Is The Pandemic Over Yet?



In March 2020, our world changed forever.

We are 18 months into a global health pandemic.


We’ve experienced spikes and decreases, mandates, and protests.

Graduations for the class of 2021.

Schools, bars, movie theaters, and fitness centers have reopened, but many with Covid-19 restrictions are still in place.

Spotify playlists.

Student loans!

I know that Black Lives Matter.

School bus driver shortages and strikes.

Unemployment benefits terminated early.

Delta variant.

You can visit the most magical place on earth, but you must wear a face mask and you can’t touch that famous mouse or the beautiful princess.

Uncle Joe became president.

Curbside pickup.

Rihanna is a billionaire.


Door Dash. Uber eats. Grub Hub.

Pandemic pounds are real.

Escaped suburban zebras.


Google Meet.

Virtual learning or homeschooling?

Decolonize social work.

Forced telework has been replaced with forced returns to the office.

The Great Resignation is happening right now.

Over 700,000 Americans.

Hallmark Channel seems to think showing Christmas movies all year long helps ease anxiety.

The notion that you can love Jesus and have a therapist might just be catching on.

Rush hour is back with gas prices on a steady increase.

January 6, 2021.

The barge is still at sea – the deliveries are still delayed.

Store shelves look a little bare.

Captain Kirk went into space.

Colin Powell.

Tesla joined the exclusive trillion-dollar club.

Instagram reels.


We (as a collective) have been living in a perpetual state of uncertainty. It’s time to ask ourselves (again) what parts of pre-pandemic life we want to return to. WE HAVE OPTIONS! Don’t let fear and limiting beliefs win.

Remember there is always something to be grateful for, even if it takes you a bit longer to find it. Keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. HOLD ON TO HOPE!

I am grateful that I get to support amazingly brilliant women in social work and human services leadership. I am grateful that I get to teach the next generation of professionals. I am grateful that the pandemic as we’ve previously experienced it is coming to an end. I’m grateful that I can set goals and look to the future. I am grateful that I am in the continual process of upleveling my position.

If you’ve decided it’s time for your next level, contact me for your free 15-minute consultation to determine the best career acceleration strategy for you.




Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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