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Thoughts on ‘Getting Back to Normal’ in 2021

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Are you ready to get back to normal? Well, in this podcast, I share a few of my thoughts. You know, being it’s been about a year and a half since we started this whole crazy pandemic. And I thought I would share some thoughts in this episode about getting back to normal, uh, getting back to in-person events. Am I ready for them? Am I not? And just kind of share with you my own personal thoughts and opinions. So let’s go on with the show.

Katie Lance here, and it is episode 113 of the Katie Lance podcast. And today I thought I would kind of talk a little bit about going back to normal. So over the last year and a half, I have recorded a few different podcasts, kind of sharing my thoughts around the pandemic and parenting and pivoting. And now, as of the recording of this podcast, I’m recording this, the end of May. This is going to get published, uh, most likely at the beginning of June, you know, we are 15, 16 months into this. I feel like a broken record, but I know a lot of us, you know, I reminisced back in the beginning thinking, oh yeah, it’ll just be a couple of days, a couple of weeks. And then here we are. So the good news is I feel like I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

And, you know, I know that people who are listening to this, you are in all different spectrums. Some of you are in the United States and some of you are outside the United States. And so, you know, depending on where you’re at in the world, your experience could be vastly different to how I’m feeling about things. But I thought I would just record a quick podcast, kind of just sharing my thoughts around sort of quote, unquote, getting back to normal. Are we ready for in-person events? Am I ready for in-person events? Vacations, vaccines, school, all that fun stuff. So, in no particular order, here we go. Okay. So, you know my thoughts again, no particular order, I am beyond ready to get quote unquote, back to normal in some ways. But in other ways, I mean, if I had to look back at this last year and a half, I also am extremely grateful for this time we had with our kids. You know, my two boys, our two boys are 10 and 13 and I was talking to Paul the other night. I said, I think we’ve spent more time with them in this year than even when they were babies. You know, when they were little, we were working full-time jobs, they were in full-time daycare. And, you know, we’ve just gotten the gift of time this year. Now, granted, it’s not all, you know, shiny hearts and roses as any parent knows it’s been challenging. It’s tough to be in a small house with everybody.

I was used to traveling if you guys have known me for a long time, you know, that I used to be on the road a ton. And so, I mean, our life changed pretty dramatically when, you know, everything kind of got put on pause a year and a half ago. So on one hand, yes, I am excited to start venturing out. And you know, if you follow me on social media, you know that, Paul and I have just chosen to be probably more, I don’t know, locked down. I don’t know if that’s the right word then maybe others have. And I think that’s okay.

I think, you know, we all have a different comfort level of what we’re comfortable with. We never know what is someone’s story. Right. And I think one of the things that’s come out of this last year is I just, I would like to hopefully get to the point where we all stopped kind of snap judgment of each other, you know, with the whole mask debate and who’s wearing, and who’s not wearing it. I was definitely one of those people that, you know, after I got my second shot and after it had been a few weeks, I felt like, oh my gosh, I don’t have to wear a mask, but do I, what do I want to be perceived as like, it was just, and it’s still an odd thing, you know, and there’s a little bit of confusion about what’s, you know, what’s being said, you know, federally, and then what comes down to your state and local level.

And I, I certainly don’t want to get into the whole politics of it, but I just know personally, it’s a process, you know, I, as much as I miss selfies and hugs and seeing people, I’m also very cautious and I’m still doing some social distancing, I’m still wearing my mask when I’m out and about. And I’m sure as things start to open back up and, you know, things kind of, like I said, go back to normal. In some regard, I am sure that, you know, will start to kind of loosen up on some of those things, but, you know, it’s a process. And, you know, from speaking to a lot of people, I think a lot of people kind of have, have anxiety about it because for the last year and a half or so, we’ve been so locked down and respectful and trying to really, you know, have those boundaries and things like that.

And I also know that this whole conversation has also really steeped in a lot of privilege. You know, the fact that I was able to still, you know, my husband and I, and I were able to run our company remotely, that we were able to pivot so quickly. You know, we, you know, knock on wood are, are doing fine in, we had a really, we’ve had a really great like last year and a half financially in terms of our business or very blessed. Um, and so I just have to remember that also that we had the privilege of being able to stay home. We didn’t have to, you know, go out into the world and put ourselves at risk. So I feel extremely, extremely grateful and humble, and also just grateful for all the folks who had to put themselves on the line, whether they were, you know, first, first responders or in the healthcare industry, uh, or essential workers. I know so many of you who are in real estate, who listened to this, you are, you are considered an essential business. And so for so many of you who are listening, you were out and about during all of this. So I have, I have so much great respect.

So I think for me personally, it’s going to take a little time. But a time, uh, if you follow me on social media, you know, just recently I went to the grocery store for the first time and, oh my gosh, you guys, it was like, it was like Disneyland. It was so exciting. Now granted, our local grocery store did a total remodel and there was like a wine bar and there was like a band outside. And like, it was way more than just a grocery store. But so I just think baby steps, you know, that’s what it’s all about. People keep asking me, uh, am I ready to do in-person events?

I’m not, I’m, I’m cautious. I’m just a little nervous. And I think part of that is, you know, myself and Paul we’ve been vaccinated. My older son has as well. Uh, but our younger son, Luke has not yet. And I hope that in the fall, vaccines will be available for younger kids. So I’m just, I want to be, I want to protect him, you know, I’m just cautious and I think that’s, I think that’s a big part of it. And I don’t know when I’m going to be ready for those big events, as much as I absolutely love being on stage and teaching and speaking. And I can’t even imagine that part of my life not happening. I would be lying if I didn’t say that there’s a part of me. That’s a little nervous about that. So I would imagine I will ease back into it.

I, you know, from talking to a lot of event coordinators, I there’s, I think a lot of, uh, you know, I feel, I feel for a lot of event coordinators, a lot of event coordinators right now are trained to navigate during this time. And you know, so many of them do want to offer kind of side-by-side tracks or there’s a virtual version and an in-person version. And I certainly see a lot of that coming up in the fall. Um, and so we’ll see, you know, we’ll, we’ll see, I think my feelings around all of this will probably start to evolve and change. Um, come September, October, November, you know, the holidays. Um, but who knows? And I think that’s another thing to think about, you know, we don’t, we don’t know, we don’t know what’s going to happen. And so I’m going to embrace the here and now I’m so excited because we were able to reschedule a few vacations, uh, from last year to this year.

And honestly, as I’ve been telling everyone, I keep saying, you know, before I travel for work, I’m traveling for family first and, uh, and no judgment if you’ve traveled for business first before family, but that’s just, again, we have the privilege of being able to make that choice. And I’m excited about seeing family. We haven’t seen in a really long time and, um, you know, just being able to, to do some of that. So for us, those are kind of the first steps we’ll be taking, you know, doing some, some travel for family and some travel for vacations and just, you know, I, I have to say, I’ll never take for granted traveling again. I’ll never take for granted getting on an airplane or, or anything like that. So, yeah. So we’ll see. It’s, it’s interesting. I keep having these conversations with a lot of you, a lot of you’ve reached out and I’ve had various conversations, um, you know, through zooms and, and, and whatnot about getting back to normal.

And so I thought, you know what, I’m just going to cut up, put it out there in the podcast. Cause I look at this podcast, a lot of our podcasts that you guys know is we do a lot of great interviews, which is fun. We talk about business or social media, we’ve done some great interviews around things like diversity and inclusion. Um, but you know, the beginning of this podcast two years ago, when I first started, I wanted this podcast to always be a place where I could just share some thoughts, you know, as if you and I were sitting down and having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, that’s kind of what I envisioned. And so I always try, you know, we record an episode every week. Uh, we have new episodes that come on every Friday. And so I always try at least one or two episodes a month to, to, uh, just be true to that because it’s important to me, you know, and also I, as I said, in the very beginning, I want the podcast to be a place that maybe one day when my boys are older and they want to look back and he, and some thoughts from their mom about how I thought about certain things during this crazy time.

And just in general about life and motherhood and parenting and business that they can hear from me also. So I guess it’s a little bit selfish anyways. All right. Well, I would absolutely love to hear from you if you, if we were sitting down having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, I would say, well, what do you think about all this? So I would love to hear from you, how are you doing? Are you feeling a little anxiety? I have to admit, I’m probably feeling a little anxiety. That’s probably the right word for it. Um, I’m excited, but cautiously, a little nervous. So I would love to hear from you reach out to me. Uh, I’m spending a ton of time these days on Instagram, I’m on all the socials as you guys probably know, but, uh, spending a lot of time on Instagram these days.

So reach out to me on Instagram at Katie Lance over there and send me a DM, let me know that you listened to it. And just, I would just be curious your, where you’re at with things. If you’re feeling, if you’re ready to go, if you’re ready to hop on a plane tomorrow, or are you feeling a little bit more, uh, cautious. So anyways, all right. We’d love to hear from you and, uh, yeah, reach out to me. And you know, if you’re listening to this and you are, uh, you know, someone who is planning events, I would also love to chat with you too, and just get a sense of where you’re at in terms of planning for your event and, um, you know, shameless plug, I’m a speaker. So of course I would love to be considered for your event, but I’d also just love to chat with folks who are organizing events and just get a sense of where you’re at in terms of thinking about the fall and next year, and, um, and happy to share any insights and experiences I have.

So feel free to reach out again through Instagram or our website or our email, all that good stuff, we’ll link all that stuff below. And if you’re curious about just my other thoughts around, uh, the pandemic, I will link to a few past episodes. It might be fun for you to go back and listen to it just during the last year and a half. A couple of my musings. All right, my friend, thank you so much for joining today. I so appreciate it. Um, if you love the podcast, the best thing you can do is share it out, share it out on social. We’ll take a selfie, do a screenshot, share it out, tag me. Um, and if you’re listening on apple podcasts, we would love your review. All right, friends until next time, have a great day. We’ll see you soon. Bye for now.

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