The first half of 2020 was indeed full of surprises. A lot of things beyond our control happened, and we were almost left clueless about how to move forward. Team Launchspace wasn’t exempted from these surprises, and just like everyone, we had to think of ways to keep ourselves going! For the next few days, we’ll be sharing our own experiences and thoughts on the first half of 2020.
Six months, countless realizations, and one pandemic later, here’s how the year has been so far according to our social media manager, Rissa, and photographer, Kris:
Like all of us, I was not expecting a year quite like this. Readjusting to a new normal has been difficult. We’re so used to being out of the house almost everyday that allowing yourself a day to stay inside was a luxury and now it’s the norm. Being at home usually meant that it was the end of the day, so we were allowed to lounge around knowing that work was over. Now, it’s more of finding the balance between work and play while having a sudden transition such as this.
Being at home also makes you miss small things like coffee runs in the mornings or buying lunches at nearby restaurants. And it definitely makes you miss every day things that we may have taken for granted, like having a team of seven to always lean on for help in shoots and projects and having all the things you need in one space. Shooting at home has definitely taught me the benefit of having help and surrounding yourself with people who understand how to do that work that you do.
What has helped throughout the craziness of this year have been my friends and family. I look forward to weekly Zoom calls with friends where we have game nights or movie nights and just keep each other company in the comforts of our homes. It reminds me that we’re not alone in our struggle this year has brought us. It also helps me to remind myself that I am not giving up on 2020 yet and that I’m still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. ☀️
I had high expectations for 2020. I thought this would be a good year but as it turns out, it’s a tough year for everyone. Now, we’re all just clueless what happens next in the new normal. My year has transitioned from planning things way ahead to just trying to survive one day at a time.
At work, we’re beyond thankful for our old and new clients for trusting Launchspace despite the pandemic that hit all businesses big or small. Having new clients during this trying time pushes the team to think of other ways to market the clients brands’ products and services in the new normal. It puts our resourcefulness, creativity, and teamwork to the test. Through the efforts of everyone, we were able to come up with our Launch From Home initiative. I admire this project because we’re able to offer our services while still prioritizing everyone’s health and safety.
I realized that having a great and considerate team (whether in person or in quarantine), helps you get through most of the hurdles you encounter each day. Having a strong team especially during this time eases the transition to the new normal and coping with the current situation. I definitely miss our fun shoots together and collaborating with them in person!
While the idea of being inside the house all day seems awesome, it hits hard when anxiety pierces through your mind. In order to cope, I usually do other activities such as working out and baking after work. These activities keep me busy and they help me release these loud negative thoughts inside my head.
Despite the pandemic (and the other surprises 2020 will bring), being able to still have a job that I love, realizing what path I want to take in life, and knowing that I have great people in my life are the highlights of my 2020. Although this year was tough for everybody, I still firmly believe all will get better… eventually.
2020, you’re unexpected.