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Entries by Arlene Schneider

THE REAL COVID LIVES OF HARRIS COUNTY AND BEYOND

“Running, eating, reading, being pissed off.”
“Sewing masks.”
“I spend most of my days wishing that my adult sons were quarantining elsewhere.”
“Working.”
“What Covid-19? My work has not slowed, just the way we interact.”
“Working from home, ordering groceries on Instacart. On the good days, thankful for the job and time with my guys. On the bad days, …

“HOW CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS?”

“She values her political position more than she loves our friendship.”

“She continues to talk about politics when I change the subject. I can’t take it anymore.”

“We’ve always been friends. Why is this the end of a long friendship?”

These statements were made by a client in a recent coaching session. She was distressed …

MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS DURING A QUARANTINE

Where did all these lizards come from?

Continued props to Aurora Brunel (https://www.schneidercoachinggroup.com/masks-of-hope/) for selflessly creating beautiful masks for anyone who asks. How does she do it?

It is possible to spoil a cat in 6 weeks.

And there are even more-Conspiracy Theories!!!

It IS possible not to dine in at a restaurant or even get take-out and …

FINDING MY PACE

I always considered myself well-suited for the “hustle and bustle” of modern America. My Pre-COVID life consisted of running from one errand to another, then to lunch, work, studying, and any number of other activities until finally winding things down as I crawled into bed.
It wasn’t until the forced slamming of the brakes that …

RANDOM THOUGHTS DURING THE QUARANTINE

Houston is quite nice with only about 20% of its usual traffic.
Many people are amazingly generous with their time and talents.
Quarantining seems to breed lots of conspiracy theories.
Sometimes my neighborhood looks like a Mardi Gras parade without the costumes.
Why don’t some runners at Memorial Park social distance?
Why do some runners at Memorial Park …

GOLDILOCKS AND THE CORONAVIRUS

My friends and family have heard me complain incessantly about a few runners at Memorial Park (a popular park for runners in Houston) who refuse to engage in social distancing. Over the past few weeks, I have jumped into shrubs to avoid contact, been splashed with someone else’s sweat, and witnessed other runners and …

MASKS OF HOPE

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”.
Mother Teresa
The Covid_19 crisis has turned our worlds upside down, and daily we witness stories of compassion and generosity that help us to feel hope and beauty …

OUR NEW NORMAL

These are times when we learn about ourselves, and we then have the opportunity to alter what we’d like to see changed. Out of what lens are you seeing your quarantine, yourself, your opportunities?

Questions to ponder:

1-How have I “shown up” in the past two weeks?

2-What have I learned about myself in the last two …

GUESS WHO’S HOME FOR THE SEMESTER?

If you have college age students or young adults it’s quite possible you acquired new house guests in the past two weeks. While many of us are thrilled to have our families intact, is critical to get out of the gate on a good foot.
First, we want to acknowledge that their lives have …

STAY IN YOUR LANE!

Recently I was invited to speak to a women’s group on the topic of boundaries (see below). To be honest, at first I was not really excited about this topic. Once I began speaking and hearing the thoughtful reflections from the group, I realized how impactful boundaries are for many of us. Boundaries affect …