Mar 27, 2020
How the Krikawa Staff is Finding the #CoronaBlessing
But, now, more than ever, we need to hear about and witness the positive things that are happening as well. While we acknowledge that the suffering is real, let us not lose sight of so many blessings -- small and big -- that happen every day. I'd like to tell you what's happening at Krikawa Master Jewelers, and how we're coping. We'd love to know your blessings as well, so share with us how you're doing.
The Status at Krikawa (updated April 2nd, 2020)
The biggest #coronablessing for Krikawa is that we are primarily an online, long distance custom jeweler. Our clients live all over the United States, and in other countries. We can actually continue to work, without sacrificing safety. On the flip side, the wedding jewelry as a whole has experienced some decline as all eyes are turned to the news and the economy. As events are rescheduled to future dates, I remain confident that love will reign, and the desire to capture love in a jewel d'art, as a gift and a symbol, remains strong. So we are not closing our doors or laying off our staff.
Our phone hours are shortened to Monday-Friday, 10-5 PST. By order of the City of Tucson's Mayor, we are now closed to the public until April 17th, so we are no longer holding in-person appointments. We can set up online appointments, which are safer for everyone. To care for our local clients, we will FedEx your completed items to your residence, free of charge...even if you are just a few miles away!
Our staff is on Work From Home (WFH) status, with regular Zoom calls. Only minimum basic operations occur on-site, with much distance and disinfecting happening. It's amazing how much of our work can be done from home!
Here I am on a Zoom call with Nicole, collaborating about our client's ring designs! Clicking the image will take you to a YouTube playlist of remote design sessions.
Yesterday, I was catching up with Ryan "the Rock" Davison-Reed, our amazing, most mentioned in google reviews, studio coordinator, master of all, in a Zoom call. He mentioned "hashtag corona blessing" and that opened up an interesting discussion of all the positive experiences we were having.
I was personally noticing these unique blessings, as I mentioned in A Virus of Love Amidst a Virus of Fear, and had started a personal journal entry called "What's Good."
Ryan, Studio Coordinator
Ryan and his girlfriend coined the term #coronablessing. When I asked Ryan for his #coronablessing of the day he said: "I've been reading novels so much more! There's only so much Netflix the human brain can stand #coronablessings."
And so I've taken the opportunity to poll the rest of our staff, to find out what they've enjoyed and observed.
Nicole, Sales ManagerNicole has been working from home. I Zoom with her and LeCarie daily, so now LC and I get a sneak peak into her house and get to witness some of the shenanegans of her kids, like making duct tape skirts and winding their hair into the beaters.
Nicole says: "The increased family time together. Being present in the moment with the kids while we work through this." And from what I've seen, it's pretty important for her to be present with them, to keep them from damaging themselves :D.
LeCarie, QOTOHLeCarie is truly Queen of the Other Half at Krikawa. She's been absorbing the laws and guidelines and keeping the staff safe! Oddly, she's also been waking up early in the morning, which TRUST ME is not her MO. I don't know why she's experiencing this phenomenon, however her #coronablessing is the beautiful photo she took of the sunrise.
John, Chief Technology Officer
John has always been able to work from home as his primary function is IT. He's a musician too, so his work station has a lot of fun gear on it!
His #coronablessing: "My wife made italian hoagie rolls? What???" Um, yeah that's me. I finally made bread out of the bread cookbook he got me 15 years ago. Hey, better late than never! And we made homemade philly cheese steaks! Yum!
Pat, Cad Design
Here's Pat and LeCarie (they're a couple so I don't think they're keeping their distance). Pat's #coronavirus of the day? "No traffic."
Sandrine, Design Consultant
Sandrine says: "I started chatting with a traveling nurse who is designing his custom wedding band. We had small talk with the elephant in the room - understanding. His wedding cancelled - but he had a good humble calming spirit about him. His haircut was amazing and perfect, so we chatted about good short hair styles and techniques. Long story short, it was a blessing to have human interaction WITH an extrovert as well."
Lisa (that's me)
Yep, dems my kids eating their philly cheesesteaks. My #coronablessing? "Happy kids." And I guess, making bread!
Lindsay is able to work from home like me! She said: "I have enough."
Jill's #coronablessing: "Getting out in the sun midday."
I wish each and every one of you the best, the safest, and the most delicious #coronablessing you can find. Yes, these are scary times, but I truly believe we can still find the #coronablessing, aka the silver lining, and the opportunity to shine, today, tomorrow and perhaps, even after this is over. Look Around