What I’ve Learned About Myself During 10 Weeks of Self-Isolation

March 13. Friday the 13th. I was just getting my normal footing back after vacation (holy crap, how lucky are we that we were able to go on vacation?!), and then everything changed. National and state-level emergencies were declared. It was recommended we stay home and only go out for necessities. Not much really changed in my day-to-day – I already work from home, and Ryan is an essential worker so our schedule remained consistent. Sure, I couldn’t go to the gym or take leisurely strolls down the Target aisles, and I had to cancel my hair appointment. But, this was only going to be the way for a month or so … right?

It’s honestly hard to remember a time before coronavirus hit and quarantine began. I can’t help but laugh at how optimistic (or naive) I was about it all in those early days. Just like all of you I’m sure, these couple months have granted me a lot of alone time with my thoughts. Which, might I add, is not always a good thing, but here we are. And, that brings me to today’s post – what I’ve learned about myself during 10 weeks of self-isolation.

self-isolation personal lessons learned
Is the following list anything revelatory? Not particularly. I’m a pretty self-aware person as it is, but even I was surprised what I noticed about myself when given the time. I’m definitely “in my head” most days.

Self-isolation personal lessons learned

+ The weather determines my mood. Not that I can’t have a good day when it’s cloudy and/or raining, but there’s a higher chance that I’ll be in a better mood if the sun is shining. Bonus if it’s warm, too.

+ Ryan and I really like each other. Well, duh – of course, I love and adore my husband. But, it’s more than that, and I think actually liking someone is a lot different from loving them. We’re not a couple that believes distance makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, we value our alone time and our individual interests, but Ryan and I truly shine together as a team. We’re better together. He is my person through and through.

+ I’m a stress tweezer. I’m lucky that I’m not solely responsible for bringing back the thin brow trend of the 90s. Bless whoever invented eyebrow pencils.

+ Feeling overwhelmed causes me to shut down. You know that old-timey meme that says something like I have a million things to do, so I’ll take a nap instead? That is 100% me. Stress is a silent killer of my focus and productivity (example: when I took an unplanned week off).

+ I need things to look forward to. It’s hard to get motivated when there’s nothing special or out-of-the-norm planned for the future. We already had one concert get cancelled in April. For summer, we’re going to have to get creative with plans since all our normal activities are probably out of the question.

+ I love to do hair. I finally have enough length on my hair again to play around with different styles, braids, accessories, etc. It has been so much fun! My lucky sister gets pictures anytime I try something new. 😉 I’ve also gotten pretty good with a pair of clippers, so Ryan has been set with haircuts every two weeks.

+ Working in silence is not an option. Doesn’t matter what kind of work it is – job-related work, laundry, gardening … I have to have some sort of background noise. Music typically is my go-to, but a fan or the T.V. works, too.

+ If I didn’t hate the grocery store before … Well, ya know. Get in and get out was my motto then and still is now.

+ I’m more confident without makeup than I realized. I still love to do makeup, but these days it seems like a lot more effort than it’s worth. A little concealer and powder are all I need to feel put-together. My skin is much-happier!

Do you find yourself in your thoughts more than usual these days? Have you learned anything about yourself?

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  1. 5.28.20
    Biana said:

    I think it’s great that your day to day didn’t change much – mine changed drastically which was really hard to get used to! As things start to slowly open up here, I’m looking forward to staying home, but being able to pick more things up! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 6.3.20
      Karly said:

      I can only imagine how hard the adjustment was as a parent, but you guys look like rock stars doing it!

  2. 5.27.20
    Jessica Camerata said:

    Yes to the weather! It’s been so gloomy the last couple days here and I have been so sluggish because of it.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    • 6.3.20
      Karly said:

      I never realized just how much the weather affects my daily mood/life until the stay-at-home order.

  3. 5.27.20
    Ashley said:

    I really enjoyed reading this and I’m impressed how self reflective you are!

    • 6.3.20
      Karly said:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! xx

  4. 5.27.20
    Debbie said:

    I think you have learned a lot of important and mostly positive things about yourself! As someone who just landed in the hospital through all this, please remember all our essential workers too, they are true heroes and have had to deal with extraordinary and difficult things on a daily basis.

    • 6.3.20
      Karly said:

      You definitely got first-hand experience with what all the healthcare heroes are battling day in/out. So glad you’re okay! xx

  5. 5.27.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    YAY I feel the same as you girl.. I just NEED background sounds/music whenever I am working. & I am so used to not wearing makeup that I feel weird when I put it on haha..

    Hope you are well x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • 6.3.20
      Karly said:

      You and me both, ha! On the rare day I do wear makeup lately, it seems like such a chore to take it off before bed. I’m a-okay now with makeup-free days!