Let It Go Friday!

downloadHappy Friday y’all! I hope your week went well and you are looking forward to another weekend. There have been many changes to how we spend our weekends, but I do hope your weekend will be full of happiness and relaxation. I know it is a long weekend and many things have reopened, but I still do not have any plans. Maybe I am taking it too far, but I do not feel at all safe out in the public yet. I find it very disrespectful when at a grocery store or gas station and people still do not understand social distancing. 

Our weeks are not always spent doing what we want or even have a passion for. The weeks twenty-years-from-now-you-will-be-more-disappointed-by-the-things-that-you-didnt-do-than-by-the-ones-you-did-domark-twaincan also cause many negative emotions and frustrations, but I do believe letting go of that negative energy before entering the weekend is very beneficial for our physical and mental health. I mean why allow those negative feelings to follow us into a weekend that is supposed to be about us, what we love and enjoy, and our families? I found the quote I am sharing with y’all today encouraging and motivating with letting go of things that do not really matter and I hope it will provide you with something similar. No pressure at all of course, but I would love to read what your thoughts about We are all onethis quote and if it offered some help with letting go of negativity,

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I do always appreciate your continued support and enjoy the chats we can have. I hope your week was pleasant, you have a stress-free day and a lovely weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Breakthrough the Barriers of Social Distancing

92101563_1597447863745824_3525203181490511669_nIt was not that long ago when simply going to the grocery store did not involve the fear of a new and potentially deadly virus. For the past several months we have been faced with a world-wide pandemic, stay at home orders, businesses closing their doors (hopefully temporarily), job losses, widespread fear for our health, mask, and gloves for protection, social distancing, and many other issues that have caused panic. Truthfully, I can’t even remember the last day I wasn’t terrified to leave the house or when social distancing was not practiced by most people and then getting frustrated when some do not respect the social distancing.

I feel confident saying that while I do understand the reasons behind social distancing, it Screen-Shot-2020-04-01-at-2.23.33-PMhas been very challenging and isolating. Granted, I do have my husband and two cats home with me (24/7), but let’s face it being home all the time with no changes can make anyone get irritable. I do love my husband and cats dearly, but sometimes I need a break.

I have found some ideas for activities that could help heighten our moods and encourage Boost-your-moodmotivation.

  1. Express and stay in touch-

Acts of kindness should always be something we try doing. With all everyone around the world is dealing with today a simple email or handwritten note to someone you know could offer a positive boost to their day. Think about memorable previous bosses or co-workers and send them a note. I know some previous bosses we were glad to be rid of, but I know I have at least one that I still miss and really enjoyed working with her. This person’s name is Mary Close Hall and she really was amazing! Offer to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for an elderly neighbor that struggles with getting out of the house during normal times. While in a store, either for yourself or a neighbor, thank those on the frontline and essential workers for what they are doing for the community.

  1. Stay connected digitally-Resources+2

Today’s technology has had extensive changes over the years. Millions of people around the world already rely heavily on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The social media platforms offer positive ways to stay connected virtually, while we continue to practice social distancing. People from various locations can interact with one another face-to-face, well a better way to say it is screen-to-screen. The possibilities are endless to stay connected safely with family and friends.

  1. Discover your creativeness-

creativenessTasks that are repetitious such as knitting or crocheting can create a meditative state of mind and relaxation in the body and brain. These meditative and relaxed feelings have also been known to decrease worry and negative thoughts. You do not need to have or run out and buy needles, crochet hooks, and of yarn there are many other forms or art that can reduce anxiety and even be uplifting for our moods.

  1. Learn a new language-language-2

While we are stuck at home with very limited interaction with others, we can be getting prepared for future travels. There are numerous apps and YouTube videos to help teach us a foreign language. We can make the most of the times of isolation and be thankful for the time we had to learn something new!

  1. Become Cultured-

WHAT'S_YOUR_LIFE_EXPERIENCES_SCORE-_(2)Now is a great time to explore art institutions and cultural events virtually. Back when things were not so complicated, did you ever think of or find the time to visit a museum virtually? I know that it never crossed my mind to expand my worldly knowledge from my living room, but now we all can try this. Google is a fantastic tool that can act as our tour guide to these exciting new experiences.

  1. Passion Projects-passion-project_4x

Is there anything you have wanted to try, but never found the time to do so? Maybe you want to write a short story, or a book, or learn more about your ancestry. Now is a good time to pursue these projects you have thought about for so long. While we are stuck at home and feeling beginning to feel anxious, diving into a long-term project can offer us a sense of purpose.

  1. Attend a virtual class or event-

physicalMany local attractions and studios are becoming creative and offering options for enjoyable free and digital experiences. I am listing a few free options for you and your family to check out and hope you enjoy them!

https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiazoo/

https://www.amrevmuseum.org/education-museum/students-and-teachers/virtual-field-trip

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop

https://www.instagram.com/artwellphilly/

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

These are just a few examples of fun things we are able to do from the safety of our we are in this togetherhomes. Do you have any other suggestions of things we are able to do from home? I would love to read your thoughts and any advice you might have!

downloadThank you for visiting my site today. I hope your day is going well and you are feeling the best you can. Please continue to stay safe and take care of your health! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Pick-Me-Up-Thursday!

169859-Hang-In-There-Its-Almost-FridayHappy Friday eve y’all! I hope your week is going well, you are staying safe, and feeling the best you can! Are you looking forward to the weekend ahead? I am still planning to stay home because where I live continues to have new cases of COVID-19 and I prefer to stay safe and keep my family safe. More than likely, I will clean the house and do laundry because these are the things that keep the weekends going! Of course, it is a holiday weekend as well, which is an even better reason to stay home and away from people that are possibly being careless.

I am trying to keep things on a schedule as normal as I can. Of course, I am still not working because work-from-home jobs are pretty scarce. I definitely think a “Pick-Me-Up” quote will be beneficial to everyone and hope the quote I am sharing will offer this to you! I do think many peoplei-am-not-a-product-of-my-circumstances-i-am-a-product-of-my-decisions prefer to blame their life on whatever circumstances they are dealing with, instead of the decisions made. I believe in taking responsibility for the decisions we make in life. They might not have been the best decisions, but we most certainly learn from everything we go through in life. What is your initial thoughts on this quote and do you agree with what I just said? It is totally fine if you do not agree, but I would love to read what your thoughts were!

downloadThank you so much for visiting my site today! I do always appreciate all your support and encouragement. I think y’all know the past few weeks or so have been a little challenging for me due to things going on in life, but I think y’all know that I am pretty strong and do not let anything keep me down long! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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All we can learn from cats…

Beautiful girl ChloeMy husband and I have had one of our precious cats, Chloe, for almost 15 years. It is so hard to believe our sweet little girl is going to be 15 in June. Chloe has brought us so much happiness, laughter, and love ❤. As a kitten, Chloe would climb the artificial Let you live heretree we had in our apartment. She has always been an indoor cat, so she has never had an opportunity to climb a real tree which is good because I do not think she ever came down from the artificial tree on her own. She has always been a rather small cat and in recent years continues being tiny partially due to having early-stage kidney disease.

After Chloe was an only child for many years and my husband’s grandmother on his father’s side passed away, we took in his late grandmother’s cat ❤. I had always wanted Chloe to have a playmate, so we had two female cats and my poor husband was outnumbered by Sweet Lexiwomen! Unfortunately, we were unsure of his grandmother’s cat’s name but kept calling her “little grey” because she was a sweet little grey cat. We did end up changing her name to Lexi, for her official name. Her name was inspired by the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”. Lexi was very unique Sisterly Loveand loving in her ways. Chloe and Lexi did not play with each other much but they seemed to have an understanding and were often seen napping close together ❤. Lexi brought us so much joy in the 5 or so years we had her. Sadly, our sweet Lexi had cancer that took her from us way too soon.

The loss of Lexi was heartbreaking for the three of us. It was terribly sad seeing Chloe continue to look for Lexi. We did everything we could to keep her as comfortable as possible by feeding her through a syringe, blankets around the house for her to rest on, and lots of love. The night before Lexi passed away, I was up with her all night. She must losshave cried every hour on the hour and I tried consoling her best I could. I had to work the following day and went to work on no sleep at all. When I called home to check in on her, my husband told me she wasn’t doing well and had shallow breathing. I immediately explained to my boss what was going on and that I had to leave. I called the veterinary while I raced home and explained what was going on and that I had to change the appointment we had scheduled for the next day to put her to sleep within the next hour. It was a rainy day, but I drove as fast as I could to get home. Unfortunately, I did not make it home in time and she was already gone when I walked in the door.

After losing Lexi, I told my husband I could never have another cat because it is too Sleepy Sundanceupsetting when anything happens to them. Funny thing it wasn’t even a year later when my mother-in-law called to tell us about a Himalayan cat that was in a foster home because his owner passed away and he needed a good home. I wasn’t as excited as I should have been because there was no replacing Lexi, but we did go see the orphan cat. My husband and I immediately fell in love ❤ with the sweet and beautiful little boy. It was impossible to not love this cat because even though he was scared, he was so sweet! We ended up going home to talk and think about it but went back the following day to bring him home with us.

Best FriendsWe introduced Chloe and her new brother, Sundance (he came with the name, his previous owner was an artist and had a unique style) slowly. Sundance stayed in our guest room for a few days so the two could get used to the smell of each other through the closed door. Of course, Chloe was used to Lexi, but we did not want Chloe and Sundance to fight. Sundance did come from a home with other cats and took well to Chloe instantly. Anytime Chloe would act irritable and swing her little paw at him, Sundance would surrender and roll over onto his back. Chloe and Sundance are now inseparable ❤. If you see one of them, it is guaranteed the other is close by!Chloe and Sundance

There is so much we can learn from cats. For starters cats, especially our two amazing cats, share such unconditional love ❤. They are completely non-judgmental and never judge someone based on petty things humans form opinions based on. There will never be a cat that will automatically dislike someone based on the color of their skin, national origin, religious beliefs, or sexual preference. I can’t say an animal would not dislike someone based on their sex though. Our sweet Sundance loves ❤ my husband now, but it took time because he seems afraid of all other men.

life-lessons-we-can-learn-from-cats-the-last-krystallosWe can learn to relax more than we do now and even take random naps when we can. I can speak only from our two cats that choose various and sometimes unusual places they find comfortable to rest in. Like my husband, cats are nocturnal creatures. They are very active during the night and can sleep soundly during the daytime hours. I am the direct opposite of my husband and cats, but everything works beautifully for us!

Even though Chloe and Sundance have a ton of toys they love empty boxes. Currently, we have a rather large and long box they enjoy playing hide and seek. The first time I witnessed their game Chloe’s attention was fixated on a small opening and then proceeded to bat at it, then Sundance camepurring flying out. Being able to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer us is a wonderful thing we can learn from cats!

Beginning almost immediately, kittens do not require to be taught self-love ❤ because they already completely and fully love themselves. In many ways kittens are similar to human children, they both love what they find fun and gives them positive feelings. Children and kittens can be incredibly tenacious and slightly demanding (unless they are my very demanding cats!) until they get what they want. With their incessant determination and persistence, Chloe and Sundance would be brilliant salesmen!

self loveI think everyone could learn about self-love ❤ from cats. The love a cat has for themselves is a lifetime devotion they are always true to. If you have ever been around a cat, even for only 10 minutes, you have witnessed how much pride they take in grooming and bathing themselves. Our older cat, Chloe, cleans and grooms herself many times throughout the day. Sundance, our younger cat not only keeps himself nice and clean but also enjoys bathing Chloe, which she tolerates for a little while until she has had enough. She does tell him the first few times to stop in a nice kitty way, but if he doesn’t stop she hits multiple times and he runs off.

Cats tend to live a free and candid life. They can go from sleeping to playing in less than5747-Robert-A-Heinlein-Quote-Women-and-cats-will-do-as-they-please-and 10 seconds. Cats do not play out their days and respond in a way that feels right at any given time, which can range anywhere from exploring the unknown to attacking the first toy they see and anything in between.

My husband and I treat our two cats very well and we consider them part of our family. We do not and will not have human children, but we do love and treat our cats as our children ❤. Our cats are very spoiled and are never left without anything they want or need. Both of our cats have health conditions, as I said earlier Chloe has early-stage kidney disease and Sundance has asthma. I never knew that animals can adfc05c92641e557d33a2036bd825356pretty much get anything humans can. Between special kidney food for Chloe and the medications for Sundance, they are not cheap. Chloe and Sundance amaze me every day because I can see the love ❤ in their eyes when they look at me or my husband. Anyone that says cats do not hold a grudge has obviously never met Chloe because if I ever do something, either unintentional or intentionally it could be a few hours later, but she will get her downloadrevenge.

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you enjoyed the information provided and of course the fabulous pictures of my two cats! They loved helping me write this post, but they would like to take full credit for every word! I would love to know what you thought about what we can learn from a cat and promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Motivational Monday

Monday-you-can-handleHappy Monday and welcome to a new week! I hope y’all had a lovely weekend and you remained safe! There seems to always be things our minds focus in on, but often what we are focusing on isn’t all that important. I know many states have opened or reopened again, but even if those in charge think all is well and safe, it isn’t yet. When the number of new Coronavirus cases are continuing to increase, we all need to pay attention, wear a mask, wear gloves, wash your92566032_148356680050649_3264718566094956429_n hands many times daily, and continue practicing social distancing. It is far better to be the only one still doing all of this, no matter how uncomfortable it is rather than basically playing Russian Roulette with your life. 

As we start a new week, some of us are either working from home or unemployed at the moment or having to go back into an office that may or may not be safe. Honestly, I am still in the process of finding a work from home job, but thankfully I do not have to rush life is likeback into the workforce because of my husband’s work from home job! Whether we are staying safely at home or going to work again, we all need a little motivation to start our week off on the right foot. I do hope the quote I am sharing with y’all today will serve as a great motivator! 

How was your weekend and are you ready to tackle with week ahead? I honestly didn’t do much over the weekend and even waited for early this morning to go grocery shopping. I have discovered going to the grocery store early in the morning while people are either at work or sleeping (which I would rather be doing) is much easier because it isn’t as busywe are in this together as it would have been over the weekend. I think for the remainder of the day I will focus on reading, writing, and maybe even cleaning the house! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site downloadtoday! I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared and hope it starts your week off great and your week continues to get better each day! I would love to read what your thoughts are on the quote and promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Interesting Individuality

Be differentWe are all extraordinary, rare, and complex puzzles made up of personality, experiences, comprehension, and emotions. Each person develops their viewpoints and beliefs system, which are mostly powered by their personal experiences in their life. No matter what choices we have made in life or which paths we choose to take along the way, all journeys can leave bruises that will help shape the person we have become.

We do not necessarily end up destined to a specific outcome. Every one of our qualities that make us who we are as an intriguing individual can be sharpened, refined, and increase growth as we continue on our life’s travels.different

What are the things about you that set you apart from anyone else? How many people have you met during your life to this point that has similar personality traits as yours? How many people have you come across that were polar opposite to yourself? A difference among everyone creates distinctiveness that can be interesting instead of monotonous and mundane. Opportunities of being exposed to the way other’s viewpoints and beliefs were initiated and how they affect that person’s daily existence.

Be uniqueWe all have characteristics and qualities that make us exceptional and fascinating. Numerous things will set us apart from anyone else we meet during our lives. I am going to describe 10 things that make us remarkably rare.

  1. Individual Personality-

Our personalities are a mixture of characteristics, attributes, and patterns influencingpersonality our behaviors, thoughts, motivations, and emotions. It steers individuals to continuously think, feel, and behave in particular ways.

Each positive and negative experience, all of our successes and weaknesses provide us with the wisdom that guides us through life. There is no one else that will respond the same way. Our perceptions and gained knowledge is distinct to only us and our choices.

  1. Individual Attitude-

Individuals attituteEach person’s attitudes are created by their personal thoughts. Attitudes dominate the ways we distinguish life and the behaviors of those we are surrounded by. Whether it be a positive or negative, attitudes can be very infectious and influential. Unfortunately, negative attitudes have a way of limiting what can be accomplished in life. Those that maintain a positive attitude can be successful and will also limit their time with others that have a neutral or negative attitude. Honestly, people with a constant negative attitude are mental draining to anyone they are around.

  1. Individual Experiences-

Without a doubt, all of our past and future experiences will influence and define our experiencesdistinct character. All of our experiences assist us in the ways we interact with others. It is common when someone goes through a negative experience in life to feel distressed, uptight, hostile, and or defensive when in hurtful circumstances and want to avoid the same issues occurring again. Those that try searching for positive experiences in order to gain a clearer understanding of the world, the other people in the world, and ways to discover a happy and fulfilled life are creating positive experiences. We never have to remain a prisoner by any negative experiences, but can gain additional wisdom from them.

  1. Individual Habits-

habitsHabits are practices, actions, and or behaviors we complete instinctively, allowing us to accomplish vital tasks such as brushing our teeth, taking a shower, and getting dressed for the day. We may do these simple good habits daily and not ever put much thought into them. Of course, there are bad habits some might do daily, such as eating unhealthy foods and not exercising which can make you feel constantly fatigued. Everyone can establish new habits to try improving their mental health and well-being, such as reading or meditating.

  1. Individuals Creativity-Creative Creativity Innovation Design Vision Concept

Creativity is an amazing way to express one’s self. There are various ways of creativeness ranging from painting, drawing, dancing, singing, writing, building, gardening landscapes, and anything else showing your unique creative side. Everyone from all walks of life has a form of creativity and there are no limits to the beauty within our creative visions.

  1. Individual Perspectives-

No one has experienced life the exact same way you have. No one perceives life the same way you do. The knowledge we gain during our life will never be the same to anyone else you talk to. No one else’s your perspectiveperceptions in life are right or wrong because all way of understanding is simply based on each individual.

  1. Individuals Taste-

There can be some similarities in taste among others we know. Our taste in foods, drinks, people we have relationships with, etc influence our lives. Each person’s tastes are mainly as aspect of our personalities. For instance, my husband and I both like pizza, but he like shrimp and I do not like any kind of shrimp at all.

  1. Individual Goals-goals

Each person’s goals influence the way they spend their time, energy, and efforts. Everyone puts time and energy into what they personally want out of life and how they want to be able to give back to the world. No one else has the exact same short, medium, or long-term goals as you do. These goals are what provide individuals with guidance, ambitions, and initiative in life.

  1. Individual’s Hobbies-

HOBBIES Activity Amusement Freetime InterestThe question regarding our hobbies is a common ice-breaker when meeting new people. Our hobbies do not necessarily define us as a person, but how we spend our time does let someone else know the kind of person we are and what provides us with happiness.

  1. Individual’s Passion-

Our passions offer us direction towards the goals we have. When we understand our passions they can show us a clear path that will lead by our values and perceptions of the world.passions

I hope you enjoyed the information in this post. I think it is interesting to learn about how other people view their life and the world. I think differences make the world go round and if we are all alike it would be a boring existence. What do you think?

downloadThank you for visiting my site today. Please remember to stay safe out there in the world because we are sadly not out of the woods from COVID-19 yet. I would love to read your thoughts on this and promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Pick-Me-Up-Thursday

images (2)Happy Friday Eve y’all! I hope your week has been lovely and very safe! Times are still a bit of a struggle and so areas have reopened. This is of course only my opinion, but it does not matter if everything is open as it was before the pandemic, it is still best to follow the same to follow the same protocols. Staying 6 feet away from others and also wear a mask and gloves. It really is better safe than sorry! I do not think any of the states are truly ready to reopen because it is still too dangerous. If everyone could find more value in the lives of others and less value in money, everyone would be able to stay safe and alive!

With times being as stressful and difficult as they have been over the past few months, we all need a nice Pick-Mebef96fe9d8292c04956c351cc9d8c64d-Up to help us through one last day before the weekend is here! How has your week been? Do y’all have anything planned for the weekend? I do hope if you have anything going on over the weekend, you will do all in your power to keep yourself and your family safe! I hope you find this quote inspiring and gives you a little extra strength!

I would love to read your thoughts on the quote I have shared and your weekend plans! I have been a little behind on reading and responding to comments because a72ce0b1a2c01f01d41e55f1b6ed40aa--peace-and-love-happinesslife has been a bit overwhelming and insane for the past few weeks, but I plan to get caught up over the weekend.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. Your continued support and kindness appreciated more than I can explain. I hope you have a great day and you are feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and positive vibes!

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Lessons Learned From The Pandemic

NormalIsn’t it amazing how fast and how much a commonly used word such as “normal” can change meaning and our lives? Before the pandemic that not only took so many innocent lives and torn families apart, but also impacted most everyone else’s life to a lesser degree.

COVID-19 challenged the world with social distancing and “stay at home” orders blanketing countries. All of these changes created difficult times for working people due to companies closing their doors temporarily and schools closing until next year. There have been so many changes we have been forced to adapt to in a short amount of time and none of this has been easy for anyone.challenges

People were used to going to a grocery store to buy food for their families, but were no longer able to because their company shut down and they were not receiving a paycheck. These issued caused many to resort to waiting in lines at food banks. During the month of April, there were an estimated 17 million people would face hunger challenges. Food banks had a huge increase in demands causing them to ration foods and possibly face shortages. I do not understand how the United States being one of the world’s wealthiest countries in the world could ever have COVID-19 Got You Stressed? Tips for managing stress during a pandemicpeople go hungry and or homeless.

Even though there has not been much of a decrease in the new cases or fatalities and there is not a vaccine for COVID-19, many states are lifting restrictions and moving closer to reopening. Of course, many people that believe reopening states is a good idea, there are some that have fear with these plans.

Many people have accepted the new normal when leaving their homes to be armed withnew norm gloves and mask. Some people have been fortunate enough to keep their jobs have the option to work from home. Unfortunately, other people were not given the opportunity to work from home so they could still be earning a living.

As many people will be heading back to what was once normal working conditions, experts have made a few predictions on the ways COVID-19 has already transformed the way we work, potentially until the day we retire.

  1. Some people will not return to an office

Asian student surf internet for job hunting. Freelancer blog writer typing isolated on a minimal clean blue desk concept, workspace, copy space, flat lay, top view, mock upOptions for working from home began to increase significantly between 2005 and 2017, long before we knew anything about COVID-19. During the time frame of 2005 and 2017, the United States saw a 159% increase in remote working. Individuals were proving their capabilities to work from home and continue to be productive. While we went through the pandemic and companies began having their employees work from home, no one wants to return to their typical work environments when the pandemic finally come to an end.

Until we have vaccines available for COVID-19, returning to the “normal” work surgeenvironments can have a potential to create another escalation of COVID-19 cases.

The president from the Global Workplace Analytics is predicting that 30% of workers that were granted privileges to work from home would much prefer to continue to work from home once the pandemic finally ends. It is also predicted there being financial incentives for companies to cut costs with eliminating office leases and utilities by allowing employees to continue working from home.

  1. Companies will count on staggering schedules for any onsite workers

staggerAs companies begin to reopen it is understood there are continued dangers for COVID-19. Congested and overcrowded workspaces can create contagion breeding ground that exposes many people to this deadly virus. Many companies will implement staggered schedules to have less crowding and assist in keeping workers safer.  

The pattern of fewer workers being crammed into work spaces, instead of 100% of onsite workers will become the new norm long-term.

  1. Open floor plans will come to an endoffice

The open floor plans have been criticized long before the pandemic. This open floor plan option was first designed by prison designs and later company executives thought it would be useful for their company. The executives believed cubicles and private offices were too closed off and not welcoming and open floor plans were much friendlier. The open floor plans created clutter and forced employees to be too close to one another.

  1. Business travel will become less frequentless travel

During the years before the pandemic, approximately 62% of American workers were required to travel to another state for work. This meant that 1.1 million people travelled daily. As so many have been working remotely, it was found that we did not need face to face meetings because it was easy to have video meetings. The ability to have meetings virtually accomplished the same goals and also allowed additional work to be handled instead of driving to different locations just for a meeting.

  1. Millennial designsimages (3)

Giving the office a slight facelift could mean spending less than $200 on custom designs and more likely meaning investing in germ discouraging features. Somethings that would be beneficial may include better quality air filters, hard seat surfaces, and possibly UV lighting to help disinfect meeting locations.

  1. Social responsibility among companies will strengthen

downloadHopefully, one lesion we have all learned during the pandemic is we are indisputably connected together as a society. For us to continue operations after the pandemic comes to an end, companies must understand honorable and ethical responsibilities they have for their employees, but humanity as an entirety. A crisis like the one we have been dealing with is forcing organizations devoting more to the common good.

  1. Create an understanding that work and life exists in unrelated realms

The pandemic had profound impacts on future work having undeniably been work life balancedemolishing the thoughts of work-life balance. The argument regarding work life balance indicting that the two existed on opposite ends of the same pole with very little overlap was set to protect workers from challenging jobs. The expectations being perfectly fine for work life to intrude on one’s personal life was noticed for working parents during all we have been dealing with lately.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information provided in this post was we are in this togetherhelpful for you. It is also my hope y’all are staying as safe as possible because unfortunately, we are not out of the woods with this virus. I would love to read your thoughts on what I have shared and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of  love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Staying sane during insane times

globalNever in a million years did I ever think we would be going through a pandemic in 2020. I can’t seem to be able to wrap my mind around how many people, young and old have died because of something that was so incredibly unforeseen. How does something this deadly even come into existence? Was this manmade and created in a laboratory?  And if so, was it released purposefully or accidentally? Was this meant to kill people all around the world? There are so many unanswered questions in the minds of many around the world and I believe it is during these tragic times we all need to work together through these terrifying days.

The last time there was a deadly global pandemic was the Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 H1N1 virus and was between 1918 and 1920. The Spanish flu was first identified in the United State in the spring of 1918 in military personnel. It was estimated that approximately 500 million people and accounts for one-third of the world’s population had been infected. The CDC estimated that 50 million people died hqdefault (1)from this virus worldwide with 675,000 occurring in the United States.

With the Spanish flu, the mortality rate was higher in people younger than 5 years old, between 20 and 40 years old, and those 65 years and older. High mortality among healthy people, between 20 and 40 years old was a distinctive feature of this pandemic. This virus was synthesized and evaluated; the properties it was made up with were very devastating and not well understood. Unfortunately, there was not a vaccine to protect people from the virus and no antibodies to treat secondary bacterial infections associated with influenza infection. There were limited ways to control this virus, such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, utilizing disinfectants, and limiting public gatherings.maxresdefault

It is mind-blowing, 102 years after the Spanish flu pandemic that killed 50 million people globally that we are facing another lethal pandemic. According to the Worldometer, as of today, there have been 2,906,751 confirmed cases worldwide and 206,669 deaths in 210 countries and territories due to COVID-19. We have only been aware of how detrimental this virus is before about 3 months, but truthfully it started in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

anxiety-tips-web-500x375The stresses and rational concerns we are all coping with can be overwhelming. The stresses can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Uneasiness and distress of your health and the health of loved ones
  • Sleep disturbances or eating patterns
  • Complications concentrating
  • Declining of chronic and mental health conditions
  • Escalated use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs

The good news is there are numerous ways we can control the amount of stress we are feeling. Of course, everyone responds, feels, and copes with stress in different ways, but I do hope the ways to cope with the stress I am going to share will be beneficial for you:

  1. Constantly watching or reading about the pandemic can be very disturbing, so the mind should take breaks from all of it. The continuous devastatingly heartbreaking information we are hearing and reading can take a massive toll on us, but we do image3have the ability to control this.
  2. Don’t forget to take care of your body. A few examples to care for your body are:
  • Stretch daily, do deep breathing exercises or meditate
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Develop a regular exercise regimen
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, they will only create more issues causing stress
  1. Remember to take time to unwind. Attempt doing other activities you find enjoyable.
  2. Find alternate ways to connect with others, while we are still maintaining social distancing. Discuss the concerns you have with people you are comfortable confiding in.

coronavirus-anxiety-stressMany people around the world are feeling extreme levels of stress and uncertainty at this moment. As we try to maintain some sense of normalcy in our lives, we also need to understand how staying optimistic will help our mental health and immune system stay as strong as it can. Even if where you live ends restrictions staying home if you feel positivrunwell and continuing social distancing should remain in effect until there are far fewer cases and fatalities.

Over the years, many studies have provided an interconnection between good overall health and optimism. Of course, some skeptics that would prefer to argue that it is more an individual’s good health that makes them positive instead of vice versa. Regardless if the studies are correct or not, it is not a far-fetched thought to say optimistic people are generally happier than pessimistic people.

Whether you are an optimistic person or a pessimistic person, I am going to share a few simple ideas that may help improves your positive outlooks!

  1. Implement gratefulness. During times when life seems desolated, there are still many things we should be grateful for. Trying starting a gratefulness journal. Acknowledge both notable and small items you are thankful for. Include as much detail into this practice as you can. Important things could be your home, family, and friends, the ability to provide food for yourself and family, and any other things that are necessities. The smaller things might be simple short-lived pleasures such as a good book, a calming warm bath, or a hot cup of coffee or tea.
  2. Create a positive routine that you begin your day with. Even once we make it through this crisis that has plagued our lives for months now, morning routines are vital! It is best to not immediately check the news when you wake up; the news isn’t going anywhere and will still be available to view once you have had time to center yourself. It is astonishing how much a simple morning smile can begin your day off on a positive note.
  3. Slow down. Many of us are always in a huge rush to do things, which includes jumping to conclusions with information we heard on the news. There are some positive aspects of being isolated in our homes, it does allow us the ability to pace ourselves and not dwell on our anxieties caused by the pandemic. Focusing on things that are surrounding us in the present moment can be beneficial. Turn down the volume of our thoughts relating to stress and pay closer attention to our inner voices.
  4. Relax your entire body. Pay very close attention to your muscles, if you begin feeling your shoulders and or jaw tensing, take slow deep breaths and relax. Be aware of your muscles from head to toe and your breathing during the day, which will also assist with your mindfulness.
  5. Ensure that exercise is a part of your daily routine. If you are already an active person, you have probably already made adjustments to your workouts being at home instead of a gym. If however, you are not very active, try to incorporate some form of exercise into your life. Exercising can be beneficial both physically and mentally because it releases endorphins that target the feelings of positivity.
  6. Initiate and encourage a digital community. We all should be continuing to practice social distancing, but that does not mean we are not able to stay in touch with family and friends. Modern technology has given ways for video calls; group chats, and even allows us access to virtual parties and concerts, which are all amazing options. I had my first ever virtual call on Wednesday with my doctor’s office, which I could to be a fabulous way to communicate with the Nurse Practitioner without subjecting myself to possibly being exposed to COVID-19. During these times of massive uncertainty, it is crucial to know some of our friends and family members are dealing with the same stresses we are and maybe we could offer one another some positivity.
  7. Utilize diaphragmatic breathing, which will assist in strengthening an important muscle that helps us breathe, our diaphragm. You can also begin to include meditation into your life and doing multiple short mindfulness exercises throughout the day. A useful pattern to begin your day with is gratefulness meditation, and then incorporates a breathing exercise halfway through your day, and sleep meditation at bedtime. If you would like to read some great meditation examples, I encourage you to visit Bella’s website https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/, she gives some fabulous and extremely helpful advice. Diaphragmatic breathing also has other benefits including lowering stress hormones and your heart rate and helps you to relax.
  8. Embrace humor and laughter in your life daily. We have all probably heard that laughter can be the best medicine, so it would make perfect sense why this is extremely important. The ability to find humor daily can improve your positiveness and benefit from a more optimistic nature. There have been several studies confirming the short-term and long-term benefits of laughter on the mind and body. The benefits include stimulating our organs, lessening stress levels, enhancing blood circulation, building up our immune system, and alleviating physical pains we may have.
  9. Avoid or at least walk away from distressing discussions and situations. Due to the fears involved with the pandemic, everyone is very well aware of; massive amounts of stress are also a strong possibility. During these times it can be easy to be pulled into pessimistic interactions which can intensify how we were already feeling. We can also become obsessed with the news, which alone can create overwhelming levels of panic. It is important to be aware and knowledgeable about what is happening in the world, it is also crucial to have a healthy balance between the amount of news we are taking in and a daily routine in efforts to maintain our mental health.
  10. Hold onto faith. This does not necessarily have anything to do with religion, but if you are religious you might be able to gain strength and optimism from your beliefs. When I stated hold onto faith, I am suggesting your faith in humanity, science, medical professionals, and the good in mankind. It’s about maintaining faith in our resilience, kindness, empathy, commitment, and the desire for a good healthy life for all.

we are in this togetherWe were all leading the life we yearned for before the pandemic and there is no reason we can’t get back to that point in time. It is going to require patience, persistence, and a great deal of resilience. I do think it is also best, regardless of what the governor of your state or president says, to avoid gatherings of too many people, practice good hand-washing, and definitely social distancing.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information provided was helpful to you and your family. I would love to read your thoughts on all of this and promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up-Thursday!

spread-peace-and-love-always2Happy Friday eve y’all! I hope your week has gone well and you are continuing to stay safe! Unfortunately, we are still not free from COVID-19. It is important that we all continue to do what is necessary to stay safe. Hopefully, you will still be able to enjoy the upcoming weekend. 

I have already told y’all that even during any shut downs that are still in place, I want toa6bb092530f8c55f6b006361812e654c continue my normal blogging routine. It is my hope y’all will find the quote I am sharing today a great pick me up and carrying you through until the weekend! I would love to know what you think of this quote and promise to respond as quickly as I can! 

I do have several blog ideas that I am working on and plan to have them completed by the end of the weekend. During this time we are all battling this pandemic, I have had a lot of free time DoavsuCVsAELo9Gto dedicate my time to what I am most passionate about and I have truly appreciated all of the support you have offered. 

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a great day and you are feeling the best you possibly can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤