WEEK 01: WFH PROS & CONS

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

So, I survived my first official week of working from home. I thought this would be a great time to share with you guys my experience, and the pros and cons of WFH:

Mar. 30th through Apr.03rd: WEEK 01

This is what my day looked like since I started working from home. My old routine used to be that I would wake up at 5:00am, get dressed, and walk over to my mom’s house until it was time for both of us to leave for work at 7:00 (sometimes, we’d leave out before 6:30 so Mom can get to work early). Once I got into work, I get settled and check emails, review my Passion Planner, and plug in my hours for the day before starting work. From 8:00 to 4:30, I’m on the computer. I made sure to step away from my cubicle to move a little bit. Once work was done for the day, I came home and spent the remaining 3 hours taking online classes. Then I went to sleep anywhere between 9:00 to 10:30, unless I had to work on a paper, then it would 11:30 or Midnight when I’m climbing into bed.

My routine now, I wake up at 6:30, make myself a cup of hot tea and breakfast. I come into the living room where my workstation is set up, and I open my blinds so that the natural light of the day brightens my apartment. I play InTouch Ministries while I set up to start working. From 7:00 to 4:00, I work and then spend the rest of the day finishing schoolwork. Now let’s get into the pros and cons:

PROS:

  • More flexibility in my work schedule
  • Starting to find a balance between work, home, and school
  • Able to make time to workout and focus on my health
  • Naps are a lifesaver
  • No longer feel rushed in the mornings or throughout the day
  • More energy and more hours of sleep

CONS:

  • Less interaction with people, especially with social distancing
  • Wearing more sweats which leads to feeling SUPER comfortable and wanting to take longer naps- currently working on planning my outfits again

Overall, after doing this for a week, I can personally say that I enjoy working from home. I find myself having more energy, I don’t feel tired or groggy throughout the day after waking up, and I’m able to make time to do things that I normally couldn’t do when I’m at work. So, just need to plan outfits ahead of time, and I’ll be ok.

I’ll continue to keep you guys posted on my well-being. New things are coming up soon, and I’ll share them with you all once I’m finished working out the kinks.

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: APRIL 2020

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

Another day of working from home. Still getting use to it. Trying to break the habit of wearing sweats and starting to wear an actual outfit. But at least the past couple of days have been sunny thanks to opening my windows when I work.

So before I call it a night, I wanted to share my words for the month of April:

โœจBALANCE

โœจCONSISTENCY

โœจPASSION

โœจPEACE

โœจCONTENTMENT

โœจSELF-LOVE

Some of these are from March, and are areas of my life that I want to continue to improve in. Thanks to this time of solitude, I can focus on these things.

Before, it was hard for me to focus on anything because my mind was thinking about 100,000 things at once. And now that I’m a full time student taking classes online, it’s really been stressful for me to focus on one simple task. Now, I’m able to take my time and focus on one task at a time. I’m slowly learning to find a balance between home, work, and school.

Hope everyone is doing ok, and staying safe and healthy during these times. Stay positive!

Until next time…

โค

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: MAR. 2020

Good morning โ˜€๏ธ

Well, March came and went. Weโ€™re now in the month of April, and itโ€™s kind of starting to feel like springtime outside, even though weโ€™ve been cooped up inside. Here is what March has taught me:

BALANCE- Earlier this month, I had my mental check-up with my therapist, Dr. Park. This year was off to a rocky start for me. I got sick with sinus issues, not to mention I was starting online classes soon. And I had fallen off track with my health journey all over again. We talked about how I’m learning to find balance in my life again. Its still a struggle, but I’m trying to maintain some things in my life right now.

HEALTH- I picked up my weight again this year. And I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things thanks to Mom. Since both of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s been helping me get back moving again by walking for 30 minutes after our shifts. I’m eating…decent. But still drinking plenty of water and hot drinks right now. Migraines haven’t caused me any issues…until today. Currently fighting one as we speak so I’ll try to take things easy today.

CONSISTENCY- I’m sticking to blogging whenever I can. But March taught me to be consistent with my goals and passions. After my meeting with my lead, it had me thinking that I should start considering looking into a different career path that falls under my degree. So while I work on improving my skills, I’m also going to continue doing research on freelancing, and how to get started. I know I want to do freelancing, but I want to make sure I’m prepares before taking that step.

So, if I could rate myself for the month of March, I would give myself a 7. I made mistakes, but I’m still learning, and I’m working on getting better.

Well, I’ll check in with you guys later on today.

Until next time…

โค

WEEKS 3 & 4: BREAKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

Good evening all ๐ŸŒ™

So, tonight’s post is going to be an interesting one. Let’s rewind to last week:

MAR. 15TH -MAR. 21ST:

  • Went to work like normal, while getting emails being aware of the COVID-19 situation
  • Working on Week 5 of my 2nd class- a final exam, paper, and points for taking a survey
  • Dealing with my “Monthly Gift” which required constant snacking, pigging out on chocolate, and staying in my sweats all weekend

MAR. 22ND- MAR. 28TH:

  • Start my 3rd class after having a mini break between classes
  • Arrived to work, only to prepare my workstation to be updated and functioning properly for at home use (working from home starting yesterday)- still getting adjusted to it
  • Trying to play catch up in my current class by completing my tasks for Week 1

So, after my first day of working from home, I took the rest of the evening to play and finished my game of Tomb Raider. Then spent the rest of the evening browsing positive boards on Pinterest. Today, I woke up with a migraine and an upset stomach. Mom checked on me for most of the morning and asked me “How are you able to find your balance between work and class now that you brought work from home?” Long story short, it’s been a challenge and I’m working on it.

Today has been a day of playing catch-up, and tomorrow will be another round too. It’s different for me because I work from 7:30 to 4, take a small break when I come home, and from 5:30 to 8, I’m working on homework for class. Now, I’m trying to maintain that balance, but I’m finding myself looking at a screen for too long. So, I’m working on cutting out screen time, and adding more books, sketching, writing, and other hobbies to help me rest myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

I found some new reads from Amazon. Two of the books being about self-healing and chakras. I wanted to get a book on astrology, dealing with the zodiac signs. This is the time for me to train my mind, my body, and spirit to practice healthier habits. I’ve also been researching again on freelancing and turning that into a career. After having a conversation with a colleague, I learned that it’s ok to have an outlet to explore new things, and new job opportunities. I still want to turn that into a passion of mines, but I want to make sure I have my ducks in a row before I make any moves.

Well, hope you all are doing ok during these crazy times, and continue to stay encouraged and positive.

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

MID-MONTHLY REFLECTION

Good evening all.

Hope everyone is enjoying the remainder of their Sunday. I spent the majority of today, working on my paper for Week 04 of class. So far, I tweaked and added more to my outline so that I can stay on track with what I’m writing about for my paper.

The goal was to get the paper finished today, but due to major procrastination over the past few days, it will be submitted tomorrow. I’ve learned that I need to plan things a little better. I still use my Passion Planner faithfully, but for some reason, it’s like something is missing to help me remember and stay accountable on things.

On Tuesday, I will be entering my final week of this class. Here are the tasks to complete for the week:

  • WEEK 04 PAPER- finish writing it, edit/proof-read it, and submit before the end of Monday
  • WEEK 05 DISCUSSION POST- needs to be posted by Thursday and need to respond to peers by the following Monday
  • FINAL EXAM- Between now and Thursday, I need to read, study and review for this exam.
  • WEEK 05 FINAL PAPER- start writing it tomorrow, follow the outline, and make sure to have all my sources that I used to help write the paper. Make sure to edit/proof-read, and check for grammatical errors before submitting it

So, I just heard that the Coronavirus has become a serious issue here in the STL. Apparently, we’re suppose to be having a city shutdown until the end of this month…or April???? Ok, now I definitely need to watch the news some more. But let’s just pray for this country because we are living in some crazy times.

The month of March so far has been… a little bit much. This week alone was a stressful one. But, I did bring that upon myself since I procrastinated BADLY for the past few days this week. But, that little voice in my head is reminding me to stay calm and that everything is going to be ok. So I’m reminding myself that everything is going to be ok and that I shouldn’t stress over my education, work, and anything else. But March so far, I need to get things moving. Still slacking on working out, my sleep pattern is off, and I’m semi-slacking when it comes to my education. I’m trying real hard not to get distracted. So this week, I’m going to create my study space. I need to have no distractions whatsoever in order for me to do my best. I give March an 8 so far.

Ok, I’ve vented and rambled enough tonight. Time for me to get some sleep, and start a fresh new week.

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

WEEK 02: PROCRASTINATION

Good evening all ๐ŸŒ™

I’m back with another weekly update for the month. Good news, school is still going strong. Bad news, procrastination kicked my ass…AGAIN!!!!

  • Sunday- Finished my Week 03 paper, prepared for Week 04 of school, and prepared outfits for this week and the following week.
  • Monday- Came into work, with my new humidifier, and finished up one of the tasks I wrote down on my check-list. Later that night, went to rehearsal with Mom and came home and crashed.
  • Tuesday- Almost panicked because one of our assignments for class was to do an interview with someone from another country. Problem? I didn’t know anyone personally that moved from one country to the USA. So, instead tried to work on the second discussion post instead for the week.
  • Wednesday- Emailed my instructor about the assignment and found a work-around, and then emailed my Auntie later that evening for her help. And procrastinated for the rest of the evening after eating dinner with Mom and Dad. (Procrastination Day 1)
  • Thursday- Ordered Imo’s pizza for Dad, which led to a Pizza party at my apartment with my parents yet again. And in the midst of this, watched the Aaron Hernadez documentary on Netflix while trying to work on my second discussion post for the week. Long story short, watch really good shows and docu-series over the weekends, off days, vacation days, and sick days. (Procrastination Day 2)
  • Yesterday- Went to work, finished one project, and went to Bread Co. with Mom to celebrate the homegoing of one of her classmates. I wanted to be there for her and I was glad to see she had a good time talking with other classmates from her school. Then, ended the night watching Flint Town on Netflix, and stayed up late nursing a migraine, watching the series, and then watching Mighty Ducks on DisneyPlus. (Procrastination Day 4)
  • Today- Continued watching Mighty Duck, and rewatched the Aaron Hernandez story, and stayed watching Netflix for the entire evening, and now currently watching Philly the Kid as we speak (Procrastination Day 5) and enjoyed binging on Imo’s again with Dad.

Long story short, procrastination has been my struggle. Struggle with health, school, even work at times. Some how, it just sneaks up on me and dominates me. During my doctor’s visit, I mentioned that growing up, procrastination has been my best friend. The problem, I try not to let it be, but obviously, I need to discipline myself more. It’s crazy how I went from extremely beast mode last year to just being stuck. I need help getting out of this funk.

But that’s the thing about a new week, it’s like a fresh start to trying to form new habits and breaking old ones. I’m trying, it’s hard but I’m trying. Don’t worry, I’m hanging in there.

Until next time…

WEEK 01: BALANCE

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

So here is what I have been up to this week:

  • Sunday- Spent majority of the day working on my paper for class and spent the day with Mom and Dad just hanging out.
  • Monday- Went to work and prepared for the following school week and finished up a previous project before starting a new one.
  • Tuesday- Had my Therapy session and came home to indulge in “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” on Netflix. A must watch and a story so gripping that I procrastinated on original plans to work on my Week 3 paper and read chapters in my textbook
  • Wednesday- Another day of Happy Procrastination due to hanging out with family and playing with my adorable baby cousin, Bryson.
  • Thursday- Went to work and spent most of the day responding to classmates in our discussion forums and cane home to have a 2-hour writing session for my paper.
  • Friday- Went to Denny’s after work with Mom and then came home to indulge in 90’s Saturday Morning nostalgia of “The Mighty Ducks”.
  • Today- Spent the day taking notes while watching Matt D’Avellia on YouTube and finished up the outline of my paper and planned out the week in my Passion Planner.

The one thing I took away from this past week was my lesson in therapy. I’m still trying to find a balance in my work and home life. But when new things get introduced into your work and home life, its harder to find a balance and create a routine. And she then said the words that made me feel better:

“Its ok, you’re going to have moments like these where you are not on your game. Just remember to practice making a routine and figure out what works for you. And if something doesn’t work, change it.”

I’ve been doing it again where I’m doing nothing but running on fuel and I’m not taking time to think situations through or I’m not taking certain things seriously like I should. On Sunday, I’m going to start fresh with a new routine and see what works for me for a week. If something works, I’ll keep it. If something does not work, I’ll try another option or a few more options until I find the thing that works.

Well my loves, I hope you all are having a peaceful evening so far on this lovely Saturday. I will check in with you guys another day.

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: JAN./FEB. 2020

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

We are now in the third month of 2020. Now, we ask the questions:

  • Where have I been?
  • How have I been?
  • What is going on in my life?

It’s update time!

Let’s start back in January, shall we?

JAN. 2020:

  • January 1st through January 7th: I started the week, fighting off seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, it’s normal for me since I have chronic sinusitis. I rang in the New Year with Mom, in front of the television, eating chili dip, and googling over adorable labrador puppies that were just born. Thank you, Life With Labradors,ย on YouTube. I am forever grateful to you. Then, I turned 29 on January 2nd. Dad and I spent the day watching documentaries on Netflix, the classics on Disney+, and had a pizza party and a Starbucks tea with Mom and my brother. The rest of the week, my sinuses were clearing, my health was getting better, and I preparing to start back to work.
  • January 8th through January 31st: Once my health was back on track, I was preparing for a new chapter in my life. I was starting online classes at Ashford University to pursue my BA in Communication Studies. I ended the month, celebrating both my birthday and my friend’s birthday with a Girls’ Night Out at Krab Kingz, and we continued our adventure to Hotbox Cookies and Insomnia Cookies. We finished the night on a good note with laughs, giggles, plans, and goals for the remainder of this year and the new year to come.

FEB. 2020:

  • February 1st through February 14th: Took a trip to MetroPCS to have Mom switched back, and had to put my ZTE phone to rest, and turned to another phone, the Alcatel 3v. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! At this point, I aced my first course, and now going through my next class: An Introduction to Communication 101.
  • February 15th through February 29th: I took this time to reflect on my health- mentally, physically, spiritually. I’ve also been reflecting on my performance at work, as well as my performance in school. I’m brainstorming and outlining the passions and goals that I want to accomplish this year and in the next five years. I made this weekend the final weekend that I indulge in my bad habits, and start working on healthier habits for myself.

So how can I sum up 2020 so far? January was my month of healing and preparation. February was my month of reflecting, learning, and growing. My word for the year is BALANCE; I think it’s going to be my word for this year, and maybe a little longer. Because I have a mental illness, I remember that giving myself some form of structure helped me stay more motivated and healthier in the past. I’m now at a place where I’m trying to balance things in my life so that I’m more productive and managing my time wisely so that I have enough time to do what I need to do.

We’re now entering spring, which is a time of new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather, which can help me start to get out of these winter blues. So, where have I been? Mostly work, home, and online school. How have I been? I was in a funk, but I’m taking things one day at a time. What projects are coming up in the future? I’m a creative Capricorn, brainstorming, editing, and making boss moves.

Until next time

 

 

02|01|20

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

We are now in February. So let me just give you an update on how January went for me:

January 01- 07: New Year’s and My Birthday Week. Unfortunately, I got sick with my seasonal allergies for that entire week, so I spent it on the couch. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿคง๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜ด

January 08- 14: Came back from birthday vacation, and prepared myself for online classes, a new workout routine, and getting my health back together for 2020 ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•

January 09-31: Been getting into the groove of maintaining a schedule that works for me while I’m working and taking classes online. And ended the month with a Girls Night to Krab Kingz, Hot Box Cookies, and Insomnia Cookies ๐Ÿช

So…what has January taught me? In 3 words…

โœจRest

โœจReset

โœจRecharge

I’m going to take those 3 words and apply them to my schedule more while I’m in school. Right now, school is going great. I’ll have another update for you guys once this class is over, 3 weeks down, 2 to go. Just wanted to let you all know that I’m ok. But now, let me get some sleep.

Until next time….

01.15.20

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

So, classes have OFFICIALLY started as of yesterday.

The good news, I knocked out one of my assignments last week before class even started. The bad news, still slowly figuring out a study plan to make things go smoothly. But so far, things haven’t been too bad for me.

But, I took time during my lunch break today to review the rest of Week 1, as well as come up with a easy study schedule for me during the week. Now, I just need to be able to climb into bed, and sleep for 8 straight hours without waking up so much. Life of a college student, right? I’m still learning. I’ll get it down before Week 2 starts though.

Just wanted to give you guys a quick update to how classes went. And also say, I’M A COLLEGE STUDENT…AGAIN!!!!!! YAY!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Now…time for my eyelids to close and not open for 8 hours. ๐Ÿ˜ด

Until next time…

01.13.20

Good morning ๐ŸŒž

So, tomorrow, I will be starting my first course of the year. The funny thing is…I’ve already gotten a head start Friday. Once I logged into my student portal, I became anxious when I found some of my announcements were sent out on January 8th! ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ซ.

So, for majority of Friday night, I spent it accessing my materials for the class, making sure I read the correct information, and turned in my first assignment BEFORE Day 1. At first, I was starting to have a slight moment of anxiety, until a reminder popped in my head from Mom:

“Don’t frustrate yourself, or make yourself feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, say a prayer, take your time, and stay focus. And you’ll do just fine.”

So, I did just that. I stepped away from my computer, took a deep breath, said a prayer, and took my time to go over the things I needed to do for Week 1. And I took my time from there. Saturday, I took breaks. For 2 hours, I would focus on schoolwork, took a break, and came back to focus for another 2 hours, took a break, and did the same thing again until 7:30 that night. That was my stopping point for the day.

Sunday, I took the day to just relax, reflect, reset, and prepare for this week. And, declared that Sundays would the one day I have to focus on myself. This year, I think online school is going to go just fine ๐Ÿ˜Š. I’ll keep the same positive attitude, and keep moving forward.

Can’t wait for tomorrow…

Until next time…

01.09.20

Good evening ๐ŸŒ™

Today was…HECTIC!!!

The good news…I got into work early enough to pick up where I left off on my project. Even better news…I finished it before leaving for the day. Came home and went to get groceries with Mom, and then came home to warm up some this yummy chicken dish she created yesterday.

Took a little time today during work to write down some of my to-do’s for tomorrow and for next week. I’m smiling from ear-to-ear, looking at the stack of notebooks, pens, pencils, and highlighters sitting on my table. Mom told me to just take a deep breath, say a prayer, and stay focused. So, this is how 2020 is going to start off, with my nose in the books…

…well virtual books…

Ok, time for me to get some beauty sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด

Until next time…