A LONG ROAD AHEAD…

Good evening

Today… was a day of MAJOR reflection.

I had my physical earlier, and long story short, I’m on a sharp, slippery slope on my health journey. Both my diabetes and blood pressure spiked over the course of these past couple months.

Thanks Corona!

But, I have no one to blame but myself on this one. Apparently, bad days of eating, sleeping, no water, poor diet, and exercise can add up over the course of seven months.

Bad news, I have to start on a prescription regiment to control my blood sugar. Good news, if I kickstart that, change my habits over the next three months (really four, my next visit is in January), my doctor said I won’t have to take the prescribed medicine and can get back to my original plan of healthy dieting, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.

It was a rough day. After talking to my doctor, and going to get my bloodwork done, the lady taking my blood gave me some inspiration and motivation by sharing her story. Believe it or not, she used to weigh 300 pounds, but thanks to my primary doctor (not the one I saw today), she’s kept the weight off for the past few years now. She is he’s first original success story about doing things the old fashion way. With a smile, she told me to keep my head and that I can get through it.

And then, it happened….

I BROKE DOWN! 😭😭😭

Ugly crying, snotty nose, tears streaming down my face, and she hugged me. She just hugged me because she could see that I was struggling to keep it all together, and after hearing her story, I just lost it. I thanked her, and she gave me another hug. Then the hardest part, telling my folks. I told my father since he took me and he could see that I’ve been trying so his words to me were “We’ll try harder baby, you’ve got this.”

So, allow me to reintroduce myself. Hi, my name is Gabby, and I am a Type 2 Diabetic, with high blood pressure, chronic migraines and sinuses, and Bipolar 2 with Depression. Starting today, I’m going to kick all these health issues in the butt from now on. It’s go time!

Now, if you excuse me, I have a Zoom event to listen to. 😊🎧😊

Until next time…

❤️

A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good afternoon

Just wanted to share with you all my update for this week. Long story short, it’s been hectic, busy, creative, and peaceful. Let’s get started:

ASHFORD UNIVERSITY: I turned in my video project for my last class and I’m waiting for the grades to come back. I hope I did ok. It was my first time recording and learning how to use iMovie. Last week, I told Jasmine that I was going to start vlogging, at least for practice. Even though I don’t have a vlogging camera yet, I can use my iPod to record, that way I just Airdrop the content and start editing through iMovie. I started my new class this week, and so far, inspired my peers and my professor with my story on mental health and how I’m working on other passion projects to continue to spread awareness of mental health. It made me smile to see my classmates and their interactions when they talked about reading the posts and how my experiences inspired them and motivated them to tell their stories and live in their truth. Only seven months left of school, and I’ll graduate with my BA in Communication Studies. 

HEALTH (PHYSICAL & MENTAL): My mental state has been pretty calm these past months since working from home. I have my moments when things are really high, and then I have my moments when things are really low. But overall, I’m still taking my medication, and still practicing ways to cope with my Bipolar. As far as my physical health, I have a physical coming up this week and I’m nervous. I’ve slowly started back getting active again, and my eating habits are still a work in progress. The last time I was this anxious when my results came back for Type 2 Diabetes, and I had my health scare back in 2018. I just hope they let me continue to work on my health the old fashion way. I go to the doctor on Thursday, so I’ll keep you all posted on what happened. Fingers crossed!

LESS SCREEN TIME: So far, this week has been 50/50 when it comes to me using less screen time. I’m on my workstation for most of the day since I’m working from home now. Then I take an hour break before looking at my laptop screen for another couple hours. Some days, I’ve tried to read my books on break. Other days, if I didn’t sleep well the previous night, I take a 15-30-minute nap instead to feel more rested and have more energy to finish my workday strong. However, I think that’s causes me to stay awake longer when it’s time for me to go to bed. I’m trying to break this cycle and improve on that as well. So, less screen time, more books, journaling, writing, and sleeping.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH: On my blog, I’ve been genuinely and brutally honest with you all. I’ve talked about things this week that I didn’t think I would talk about, but I’m glad I did. I talked about how rest isn’t a top priority in my life, I also talk about how I don’t seek guidance from The Holy Spirit when I’m having my Quiet Time, I’ve shared so many layers of myself this week, it’s been a struggle but also refreshing. I feel like I’m more relatable to you all if I just continue to be honest and share my story, even the ugly parts that most people don’t want to share. I’m growing and learning more about God and His love and mercy, how He wants us to be more God-like in a world full of evil, and how we must stay obedient to Him and practice applying His teachings to my life.

PERSONAL GROWTH: So, I started reading “Eat. Pray. Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s still a struggle to continue reading the book every day. I set a goal to read 25 pages a day, I think I’ll keep that as a goal until I become faster at reading. It feels like it takes me half an hour to read through the pages when really, it’s probably a few minutes. But I read slow, especially when it’s an adventure book like this one. I’m still writing and journaling, and it’s helped me with my blogging. So there will be more posts coming up in the next few weeks. I learned not to beat myself up over little things and trying not to let EVERYTHING stress me out. I’m also learning to build my relationships with my friends. I’m doing more texting and calling now, which is better than it was before.

Overall, everything is everything. Things are going ok, but I think that could be better. And it will get better. For now, I’m going to zone out for a few hours and work on writing this paper for class and respond back to my peers in the discussion boards.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & TAKING BREAKS

Good evening!

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. I know I did, I took today and yesterday off from work. With that being said, I thought this would be a great post.

So, Gabby, why did you decide to extend your three day weekend to a five day weekend?

To be honest… I needed a break!

It all started last Monday, I woke up later due to a rough night of sleeping with an intense migraine that did not subside until 3AM. Yes, I suffer from chronic migraines, but they only get severe when it’s “My Monthly Gift” (I know, T.M.I- my apologies). This was one of those moments.

So, after suffering from a migraine, trying to balance a HUGE workload, and wrapping up my final week of my previous class, I started feeling overwhelmed, to the point that I walked away from my workstation for five minutes, rubbed my eyes and my face, screamed in a pillow, and started back working again- yes, IT WAS INTENSE!

On Tuesday, I requested the time off. At first, I was questioning my decision: Should I do this? Do I deserve it? It took an hour phone conversation with my friend Jasmine to help me realize that I needed to do it:

“Gabby, you’re one of the most creative people I know. You’re working a job, and taking classes to pursue something bigger and better. You’ve reached a point where you’ve done nothing but work, work, work, that you forgot to take time for yourself. It’s ok, you deserve this time off. Enjoy it!”

And that’s what I did.

Friday started off with journaling, reading, and spending the rest of the day with Mom as we enjoyed “Hamilton” on DisneyPlus (IT WAS AWESOME!!!). Not to mention, I received the IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD, which was not only a highlight to my day but the inspiration I needed to keep blogging. Saturday and Sunday were spent cleaning and decluttering parts of my life, while Monday and today were spent trying to recharge and rest after a weekend of “My Gift”- migraine is slowly starting to subside now.

Long story short, this taught me that it’s ok to take breaks, whether it’s an extra two days to a three day weekend, or a week to just get away from it all. It’s a reminder for me that I still need to slow down sometimes. I should write a mantra or manifesto for myself involving BALANCE and SLOWING DOWN.

Question for the evening: Have you had days or weeks that overwhelmed you to the point that you needed to take a break? If so, what did you do?

Ok, sorry for rambling. Just thought I put this out there and share this with you all. I’m going to try and read or listen to an audiobook to help ease my migraine…. or just sleep 😴

Until next time…

❤️

AN EVENING OF SELF-CARE

Good evening

I’m back from spending the remainder of the evening at my brother’s house. It started off going over to Mom’s to do our evening walk. Unfortunately, I had deal with some adulting issues that involved a stern talk with Mom about my spending. Long story short, July is NO SPENDING MONTH!!!

Anyway, we arrived at my brother’s apartment, and the three of us took a family stroll around the block. We stayed and ate Chipotle while watching “Becoming” on Netflix. After it went off, Mom and I returned home, and after I said good night to her, I opened the door to find my Dad asleep on the couch until it’s time for him to go to work.

I smiled because the weekends, for me at the moment, are spent with family. During these times, we need to just surround ourselves with family and friends right now. Even though we can’t do it physically, we have time to be creative and come up with a way to make it happen. Note to self: text Jasmine and Paris tomorrow and check in on them to make sure everyone is ok.

So, I’ll add spending more time with family, texting and calling friends, and indulging on uplifting documentaries to my list of good intentions for the weekend, and for the remainder of this year. But for now, the other thing that I need to add to the list is get some much-needed rest. After the week I’ve had, I deserve some good sleep.

I’ll check in with you guys in the morning.

Stay safe and sweet dreams!

Until next time…

❤️

WEEK 01: WFH PROS & CONS

Good evening 🌙

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…

❤️

WEEKS 3 & 4: BREAKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

Good evening all 🌙

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…

❤️