A home of 3 in Vienna

Owner and creative head of Yamyam (events, production and design studio)

I'm in a roller coaster.

29.04.20

Vienna, Austria

Introduce us to who is at home

We are a family of three. Markus my partner, Minou (my 3 year old daughter) and myself, Maryaam.


How are you living the day to day?

When 8 weeks ago, someone would have told me that as of March 16th 2020 my business would come to a full stand still due to a virus, I would have called that person crazy and walked away. Today 6 weeks into quarantine I have learned that nothing is impossible and no one should never say never. The unexpected became reality. The standstill is my everyday challenge. I am seeing my event business crumbling down in a free fall in front of my eyes, 12 years of hard work invested in a slowly and cautiously growing business are vanishing and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that I can do to make this stop. The almost daily cancellation calls came to an end because there is nothing left to cancel. Even when I keep a positive eye on the fall winter season I have to be honest with myself and my team, the prospection on new business for fall is almost zero.

The standstill is my everyday challenge. I am seeing my event business crumbling down in a free fall in front of my eyes, 12 years of hard work invested in a slowly and cautiously growing business are vanishing and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that I can do to make this stop.

The unexpected became reality. The standstill is my everyday challenge.

With this in mind, keeping a positive outlook is one of the biggest challenges. But quite frankly, what else is there to do? Staying positive is a choice we all should make; a decision for our own health and future. That being said let's keep an eye on the bright side of life and like the engraving on my wristband says, "Never give up“! Thank god my partner's business is all right by the moment. He owns an advertising agency, is not doing that bad or let's say is not yet hit by the crisis. Despite all the work and related issues we are facing, we try to have a healthy rythm for Minou.

I do sports every morning. I run, do yoga or take a fitness class via alomoves. Then we all have breakfast together. After that Markus tries to get in some hours of work while Minou and I either go outside, play, cook or I have to do some work while Markus takes care of Minou. At 5pm I start cooking for dinner. I am currently working on publishing my cookbook, which is the best therapy and helps not to think too much about my real business. At 7pm we play music with our rooftop neighbours, then we have dinner and Minou goes to bed at 8. We try to work some more time or watch a movie, chat or just try to deal with the reality.

Staying positive is a choice we all should make; a decision for our own health and future.

What routines do you follow? What do you do for:

Stay active (sport or practice).

I do sports every morning, running, yoga, fitness - alternating.

Feel good mentally and emotionally.

I meditate since day one.

Stay connected to your family and friends.

We face time with my mom several times a day and have weekly houseparty calls with friends.

Concentrate (e.g. with work).

Change is the essence of life so I am focusing on establishing the second part of my business (I'm designing it) and I am working on my cookbook which I never was able to do because of work.

Is there anything you've incorporated into your life that makes you feel better that you didn't do before?

I meditate every morning and I do sports also every day. Before I just managed to do sports 2 times a week.


How do you feel, how are you living it? Do you feel or experience any mental changes?

As mentioned before, life is a roller coaster ride. There are good days and there are bad days. There was a big lost of hope at the beginning, it faded the further we got into this. By week 6 I was hopeless and cried everyday wanting my life back. I am not sure what is bothering me most if the lack of freedom or the lack of work. For me this goes hand in hand. I have worked all my life to be free and to be bale to live the life I like for myself and my family. We travel a lot for work and for leisure and I love my job. Now all of this has been taken away and here we are without any perspective and not much hope left.

Currently we are trying to get people from the event industry to get together and work against the governments ridiculous rules and regulations which literally make it impossible for the entire industry to work. We were the first out and will be the last in of this whole crisis.

Now all of this has been taken away and here we are without any perspective and not much hope left.


What do you miss the most?

My freedom and my work.


How do you think your life will be after this experience, do you feel that some things will change?

Everything will change and we have to be open for that change and don't be afraid but it is not that easy while walking along a path in total fog without any light at the horizon.

What's the first thing you'd like to do when all this will be over?

Get on an airplane with my family and take a walk at a beach.


In this situation we are in, we look more inward, what have you learned about yourself / others that you didn't know?

I have learned that there is some sort of strength and hope inside of me which even in such times keeps me going. I have learned that many people would denunciate you for nothing, for a virus and it makes me think that whatever happened in Austria in 1938 could happen again any day. This scares me a lot.


Tell us a funny situation that's happened to you since you've been in quarantine.

My daughter running through a sprinkler system in the park and laughing so hard because suddenly she was free.


Share a tv series, a movie and a book you want to recommend.

We just watched in Netflix "Salt fat acid heat". That was very inspiring. Also another series called Unorthodox.


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