The last few months have been very overwhelming. Watching the world come to a standstill is truly a unique experience for us all. I never thought we would see a worldwide pandemic in my lifetime, but here we are…

Every country has been dealing with the situation differently. Canada closed the borders and implemented social distancing and isolation rules early on to help reduce the spread of the virus. When borders started to close and countries were advising everyone to return home, a lot of my friends in Canada jumped on planes within a few days. It was an emotional time because I was losing some of my support system. My decision to stay in Canada wasn’t an easy one, especially with my family pestering me to return home. In the end, they understood why I wanted to stay here.

Choosing to stay in Canada was/is the right decision for me, although, I was concerned about living expenses due to both my workplaces closing. Luckily, both Starbucks and Lululemon put measures in place to ensure their employees were taken care of. I feel grateful to work for two companies who are continuing to support me financially, as well as providing resources to help with mental health and ensuring you stay well. Not all companies are providing this, so I feel very fortunate.

I was worried my mental health would be seriously affected from being in isolation, not being able to see friends and have freedom can be challenging. I’ve had some bad days but I’m holding up quite well given the circumstances. I’ve tried to do little things to reduce the risk of my anxiety becoming a problem, such as speaking up when I need to talk to someone, keeping to a healthy diet and so much more. Read more about how I’m keep my mental health in check here.

Now is the perfect time to take a well-deserved break from our busy non-stop lives, to take a moment to breathe and enjoy being still. If you’re not the type to completely stop, use your time wisely. Learn a new skill, read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, listen to podcasts, stay connected with family and friends, the possibilities are endless.

I, personally, have decided to use this time productively, to focus on my Permanent Residency Application, getting everything in order before I have to submit the final application. I’m not going to lie, it’s proving to be difficult since some companies are closed, but I’m doing what I can. Fingers crossed everything goes well.

I’ve been trying to maintain my weekly fitness routine, and with all the extra time there is no excuse! I’ll admit I wasn’t keeping to my routine for about 3 weeks, and in that time I felt rubbish. I decided to make a change and tried to workout regularly, either by doing circuit training or going for a bike ride or run (even though I despise running). I’ve adapted my workout to bodyweight exercises since I don’t have any equipment other than a yoga mat and a band.

I’m also working on content for my blog, writing posts and trying to get photography together, which is proving to be a little awkward but doing what I can. And finally, I’m using the time to educate myself by starting an online course, learning a second language and also catching up on reading. Currently reading a crime drama but looking for something else to keep me entertained, perhaps I’ll try some poetry!

Right now, it’s all about doing what you can to stay sane during these challenging times.



  1. May 15, 2020 / 4:55 am

    I’ve tried setting a time table to maintain a routine throughout the say during this period and it turned out that I didn’t follow any of the activities in time lol. We should use this period to relax and take a break and not feel guilty about it. Thanks for sharing this post!

    • kimberlymarie
      May 15, 2020 / 5:08 pm

      People should totally not feel guilty about taking this time to take a well deserved rest. Everyone is using their time differently 🙂

  2. May 15, 2020 / 7:27 am

    I was overwhelmed a lot in the beginning, which was terrible for my mental health. But it’s great to hear you’re using the time to be productive, that’s what I doing to try and stay sane too! Lovely post ♡

    Anika |

    • kimberlymarie
      May 15, 2020 / 5:03 pm

      Taking care of your mental health is so important, especially during these challenging times. Thank you for reading 🙂

  3. May 15, 2020 / 8:38 am

    I’m still going to work as I’m considered an essential worker. It’s scary at times because i come into contact with so many members of the public every day.

    But I’m also fortunate that I have a job and I can interact with other people still and don’t have to worry about money.

    On my days off my blog has been keeping me busy and my mental health has improved a lot since I started to be more active on there 😊

    • kimberlymarie
      May 15, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      It’s great you’re a key worker, everyone appreciates it for sure! I go back to work next week and I’m strangely looking forward to it, to get some normality.
      Focusing on your blog is a great way to keep busy and focus your energy. 🙂

  4. May 15, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I think staying was probably a good idea, I think Canada as a country handled this situation very well. And it’s great that your employers are among the good ones. It’s great that you’ve been trying to keep an element of routine, I know a lot of people have found it challenging. I work from home anyway so it’s a little weird that not a lot has had to change for me x


    • kimberlymarie
      July 1, 2020 / 12:10 am

      Yes, Canada has handled it very well and I’m so happy that my employers are so supportive.
      I know a few others who work from home have said nothing has changed expect for their partners being in the house all the time haha.

      Thanks for reading x

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