Women Who Quarantine - The stories of women warriors from around the world doing their part to fight this deadly pandemic.
Welcome back to our next sweet story for "Women Who Quarantine"!
Lena and I met while working on a retreat together about three years ago and quickly became close friends. She is one of the most beautiful and loving souls you will ever meet, and her cooking is out of this world!!! Although I love pretty much anything she makes, her authentic Indian food always nourishes me to the core! : )
Lena currently lives in Texas with her husband and two sweet boys.
Name: Lena Sunny
Location: Carrollton, Texas
Profession: Owner of Little Loves Baking Academy and Mother
How is your heart truly doing during this uncharted time?
Remember that Red Hot Chili Peppers song, “Roller Coaster”? That's where I'm at right now. Ups and downs, mostly bumpy in the beginning, but now starting to get the hang of what to expect. And by what to expect, I mean adjusting to uncertainty. It’s both restrictive and freeing all at once. Paradox city!
What has been most challenging about being home?
Having a front-row seat to seeing what my vulnerabilities are. Like the patience required to teach my own kids, and how I draw from an empty well there sometimes. Also, balancing work with homeschooling. I’ve had to pivot my business to online services, and finding pockets of time to do that can be challenging!
What is the good you have seen come out of this pandemic?
This time has been hard, but the good has been phenomenally eye-opening. I get to see my kids’ needs more deeply. There is more space for that to flow out and more heartfelt conversations around those topics. I’m adapting by figuring out non-traditional ways of meeting those needs as they arise. It has definitely sparked creativity in all of us! Also, coffee on the porch with my husband in the mornings has been a gift of simplicity beyond compare.
Is there any advice you would give to other women that you have found helpful or wish you knew before entering quarantine?
Make connection a priority. This is an opportunity to mend and heal difficult places within our families. The quarantine will shed light on those areas, and instead of looking away or distracting - lean in to those opportunities with love. Put that above academics and homeschooling, trust me it can wait. The love and healing cannot.
Is there something special you are doing to take care of yourself during this time?
I set out two chairs on my tiny front porch, and bought a fold up table that I can place out there whenever I need quiet time away. Sometimes it’s to do my own work, or just have a cup of coffee by myself. Time alone refreshes me, even in bits and pieces! Also, I have a secret stash of chocolate that no one knows about. : )
Is there a favorite song, book or podcast you are listening to right now? What do you like about it?
I am staying plugged into my church’s online content. Outside of the quarantine, I have podcasts that I normally follow. But right now, I really need to feel connected to my community. So, I have been using my moments of free time to virtually connect and listen to my church’s reflections, praise & worship, and Mass celebrations. It has united us all as a faith community.
Red Lentil Dal
This is an easy and inexpensive quarantine dish, especially if you enjoy Indian food :)
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Sending you lots of love and joy,