There’s never been a better time to check in on our friends, Pretty Birds. Life in the time of COVID-19 is full of uncertainty and stress, but no matter how we’re coping, we can all agree it’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives who show up for us. Checking In With Friends is a series dedicated to touching base with our fabulous friends all over the world. Today, we present our chat with Christina Tung.
Checking In With Friends: Christina Tung
It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with the lovely Christina Tung, founder of House Of and accessories brand SVNR. During lockdown in New York City, she’s been staying busy working from home, connecting with family and friends, and supporting her community. If you haven’t already, read her feature on Career Talk where we share her fashion and accessories inspirations, business ethos, and the importance of community. Follow along!
All The Pretty Birds: How are you? How are your loved ones?
Christina Tung: I’m well. My family is healthy, luckily. A few friends and colleagues had become sick and were really feeling awful, but are at home, and on the mend. I’ve been keeping very busy between House Of, SVNR, and raising funds to purchase PPE for frontline responders in need.
ATPB: Where are you currently staying?
CT: In my apartment in Bed-Stuy.
ATPB: Are you in lockdown/isolation? Describe your new circumstances.
CT: Yes. I went outside a few days ago to pick up some groceries. I am so grateful to be able to work from home – I am still able to dye silks and answer emails, make jewelry and ship orders out. I spend evenings working to source, fundraise, and purchase PPE.
ATPB: How is it affecting your work and personal life?
CT: There is a bit of adjustment, but I think it’s been easier for me as so much of my operations for SVNR took place at home. I am able to find more time and space to be able to catch up with friends and family more than I had in the past.
ATPB: What have you learned about yourself during this time?
CT: I’ve learned that I am a true Cancer and find no need to leave home! I realize so much of what I love to do can be done at home – draw, paint, yoga, organize. I’ve also learned that I have the capacity to take on multiple projects simultaneously, that when I’m driven to do so, I can accomplish so much. I’ve been working with an organization called Last Mile that has delivered more than 100,000 masks and other PPE to the most under-resources and at-risk healthcare workers on the front lines. They were just featured in The New Yorker.
ATPB: Can you tell us about a daily ritual that has been keeping you sane?
CT: Keeping every day different and allowing myself the fluidity to allow the day to go wherever it needs to go.
ATPB: What’s something you hope to take from this experience?
CT: I hope to be more disciplined about cooking and cleaning. Emotionally, I hope to continue to take time and space for my loved ones, to be okay with slowing things down.
ATPB: What are some things you’re grateful for?
CT: I’m grateful for so much. To be in a headspace to be able to appreciate this time at home. To be able to apply my time and knowledge to volunteer to help those health care workers hardest hit by the pandemic.
ATPB: Is there an album or playlist that you’ve been feeling lately?
CT: I’ve actually been spending most of my time in silence. Work has been very busy, so I’m at my most focused in the quiet.
ATPB: Do you have a poem, quote, article, and/or image that you’d like to share to inspire others?
Image Credit: Katie Borrazzo