day.
- Okay at least Scout and I can have some quality time together. Poor girl, she has put on 20 lbs. since we opened. Our walks have been very limited since our first and second opening in August, but already today, we have walked 2 miles and gotten 6074 steps. And, it’s not noon yet.
8. Clean out the closet, dresser, and deep clean the master bathroom.
- ·Something about spring cleaning that gives me hope for the future. I love a clean house!
9. Work on my quilt.
- This is one of my favorite hobbies that has been put on the back burner since August. I enjoyed sewing and listening to several podcasts the other day and made pretty good progress on my Colorado Flag. Thanks Taylor S. for suggesting history podcasts.
10. Communicate with friends and family.
- Called Mom on her birthday. So appropriate that she was born on the first day of spring.
- Called Dad. They are doing as well as expected in Arizona. They are getting rain, not snow.
- My daughter Caitlin who is surviving work on the front line at a CVS Pharmacy in Austin.
- My dear friend Viv. I cyberstalked on old boyfriend of ours (yes ours, we both dated him). He still looks pretty good. I didn’t send him a friend request though.
- Fifty of my high school friends who have started a prayer chain.
- My niece Erin who explained that the universe needs a break. Really put some perspective on things.
- My other niece Erika (whom many of you know) who also gave me insight into the wholesomeness of spending time with family and truly enjoying laughing, crying, and learning new things together.
11. Appreciate the sunrise.
- I woke up early yesterday. It was the first time since closing that I got up in the dark. To the east, the sky was beautiful and to the west, the mountains were spectacular. We really do live in a beautiful place.
12. Write a blog.
- There is a first for everything.
Take care my friends. I can’t wait to see everyone again. We are all going to need some yoga when this is over.