The Beautiful Side of Life the midst of quarantine ... part V

Why bother?

Why bother? it worth it? ... what does it matter? These are all things I have heard numerous times throughout this quarantine process. Seniors who are wondering if their hard work was really worth it now that their senior year doesn't look like they planned. Students who are feeling unnoticed. And a lot of us wondering if, in this quiet season where everything looks different than we thought, what does it matter? Listen up ... it matters. There isn't one season of our lives that doesn't matter. Each one builds upon the next, slowly creating who we will become in life. Think of your own heroes and mentors ... how different would their influence be in your life if they had given up when it was hard?

It would be great if we could simply be successful, integrity-filled people without any effort, but the truth of the matter is that the most important pieces of our character are created in the places that nobody sees but us.

So ... is it worth it? Yes. Does it matter? Yes. Why bother? Because this unplanned time in life is going to catapult you into amazing things in the years to come. For once in a really long time we actually have time. Don't waste it.

Guest Speaker: Karie Gilbertson

The end of the fitness challenge is in sight ... are you still going?!

Need to add a little spice to your planking life? Need a song that gets stuck in your head for the rest of your life? Try this:

Baby Shark Plank Workout!

Need an accountability partner?

Join me on Google Meets M-F at 10am or 3pm and let's do the plank and push-up challenge together!

Your Daily Dose of Good News (...because good things are still happening!)

Hospitals empowering recovered Covid-19 patients using #CodeRocky

WATCH: Baystate launches 'Code Rocky' to recognize COVID-19 recovery, discharge

This guy did a surprise drive-up concert to cheer up his neighbors:

SURPRISE!!! Quarantine Drive-Up Show!!!

A little challenge for you:

Rate your mood right now on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best). Got it? Now go onto the link below ( and scroll through articles for the next 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, do a second mood check. Good news boosts our mood!

What can I do?

  • Write a song
  • Journal
  • Make a card or care package and put it in your neighbor's mailbox
  • Video chat with someone you love
  • Do something to cheer someone up
  • Try a new recipe
  • Create a cozy corner in your room to create art, read, or reflect
  • Make a collage or a vision board of who you are, and who you want to become
  • Research someone you admire: what were some of their high and low points?
  • Write a list of all the things you are grateful for

Want to test your 3-D drawing skills? Try these step-by-step tutorials:

Small Groups:

Need some human contact? Discussions on different topics? Realizing you're not alone?

Join me every Thursday at 1pm for a small group on Google Meet.

All are welcome - topics will vary from week to week. Come for one week or come for all!

Join us by clicking here!

Here's an awesome video that was shared with me by one of our students:

"You Will Be Found" from the DEAR EVAN HANSEN Broadway Show by One Voice Children's Choir

Connect with me

Struggling? Need a listening ear? Want to connect with a familiar face? I'm here! I'm available by phone, email, and Google Meet so please reach out to me if you need an extra hand. Email me at to get something scheduled!
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