Trends and Trendsetters: Season of the Unknown


By Corby Carlin Winters, Public Relations & Marketing

Each month, this Trends & Trendsetters column covers some of the hot trends from health and wellness, fashion and style, business or even tapping into your creative side. There are so many new trends happening in social media, politics, business and fashion. Look for 2020 to be filled with many new ones while still holding on to those timeless trends.

Find Joy in the Journey

Just as our lives were dramatically changed after 9/11 it is obvious that life as we know it will once again be changed forever because of the coronavirus.

Despite this great anxiety, I want to assure you that you can still find joy in the journey and hope during this season of the unknown. Writing a trends article at this particular time seems trite and almost insensitive to me. Nevertheless, there are some beautiful things trending now and many blessings coming from these trials.

There is less political squabbling and more unity. Families are reunited after months apart and people are helping one another as they can. People are rising to the occasion – donating food, helping make face masks. We see more generosity, unity and love than we have in years.

Woman with Wings

I want to encourage you that there is hope and we can experience peace of mind and joy during this time. We can take control of our thoughts and our lives. As a Life Coach and counselor, here are some ideas to help deal with stress and get through this time:

Take a walk in the neighborhood; Ride bikes;

• Take a hike in the woods; Forgive someone you need to forgive; Start a gratitude list; Put positive Post-It notes on your mirror; Play games; Start a journal; Have a tea party;

Paint a picture; Paint a room; Learn a new game;

• Watch church online; Learn the Serenity Prayer; Give to someone in need; Polish your silver; Polish your nails; Put on a facial; Spray essential oils on your pillow; Do a task you have not had time to do; Clean out a junk drawer; See how many additional leftover meals you can make; Go on a scavenger hunt; Paint words on rock;

Read scriptures and get in the Word of God;

• Attend support groups on Zoom; Talk on the phone to friends you haven’t talked to in a long time; Make a vision board; Build a fort in your house; Take a hot bath with your favorite music; Make a rootbeer float or banana split; Watch online museums; Camp in the backyard; Build a fire pit; get your yard back in shape;

• Pray and pray and pray as often as needed;

• Re-read a favorite book; Clean out your closet; Focus on your health; Practicing positive thoughts and gratitude; Watch a sunrise and a sunset; Get curbside local take out; Buy gift certificates from our local stores.

Here are some of my favorite scriptures and prayers to encourage you …

God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, but to give you a future and a hope.

Lord God, You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us the faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is guiding us and Your love is supporting us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray with confident assurance Amen.

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold onto the things that are good. Do not return anyone evil for evil, but give strength to those who are fainthearted. Helping those who are afflicted, giving honor to all of God’s creation. Go and love the Lord, Rejoicing in the power and the presence of His Holy Spirit. Go in Peace.


Corby Winters is known to many as a Power Shopper, the Little Black Dress and a life stylist. She’s crazy about shoes, clothes, accessories, and of course leopard prints. She loves writing, speaking, ministering, life coaching and being with friends, Winters and the SONS of Thunder.

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