Life in the Time of Corona, Vol. 1

What a year this week has been. It’s certainly felt like a year, hasn’t it? These are strange times we’re living in, friends. Every day feels surreal.

This week started out mostly normal. I went to work on Monday like usual, but even then, everything felt so….. tentative, like no one knew exactly what was going to happen next. The last few days at work were filled with proofreading press releases and mass emails and the like. School closures came and some things started to shut down, but like I said, I went to work on Monday like any other day. When I left at 4:30 pm, I could feel how tentative things were, and made sure I brought home anything from my desk that I thought I might need.

And then everything turned sideways.

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Goal-Setting for 2020

I’ve always thought it was important to set goals for yourself. Whether you write them down, make them public or not, it’s important to have markers for yourself regarding things you want to accomplish and steps you want to reach. Some goals are easy, some are hard. Some take a little work, some take a lot of effort, some take years.

As we turned the calendar year, I set a few goals for myself for 2020. I didn’t call them “resolutions,” but more consider them as statements of what I┬áintend to do this year. It won’t be perfect, I know that. I’ll mess up, I won’t make all of the goals. I’ll slip up sometimes, or just downright fail once in a while. But the most important thing is… I’m trying.

My 2020 goals are:

  • I will only use my credit cards in case of real emergency. (Not going to lie, I’ve already slipped up on this one, but like I said… I really am trying!)
  • I will end the year with under “X” dollars in credit card debt. (I will pay off at least $5,000 in debt.)
  • I will read 20 books. (Last year I read 17.)
  • I will only do writing that I am paid for, aside from this personal blog!
  • I will spend more quality time with my husband.
  • I will limit my Target trips to a maximum of one (1) per month. (Target is my vice, I’m not obsessed by any means, but it’s easy to go and spend too much money.)
  • I will focus more on cooking food at home rather than eating out.
  • I will work toward a lower-waste, more sustainable lifestyle.
  • I will complete the Couch to 5K program.

Some are easier than others, so wish me luck along this journey ­čÖé

Holistic Wellness, Slowing Down & Reflecting

I was fortunate enough to spend a recent day and a half at a holistic wellness retreat. It was exactly what I needed: some “me time,” time out in nature and a chance to slow down, step back from all my stresses, and reflect on my life, present and future.

I won the chance to attend this retreat through Labor-Management Healthcare Fund. They host various retreats annually at Beaver Hollow Conference Center, which is roughly 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY. I’ve actually never entered before and was pleasantly surprised when I learned that I’d won this one! Everything was included and best of all, free!

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In the Midst of My Invisalign Journey

As my Timehop reminded me, one year ago today, I started on my Invisalign journey with my initial consultation. After years of being told by dentists that I needed braces and should really consider them, I finally found myself in a place where I was able to do so.

For the record, it’s not that I never wanted braces, but orthodontics are, well, expensive. Not everyone can afford them and they can certainly be seen as a luxury! A few years ago, I got a price quote on Invisalign from my dentist (who only does Invisalign, not regular braces) and I was flabbergasted at the number. Turns out if you’re over a certain age (for me, it was 25), your insurance may not cover any orthodontic care.

At any rate, over the last year, I found myself financially in a position where I was able to do this, thanks to my dad’s estate after he passed away. And I decided to commit myself to it. A year ago, I had my consultation. I started my first tray on June 7, 2018.

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My #Last90Days Challenge

We’ve entered the final quarter of the 2018 calendar year.┬áHonestly? Wow. It’s mind-blowing me to how quickly this year has passed, and it undoubtedly has to do with the fact that just four days in, my father died unexpectedly. That threw my entire year, and life, for a loop and in some ways threw me totally off course.

I’ll be honest: the one thing I told myself I was going to do this year – keep writing my novel that I started in late 2017, and then work on seriously getting it published, even if only as an eBook – is the one thing I didn’t touch. At all. I completely abandoned the entire thing, and sometimes, I feel bad about it. I wish I hadn’t. It’s still there, sitting, waiting for me to rescue it, and at some point, maybe I will. But I’m just not there yet.

That being said, when I stumbled upon Rachel Hollis’ #Last90Days challenge, I was intrigued. The final three months of the year are a great time to set intentions for yourself, and with the way this year has gone, it’s time to get myself in order.

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