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Adapt For A Better Normal In 2021

I am not sure about you, but I am getting sick and tired of this talk of a ‘new normal.’ It’s never discussed in a positive , forward-looking way.

How can we be expected to adapt to ‘new’, when there is so much doom and gloom around that word.

Yes, forever being masked up anywhere we go is a gloomy thought ! Forever being told by leadership that we will never get back to the good ol’ days is depressing. The fact is we are being vaccinated one by one , in fact it’s over 4 million Americans that have had the vaccine.

Beyond the vaccine, personally speaking since I myself have been quarantined this week due to exposure to COVID (I am feeling fine !) , I believe people are so craving to see each other again , the interactions will be even better than before the pandemic. We might actually be talking to each other more than ever because that gift of socialization has been taken away from us . If we can adapt again once we hit post-pandemic to interacting with each other , I believe we will be beyond a new normal.

We will in fact be in a BETTER normal! So this next chance for interaction, let’s lift our heads out our own thought process or fears of not being responded to, and interact once again with the workd around us! A better normal is what I want to strive for, how about you?

Who Inspires The Creative Minds?

Every day, on podcasts, on Tik Tok, and on Instagram , the creativity is exploding!

I’ve blogged about this before, the idea how creativity has lifted us up during this pandemic. Yet, who lifts up the uplifting minds of social media?

It’s a question I’ve been wondering since I found a photo by Ben Ko (@benkophoto) that really inspired me. Now , I don’t open up about being inspired because I just want to spread a positive message and not make it about me.

Let me take you behind the curtain though. I firmly believe God has given creative brains to everyone, and so many take advantage of it! I believe God can and does inspire us!

He does inspire us through others . I may smile, I may have fun, but I do have down days (shocker , right?)

This pandemic sometimes ‘kicks the teeth in’ to my mindset because I do want to believe there is an end in sight, and we will see each other again!

When reality sets in that it will take a while longer, I just start remembering the ‘good old days’ in 29 years . Yet, there are moments where I find others keep going that tells me I TOO CAN KEEP GOING. YOU TOO CAN KEEP GOING!

So, creatives and anyone reading this, who inspires you? Who uplifts you? For me, the fact my immediate family are all here through this pandemic is inspiring and uplifting! It’s amazing how close I’ve become with my mom, dad and my stepdad Vic!

If you have an inspiration let me know at alexginnyc@gmail.com!

Let’s stay inspired as we hope and look to inspire!

New Sameness

Published originally on Medium : https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/new-sameness-91d2ac17a4af

This concept literally flowed from my lips this past week at my local Starbucks and in conversation with a colleague at work. Don’t ask me why I’m so driven to write this blog, but I am.

Some Americans have been shaking that quarantine rust off and headed back to work. Some Americans still are tragically unemployed this Labor Day week. Some Americans are literally doing what they have been doing since this pandemic started and before, which is staying essential to keep this country going. Kudos to all in these categories, as one way or another you are a fabric in this country working hard to stay at work!

Every day for many has become this sameness we can’t get out of. I would like to say, if you can’t get out of the sameness, find something NEW about your same routine and experience each day! The fact that our television screens are literally not offering any new hopes, any new silver linings means we can’t rely on just staring at a TV or Netflix any more. We have to rely on finding something new. How? By exploring! Getting out of that basement and taking on the world again, is a start. Whether it be just your own backyard or a dense metro city, let’s get outside again!

For me, it was exploring Washington Square Park (with a mask on) that made me realize people are out and about trying to make new experiences, new moments in 2020. My buddy, Instagram influencer Mr. NYC Subway, encouraged me to go and check out and actually have some fun! Yes, as crazy as 2020 has been, there is still time to get rid of the sameness you might be feeling!

Museums in New York City have just re-opened at limited capacity, so we are seeing that. Malls in NYC have just re-opened this week as well to explore. The biggest WIN so far this week at least here is that indoor dining will commence at 25% capacity on September 30th! 2020 is far from over, and the sameness, the same day every day feeling is dissipating, can’t you feel it?

Personally, I am working on sticking with a couple of ways to maintain newness alongside the sameness. Experiencing one exciting adventure a day is a huge health benefit for me. It’s NEW, it’s something to bring back normalcy again. I used to try many different adventures in one night, which did run me down. To stick with at least one adventure every few days and then going home to relax is a win-win theory for me, I hope that could work for you too! Second, I also am believing that exerting a stable energy can also bring newness into our lives.

If you feel your pattern has got you down, working on a pattern that may not seem as chaotic will bring you a less chaotic outcome. For me, I’ve stopped wandering the streets of New York City. Nearly every night since returning, I wanted to experience the city again to keep my sanity. I’ve learned to keep my sanity by also going home earlier most nights to recharge the battery knowing GOD will bring a new and better day the next day!

This is the other idea I’d love to explore more and have you explore it to. What newness can and does God bring to you every day? God’s signs are around even in pandemic-type atmospheres, no doubt about it. Yet, if we do just one adventure at a time and not try and pack it in each day, I believe God generates a new day literally full of new possibilities !

Let me ask about this as a follow up to my ‘Stay-In-Place Habits’ blog. (https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/stay-in-place-habits-should-stay-in-place-post-quarantine-bee6f81050a9) How have you been keeping up with the habits you’ve developed during this whole time? Have you regressed or seen progress? Have you been able to maintain a same successful routine? If so, this blog is for you!

Let me just end with a quote from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, that fueled this blog post. Coelho writes “when each day is same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize good things that happen every day that sun rises!”

Let’s go from same old, same old to ‘same new, same new’!

LET’S NOT MAKE INSPIRATION A LUXURY DURING COVID-19

When the COVID crisis began, hoarding became a real issue. Bigger than the TV shows about hoarders. We saw the arrest of someone hoarding thousands of PPE in Brooklyn. We saw medicine being hoarded and of course we saw POTUS claim nurses and doctors were stealing PPE equipment.

As we’ve gone into another month, I’ve felt a strong desire to stop hoarding. I’ve felt that I was depriving my readership and podcast listener-ship of inspirational stories. In fact, we all in some way hoard inspiration for ourselves. What got me to this realization was finishing ‘Northern Lights: One Woman, Two Teams, and the Football Field That Changed Their Lives’ . It’s an inspirational story on how the family of Super Bowl participant Carl Parker and his wife Cathy changed the lives of Barrow, Alaska. I highly recommend it!

After finishing the book, I was determined to bring it back to the bookshelf I found it in NYC. Yes , during the pandemic , I made sure to return the book because I did not want to hoard the inspiration I found in it. Have you ever had a book so good you not only didn’t want to put it down, but you also wanted to keep it forever?

Perhaps, this crisis can change that thinking. During COVID-19, we’ve all desperately been looking for inspiration whether through podcasts, books, radio or TV docs like ‘The Last Dance’. If we are so eager to take IN inspiration, why not GIVE OUT inspiration to those who also need it. Have a book you really love and are inspired by? Then pass it on to a friend who might be looking for some hope to cling on to.

Know of stories that should truly live on? Then tell them instead of hoarding them to yourself. I get that we all need to be inspired, but by paying it forward, inspiration can become internalized as well. In fact, if you tell your story or a story of inspiration you might just make this world a better place than you left it.

I could say the same for the public bookshelves and libraries in communities . When this crisis is eased off and people start to normalize and these libraries open up again, pass those hard-covers or paper-backs along with not even the intent of giving it back. Pass them on to uplift others could make you the difference-maker you didn’t know you could be!

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