This is an interesting, uncertain, and unprecedented time. We are keeping our clients, friends, and family in our thoughts and doing our best to remain as optimistic as possible. This time will pass and we will be left with gratitude for things we use to take for granted.

When you are struggling to understand the global situation we are facing it helps to stay present. Spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle says, “To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.”

In this day and age we can connect socially using technology. The phrase "social distancing" doesn't sit right with me because as humans we need social connection. In my family, we have chosen to "physically distance" from our family and friends as to protect them and us, but social distancing hasn't happened. We have been staying in contact through Zoom, Facetime, and Messenger Kids.

The internet is full of great resources people of all ages can use. Below you will find links to audiobooks, music lessons, mindful mediations, exercise programs, and even some of my favorite recipes.

Online Resources to Enjoy During This Time at Home

San Diego Public Library - Library patrons can access a collection of 125,000 audiobooks, e-books, and e-magazine collection 24 hours a day virtually. The Libby (e-books) and Flipster (e-magazines) apps give access to magazines and books.

Hoffman Academy - FREE 30 day premium trial of online piano lessons. Receive online music lessons for beginners including worksheets, audio tracks, games, worksheets, and activities.

LesMills OnDemand - FREE 14 day trial. Work out in the comfort of your own home with unlimited access to programs taught in 21,000 gyms all over the world.

UCLA Mindfull App -  Find the free UCLA Mindful App on iTunes or Google Play, download the guided meditations here https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations, or stream. Kindly recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.

Learn at Home website - Scholastic lauched this website with daily lessons that combine stories, prompts for writing activities and drawings, and videos. Grade levels include pre-K, kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.

11 Tried and True Recipes Anyone Can Make During Quarantine - Family recipes include Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Pot Pie, Beer-Battered Fish Tacos, 3-Step Cheesecake, and more.