I feel really bad for keeping things for so long that I have not used. Before covid-19 my Grandparents went to a lot of church sales, and garage sales, so she would buy a whole bunch of books and clothes that I would like. This explains why I used to have a lot of things. Plus three years I loved going clothes shopping.
Now I am finally starting to go through my possessions. I feel bad for holding on to this for so long. I feel that someone else could have enjoyed wearing this, instead of it being stashed away in a container for several years.
It’s a cute sweater, but it’s too small for me now.
But now I am freeing myself from this item, and I am super happy about it.
I am extremely thrilled and proud of myself. Thank you so much Pot Belly for thinking of me and nominating me for this amazing award. Everyone should check out Esdi Dylan’s blog at https://potbellybump.wordpress.com/ Esdi Dylan’s writes about her love for Harry Potter, literature, television and so much more. I have read a lot of really cool blog posts from her.
Rules 1. Provide link to the creator’s original award post, (very important: see why in last step) 2. Answer the questions provided 3. Create 7 unique questions 4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated. 5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
Can you spend a whole day without your mobile phone? I would like to be able to cut back on my screen, but I don’t think I can go the entire day without my mobile phone. I say that because I like to practice French on my phone, and do a Sudoku puzzle every day.
What are the things you miss after the pandemic ends? I think I would miss people being genuinely concerned about germs. It seemed to be me like there were a lot of people who didn’t care about germs. I will miss the free time.
Name a country you want to visit. I have a lot of different places I would love to visit to. But one of them that I am really interested is Bali. I have always wanted to go there since I read Eat Pray Love, and my cousin and I were talking about it. Even though Elizabeth went to Indonesia, my cousin did recommend that I go to Bali, since it is a bit safer.
When can we expect a positive change in humanity? Hm… this one is a challenging question. I honestly don’t know about this one, but I hope it’s soon rather than later. I would love to see the world become a better place, but it is a fairly damaged environment right now, with all of the hate, and homelessness. But I think that we are starting to take a movement on these topics, so I hope that is enough to embrace these changes.
Have you ever regretted writing a blog on a controversial topic? I tend to not write about any controversial topics, instead I focus on my experiences and what I have gone through throughout my life. I tend to always make my posts about my life and what advice I can provide to others. I would rather spread love and positive vibes than hate and negative vibes. There’s already enough hate in the world.
What was your favourite subject in school? I really liked math and science. I liked these subjects because there wasn’t any grey areas to these subjects, you are either right or wrong. I just always had a fascination for numbers and theories.
What is your advice for absolute newbies on WordPress? I feel like you should spend your time exploring the tools that is available to you. Learn to get familiar with all of these various tools. I like to add tags to my posts, and organize my posts in categories as well. Like most things in life, it will get easier with time and practice.
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I feel so grateful for https://myrandomspecificthoughts.wordpress.com/ for nominating me! It’s an amazing blog, and you won’t regret it! The blogger/author has many great great blog posts with an amazing writing style. It is always such a joy to read them. 🙂
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My Answers 1. Overall, how are you handling the quarantine? It’s been okay, I have been enjoying the time to be with myself. Although I do miss my family when we would celebrate birthdays and other holidays, etc. But all in it has been an enjoyable time to be with my thoughts.
2. Have you violated any of the restrictions? If yes, what rule(s) did you break? I haven’t broken the rules, because I try to not make non-essential trips out. I don’t want to catch the virus, so I take all the safety cautions.
3. What viral recipes have you tried during the lockdown? I have only been making my recipes, I haven’t really tried anything new during this time.
4. What activities have you missed the most during quarantine? Probably the family gatherings, and being able to gather around with family over a sports games. Just the freedom in general.
5. Do you wear a mask when you leave the house? Yes, for when I take the bus, or go to the grocery store. But if I’m leaving the house to go for a walk in my neighbourhood, I just pack one in my purse, just in case I need to pick up a drink or a snack afterwards. I normally don’t wear one if I’m just walking outside. I just keep my distance from everyone if I see other people.
6. Are you an essential worker? If yes, what is your job title? I was apparently classified as one when I used to work at a coffee shop, but I left that job for personal reasons. Right now, I’m just working on my blog.
7. How do you exercise during the lockdown? I have been having some more time now for me to practice yoga. I make time for going on walks throughout my nieghbourhood.
8. Have you subscribed to any new subscription services since the lockdown started? No.
9. What did/does your daily schedule look like before the pandemic started? I used to have to wake up at 5 to go to work, work either 8 to 8.5 hour shift at the coffee shop. Then bus back, and since I live far away from work. Working and busing to and from work usually took about 11 hours. And then I spend some time cleaning my place and then take a shower. Prepare dinner and then clean up with kitchen after dinner. I would probably have an hour to 90 minutes relaxing before going to bed. Working at that job didn’t bring much happiness to be honest.
10. Do you think that the pandemic is getting better or worse? I believe it is getting worse, since my country has been allowing schools to be open. They were closed at the start of the pandemic. A lot of people have been large gatherings of people. I feel like this isn’t helping us. There are rumours that there might be a second wave upcoming soon with the cold months and flu season.
11. What have you learnt/became grateful for during the lockdown? I am continuing to recognize the value of time and that you might not know what the future holds. I used to put things off until later, but now that I know better, I no longer do that. I like to get things done right away. I am grateful for the use of technology that allows us to stay in contact with our loved ones.
12. How do you think the world should learn from this pandemic so that things are better in the future? I definitely like having extra supplies on hand, shower gels, shampoo, conditioners, etc., so I will definitely continue having extra supplies on hand. We should learn not to put things off later than we should. Other than that I’m not all entirely sure.
It’s another Thursday, which means I talk about the things that I am thankful for.
To be honest, this week seemed to be a bit of a challenge to list the things I am grateful for. I faced many challenges this week, last Thursday I sprained my ankle, and today I learnt that my team, Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be playing during their Sunday game because the team they were originally scheduled to play is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, and because of this I wouldn’t be able to hang out with my cousin watching some football, to name a few.
Not to sound like I am complaining about what I had wrote, but even though I won’t be able to see my team or my cousin this weekend. I am glad that the NFL is protecting the virus from spreading even more.
My ankle is healing and I am able to put weight on it.
I have received another container of my belongings so I can start sorting through my stuff and be able to live with less stuff.
I had dinner with my boyfriend, my sister, her boyfriend and my niece. That was nice. We also took my niece to the park earlier.
My sleepy tea to help me fall asleep and wash away the day. I have been feeling stressed out as of lately. But I like to think that things will work out eventually. And all of these struggles will all be worthwhile.
What are some of the things you are thankful for this week?
One hundred days are in the book, just 93 more days to go. I actually can’t believe it how many days have gone already. I am so proud of myself for achieving this milestone.
I have been trying to remove an item a day, and so far I have removed 100 items in my life. And a lot of digital items as well.
I found this in my container filled of my belongings, and I thought I would save it for my niece’s second birthday. My sister had to postpone my niece’s first birthday due to the pandemic. But that’s okay, better be safe than sorry.
I can’t believe I have been posting this for the past 13 weeks now.
This is where I mention all that I am grateful for throughout the week. It is really therapeutic feeling to discuss what you are thankful for.
I got my best friend’s new address, and his birthday is approaching. So I am going to be mailing him a card. I am really excited about that.
I am somewhat glad, even with my acute ankle injury, as it will remind me to slow down. It gives me time to keep up with my blog posts, reading, and to make a bullet journal for October. I am really excited to make one, I haven’t made one before.
My mama buying me dinner tonight, that was nice.
Despite it being Autumn, according to the calendar, I have been having a lot of nice weather — hot and sunny days.
Buying and trying a new tea over the weekend, that was a lot of fun. It was the first time in a long time since my boyfriend and I went to the mall.
What are some of the things you are thankful for this week?
It’s another addition of Music Monday! In case you didn’t know that I’m a huge fan of Avril Lavigne.
This song is about how all of our essential workers are working towards combating Covid-19. I remember she was asking for people to submit their warriors for her video. It is a really inspiring song and video.
I appreciate everyone who is working hard through all of this.
“‘Cause we are warriors, we’ll fight for our lives Like soldiers all through the night And we won’t give up, we will survive, we are warriors And we’re stronger, that’s why we’re alive We will conquer, time after time We’ll never falter, we will survive, we are warriors”
So today was the first time I went grocery shopping by myself during this whole pandemic. I mean, I have gone grocery shopping on my own before. But going alone by yourself in the middle of pandemic, just feels a bit more scary.
I live within walking distance of a grocery store. What made it intense was trying to open those produce bags, without licking your fingers. But I ended up using my hand sanitizer as a added moisturizer.
My grocery store is fairly well with having arrows, and signs that let you know how where to stand, while remaining two feet apart.
It took some getting used to at first. Especially since I have only been at this grocery store a few times since I have relocated to a new house a few months ago.
It was okay. I wore my mask, I had my hand sanitizer in my clutch. I always was anxious leaving a purse in my buggy before covid-19, so I always carried my clutch since it’s an over body bag. It’s not too big, but it carries my cards, my sanitizer, a pen, and my keys.
The hardest part of it all, was packing everything in a bag, because the cashier can only have two customers bag their groceries at once. I hate making others wait, so nothing was packed strategically at all. Which made the walk back home, really difficult.
I’m trying my hardest to carry all six bags back home. I was struggling, and I thought I was going to be able to manage this, alas, I couldn’t. I had to keep putting these bags on the ground and take a breather after every few houses. I had realized that one of my bags had teared up, luckily I didn’t leave a trail of food in my tracks. My arms and hands were so sore from carrying all of this. I sent a text message to my roommate and hoping that he wasn’t busy. So he came and helped me carry everything back.
And when I came in, because all of those bags touched the ground, I just threw them in the garbage bin. I sometimes use them as garbage bags for the bathroom garbage bins.
All in all, things weren’t as scary as I thought. I just have to follow the rules and signs, and I’ll be okay.
I apologize for not being as active as I usually am on the weekends. I had a difficult weekend. I was started to overwhelmed at work, and I just felt like nothing was going in my favour on Saturday. After that shift, I came home and just relaxed and focused on me.
After I had the chance to relax and take care of myself, I feel much better.
It was the first week back, after a medical leave due to Covid-19, and a lot of things have changed at work. I’m fine with all of the procedures that are put in place to keep us safe. I work at a cafe, and we now do delivery services, so it gets overwhelming when you’re the one that has to prepare all of those orders. I had to do it on my own. It was my first shift I had spent preparing the delivery orders. I had asked for help thrice. And no one helped me, so I became too overwhelmed, and I started crying. No job should make me feel this way. I felt like after my friends have left this cafe, I often like this place was a bit toxic some days.
I just felt like not a lot of my coworkers weren’t even happy for my return back to work. They didn’t really spend much time saying hello, or even asking me how I was, or if I was okay. I always felt like an outcast at work, because everyone was friends with each other, and no one wanted to be my friend. I know that sounds childish in a way, but even though I am a really nice person, I still have a hard time making friends like everyone else.
I just felt like it is time for me to finally move forward with my life. I have been working there on and off for the past three and half years. I feel like I deserve to be surrounded by a more positive atmosphere. It’s like there were cliques of coworkers who didn’t like each other.
I always tried to make new friends with everyone, but it just felt like a waste of time, because no one seemed to care. The best thing about the whole pandemic made me realize that I need to treat myself with more respect. Well to be fair, I already knew that I wanted a better job, but then coronavirus overtook the world, and everything began temporarily closing, I knew that I wait until the perfect opportunity to begin the job hunting process.
So if any of this relates to anyone, you have the power to change your life, and make it better. You always have the power in you to go after what you want in your life. Never hold yourself back, or deny yourself with something better. Listen to what’s in your heart and decide from there. Your life is far more valuable than to hang around people who don’t bring out the best of you, or staying at a job that doesn’t make you happy. Life is incredibly short, so you may as well do things that make you happy. It may like an overwhelming task, but once you go after what you truly want in your life, you’ll welcome an abundance of happiness in your life. The only regret you will have, is waiting so long to finally reap the award of a better life.
So, where do I begin… I have been off work since mid March due to medical reasons and anxiety. I must say, I have learned a lot of myself that I wouldn’t have gotten to known without all of this extra time. I am really thankful to have had this spare time.
I understand that these were uncertain times for others, but I tried to do my part by limiting the spread of the virus, and perhaps passing it off to others, by staying home. And I know that not everyone had this opportunity, so I hope everyone stays safe.
My boyfriend and I just moved in with one of his friend’s a month prior to my time off from work. I was able to organize and reorganize our room. I was able to remove things that didn’t have much value in our lives. That was a really fun experience.
I am returning back to work tomorrow, so I am little nervous. I know that where I am, there are still cases, but it’s not a relatively large number of cases. It still makes me nervous, but I will make it my priority to stay safe.
These are the things I am going to miss, when I return to work…
Being able to sleep whenever I am tired, and not worrying about having to set an alarm. I can fall asleep at any time. Some days I took full advantage of that. I know this wasn’t healthy, but some nights I slept for ten hours. It was such a luxury to stay in bed until I wanted to do something else.
Having time to exercise. I enjoyed going for a walk in the neighbourhood, especially since it is a new neighbourhood. I was able to make space in my room for my yoga mat to practice yoga routines, and meditation. I live pretty far from where I work, so by the time I leave in the morning, work, come back it’s basically dinner time. I know, I am not the only one who has this problem, and I know that some people have children to take care of as well. But I see the problem, and I have solutions to fix this situation.
The feeling of not being stressed or anxious about a work related problem. It has been peaceful to not have to deal with any of these problems.
The freedom of having spare time. I had time to declutter, read books, clean and blog again. I am so thankful for using this time for good use for myself.
It made me realize that I can do and be anything I want. I would love to be my own boss, and have freedom doing whatever I like. I loved creating my own schedule and my own to-do list. That is probably the thing I am going to miss the most from the whole quarantine. It was such a luxury. The whole experience made me realize that I am always one decision from a different life.
I will try to continue to do the things I have learnt during this spare time. I will also try to coordinate the things I had time to do, into my new schedule.