Self Preservation

Just last week my friend Amy and I were talking about self care, whether it be yoga, meditation, or reading your favorite book for a few minutes, or an hour, self care really is different for everyone.

Sometimes I feel just as good about sitting down and making a list to keep my day on track as I do about spending some time doing yoga in a room with my friend Emily. The past couple of weeks have been different, that’s for sure, and we are not out of the woods yet. Social distancing is really making us use our imagination when it comes to just about everything! It seems to have put a lot of things into perspective. One thing I have realized is because of Social Media we are ALONE together! In the same sense you need to think about WHO you are surrounding yourself with. Anger, negativity, fear and whining can all come right through your phone or computer screen and affect your energy, even if you’re sitting alone in your living room. Pay attention to what you are reading, listening to and watching. I only listen to things that educate me or lift me up, and I know this truly makes a difference in my attitude.

I have been practicing social distancing, I only go where I need to, when I need to and I am extremely cautious while I am there. Brad however, is considered essential (I always believed that about him lol), so he must go to work every day. Everyone’s situation is different. No matter what your position is during this pandemic, everyone will somehow be affected by it. My message today is to just worry about yourself, and your people. It is not up to you WHO does what. The only thing you have control over is you, your family and your home. Focus on that. Wash your hands, wipe everything down with Clorox (or a similar disinfectant), use hand sanitizer and stay 6 feet apart from people when in public. Slow down, pay attention these are simple ways to slow the virus, and honestly, it’s not hard.

Teachers, Makers, Small Business Owners, Big Box Store employees, First Responders…a vast array of people, all different, all affected in one way or another. All with their own challenges and individual set of fears. Everyone is needing to find their own way. We need to show patience and grace as we all learn to navigate our way through a crisis.

As a small business owner, as an event planner these are very trying times. I have decided from day one I am not going to stop branding, marketing and sharing my business on Social Media because things have gotten tough. I have had to shift my mindset and focus on things that I have never had to “push” before. I am staying focused on my business, but I’m not afraid to say, I’m scared. I am learning each day, I am paying attention to the news, but not allowing myself to get inundated with information. My goal during this time is to stay relevant in our followers news feeds, help our vendors share their websites and groups, remind people to be kind, and possibly share a smile or two. That’s it! I am not going to make a fortune with this plan, but I do believe it will help Seaglass stay afloat, stay connected and it will help us thrive when all this is over. I also will continue to grow our online community and try to share interesting and important content. With the use of Social Media social distancing is not isolation and it’s nice to know we are not truly “alone.” As I learn to pivot my content I also need to remember how important self awareness and self care are during this time. Whether you take the time to organize a closet, paint your kitchen cabinets or build an empire…that is up to you. Don’t compare yourself to others, because sitting on the couch watching Tiger King on Netflix because you ordered a Firestick on Amazon to prepare for the pandemic, is ok too! This is a very personal journey.

I ask you to visit the social media pages or websites of our wonderful vendors, links can be found here & here. Join our online shopping group and follow us on Instagram, these little things may help small businesses stay alive during this crazy time. Stay safe all, and we hope to see you soon!

Published by seaglasssalvagemarket

My name is Kelli, I live in Leland, NC and I own Seaglass Salvage Market, a once a month indoor/outdoor Meet the Maker Market. On the third weekend of each month you will find artists, artisans and entrepreneurs selling handmade, homemade, resale and retail items out of our two warehouses. We also have food trucks each day of Market, as well as outdoor vendors and outdoor seating (weather permitting). We are open, rain or shine, the **3rd Weekend** of every month! Friday, Saturday and Sun 9:00-3:00 and can be found at 1987 Andrew Jackson Hwy in Leland, NC. Once a month, every month, all year round!

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