I asked some friends and family members 9 questions about how they were making the best out of this current situation we find ourselves in, and here’s their answers. Let’s hear from lovely Fari…

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I just turned 40 last year and I’m a Mum of three girls, wife and full-time working woman.

I’m an eternal optimist and a big believer in living for today. This coronavirus has certainly challenged the optimist in me but I’m still hopeful and finding new ways to keep to our ‘normal’, despite the radical change in our routine. 

Please complete the sentence. This is a challenging situation that we’re facing right now, but one positive I’m taking out of it is…

…everyone is slowing down. It’s taken a worldwide pandemic to get families to spend time with each other, parents to listen to their kids, schedules to be relaxed and for people to genuinely enjoy the little things in life. 

Please complete the sentence. One thing I’d like to do/ learn during this season is…

I’d love to learn to slow down myself. To enjoy the moments and to put away my phone and my tablet. I don’t have a particular ‘project’ as there is already a lot to handle in this season – work, kids, change of routine and mental health. I just want us to get through it, healthy and happily.

Monopoly has been one of those secret games we’ve unearthed and loved!

What’s your happy song that always lifts your mood?

I don’t know why but ‘I gotta feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas always does it for me. A little bit of Beyonce never fails either!

What’s a movie/ TV series or podcast that you recommend people watch or listen to?

This is Us. It’s sad but it’s incredibly real and a great outlet for getting out those emotions if you just need to be absorbed into a feel-good drama.

What’s one book you recommend people read?

I don’t feel like I’ve had time to read in ages. The last book I read? Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” Meaning, we can’t worry about what’s happening now because tomorrow is a new day. I try to live my life by that and sleep on things when I’m worried about them. 

Let’s give a shout out to local businesses. When this is all over, what’s a local business you’d recommend people check out and why?

I don’t know if I can name just one! There are so many small business owners in our local area that will need help after all of this.

The big supermarkets have done well, really well. I want to make an effort to frequent as many local business owners as possible.

From the freelance party entertainer to the local community centre- all of these places will need our help.

And finally, what is your thank you message to those serving on the frontline. This includes: the medical profession, teachers, police officers, delivery workers, supermarket staff…

You’ve sacrificed, been brave and saved countless lives. We are all eternally grateful. Thank you.

Thank you so much Fari!

Do you want to read more thank you messages?

Thank you from the public

Thank you from the public

Here are some of the lovely thank you messages that I’ve been receiving to share for the amazing keyworkers

Thoughts from Linette

Thoughts from Linette

Actress, producer and the principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Primrose Hill, Linette shares her thoughts…

Thoughts from Bisi

Thoughts from Bisi

Here are the thoughts of my amazing mama… the sweetest and strongest women I know…


Please click here so that you can write your own thank you message to all of the amazing heroes serving our nation.



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