It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. The current crisis washed over me like a tsunami. I was so overwhelmed that I experienced a little writer’s block. To be honest, it was more like a mental breakdown.
Here is little update for you:: The week leading up to the 13th of March, I was busy preparing for the 4th edition of the Greenstyle – fair fashion and conference where we wanted to present the new FABSOUL collection. Corona was in the back of my head then but not really something I worried about.
I was more concerned about how the fair would go for us. The new collection wasn’t delivered as planned. Our factory is located in Taiwan but the printing is made in China. Due to the lockdown over there, the production process could not proceed as planned.
Little did I know that this would be my least concern very soon.
Because as the virus began spreading slowly all over Europe (Italy being impacted the most), the German government started implementing certain restrictions. Friday, the 13th (how fitting), the date that the fair was supposed to start, the Bavarian maior announced that all events over 200 people had to be cancelled. I was just about to leave my house to build up the booth, when the organizer called me and told me that the fair couldn’t happend as planned.
I was relieved and taken aback at the same time. I’m naturally a positive person and I always see the best in everything. But it also dawned on me that something I hadn’t really taken seriously in the beginning, had now built into something that heavily impacted life as we knew it.
The craziness didn’t stop there.
We had booked flights to California for the following Monday. I was so excited to finally be able to shoot some amazing footage for FABSOUL. And, of course, to also invite a little glimpse of Summer feeling back into my life.
On Thursday morning, my friend sent me an article stating that Trump closed the US border for Europeans citizens. Great, I thought. I had been looking forward to this trip so much. I once again found myself thrown into cold water.
What to do now? Neither Roman nor I wanted to stay in Munich. We were desperate for change of scenery. Thus, we decided to drive up to Berlin and visit my parents instead. They also had booked a trip to the South of France. Our plan was to spend a few days in Berlin and them join them in France.
As the week progressed, country after country went into shutdown mode. Borders were closed and travel restirctions imposed. Roman and I used the last chance we had and traveled up to the Baltic Sea. When we returned that night, they had already closed the region.
You could say the last weeks have been some crazy times. But to be honest, it has also been a time of reset and healing. I feel like the world desperately needed this shutdown to slow down. Beforehand, I was constantly on the go, never feeling I could keep up. I had developed this constant inner restlessness.
Now after about 6 weeks in isolation at my parents’ house, I feel more at ease. My creativity has surged back up again. I’ve taken many walks in the woods. I’ve taken my home office outside. You could say that I’ve reconnected with nature big time.
I know that there many people out there suffering from this crisis. And it’s bad and of course you shouldn’t look away. But I also see it as a chance. A chance to look inside and reevaluate who we are and what’s really important in life.
I think the biggest thing we learned is this: life goes on, no matter the tempo. So we might as well take it slow.
In an outburst of creativity, I decided to document my life at home in a vlog series. I’ve had so much fun creating these and hope you like them and that they lift you up. Happy watching!