Welcome April

Dear Friends,

Hopefully, by now, you know how deeply I value our community and readership. So, if I may, I’d like to speak frankly to all of you, before I set up for what to expect from The Well Dressed Life this month.

I have stared at a blinking cursor for the last few days, trying to figure out what to say. How on earth are we supposed to “welcome” April when we know the devastation, turmoil, and sadness it’s going to bring?

First and foremost, if you are a member of the medical community, a first responder of any kind, considered essential personnel, or a teacher now trying to teach our kids remotely, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We have, quiet literally, asked you to save the world. A task so herculean, we can’t even begin to understand what we’ve asked of you. I send you and your families my prayers every night and I hope within each of your communities you are being well taken care of. 

For the last three weeks, my family and I have been in lockdown right outside Philadelphia. And like you, I sit and watch the news go from bad to worse to this-cannot-be-happening.

As you know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to remain bright and optimistic. I’m trying to see the positives, being grateful, staying busy… all the stuff they tell you to do.

And it works, about 75% of the time.

But we have all been on a rollercoaster of emotion.

Monday was my darkest day. With the news that this lockdown will be in effect for all of April, and the number of projected deaths, I could taste the sadness in the air.

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It felt like someone blew the last remaining candle of hope out and kicked me in the gut all at once.

So I want you to know that my positive appearance isn’t an act, and it also doesn’t mean I’m not profoundly aware of what is happening in the world and in our homes.

We’re the Lucky Ones

I’m also painfully aware of my own good fortune. My house is happy, my parents are safe, I don’t mind being cooped up with my husband, my kids are handling this far better than I am, their teachers are amazing, etc. We have resources and space.

Ultimately, we’re fine. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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That’s not to say that I’m not up at night worried about everything. From money, health, the future, you name it, I’m worried. 

I can’t make heads or tales about why this is happening. All I know is that controlling my  outlook is the most important thing I can do for my family and maybe, as a bonus, I can help keep your spirits up too. 

Welcome April

So this month I am going to continue to cling to normalcy by focusing on cozy home based outfit ideas, a few fun suggestions for those dreaded video conference calls (good news is you only need to dress from the waist up!), some more self-care tips, beauty ideas and lots of “How To” posts that will include video. 

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Early next week I’m going to highlight some things you can do in your local community to make an impact, including the fundraiser I just started in my own neighborhood that you can easily replicate. 

Plus, I’ll host our first Virtual Book Club (announced yesterday). 

We’re In This Together

I am not a resource for news, or social commentary – and I don’t want to be. 

I can’t do much, but I can provide a break and a place for community which seems especially necessary since are all lacking some much needed connection.

All we can do is stay home, pray for those affected, support our first responders as much as possible.

I promise I’ll do my best to provide little moments of normalcy, some gentle self care and fun.  I truly hope you find this community as uplifting as I do. 

xoxo,

Meg

Welcome April

32 thoughts on “Welcome April”

  1. Thank you so much for your heartfelt message. My hubby and I moved from Philly 32 years ago to SoCal. Yes this time has been something out of a movie, except the reality is worse then could ever be imagined. I pray morning and night, being especially grateful for our blessings which I have slowed down enough to recognize. I help where I can and donate what I am able. My daughter and son in law are in the medical field, so yes we truly feel it, and yes, they are tasked with saving the world. Reading your post first thing this morning has set me up for having a positive day and knowing when the darkness comes there are others out there helps too. I have never been an exercise person, but walking helps tremendously. Thank you

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  2. Megan, Thank you for your honest message. This community is helpful – and I’m looking forward to the book club, too! I hope we all remain smart as we count our blessings and give our thanks to those who are fighting this pandemic. I plan to embrace a slower pace and sort out what is most important and what can remain at the wayside. <3

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  3. Morning! I’m pretty new to this group, but wanted to say thank you for what you are doing and what you have created here. I appreciate you!
    -Renee

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  4. Hi ! Just wanted to compliment you on this message. Yes, we’re all trying to stay positive and safe. Honestly, knowing others are feeling all the crazy emotions helps me realize it’s not just me. My daughter and nieces are nurses and have been out there since day one fighting to keep us well, and sometimes the worries are overwhelming. So, thanks for such an honest, open message!!

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  5. Megan, thank you for this post and all you’re doing to have a positive outlook and little levity. I look forward to your posts everyday!

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  6. Thank you, Megan, for your continued involvement and support of us, your community. My best wishes for good health go out to you and your family.

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  7. Thank you for your posts they are very inspiring. We all try to be positive around our families, friends and colleagues but there are just some days that are harder than others. We all have to try to be safe and protect our beautiful families the best way we can and if we have to isolate them, so be it! Our governments are trying the best they can but they have never had to deal with a pandemic of this scale before, so to them it is very uncharted waters they are trying to deal with both the moral and financial side of things. All of our thoughts and prays are with you to stay safe and healthy through this crisis!

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  8. I’m brand new to this community Megan and wanted to say your message today really resonated with me.
    As Winston Churchill said … never have so many owed so much to so few !!
    Be safe and well everyone. ❤️

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  9. Thank you Megan. I have always been told what a strong person I am and never thought much about that compliment. I’m an educator (albeit in the technology department of a large school district), and as such I’m considered essential so I come to work every day and do my job to be sure our 45k students still get the education they deserve, as best we can provide. I think yesterday was my low point, the depression has set in, I think. Your blog and the wardrobe challenge are going to keep me going, to take my mind off of this crisis we are all facing. Blessings to you and your family, continue to stay safe!

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  10. Thanks for your message, Megan. I think one of the challenges is that this situation is open ended and the economic consequences seem potentially devastating. Your blog is often a little island of sanity away from the avalanche of bad news.

    And by the way your black dress with the jean jacket and animal print flats looks easy breezy chic.

    Kind regards from Canada

    Karen

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  11. Thank you for this message. You are right that women can set the tone for their families. Life will look different than any of us thought, but being grateful and faithful will help the people around us.

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  12. Thanks so much for this, Megan. Getting up and getting dressed each day has been incredibly important to help me maintain a routine and structure and in some cases a boundary between the work part of the day and the home part of the day during this anxiety ridden and stressful time. Please keep the relevant content coming as you are able and know that it’s more than just clothes (for me at least!)

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  13. Thank you Megan. We are all in this together and we just need to stay strong and stay home. You are a bright spot in each of our days and I appreciate everything you are doing to cheer up our outlook. I love what you are doing!
    Thank you !
    Beth

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  14. Megan, your post is one of the highlights of my day. Especially during these last few weeks.

    Sometimes we learn through a struggle better than we would without the struggle. I hope we are all quick learners so that we can proceed and ultimately make the world a better place because of this journey. In the meantime, I will have some normalcy every morning with my coffee and the daily edition of The Well Dressed Life while sporting some cute, new tops in my Zoom meetings!

    Kind Regards,
    Tammy

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  15. Megan,
    Thank you for your honesty and words of encouragement. I’m happy to hear that you will continue your weekly posts and that the content will be up beat and focus on self care. More than ever as a tribe of women we need to stay positive happy and healthy for those who are watching and taking cue from us. I’m embracing this time of a slower pace as an opportunity to enjoy what I have. Love to you and your family as well. I appreciate you!

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  16. Welcome April indeed. Today is my first remote- from- home work day and I am beyond grateful. I stayed in workout clothes today, but can see that will get old quickly so I will be looking at some choices that I would not otherwise have due to a dress code at work. Staying positive creates positive outcomes, so is vital to keep that mindset now and in the coming months. Hug your kids! and grandbabies! virtually if that’s what you need to do.
    This too shall pass. I have come to think differently about the exit from the earthly vessel lately and think of all those souls being released at this time. As much as we struggle with death, it is not the end, only the next beginning. BE who you were sent here to BE. This pandemic has forced us all to slow down and look inward. My changes are coming to fruition. My life will not look the same, now or ever. BE well.

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  17. Thank you for your wonderful words Megan. You are able to put to words what we are all feeling so very well. I am so looking forward to the book club and being able to “escape” this reality into a good book. Can’t wait for the book to arrive. Back to our current world, I continue to do what I can for our community. I am doing everything I can for my students facing this distance learning. And I will always continue to pray.
    Thank you again Megan, you are a bright spot in my email <3

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  18. You are one of the brightest spots in my day! Keep on being yourself and doing what you do! The recommendations you make are spot on!

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  19. Thanks Megan! I have really loved your blog over the years, and I am 100% with you in trying to hold everything together and be worried at the same time. i, like you, keep all of those sick and taking care of sick patients in my daily prayers, and I hope this ends soon. I know we all will come out stronger on the other side of it, but going through it has been nothing short of painful.

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  20. Thank you for your thoughts. Please know I use the Wardrobe Challenge to relax and escape for just a moment when I need it. It gives my mind a chance to escape and wander while stuck inside. It’s also allowed me to see I have left my style on the wayside in the past few years in favor of the leggings and oversized tunic style. I’m ready to take some time and ruthlessly weed my closet and prepare for the time when this too passes. It will pass and everything will change. We have to hope it’s for the better. –

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  21. Thank you for this Megan – our virtual communities are such a gift at this time when we are all facing so much uncertainty. I know how lucky I am to still be able to work, to have my mom with me and a safe place to take refuge, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the worry and anxiety, not least for all my dear friends in so many places around the world that have been harder hit than us so far. In such moments it really does help to know you’re not alone and that it’s okay not to be okay.

    My best to you and all the readers as we wait, work, and hope for better on the other side of this crisis.

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  22. I loved your post. I am new to this community as well, and so far, I have enjoyed it very much! I feel like we are living in slow motion, and sometimes I worry! I must remember I can only do my part, and help others that need help. I’m thinking of all the mother’s out there with young children! I know the days are long!! Hang in there!! Blessing!

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  23. Thank you for sharing, Megan.  Yes, I agree that some days can be worse or better feeling than others and managing our perspective is key to keeping ourselves as well as possible along with those around us as we can.  We got news that a good friend/colleague of my husband is critically ill in California and it just completely wrecked me today.  He’s only in his 40s and healthy so I’m praying he pulls through.  Can only imagine what his wife and kids are going through as they cannot see him.  Praying for the sick and serving like crazy.  I appreciate what you do so much – thank you for continuing to bring brightness to us.

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