Why does the caged bird sing?

Freaky times hey with Covid-19 induced self-quarantine, social distancing and supermarket sweep style scenes. How can we keep our mind, body and soul healthy? As an introvert, frugalista and optimist, I’ve had a bit of practice at some of this. But as a casual worker in service industries and a gym-user-I’m realising the challenge of changes outside our control.  Here a few things I’m trying;

Sculpting my guns: With the gym closed, I’m trying a combo of YouTube vids/ apps and home equipment to try and bag a classy lady by giving her two tickets to the gun show to see if she likes the goods.* Pamela Reif’s YouTube Channel has a range of workout styles, lengths and intensities. She doesn’t talk and is German, blond and modelY and does the moves to music with a timer. Simple, effective and gut danke. The lovely peeps at Down Dog Apps have made their Yoga, Barre, HILT and 7-minute workouts free until April 1st as fitness classes close due to Covid-19. So, I’ve been doing a Pamela workout, some squats/lunges with dumbbells, kettle bell or resistance bands and then a Down Dog Yoga to finish. Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

Are we clear? Crystal. More time in introspection and reflection ain’t a bad thing. Life becomes simpler. Our priorities clearer: the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others. We are staying at home to flatten the curve and protect the vulnerable in our community. We have appreciation for the little things. Who can ever look at a roll of toilet paper again without feeling a swell of love, gratitude and abundance? Ditto pasta or rice.

I liked this take from Italian Instagram fashionista Chiara Ferrangi, “Even in this weird time, enjoy the ride and find a lesson for the next phase of your life. Make a list of what you’re missing and never take it for granted again. Life after Covid will be a new life for us all, and I can’t wait to experience everything with different eyes”. The Kindness Pandemic movement reflects the generousity of the human spirit and can be seen as Italians sing from their balconies, Spaniards applaud medical workers and many worldwide give/ help/ thank others.

Trad wife Goals.I’m pretty much a professional potterer. Days are frittered away doing a bit of this and that. It’s an ideal time to channel your inner traditional wife and get creative in the kitchen (with the random ingredients you can get your hands on), get decluttering your closets and get scrubbing everything. Make do and mend. Keep calm and carry on. We’re ideally placed for being under house arrest with so many streaming services, digital libraries and social media holes to fall down. Or look to your cat for inspo and catch up on a year’s worth of sleep.

The caged bird sings for freedom.This too shall pass and won’t last forever so look on the bright side, appreciate the small things and use your time wisely to sculpt your guns (ohh it burns) while catching up on every series ever recommended to you.

Love and light and elbow bumps xxx Yvette

*Anchorman: The Gun Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVm-wrZG5qY

Pamela Reif YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChVRfsT_ASBZk10o0An7Ucg

Down Dog Apps https://www.downdogapp.com/

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By weavethefuturemagical

Hi guyz! I’m Yvette. I love to write about all things Minimalism, Mindfulness and Melbourne. The woo-woo makes me go woo-hoo! Much love xoxo @ me at yholdsworth@gmail.com


  1. Sage advice once again Yvette! We must be kind to each other and think through our fear and selfishness and only take what we need.
    Re. your guns: you go girl! Xx

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  2. I feel for the extroverts….shut away from their power source of social engagement.

    We introverts must remember to reach out and check in with them.

    Keep the faith.

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