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Pandemic reflection: Sammy-Jo

What were the first few weeks of the Pandemic like for you?

Honestly a little stressful, but we were very lucky to not be too “effected” by the pandemic. My husband also got deemed an essential service so we both were able to work straight through. We also own a house with my parents so my mom took on the homeschooling of the kids.

What was the summer like?

Summer was different, much quieter than normal (which was also kind of nice). My son normally plays hockey until the end of June, then he is usually in summer camps/training all summer. It was nice to slow down, go camping locally and just spend time as a family.

What’s it like for you now?

Very similar, still busy with work and hockey back up and running. It’s hard not being able to have the social connection with people but we can. I do lots of dance classes on zoom, morning phone calls with my sister, and socially distanced walks.

What does your new routine look like?

Meal prep, work, sanitize, wash masks, hockey, laundry and repeat 🙂

How would you describe how you’re feeling now?

I honestly feel very lucky. We live with my parents and my mom is one of my best friends, our house is never quiet but I love that. I’ve tried to look at the positives, we have been able to spend more family time together, I have also been able to take online dance classes with teachers from all over the US and Canada.

What’s been the hardest for you?

Homeschooling, but once we got into a good routine with it my son actually does better in homeschool than he does at school.

You are in a leadership position, what qualities do you think have been most important in leading at this time?

I think some of the most important qualities right now are empathy, positivity, leading by example and giving to others.

How have you been taking care of yourself?

Audiobooks or podcasts while driving to and from work. I also try and take 1-2 dance classes online per week. Dance is my “me” time, I love it and it gives me a chance to relax, laugh with friends and get some exercise.

We get by with a little help from our friends...who would you credit as helping you through this time?

Definitely my Mom. She is so incredibly supportive and helps in more ways that I can say. Also my team, wow I relied on my team so much these last 6ish months. Doing 2 intakes and a discharge during a pandemic was a lot but I am so lucky to have an incredible team that is so supportive.

Do you have any life experiences that have helped you get through this time?

About 7 years ago my mom had a very large brain tumor removed. When she was in the hospital I pretty much lived there, I assisted with all her care and when she came home I was trained on how to administer IV antibiotics at home. When she was sick I would get really frustrated with my siblings for not doing as much as I would to help. My aunt who was like a second mom to me told me “they are doing their best, just because they aren’t at the same level that you are doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their best” those words are something I think about a lot throughout this. We are all doing our best, we all need to try and give people some grace and realize that this is a challenging time for everyone.

Any silver linings? Small graces? New hobbies?

Some silver linings, would definitely be an increase in family time; being able to slow down and relax. I like most people learned how to make sour dough bread during the first lockdown!

What are you looking forward to the most?

Karaoke! I can’t wait for a good karaoke night with friends!

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