Locked up at home, finding some seriously creative ways to keep busy -- this is your new normal. Perhaps you're homeschooling kids or dealing with training events that are taking place strictly in the field. Whatever the case, you're learning to take on the pandemic -- and its subsequent isolation -- in stride.

But that's not all you're doing. In all of the craziness at hand, chances are you're learning some new skills along the way. Take a look at these hard-earned abilities that you didn't realize you were adding to your resume!


1. Cooking and/or baking

Eating out is still possible, but for the most part, we're eating at home. This means trying new recipes (with new ingredients) out of both necessity and boredom. Without even realizing it, you've tacked new recipes to your repertoire. Good job!

2. Appreciating the simple things

When activities were limitless, it was hard to feel settled with the smallest of activities. Now, however, that feeling has gone out the window. Kids are having a blast in their own yard, with simple toys. Adults are making due with what they have at home, and everyone is enjoying life at a slower pace.

3. DIY projects

That yardwork you've been putting off? Those home repairs that you didn't want a professional in your home to complete? All of these repairs and more have taught you new skills you didn't know you could accomplish. Pat yourself on the back and remember these abilities at each base's home in years ahead.

4. How to do 10 things at once

Home schooling, working from home, cooking three times a day, keeping the house somewhat clean, keeping kids occupied -- you're doing more in a single day then we ever thought was humanly possible. Congrats on juggling all the important tasks at once!

5. How to do without

Whether due to necessity or safety reasons, there are so many things we're just skimping on this year. Birthday parties, non-essential appointments, that last-minute ingredient from the store -- we're skipping it all and saying, "Ehh, no big deal!" When the stakes are high, we've found creative fixes instead. This skill can be used in the future to help us appreciate the small things and avoid what's in excess.

What's your best skill that you've learned in the pandemic?