The Time to Design

Design is in the eyes of the beholder. It can be viewed in the form of art, a job/career, or personal creativity. During this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 crisis, we should take this time and design. Design our home, lives, and future.

Reflect on your goals and New Year’s Resolutions to create a list of projects.  Now is a perfect time to choose one project, focus on it, and get it done.  Make necessary edits to make that goal or resolution come true.   There is no excuse to now get it done while you are home.

For myself, I had my daughter 6 months ago and purchased in May of 2019, white tall vinyl trees to put on my daughter’s walls while “nesting”. I never got to it when I was pregnant, either I was too tired or just didn’t want to. I did, however, make a slight attempt and opened the package. I was more curious about how it looked in person. I was asked here and there by friends and co-workers if my nursery was finished and just laughed. My daughter is 6 months old but her room is still not finished nor are her trees up. I later made it my New Year’s Resolution to put up her vinyl trees, this year, not putting a specific timeline to complete, except this year. It was not until the COVID-19 outbreak, being quarantined, that I designed a plan and followed through with it. I looked at the final product and loved how it turned out. I couldn’t believe that it took a virus to put a fire under my butt. I didn’t stop there. I had other design home projects to start and complete. I did slowly start, ordered what materials I needed, and as soon as they arrived, put a plan in motion. I am taking this time, to keep designing, to keep the love and passion I have for art, and to challenge myself on my own skills, some I never knew I was capable of doing. I am determined to master the vinyl maker machine and make my house look like a warm, comfortable home.

Let’s not just limit ourselves to how to make the inside of our homes appealing. Let’s continue to design our lives. COVID-19 may have done some good and could have made you realize that your place of work no longer feels like a long-term job if you are laid off or furloughed. Now is the time to sit down and explore what else is out there that might satisfy what makes you happy.

So take this time and career search. Find possibilities that look positive, take the next step, and design or update your resume. Make it stand out, and be unique. Take all the positives learned from your last place of work and add to your description. Take the time to see how you grew, and where else can you.

Now is the time to go back and think how do I make myself better? How can I get through this crisis standing on top? Design yourself a plan. We all struggle to find the time to become better individuals, become more organized, and work on overall happiness. As negative as this quarantine is, designing your personal plans or goals can help you stand on top when this is all over. We all have a purpose in life, and it is up to us to design it and show the world what we have to offer and who we are. 

So keep designing and never stop.

Written by Monika Wolniak

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