How are you feeling today?
To be honest, there’s no real change to my life, except I don’t do the markets but I work from home all the time so it hasn’t changed me one bit. When I was in Asia recently I was talking to a friend about my business and I said I really need to spend more time online and push the website. I was going to cut down one market a week and dedicate the time to training or whatever, and came home to corona, so now I have all the time in the world to be working on the website. I’m playing training videos in the background while I work now.
What’s something that you really miss?
Hugging trees and jumping in the ocean, that’s the only thing! I’m know for being very social bird, which I am, but I think I’m a fake one, I actually love being at home on my own. Today it’s sunny so I’m dying to take the van and jump in the sea.
What have you gained?
We’ve been doing zoom calls and me and my friends had big one on Saturday night – it was brilliant. When we meet, you can’t get a word in but because of zoom, only person can speak at a time so I think we’re going to keep that going after the lock-down! My online sales are way up too, working on the website has been great. I’ve learned that I don’t have to rely on markets anymore, I can stay at home and work from home – which I didn’t know I could.
Who are you most worried about?
I have a few friends I’m worried about, my housemate is asthmatic so when I came home from India I isolated myself, even though I wasn’t anywhere that was really affected. I did as much as I could to keep away from him, but he moved away then to isolate himself. I’ve lived with him for seven years, he’s like a brother to me and he’s really supportive of my work. His positivity has really brushed off on me so not having him in the house is really weird. My family are ok, I’m not worried for them, they’re locked down completely and have their food delivered to them so I know they’re ok.
What are you most hopeful for right now?
I’m really hopeful that there will be a bigger sense of community, that people will be more understanding, that people who were a bit narrow minded will be broader minded. I don’t see much negativity personally, but I went to the chemist and she was so happy to see me, they’re seeing people’s true colours and it’s tough for them. I hope that people will start realising the gift that it is to be at home with your family or be alone to think and to come out of this a stronger person. I think people are struggling a lot because it’s tough to be with yourself, it’s either get on with yourself or die – if you don’t love and accept yourself and be comfortable with yourself, you cannot succeed. So I hope that it’s going to help a lot of people make peace with themselves and come out stronger.