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May 2020 News

It's going to be a different kind of Mother's Day this year.

What might have been a day of going out for brunch or doing mom's favourite activity may look more like a video or phone call or another movie weekend in. But that doesn't mean we can't still honour our moms - and embrace them if we can - because we know how much all mothers and parents out there are doing their best, and this is a great opportunity to say "thank you" for all that they do.

Below, we've shared gratitudes for some of the things we're thankful for lately.

What are you learning about work/life balance in these Covid days?

In what ways is it helpful or heartening to be working from home, and in what ways does it create friction or hassles? What does this experience make you yearn for as we consider the opportunity to create a different future, and how can Nestworks support that? We would also love to see images of your work-at-home situations. How have you adapted space for your needs? Have any of you come up with creative ways to support your kids' learning needs in terms of space or other design ideas? Reply to this e-mail or DM us on social media to let us know!


We at Nestworks wish all of the mothers out there a great day on May 10th!

With strength, health, and love,
Madeleine and the Nestworks team: Hilary, Shayna, Jennifer, Sandra
What we're grateful for:
Hilary: "I am grateful - like, bow-down-on-my-knees, kiss-the-ground grateful - to be able to provide my kids with a roof over their heads and a safe place to sleep every night. The lonely, naked streets of the pandemic have exposed just how many children and parents in my community don’t have these privileges. I am also grateful to have meaningful work I can do during these uncertain times, and a team around me to collaborate with. There are few greater joys!"
Madeleine: "I am grateful for my garden. It reminds me of the resilience of life, and gives me hope and pleasure. I love seeing the worms, the birds, and if I'm very, very lucky, frogs show up every now and again. I am not fussy about what I grow and will basically try anything: it's one big experiment that never fails to seduce my attention and help me to feel in flow."
Jennifer: "I am grateful for getting to spend time outside with my dog."

(Yes, those are bunny ears on my head. This was on Easter.)
Sandra: "I'm grateful to have more time to reflect on my future. I recently signed up for a Book Editing course online, which is something I probably wouldn't have done if I didn't have time to envision how I can serve more in the world."
Workspace Possibility Inspiration
 
This month we share photos of Make Lemonadea coworking community for women in Toronto, ON.

All photos courtesy of Make Lemonade
Recent news articles

Covid-19 and the welcome collapse of “professionalism” - Quartz says that pretending we aren’t human simply doesn’t work in times when we are faced to confront our very human fragility.

Child care where you work could be path forward when economy reopens from virus lockdown - The North Bay Business Journal shares how child care centres will provide a path forward for other businesses and organizations when doors begin to open.

What Will Work-Life Balance Look Like After the Pandemic? - Harvard Business Review talks about the hope that one major shift will be a move away from the harmful assumption that a 24/7 work culture is working well.

It’s Okay to Be a Different Kind of Parent During the Pandemic - The Atlantic explores the notion that when something outside your control changes your life, it’s what you do with what you can control that really shapes your children.

Here Are Three Reasons COVID-19 Makes Coworking Spaces Even More Important - Forbes shares at least three reasons why the coworking industry should emerge from the COVID-19 crisis not only stronger but also more important and necessary.
Kitchen Table Chat with Stefanie Agostini

This month, we talked to Stefanie Agostini, Play Advisor with Discovery Toys.
What is your professional background and current role?

I was an Early Childhood Educator, working with children from newborn to five years old, for 20 years. For the past seven years I have been a Play Advisor with Discovery Toys.

What are 3-6 words that describe you?

Trustworthy, open-minded, fun, hardworking, caring, flexible

What is your experience with managing parenting and your professional life?

I started my home business when my daughter was just seven months old. I had experience with the toys and resources because of my ECE background so I knew it would be a great fit. I was very fortunate that Discovery Toys offered me the flexibility of shaping my business to meet my needs and the needs of my family. Now that my daughter is seven, I have more flexibility with scheduling, booking appointments and events. What I continue to develop within my family and business is balance. I do this by setting a goal and then work backwards to see how that goal can be met. Sometimes goals are small one day goals and others can take a year to achieve but I will make a clear path knowing that along the way there is always room for adjustment.

What excites you the most about the idea of Nestworks, a family-friendly workspace?

I do my best to always keep in mind - no matter who I meet - that there is always something I can learn from them. Nestworks brings together a community that realizes we all have something to share and offer.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my business. It is so exciting to be a part of a unique community.
 
Thank you for chatting with us, Stefanie!
If you'd like to support the creation and distribution of fabric masks created by Aisle for frontline workers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, please click here to donate what you can; everything helps.
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