Things to Keep in the New Normal

Unprecedented. Historic. The “new normal”.

Most overused terms in the past year? Yes. Accurate description of our lives? Also, yes! COVID-19, our political landscape, economic uncertainty, and racial reckoning . . . it’s pretty heavy stuff.


Graphic: blocks spelling new normal


I’ve never been one to say, “I feel so #blessed to have lived through [insert life event here] because it taught me [insert virtuous lesson here]”, but I have to admit that there are some positive things I’ve learned and new habits I’ve adopted.

While we are certainly not back to “normal” yet, breakthroughs like the vaccine and remaining steadfast with masking and socially distant behavior gives me hope. Now is a great time to reflect on those lessons, habits, discoveries, and revelations we’ve had while living through a global pandemic.

  • How has it changed the way you parent?
  • Support your partner?
  • Shop and consume?
  • Your friendships?
  • Your professional identity?

Here’s my list of things I’m taking to the “new normal.”


How about you? Download and Make Your Own list.


Related: Discover more Iowa City Moms content related to COVID-19.

Sherri is a transplant from Oregon who came to be a Hawkeye in 2006 and stayed for the sweet corn...and for the Iowa boy she met along the way! She and her husband (Kyle) have a 9 year-old daughter, Aissa. Sherri earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of Iowa and works for Ruffalo Noel Levitz as an Enrollment Marketing Consultant for colleges and universities. When she's not working, you can find her with her family, enjoying Iowa City and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

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