Remember seeing this in late 2019 early this year and thinking, “Wow, 2020 is going to be a GREAT year for the holidays!’? Well, that came to a SCREECHING halt!
For years to many of us, the day after Thanksgiving otherwise known as “Black Friday” has been the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Consumers search ads sent by retailers to find the best deals, plan the big day in advance in hopes to score the season’s hottest items. We’ve even waited in line to get into stores on Thanksgiving Day. In recent years, some retailers have pushed the start of holiday shopping a bit earlier, but have we ever seen it start THIS early?
I can almost guarantee that the answer to “where are you going on vacation?” will not be a “staycation” anytime soon. At this point in our stay at home orders I am sure we are all daydreaming of a trip of any sort with a pal or a confidant, so here’s the million-dollar question, will you be flying or driving to your destination? If your email inbox is anything like mine, it is currently flooded with airline offers that have attractive pricing to get passengers on flights, however it is uncertain when travel and tourism will return to “normal” after COVID-19.
By now, I am sure we are all looking for different things to do while practicing social distancing and following our state's “Stay at Home” orders. Days can become monotonous real fast when you are used to being on the go or if your current routine needs pepped up and refueled. Here are a few ideas of things you can do to add to the mix.
The day before the Center for Disease Control (CDC) put out their first guideline of mass gatherings and large community events of 250 people or more to be cancelled, approximately 150 professionals gathered together at Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders seminar with Rob Shallenberger. At this time, many people didn’t realize the severity of what was to come around the world. You overheard people joking about the situation, wondering if we should have been at the gathering at that time, still shaking hands with people we just met, not knowing if they had been in contact with COVID-19. Three co-workers and myself attended this seminar; the four of us didn’t know what we would take from that meeting when we set out that morning. Afterwards, we all agreed, it was very beneficial to us and we would use what we learned that day, not only in our professional lives, but our personal lives as well.