The Vivid Image staff has been working from home since the beginning of April. As a company of 17 people who value collaboration, teamwork, and socializing, working from home does not come naturally for most of us (we do have four employees who work from home, pre-COVID). But, we are a group who is authentic, driven, and curious. Although we have been busy with client work and Vivid Image marketing, all of us have found more free time in our after-work hours. We believe there is some merit to the phrase, “Boredom begets brilliance” as we have seen it happen in our homes and communities. We look for the positive side of every situation and make the most of it. From projects around the house to creating things, and spending more time with family and friends, here is how the VIvid Image staff is finding the positive side of the Stay-at-Home order.
How the Vivid Image Team is Finding Silver Lining with the Stay-at-Home Order
Karlie: “I’ve started a new, creative hobby: Weaving”
Heidi: “Our schedule is slower, and we’ve had more time to spend as a family, doing things just the four of us. We’ve enjoyed some really nice bike rides, hikes, and kayak adventures. We had also been planning a kitchen and bathroom update, and the stay at home order gave us the extra time to get both of these projects completed sooner than expected.”
Amanda: “I’ve been wanting to refinish the trim in our house and have been able to make a lot of progress.”
Margaret: “I started and finished updating my home office which included painting built-in cabinets, removing popcorn ceiling, painting walls, removing carpet, and installing new fixtures (light fixture, heating registers, cabinet hardware). It’s transformed my primary workspace of 8+ years and now it’s bright and inspiring. I love it. I’ve also taken time to experiment with watercolor, a previous hobby, that I haven’t done in 13+ years! (Shayla was my inspiration)”
Lindsey: “Something I want to keep doing after this is over is make more of a point to connect and ‘hang out’ with friends. Even though it’s virtual right now, we have really made sure to stay connected and chat, especially as a group (via Zoom) more now than ever before.”
Shannon: “I have been working on creating Shutterfly books from our past family vacations during this stay at home order. It has given me a chance to reflect on the fun family moments we have been able to enjoy over the past few years, and it has been so fun looking at the books with my family and laughing about funny memories they each have from those trips. I have been grateful to have the opportunity to have a little extra time to finish these projects that have been on my to-do list for a very long time now.”
Kori: “My family is doing puzzles (all the damn puzzles) together. We’ve even put our dining room table up into paint cans to get it higher so we don’t have to hunch over and get sore backs. The boys love that the dining room table is always occupied now and dinner is casual in the living room every night.”
Cory: “I’ve been able to focus on the place where we are living and make it feel more like home. Shockingly, these three home accessories didn’t make the cut…”
Jackie: “I usually do major decluttering in the Spring, but this season it went into hyper-drive. Our house has a lot of closet space and side attics, making it easy to store stuff for another day. We decluttered and organized 3 side attics and several other closets in the house. We also transformed a toy room into a kid cave for my now-all-double-digit kids. Part of the cluttering also involves organizing photos, newspaper clippings, and kids’ art into a digital format… but this is still an ongoing work in progress.”
Beth: “The kids being home every day for digital learning was an unexpected blessing in regard to the consistent routine required to complete the potty training process for Tank, my almost one-year-old Shorkie. The kids and I also did some fun, staged photos to entertain ourselves. Here’s Tank as Sir Elton John.”
Kristal: “I have enjoyed more outdoor time each day in our yard. Get to soak in more of the sunshine with quick pee breaks for Lucy and no commute, making my evenings with family WAY longer and more relaxed!”
Shayla: “My life really hasn’t changed too much. One goal is less TV and social media scrolling. So far I’ve done an ok job to replace these things with an old hobby: sketching and watercolor painting. I try to do this for a couple of hours throughout the week with a podcast, music, or silence in the background. Or find a video tutorial to follow along with to learn new techniques. I hope to keep doing more of this hobby!”
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