Four female bosses reveal how COVID-19 has impacted their lives

"For the 'girl bosses'... create a new normal outside of the place you call work/home and live!" - Erica Matthews, fashion stylist

Culture
Jemima Cousins

Jemima Cousins, Spell editor

In the first week of the lockdown my grandma passed away. The prospect of not burying her for three months made the reality of Covid-19 hit hard. Thankfully, we were able to lay her to rest but not being able to console family was a difficult pill to swallow. This really flagged up the power of human connection and how much we take it for granted. I am so grateful to those who remained on the frontline to carry the nation through this difficult time. From NHS workers to the graveside diggers, I say a big thank you! Isolation made me realise it's OK to retreat. I'll no longer feel guilty for taking time out, especially if it contributes to a happier version of me.

Sue Omar

Sue Omar, freelance journalist

My day-to-day life used to be so busy with work, creating content, socialising and family time. The first two weeks were tough. I found it hard to adjust with staying at home and was worried about the impact it would have on the future. While I still think about what the next few months will have in store for us, I'm now giving more energy to being thankful and practicing gratitude. As a creative, I’ve learnt that my best ideas come in the stillness. I have more clarity and time to work on things that I’ve been holding off for a long time. I’ve learnt to take time to celebrate my achievements instead of constantly planning what’s next.

Yuki

Yuki, DJ

I’ve learnt to appreciate the small things in life and will take time to do so every day. Before this happened, I was a typical Londoner and would always be rushing about; now I’m going to slow down and appreciate what is important. Family, friends and health is everything. I'm looking forward to so many things like a delicious dinner at my favourite restaurant and visiting my hairstylist for a bouncy blowdry. But most of all, I can't wait to get back on the decks and connect with people through the power of music. We have to celebrate freedom - and what better way to do it than with good vibes, great people and your favourite drink?

Erica Matthews

Erica Matthews, fashion stylist

I’ve worked from home for years, so naturally I felt prepared for the lockdown. But as jobs got cancelled, budgets disappeared and family members got sick, my idle time reminded me that my ‘work hard and play later’ philosophy wasn’t as fruitful as I thought. I assumed that money would be my biggest emotional hurdle. However, I find myself dwelling more so on the nights out I cancelled with friends or the date night invitations I turned down. For the 'girl boss' reading this, my advice is to create a new normal outside of the place you call work/ home and live! Meet friends, date, and experience the world. At the end of the day, that’s what matters!

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