Smile and Get Outside During COVID 19

Good morning. A few friends asked how I’m doing amid this COVID 19 pandemic. The answer is that I’m good, and I hope you are too.

Yes, there are ups and downs. It’s all in how you look at them.

For example, the Governor issued a stay in place order, but I haven’t been going anywhere anyhow. — All good. We have a friend who’s had a cold and yesterday she couldn’t breathe. She rushed herself to the E.R. where they told her she has bronchitis. WHEW! Talk about a down and then an up.

Keep a smile.

These are the parts of the pandemic that are difficult, but ultimately they’re out of our control. We should remember that things are all in His time, and this too shall pass.

For my friends who are having stress and anxiety, take care of what you can and let the rest go. Learn from this and become better prepared for something like this that may never happen again — I hope!

We must live our best life while we can.

Connect with Others

Connecting with others is important for our sanity and for theirs. I’ve had several conference calls and video interviews this week. A friend told me that she’s been having virtual coffee with her grandmother. What a brilliant idea for connecting.


I’ve been exercising. Moving our bodies is important. If you’re not used to being at home, movement is something you need to incorporate into a schedule.

Get Outside

Get outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I’m fortunate to live on a ranch so I don’t have to worry about bumping into others. From what I’ve seen concerning our stay in place order you can still go to State Parks while social distancing. This means hiking, biking and fishing are still okay as long as you’re not traveling far from your community.


Yesterday I began decorating for Easter. We won’t have our normal huge celebration, so I wasn’t sure if I would drag out the trimmings. Ultimately, Easter will still arrive and the decorations make me smile.

Do something today that makes you smile.

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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, keynote speaker, and a range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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