A year ago today, I sent a bunch of high schoolers home instead of watching them perform their musical. We thought we would be home for a few weeks, maybe a couple of months... It turned out to be a year... so far...
A lot has changed, I was laid off 6 months ago. I have tried to work as much as possible while being a stay at home mom. I started making things again, and things have been good... and hard. We are lucky, we are surviving.
One of the things that has really helped me has been my new (old) hobby.
I was a rink rat as a kid. My parents dropped me off at Skatetown every Friday and Saturday for double sessions while I was in junior high. I loved it. I skated on and off in my 20's at rinks, and even practiced with some derby girls in my 30's. I used to skate laps around my house while Max napped. The wind on my face and the movement felt so good.
This winter my partner and I cleared out our basement and in the process found our roller skates. In February I started rollerskating around my basement. After months of being trapped in the house my body hurt, my muscles were atrophying and I was in constant pain. My back had arched and I had issues standing straight from not having an active job (running around a theater all day gets a lot of steps in everyday).
Well, I'm almost a month in and have started standing straight again, my energy level has increased, I've lost 5lbs, and I've found happy moments each day while skating. I like learning new things, and I have a bunch of things to remember, re-learn, and learn anew
Little did I know there was a huge rollerskating trend that started during quarantine. Guess I'm a bit behind, but catching up quickly. So, I have also found a new community to interact with. There are some amazing skaters, new ones and old ones, who are positive and so happy there are more skaters in the world. I am so happy to have found a place to play (socially distant but together).
I am also lucky to have a family that is interested too! My daughter likes to skate everyday (to Moana). My son likes to turn the lights off in the basement and have disco dance roller parties at night. Even my partner will put on his old skates and skate slowly with me from time to time. Like a good old slow skate. We do circles in the basement, it's nice. Like a date night, but at home.
I've started a skate daily challenge and today marks day 27. I plan to skate everyday though the rest of 2021. If you would like to follow my skate journey you can find my instagram posts @janiegirlskates Now that the sun is coming out and the days are getting warmer, we are venturing outside, and it feels so good.
It feels so good that I have found new inspirations! I have new roller skate items coming to the shop in April!
Pom-Poms- Toe covers, Charms, Straps, and more!
Spring is almost here and I'm feeling better than ever!
Shop re-opening April 1!
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Until then... happy skating!