Since March 16, therapist Mark Loewen has been working from home with his husband Leo and daughter Zoe.
Loewen has been the owner and manager of LaunchPad Counseling, a counseling practice in Richmond, Virginia, for six years, where he specializes in parenting, relationships, and LQBTQIA+ issues.
Loewen is also a children’s book author and conducts live readings from his daughter’s bedroom.
Here’s how Loewen balances his work and home life amid the pandemic, with bike rides, yoga, and a sock on his bedroom door.
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One of the first things Mark Loewen thinks about when he wakes up at 8 a.m. is what he’s going to wear.
What Mark Loewen decides to wear each morning is dependent on how he begins his day. Loewen’s workdays can begin three different ways — with a therapy session, a bike ride, or administrative work.
If it starts with a therapy session, he wears a button-down shirt. If it starts with a bike ride, he wears bicycle shorts.
On days when he begins with administrative work, his choice of outfit is more flexible.
If Loewen starts the day with administrative work, which includes billing and other paperwork, he’ll go with something more casual.
Then, it’s time for breakfast. Loewen and his husband Leo each have two eggs and a cup of coffee every morning.
Loewen and his husband Leo take turns making breakfast for each other, and their daughter Zoe makes her own breakfast. Since the pandemic, she’s become more independent.
“We don’t have to be out of the house so quickly, so that is one reason,” Loewen told Business Insider. “We’ve encouraged her to think about what she wants to eat and what she can make because we can.”
When Loewen eats breakfast with Zoe, he goes over his schedule for the day with her.
Since Loewen’s meetings include client confidentiality, he goes over his schedule with Zoe to let her know when his room is off-limits.
Just in case she forgets, Loewen came up with a system for letting his daughter know when he’s in the middle of a session — he puts a sock on the bedroom door.
Loewen puts a sock on the bedroom door and plays a white noise machine before he begins his sessions. He told Business Insider that if his family can hear his sessions from outside his door, the white noise machine makes it so they cannot understand what he is saying.
Loewen works inside his bedroom, but his bedroom office has transformed since he began working from home in March. This is what it used to look like.
“This lasted for about a week until I could adjust and figure out something better,” Loewen said of his make-shift laundry basket desk set-up.
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