Day 2. Only 12 to go. Things are so clear.
Imagine going on a vacation that you had planned for a while and boom something happens.
Yeah I think you already know where I am going with this.
The world is shaken by the corona virus.
I was in Iceland when this whole thing went down.
Yup. I know how to plan things…NOT.
Fast forward to not knowing how I was going to get home, what was happening, and why this was happening.
I heard other Americans talking about not getting home and that we were going to get stuck there. I am not one to believe everything I hear. But this was different.
I must admit, I was a little nervous.
I am grateful to be home even after all the changing of flights, cancellations, rerouting, everything. I am grateful (loud scream).
The CDC protocol is a 14-day quarantine.
I wasn’t prepared to be home for fourteen days and I didn’t have any food at home. I did hear that for some reason toilet paper was gone, and people were acting quite crazy.
Lucky for me, I have a great network of friends and people who showed up. I mean really I am so grateful
I want to talk to you about what I have noticed and how I’ve had to slow down my days.
How I am forced to look at things that I’ve been neglecting, more importantly myself.
I find that most days I would go through the motions and create things non-stop.
I mean having goals and dreams are a great thing. But one must take care of oneself.
These past few days I have been with my thoughts and myself.
This is not bad, and it’s not negative.
It just puts life into perspective and makes me realize that I am always on the go.
Slowing down in this self-quarantine is a blessing.
Running towards my goals, and never stopping is something that I thought I wanted.
Don’t get me wrong I want it all, but the price I was paying for it was not good.
I mean I thought I was practicing stress free living, isn’t that what I talk about all the time.
But I wasn’t.
I was worried about posting, creating, helping, and boom. Here I am.
What I have realized is that the last few days I was able to connect with people on levels that I had not done in a long time.
I am not just talking to you to get to my next goal or task, I actually really want to know how you are doing.
I am sad that there are so many things going on and nothing I can do right now.
What I can do is stay away from people in order to keep them safe.
This virus has made me realize that I am a people person.
That I like helping people.
It’s a part of me.
That I do want to help the world and make it a better place.
Trust me I would have rolled my eyes too years ago.
I have also realized that I miss my freedoms.
The things that I took for granted.
Like walking into a coffee shop and sitting down with a book and computer.
Standing in line at the grocery store just chatting it up.
Though those things seem like they happened long ago, I know that in time it will be back to the way it was.
I’ve been thinking a lot.
I know that thinking can sometimes be full of worry.
But these thoughts are different.
They are of what my soul wants.
To help people.
To make them feel better.
To help them figure things out and that the world needs our light right now.
We are First Responders, and we shine our light on people all day long.
The world needs us now.
It doesn’t need the complaining, the comparing and the judgments.
I ask that we check on our neighbors, and the elderly.
Do what you can and a simple gesture can make a difference in someone’s life.
We can get through this together.
Please remember that it all does start with you.
There are things you can do to relax and refocus.
One of my favorite ways is by taking deep breaths.
This can help you in so many ways.
If there’s something that is showing up, please talk to a doctor.
Make those appointments and more importantly listen to your body.
Please remember to do something daily for yourself.
Place yourself on top of the list.
It does all start with you.
Stay safe out there.
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It’s not too late to start taking care of yourself. Today is the perfect day to start.
I can’t wait to see you.
Stay safe out there.