We're getting it done! It's not always pretty. But we're doing our best. Like you, we're trying to stay positive.
We're all in this together. And thanks to technology, which for years we feared was keeping us apart, we are more connected than ever. We've found ourselves on Zoom and Skype by day and Houseparty by night.
How are you hanging in?
We hope this week's newsletter helps. We are bringing you work-from-home tips, a little retail therapy and some puppies in play. We have a few inspiring stories as well, and some fun ways you can give back.
This crisis might very well forever change the way we work. I've read that it's making folks 40 percent more productive. Speaking for my team, even though we're not under one roof, we're super-focused during our twice daily calls and when we check in throughout the day, our talks are succinct.
If working from home is new to you, check out these tips.
If you're video conferencing for the first time, you've probably made some rookie mistakes. Hopefully nothing as bad as poor Jennifer, whose Zoom bathroom break blew up on the internet. To avoid that kind of legendary faux pas, NPR has some great video conferencing etiquette tips.
These new work-from-home protocols also require some updated dress codes. Our favorite stylists from Tootsies are offering discount codes on online sales. Check out their favorite looks for video conferencing (as well what to wear at the beach, mountains and a night on the town, because we will get back there!).
Of course, it's not all work from home these days. We're having some fun too. The Atlanta Humane Society has unleashed its puppies who are running wild in the Georgia Aquarium. We could watch for hours, and we're certain you'll enjoy it as much as we do!
Our unicorn-loving pals at Rhyme & Reason have posted a free Ampersand Activity Sheet and free Coloring Sheet. And Jackson Fine Art has just unveiled its new app. Just point it at a blank wall and you can virtually hang thousands of photographs.
Producer, artistic director, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen (B'way quadruple-threat and star of TV's Fame) is offering free dance parties on Facebook Live. Follow her on twitter to find out when you can get your groove on.
If you're not dancing, hopefully you're doing something else, perhaps thoughtful, creative or enlightening.
If not, and you're anything like me, chances are you're binge eating! Cooking is soothing for me. So, at first it was eating as stress relief. But then we wanted to support our local restaurants (in a big way), so now it's eating with altruistic intent.
Please join us in what we're calling, Eating For a Cause. There are so many fun ways to support local restaurants.
Skinny jeans be damned!
Our old pal and former Atlanta Journal Constitution dining critic, John Kessler may have moved to Chicago, but he's doing his part to help restaurants here in Atlanta. He's launched a restaurant gift card exchange where you purchase a restaurant gift card(s!!) and send yours to him. Then he'll send you one from another restaurant. Great way to try new places, right?
Other media folks getting in on the game include Mark Arum from WSB Radio, who started a platform to help raise money for your favorite restaurant servers. Check out Star 94's list of Love Local Atlanta. And follow WSB-TV, Channel 2 anchor Jorge Estevez's hashtag #InThis2gether for great stories of giving back.
We also love a new promotion that kicks off this week called Restaurant Bingo. You get a neighborhood specific bingo card that lists all the area's restaurants. You check the box for each one you patronize in a two-week period. Then you send in your completed bingo card to be entered into a drawing for the chance to win prizes.
We're sending a big shout out to the Atlanta Hawks Foundation and State Farm Arena, who are feeding health care workers around the city. Check out this great video. Full court press!
And did you see our friends at Helping Mamas on Fox 5 Atlanta THIS morning? This crisis has fueled an already huge need for diapers and baby supplies. And Helping Mamas is Georgia's only baby supply bank.
Before we wrap, we would be remiss in not giving thanks to those folks on the front lines. Check out this great shot of Georgia medical workers flying to New York to help coronavirus patients. You're the real heroes!
While we all keep at it, doing our very best, follow us on social for inspiring updates. Of paramount importance: the health and well-being of our clients, employees, friends and families.
Keep in mind during the challenges we face ahead, a little good news goes a long way. Please enjoy ours, and don't hesitate to share yours.