On a “normal” day, like back in 2019, life was stressful. And then 2020 began… We started this year talking about gratitude, being appreciative for what we have. Shelter at home began, and like a lot of people, I thought, this is great! I could use some slow time at home. A couple weeks in, and all of my “normal” stress seemed magnified. I could still feel gratitude for what I have and for the people around me however, it was different now. I never realized how necessary the little chats in the office, smiling at a friend over lunch or grabbing a drink with someone on Friday were. Our lives are different this year. This month we dedicate the entire issue to mental health, we talk about loneliness, anxiety and depression.
I’d like to thank the Lakeland Public Library for their excellent book suggestions. Christina Gard from Grace City Church writes about community. Alice Nuttall from Lakeland Regional Health writes about eating healthy during the time of COVID. Thank you to all of these guest writers for helping to make this issue so informative.
Continue to tag your FB & IG posts with #lkldhaven and you might find it in the next issue. Take care of yourself, be kind and stay healthy.
ON THE COVER:
Photo of Turtle Beach on Siesta Key by Amy Sexson.