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Positive lockdown vibes

We've been chatting to Muddy Editors and readers and here are our 10 lockdown wins to remind you it's not all doom and gloom.

The last six weeks in lockdown have certainly been a rollecoaster of emotions in the Muddy household. BUT – despite the underlying feelings of dread and boredom there are plenty of positives emerging that deserve to be celebrated. Here’s our starter for 10 – keep the positivity flowing and share your successes in the comments below.

Me! Amber (Editor Muddy Stilettos Surrey) – cooking & neighbours

Before Covid, mealtimes in the Muddy Surrey house always seemed to consist of something hastily assembled and often hastily eaten. But now we’re all at home, there’s more time to plan and cook (one of the silver linings of less work), and we eat together as a family. No-one has to dash off to their sports training or matches, or to school events. There’s also more time for baking, so we’re enjoying a fairly constant supply of cookies and cakes. My waistline won’t thank me, but the kids love it!

Like many areas, my street has set up a What’s App group so we can connect, support and help each other – and it’s been great. I’ve lived in my house for seven years, and until now I hadn’t realised I was surrounded by such a wonderfully thoughtful bunch of people. We’re already planning an almighty street party to celebrate when all of this is over. And I can’t wait!

Helen (Editor Muddy Stilettos Norfolk) – bikes & conversation

We’ve finally managed to get our seven year old to ride a bike without stabilisers! Poor number 3 child suffers from my lack of energy/enthusiasm to achieve such milestones but lockdown has given us both the time and necessity (hates long walks) to get her safely on two wheels – hoorah!

I’m also really enjoying having in depth chats with my 11 & 13 year olds. Normally life is such a juggle of school, clubs and work that I’m never in the present. They’re actually really interesting when they’re not fighting or making demands!

Keya (Editor Muddy Stilettos Leics & Rutland) – milestones & reconnecting

I’ve managed to successfully potty train my 2-year-old while stuck in lockdown. I’m quite chuffed as I’ve done it on my own, while still looking after my 4-year-old.

I’ve also managed to catch up with friends from all over the world from Toronto to Thailand via Zoom or FT.

Annalou (Content director) – teenager time

I’m very much enjoying having my baby boy (19) unexpectedly home from University. We’re getting to eat dinner with him every night and hear his thoughts on the world. Isolation means I’m are getting precious time with him that I never thought I’d have again. Priceless!

Debbie (Freelance writer) – exploring and fitness

I’m a massive townie and the lockdown has encouraged me to explore walks on my doorstep that I only bothered with before when I had visitors. I’ve discovered some great views in the South Downs.

Bizarrely I’m much fitter too – I do PE with the lovely Joe Wicks every morning instead of heading straight to my desk.

Fiona (Director Gec PR) – house plants, dancing and jigsaws

Three things I never thought I’d do let alone enjoy but it’s amazing what you learn about yourself when navel gazing for weeks on end! Buying plants gives me the same joy that buying shoes used to (not sure how long that will last), I love busting a move on my own in the living room and a jigsaw helps slay coronavirus anxiety.

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