New Season New CDC Rules, How Are You Feeling?

For most of us, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. It’s a new season with new CDC rules on COVID-19, and the rules are no longer black and white. Now, everything is a shade of grey. 

We’re all beginning to emerge from our homes to spend more time outside but as we walk out our front doors, we can feel the nervous energy in the air.  

Nervous to take the mask off even though we’re fully vaccinated. 

Nervous to be around the maskless even though we’re still wearing ours.  

Nervous to hug again, or to shake hands.  

Nervous to attend in-person events and actually talk to humans face to face. 

Nervous to leave the safety of home that provided comfort even when we were stir crazy.

Nervous to show up with the COVID-19 lbs hanging around our hips, thighs, and arms. 

Nervous to put on real pants again, after a year of living in leggings. 

Nervous to admit that we were secretly OK with the world shutting down (hello extreme introvert) and now our crutch has been kicked out from under us.

Nervous to face a world coming to life again, but without our loved ones in it.

Nervous to bring our almost one year olds out in public. 

Nervous for our kids to return to school, in-person, this fall only to potentially shut down again in the winter.

Nervous to come down from the adrenaline high you felt working the frontlines of the pandemic, wondering now what?

It’s ok to be nervous. Sit with your feelings and honor them. Then take a deep breath and remember all the silver linings  you’ve encountered over the course of this past year. 

At the height of the pandemic, we were all faced with varying degrees of challenges, adversity, and loss. We may not have made it through unscathed, but we made it. We adapted, we learned just how far we could stretch, and we grew from those experiences. Celebrate your growth! 

I’ve had the privilege of hearing the stories of many frontline workers during their boudoir sessions. One nurse shared how, even through the extremely long shifts, supply shortages, stress, loss, and anxiety; she felt energized. She shared how nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic gave her a sense of purpose, drive, and fulfillment. As vaccinations became more readily available, and with COVID cases slowing, work slowed down too. 

Her experience made her realize she likes the fast paced environment and she’s decided to become a travel nurse. Before she moves on, she celebrated just how far she was able to stretch and grow by booking a boudoir session. Capturing who she is, at this exact moment in time, during this monumental historical event. 

I share her story in hopes that it inspires you to reflect on your own journey. We’re all nervous in some shape or form about what the future holds, about re-entering society, but the beauty is that you’re not alone. Though the details differ, we’re all connected through our shared collective experience.

The truth is, whether pre, during or post COVID-19, life has always been a series of hills and valleys but my hope is that you keep moving forward. There’s a whole world waiting for you to form new (in-person) friendships, to accomplish new goals, to change course, to try new hobbies, to move your bodies, to experience joy, and create memories. 

Celebrate this new season, and let me capture the essence of who you are right now in this pivotal moment. I promise to positively impact the way you see yourself for years to come.

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