We have had so many thoughtful notes and messages from our customers checking in and making sure we are doing okay in Melbourne as we continue our lockdown journey. Likewise, we’d like to check in with you - our local community. Times of uncertainty can make us feel powerless and small, it doesn't really matter if we are those stuck in lockdown or those on the outside looking in trying to find a way to help. The optimist in us feels that the end is near. To keep spirits high in these last few weeks of lockdown, here are some ways to restore even a small sense of control in these uncertain times, no matter where you find yourself...
#1 Look Around You...
Perhaps we’re biased, but we think Melbourne is the best place to live. Take some time to appreciate our city’s humble pleasures like new buds on magnolia trees, the springtime smell of jasmine, walks along the Yarra, a takeaway coffee (or two) from your local, or revisiting the corner shop for the first time in years...
Image credits: Magnolia: Flowers Vasette ,Yarra trail: Yarra City Council, Coffee: Uncle Drew Cafe, Jasmine: carlymessmer.com
Last week marked the Spring Equinox, meaning the end of winter stagnancy and hibernation. Whether you click with Kondo or loathe housework, any downtime is a good time to reorganise the home before lockdown is lifted and busyness ensues.
For those of us with an inclination for spring cleaning, Treehugger suggests our habitual compulsion to clean and reorganise with the change of seasons may be linked to seasonal biology, cultural practice or historical roots.
If, like us, you’ve exhausted your Netflix (and Stan, and Binge) perhaps it’s time to nourish the mind with a curated collection of podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflection from The On Being Project.
A couple of years ago our team attended an incredible Free to Feed class for an end of year celebration. This Melbourne-based not-for-profit social enterprise champions the skills and stories of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. With classes temporarily on hold, Free to Feed has launched All Together Now - a home cooking experience and opportunity for curious minds and hearts to experience the prowess, passion and first-person stories of Free to Feed cooking instructors through instructional film, booklets & more.
In our connected world it’s easy to forget that some of us don’t have the same access to technology or even a person to turn to. The Letterbox Project by Connected AU is built on the idea that that those of us who are lucky to be healthy, and surrounded by our families, can reach out and gift our time to someone who experience may be more challenging. Become on of the 5000+ people registered to write, and helping to counteract loneliness across all states and territories now.
If all else fails and you just can’t be bothered (we’ve certainly been there), put on your headphones and tune into one of our Plyroom Spotify playlists. The perfect accompaniment to a spring clean, walk around the Tan or Princes Park (5km radius dependant of course!)lounging on the sofa alike.
If all else fails and you just can’t be bothered (we’ve certainly been there), put on your headphones and tune into one of our Plyroom Spotify playlists. The perfect accompaniment to a spring clean, walk around the Tan or lounging on the sofa alike.