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It’s been a YEAR. Can you believe it!? March 15th, 2020 (in Canada) marked a year since schools closed and we entered our first lockdown. A “Pandy-Anni” if you will. A whole 365 days of navigating change, living in isolation, coping with big emotions, managing fear, and deciding if you can get one more wear out of the sweatpants you’ve had on for a week. Now take a deep breath and drop those shoulders. Holding space for all we’ve been through is so critical in making sense of it all as we move into the next chapter. You can’t address what you don’t acknowledge.

Although it’s been a wild roller coaster of emotions with so much disconnect across this globe, the virus has never been my biggest worry. It’s the fear and uncertainty that concern me the most. When you panic, your immunity drops and so do your coping skills. You lose your sense of humour, your creativity, and quite often, you lose your light. So we said, “listen up Corona, you bitch, we aren’t about to let one damn virus steal all our joy.” And from that #nottodaycorona was born. Our way of staying connected, staying positive, and not letting corona push us around. It became the foundation that carried this team, and all those who love us, through our hardest days.

Now is the perfect time to bring that hashtag (and the energy it brings) back! We’ve survived an entire year of a friggin’ pandemic, my friends, and that deserves to be recognized. So, in celebration of this “Pandy – Anni” we’re bringing back our beloved Corona Connection Box!! 

Corona 4.0 💥

Our Corona Connection boxes were first dreamed up last April when our team knew we needed to do more in the continued effort to help connect people while remaining physically distant. These packages were filled with incredible items from local vendors and the Dr. Jody shop, sent with love to the people you love. We were so blown away by the response to the first edition that we did a 2.0 and 3.0! A total of 4500 boxes were sent to friends, coworkers, family, and long lost loves, and $10,000 was donated to local charities. None of this could have happened without the support from this community and we are beyond grateful for every single one of you. #NotTodayCorona

For our 4.0 edition, we’ve put together one hell of a corona connection package with a few things I know you’ll LOVE and will help get us through this next season, one sweet step at a time. They are meant to be shared, sent, and delivered to the people in your life who need them most – especially if that person is you. 

These bundles of love will be available for purchase in the Dr. Jody Shop on Friday, March 19th. They sell out fast! So, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when they’re up for grabs!

The Next Chapter:

In the next few days, weeks, and months I’ll be talking a lot about the difference between the stressor and the stress response. Even though we may step into a place where vaccines allow us to feel safer, our bodies have carried, held, and been through so much as we all navigated the unknown and reckoned with so many overdue conversations. Remember, the body keeps the score.

My goal for this community is to create a safe place to talk about the hard things and to bring you content that makes you smile, wonder, and remind you that we’re all in this together. Look at the people you love just a little bit closer, take a moment in the sunshine, and sink in to just how amazing you are. I don’t want you to miss it. And, when you forget it, this community will be right here for you to land in with all those gentle reminders of just how thankful we are that you’re here. 

It hasn’t been easy but know this: I am so proud of you, and I’m rooting for you. Give it away today and every day, sweet one. Kindness and empathy are far more contagious than this virus. xo

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