As we enter week 13 of the lockdown, I’ve had a bit of a mindset shift and started to reframe my thoughts and ideas. When I reflect on why, it’s interesting what has shaped my change of attitude.

Getting outside. The weather is one. I love the hot, sunny days when we can get out, walk and get in tune with nature. Hey, I’ve even planted my herb garden and have done some gardening.

Self-care. This may come across as superficial, but getting a haircut also was a big power shift for me. I’ve always had short hair, in that spiky style and as the weeks went on, my hair was getting longer … and flatter – kind of like my mood. This weekend I got my daughter to cut it. She did a great job and boy it’s short, but it will grow and I feel more myself.

Creative conversations. And the third ingredient in this change of heart was talking to two colleagues who helped me problem-solve and create a whole new outlook on some of the current challenges I’ve been facing. This speaks to having a supportive tribe who understand you and your business.

To be honest, much of what has happened to my business because of COVID-19 has been positive in terms of going online with our programming, as this has allowed us to bring in speakers from across Canada and to a broader audience of members from all our chapters.

And as for my side-hustle – my publishing company – business is booming, and I have three books almost ready to be published and another in the wings.

So I should be feeling gratitude, and I do. But I worry.

I worry about my family and my elderly cousin, who is blind and quarantined to her room in the seniors’ residence. I worry about my friends, their health and their businesses. And I worry about what this new normal is going to be like. How much poverty will there be? Will we see a spike in suicides as people struggle to cope?

So while I may be adopting a more positive attitude on my own situation, I feel deep concern for others and what the future holds for us all. My default has always been to reach out and see how I can help, and that is what I will continue to do now.

I’ve been told as a leader I am supposed to always be positive and optimistic, and on the whole I am. But I believe sharing some of my struggles is more authentic and gives others permission to share that it’s not all sunshine and roses for them either.

So how are you doing? Are you hanging in there? How can I help? Let me know.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.