#COVID19
LuckyBeardDiaries

By the people, for the people.

My name is Alanna • I’m a Client Lead/Project My name is Alanna
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I’m a Client Lead/Project Manager in the Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Making nice food for lunch and dinner gives me something to look forward to. Getting out for lots of walks is important - I’ve actually never walked so much in my life. You should do what is right for you, if that is exercising every second or baking banana bread or learning a new language, great, but it’s also ok to relax, watch tv, read a book and not be accomplishing new things every day. I also have started keeping a list of all the things I want to do after this is over, (go to the pub, go to the zoo, hug my granny) it may be a long time before I can do them but I hope it will make all those things extra special and remind me to be grateful for them.
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This experience has made me grateful for: Technology, being able to have a weekly family quiz and video calls with family and friends. Living next to the Phoenix Park, it’s a life saver! Living in Stoneybatter, being so close to the city means I get amazing takeaways from restaurants that had to close and also pints of Guinness delivered to my house. The post! I’ve rekindled a love for waiting for the postman and sending cards and gifts to family and friends. Travel. I wasn’t able to go on my honeymoon but this experience has made me so grateful for usually being able to travel around the world whenever I want. I can’t wait until the day I can travel again. I am so incredibly grateful for my husband, my two cats and my family and friends. Also for still being able to do my job, and for Lucky Beard to be able to adapt so amazingly and continue business as usual. I am also very grateful to live in Ireland. I’m so proud of our response to this emergency, so proud of all the nurses, doctors, guards, rubbish collectors, supermarket and shop workers and the amazing community response in my area and all areas in Ireland. To be continued 👇🏼
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My name is Alanna

I’m a Client Lead/Project Manager in the Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: Making nice food for lunch and dinner gives me something to look forward to. Getting out for lots of walks is important - I’ve actually never walked so much in my life. You should do what is right for you, if that is exercising every second or baking banana bread or learning a new language, great, but it’s also ok to relax, watch tv, read a book and not be accomplishing new things every day. I also have started keeping a list of all the things I want to do after this is over, (go to the pub, go to the zoo, hug my granny) it may be a long time before I can do them but I hope it will make all those things extra special and remind me to be grateful for them.

This experience has made me grateful for: Technology, being able to have a weekly family quiz and video calls with family and friends. Living next to the Phoenix Park, it’s a life saver! Living in Stoneybatter, being so close to the city means I get amazing takeaways from restaurants that had to close and also pints of Guinness delivered to my house. The post! I’ve rekindled a love for waiting for the postman and sending cards and gifts to family and friends. Travel. I wasn’t able to go on my honeymoon but this experience has made me so grateful for usually being able to travel around the world whenever I want. I can’t wait until the day I can travel again. I am so incredibly grateful for my husband, my two cats and my family and friends. Also for still being able to do my job, and for Lucky Beard to be able to adapt so amazingly and continue business as usual. I am also very grateful to live in Ireland. I’m so proud of our response to this emergency, so proud of all the nurses, doctors, guards, rubbish collectors, supermarket and shop workers and the amazing community response in my area and all areas in Ireland. To be continued 👇🏼
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My name is Gianluca • I’m a Designer in the Du My name is Gianluca
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I’m a Designer in the Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Creating a good meal is as satisfactory as creating a good design. Exercise is boring, but you need to move your ass one way or the other. Movies, movies, movies. Videogames. Movies.
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This experience has made me grateful for: Being born in the lucky side of the world, there are way worse dilemmas than establishing which videogame you want to play next. Being raised by amazing people (hi mom!) that I'm going to hug as soon as I can. Being friend with terrific human beings that I make wait forever when we have to meet. Thanks for still standing me.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: 
Never underestimate the power of a call: reading "hahahah" is not the same as listening to it.
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My name is Gianluca

I’m a Designer in the Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: Creating a good meal is as satisfactory as creating a good design. Exercise is boring, but you need to move your ass one way or the other. Movies, movies, movies. Videogames. Movies.

This experience has made me grateful for: Being born in the lucky side of the world, there are way worse dilemmas than establishing which videogame you want to play next. Being raised by amazing people (hi mom!) that I'm going to hug as soon as I can. Being friend with terrific human beings that I make wait forever when we have to meet. Thanks for still standing me.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is:
Never underestimate the power of a call: reading "hahahah" is not the same as listening to it.
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My name is Chichi • I’m an experience designer My name is Chichi
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I’m an experience designer in SA.
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My lockdown life hacks: Get some sun and get into character: This is like a side quest in an epic game of dungeons and dragons. Sure, we’d prefer to stay on the main quest but this is where you get all the cool experience points, amour, and upgrades that your character will need to slay the main quest monsters. So, breathe, it’s going to be okay and every side quest ends.
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This experience has made me grateful for: 
My Beard family who’ve seamlessly transitioned into remote working and my team who keep the work going but also make sure we’re still sane and happy. I’m also grateful to everyone at the frontlines who’ve kept the food coming, the bins going out, constructing much need structures and taking care of those in hospitals.
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The lesson I’ll take from this is: Make peace with your mind and become a person you can be locked down with. Normalcy is relative and adaptability is a superpower. 
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My name is Chichi

I’m an experience designer in SA.

My lockdown life hacks: Get some sun and get into character: This is like a side quest in an epic game of dungeons and dragons. Sure, we’d prefer to stay on the main quest but this is where you get all the cool experience points, amour, and upgrades that your character will need to slay the main quest monsters. So, breathe, it’s going to be okay and every side quest ends.

This experience has made me grateful for:
My Beard family who’ve seamlessly transitioned into remote working and my team who keep the work going but also make sure we’re still sane and happy. I’m also grateful to everyone at the frontlines who’ve kept the food coming, the bins going out, constructing much need structures and taking care of those in hospitals.

The lesson I’ll take from this is: Make peace with your mind and become a person you can be locked down with. Normalcy is relative and adaptability is a superpower.
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My name is Davide • I’m a designer in the Dubl My name is Davide
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I’m a designer in the Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: I like to use the spare time of this lockdown to catch up with all the books I always wanted to read. Different genres but trying to push over my comprehension boundaries and open up my mental horizons. Every morning I have a full Mokka (the amount of 3 strong cups) of Italian coffee only for me, after the first week you stop shaking and there is no way I can start a day without it now. I can also finally watch ‘How I Met Your Mother’ from the beginning.
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This experience has made me grateful for: Not being alone and share moments with someone I love during this long and weird time. I am grateful for having a roof over my head, I think this is always important to remind ourselves when we are sad and angry. I also have the Italian basic knowledge of making food. Now I can experiment and achieve higher levels of skills in the kitchen. I am grateful for having a job that gives me the possibility to have these type of thoughts that I can share.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: 
Keeping in mind other people and not being too selfish, are more than ever my personal principles that I want to keep with myself. Talking, listening and finding possible solutions are the three steps I follow to find a way out for every problem. Time is the most precious currency.
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My name is Davide

I’m a designer in the Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: I like to use the spare time of this lockdown to catch up with all the books I always wanted to read. Different genres but trying to push over my comprehension boundaries and open up my mental horizons. Every morning I have a full Mokka (the amount of 3 strong cups) of Italian coffee only for me, after the first week you stop shaking and there is no way I can start a day without it now. I can also finally watch ‘How I Met Your Mother’ from the beginning.

This experience has made me grateful for: Not being alone and share moments with someone I love during this long and weird time. I am grateful for having a roof over my head, I think this is always important to remind ourselves when we are sad and angry. I also have the Italian basic knowledge of making food. Now I can experiment and achieve higher levels of skills in the kitchen. I am grateful for having a job that gives me the possibility to have these type of thoughts that I can share.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is:
Keeping in mind other people and not being too selfish, are more than ever my personal principles that I want to keep with myself. Talking, listening and finding possible solutions are the three steps I follow to find a way out for every problem. Time is the most precious currency.
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My name is Jason, MD of UK 🇬🇧 • I live in My name is Jason, MD of UK 🇬🇧
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I live in London and work on brand things across the business.
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My Lockdown life hacks: Break the monotony by experimenting - cook something new, make something new, try something new. Enjoy taking things slowly. (on weekends only…. Obvs). Take the time to read those coffee table books that have been sitting there unopened since you bought them. Limit the amount of news you read - too little and you don’t know what’s going on, too much and you are convinced that this is the apocalypse
Search for good – There is a lot pain, loss, confusion and destruction that has been caused on by this situation. There is also a lot of love, connection, sharing and humanity. Unfortunately they don’t get reported on equally.
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This experience has made me grateful for: 
My family – This whole thing has made me realise how lucky I am to be on this journey with such a crazy, interesting, loving bunch of weirdos. Our people – Being part of a company where people care deeply and are so effortlessly optimistic. My firepit – The amount of joy that fire brings me is only rivalled the amount of joy a braai’d marshie brings the kids. Technology – We often take for granted the fact that the people who matter to us are always only seconds away. Good coffee – I haven’t had a decent coffee since lockdown. I miss it more and more every day. My kitchen – Also, all the clever people who write cook books and make us feel like we know what we are doing.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: There is no such thing as normal. We are individually and collectively capable of far more that we think. We shouldn’t be thinking about going back to how things were - we should be looking forward and rethinking how things could be. When you take the time to celebrate the little things, you realise they aren’t little things.
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My name is Jason, MD of UK 🇬🇧

I live in London and work on brand things across the business.

My Lockdown life hacks: Break the monotony by experimenting - cook something new, make something new, try something new. Enjoy taking things slowly. (on weekends only…. Obvs). Take the time to read those coffee table books that have been sitting there unopened since you bought them. Limit the amount of news you read - too little and you don’t know what’s going on, too much and you are convinced that this is the apocalypse
Search for good – There is a lot pain, loss, confusion and destruction that has been caused on by this situation. There is also a lot of love, connection, sharing and humanity. Unfortunately they don’t get reported on equally.

This experience has made me grateful for:
My family – This whole thing has made me realise how lucky I am to be on this journey with such a crazy, interesting, loving bunch of weirdos. Our people – Being part of a company where people care deeply and are so effortlessly optimistic. My firepit – The amount of joy that fire brings me is only rivalled the amount of joy a braai’d marshie brings the kids. Technology – We often take for granted the fact that the people who matter to us are always only seconds away. Good coffee – I haven’t had a decent coffee since lockdown. I miss it more and more every day. My kitchen – Also, all the clever people who write cook books and make us feel like we know what we are doing.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is: There is no such thing as normal. We are individually and collectively capable of far more that we think. We shouldn’t be thinking about going back to how things were - we should be looking forward and rethinking how things could be. When you take the time to celebrate the little things, you realise they aren’t little things.
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My name is Sarah and I’m a UX Designer at Dublin My name is Sarah and I’m a UX Designer at Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Craft your little heart out, it’s nice to have an activity that is pretty, calming and productive. Sit outside anytime there’s a ray of sunshine, we all need that vitamin D. Do clean up every now and then, there’s nothing more stressful than a messy home. Hydrate, all day every day #HydroHomie. It’s okay to do nothing at all, that’s why we have the internet.
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This experience has made me grateful for:  People, from the doctors and nurses that keep us safe to the people in the shops, they are all in the frontline working so that the majority of us can stay safe at home. Thank you. Having a job I enjoy, it’s nice knowing that I can wake up and do work I enjoy with people I like, aka the Bearded family. The internet, I can talk to family and friends, work from home, learn new crafts, play games, watch movies,  it’s pretty much the basis of my life right now. Dogs and cats, it makes my day seeing one out in the streets, also pretty trees and flowers.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: 
Never take anything for granted and be grateful, one never knows when it might not be there anymore. Do the things you want to do and stop doing what you don’t really miss now. Hoarding craft supplies is actually a survival skill. Go on more walks in nature, it’s so peaceful.
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My name is Sarah and I’m a UX Designer at Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: Craft your little heart out, it’s nice to have an activity that is pretty, calming and productive. Sit outside anytime there’s a ray of sunshine, we all need that vitamin D. Do clean up every now and then, there’s nothing more stressful than a messy home. Hydrate, all day every day #HydroHomie. It’s okay to do nothing at all, that’s why we have the internet.

This experience has made me grateful for: People, from the doctors and nurses that keep us safe to the people in the shops, they are all in the frontline working so that the majority of us can stay safe at home. Thank you. Having a job I enjoy, it’s nice knowing that I can wake up and do work I enjoy with people I like, aka the Bearded family. The internet, I can talk to family and friends, work from home, learn new crafts, play games, watch movies, it’s pretty much the basis of my life right now. Dogs and cats, it makes my day seeing one out in the streets, also pretty trees and flowers.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is:
Never take anything for granted and be grateful, one never knows when it might not be there anymore. Do the things you want to do and stop doing what you don’t really miss now. Hoarding craft supplies is actually a survival skill. Go on more walks in nature, it’s so peaceful.
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My name is Elaine and I’m the MD (aka hustler) i My name is Elaine and I’m the MD (aka hustler) in the Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Routine-make one and stick to it.  Plan ahead. Get up early, get dressed, put on your shoes, brush your hair, and set “off” to work, Never ever wear your PJs to work! Morning coffee- an essential switch to power up and GO. Yoga- a little every day goes along way…. Never forget. It’s the difference between a good or great day. Patience- this is a looooong game, don’t burn out too quickly, got to give it time for this to work. Effort- got to make one…. make those Friday nights, Saturdays & Sundays feel special, make them different- cocktails, great dinners, movie nights, long walks with the dog, endless crafts, lie ins, cricket, whatever it takes for everyone to feel it was a good weekend. Commitment- commit to the cause early on, we can do this if we commit to each other. Together we win, each and every one of us has a crucial part to play.
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To be continued 👇🏼
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My name is Elaine and I’m the MD (aka hustler) in the Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: Routine-make one and stick to it. Plan ahead. Get up early, get dressed, put on your shoes, brush your hair, and set “off” to work, Never ever wear your PJs to work! Morning coffee- an essential switch to power up and GO. Yoga- a little every day goes along way…. Never forget. It’s the difference between a good or great day. Patience- this is a looooong game, don’t burn out too quickly, got to give it time for this to work. Effort- got to make one…. make those Friday nights, Saturdays & Sundays feel special, make them different- cocktails, great dinners, movie nights, long walks with the dog, endless crafts, lie ins, cricket, whatever it takes for everyone to feel it was a good weekend. Commitment- commit to the cause early on, we can do this if we commit to each other. Together we win, each and every one of us has a crucial part to play.

To be continued 👇🏼
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My name is Jess • I’m a PM in the Dublin offic My name is Jess
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I’m a PM in the Dublin office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Check your privilege. Manage your media consumption and be mindful of what information you take on board (Your mom’s PHD on Coronavirus from WhatsApp University is not a credible source). Educate your parents about fake news. Be kind, to yourself and to each other. Stretch. Remind yourself to be grateful, but also acknowledge that social distancing and isolation is hard. Check in with your people and stay connected. Take it one day at a time. There is no “right” way to cope with a global pandemic, listen to your own rhythm and do what makes you feel strong and stable. Get your daily dose of memes in – they’re at the forefront of mental health.
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This experience has made me grateful for: 
The resilience of the human spirit.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: When everything is uncertain everything that is important becomes clear.
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My name is Jess

I’m a PM in the Dublin office

My Lockdown life hacks: Check your privilege. Manage your media consumption and be mindful of what information you take on board (Your mom’s PHD on Coronavirus from WhatsApp University is not a credible source). Educate your parents about fake news. Be kind, to yourself and to each other. Stretch. Remind yourself to be grateful, but also acknowledge that social distancing and isolation is hard. Check in with your people and stay connected. Take it one day at a time. There is no “right” way to cope with a global pandemic, listen to your own rhythm and do what makes you feel strong and stable. Get your daily dose of memes in – they’re at the forefront of mental health.

This experience has made me grateful for:
The resilience of the human spirit.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is: When everything is uncertain everything that is important becomes clear.
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My name is Robin or Rob Dog • I’m an Intern de My name is Robin or Rob Dog
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I’m an Intern designer in the London office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Ping Pong and the more whiskey the better. The more you drink the better you become, End up hitting twice as many balls. Gloat so much when you win your family don't play with you anymore. Increases social distancing. Wake up 2 minutes before the daily check in without anyone knowning... Sit in the garden when its sunny. England's good weather doesn't hang around, take the days you get. Disney+, Relive childhood shows and sing frozen songs in the shower.
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This experience has made me grateful for: My home, My Family, Endless supply of Beer and whiskey, Music, Virtial Pub Quiz with Friends, NHS staff & Internet - Wouldn't be able to watch Disney without it.. and work obviously...
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: 
Always get the sunny when its there. Enjoy the little things. I am really good at Table tennis & pub quizzes
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My name is Robin or Rob Dog

I’m an Intern designer in the London office

My Lockdown life hacks: Ping Pong and the more whiskey the better. The more you drink the better you become, End up hitting twice as many balls. Gloat so much when you win your family don't play with you anymore. Increases social distancing. Wake up 2 minutes before the daily check in without anyone knowning... Sit in the garden when its sunny. England's good weather doesn't hang around, take the days you get. Disney+, Relive childhood shows and sing frozen songs in the shower.

This experience has made me grateful for: My home, My Family, Endless supply of Beer and whiskey, Music, Virtial Pub Quiz with Friends, NHS staff & Internet - Wouldn't be able to watch Disney without it.. and work obviously...

The lesson I’ll take from all this is:
Always get the sunny when its there. Enjoy the little things. I am really good at Table tennis & pub quizzes

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My name is Emma. • I’m a Strategist in the Lon My name is Emma.
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I’m a Strategist in the London office
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My Lockdown life hacks: Creating a sense of calm as often as possible. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed when working in isolation without the perspective that outside life brings. Lighting a candle during the day helps, and unwinding after a long day with exercise or a puzzle (which I’ve found can either be relaxing or torturous… depending on where you’re at with said puzzle). If all else fails, I’ve found that red wine does the trick.
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This experience has made me grateful for:  First and foremost: Family and friends. I will never again take for granted the simple pleasure in spending time with those who matter most to me. Having a desk by a window which allows for a smile and a wave with friendly strangers passing by. Working for a company that is able to continue doing what we do in such uncertain times, which brings a sense of stability to the situation we find ourselves in. Also, our global Skype group banter that continues to bring the lols.
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The lesson I’ll take from all this is: It may have taken a global pandemic, but this experience has shown me that we as humans are able to come together and be united when it matters most. Our weekly claps for the NHS in the UK are a beautiful example of communities putting their differences aside and representing a united front, which I hope we will continue to feel more of when this is all over. 
#covid19luckybearddiaries

My name is Emma.

I’m a Strategist in the London office

My Lockdown life hacks: Creating a sense of calm as often as possible. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed when working in isolation without the perspective that outside life brings. Lighting a candle during the day helps, and unwinding after a long day with exercise or a puzzle (which I’ve found can either be relaxing or torturous… depending on where you’re at with said puzzle). If all else fails, I’ve found that red wine does the trick.

This experience has made me grateful for: First and foremost: Family and friends. I will never again take for granted the simple pleasure in spending time with those who matter most to me. Having a desk by a window which allows for a smile and a wave with friendly strangers passing by. Working for a company that is able to continue doing what we do in such uncertain times, which brings a sense of stability to the situation we find ourselves in. Also, our global Skype group banter that continues to bring the lols.

The lesson I’ll take from all this is: It may have taken a global pandemic, but this experience has shown me that we as humans are able to come together and be united when it matters most. Our weekly claps for the NHS in the UK are a beautiful example of communities putting their differences aside and representing a united front, which I hope we will continue to feel more of when this is all over.
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