Venting and Adapting

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I am writing this because I needed to vent a bit… It finally got to me. The pandemic anxiety caught up to me today…I should have seen it coming.

I’ve been managing the daily anxiety pretty good. I am very thankful that I can telework full-time and will not miss a paycheck. I have a safe home. I have food and supplies. I consider myself very lucky. However, learned a few years ago it’s not good to stuff down my emotions. Just because I am lucky doesn’t mean I am not feeling anxiety and stress for how this is impacting my life.

As I said, I am teleworking full-time until at least April 30th but most likely longer. Well, the heating valve in my living room broke and it’s stuck ON. My desk which is on my dinner room table sits right near it. Let me just tell you – it sucks. It’s hot; dry and making me feel sick and miserable🥵 it’s also aggravating my allergies because I’ve had the windows open🤧 I went to mailroom yesterday and saw our maintenance guy down the hall. Thankfully, he told me me he can fix it on Friday because heat is considered urgent but I need to plan to stay in the other room or go out while he’s working on it to maintain social distancing. I’m not sure where I am going to go because I don’t want to be around anyone.  I’m avoiding the COVID!  Maybe just a car ride by myself.  So, I only have to wait until Friday to get the heat valve fixed — thank God. It was so hot near my table that I worked today on the other side of room sitting on yoga bolsters. It was comfy. I will most likely work there tomorrow too… but it’s weird I miss my cubicle for work😏

I received packages from Amazon today. After reading an article the many of the Amazon Fulfillment locations have staff that are infected but still working, I am freaked out😳It almost wasn’t even worth the stress and anxiety it gave me to receive the orders. First, I put on gloves and a mask just to pick it up and open it. Then I had to wipe everything down. Then I had to wash my hands like twelve times. Then I had to worry if I washed everything enough and wonder if I should change my clothes… It’s exhausting… I don’t think I will be ordering anything from Amazon for a while. As a matter of fact, the same for all deliveries…The virus lives on cardboard for 24 hours. I think as long as you wear gloves and a mask and don’t touch your face, you are ok… but, who knows. Finding out Chris Cuomo from CNN has it too, really got me thinking… Corona Virus is no joke. Has anyone noticed the air is heavy lately? It’s really windy near me lately. It’s weird. I have food and supplies. I am not planning to leave the house for a while.

How are you coping? How is the Corona Virus (COVID19) Pandemic changing you?COVID19
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Self Care Sunday – Isolationship 💙

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There is finally a word for what I’ve been doing for the last few years… I was in an isolationship a long time before it was mandatory 💙✌️🤣

As a natural introvert, social distancing  is what I do on weekends when I need downtime. It’s not a hardship for me. Years ago I used to drink wine and beer as a social lubricator to socialize and be a bit extroverted. Drinking is no longer an option for me and I’ve settled into my introverted lifestyle.

My focus the last few years has been on healing myself on a deep emotional level, making peace with painful experiences from my past and focusing my energy on maintaining contact with people with whom I have genuine connections.  When people have genuine connections, physical distance is irrelevant.  In this time of social distancing, I am still maintaining some form of contact whether it be phone,  text or  spiritual contact with those I love. I also pray for their safety each day.

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Since focusing on myself the last few years, I’ve experienced profound growth and healing. I’ve also learned coping skills. I have an anxiety disorder and I am also in some weird auto-immune flare up right now. I have muscle and joint pain which I was hoping would resolve with getting my Iron levels up but it hasn’t yet helped. Teleworking is blessing. I am still working full time but it also keeps me in my condo all day long. Getting up, getting dressed, putting on makeup and going to work not only takes my mind off some of the weird shit going on in my body, it also gives me a social outlet in a safe space. This requires me to be diligent in managing my thoughts and emotions. I’ve been strategizing ways for me adapt and refocus myself on other things while being stuck at home alone. As someone who has anxiety on a regular basis, this has been critical in helping me get through this pandemic while living alone and being about 60 miles from my family without using Xanax every day.

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My main home project during this time is my balcony. I am lucky to live in a beachfront condo with a balcony. It’s March so I am not out there much this time of year. You can see the chairs stacked in the corner which I find very uncomfortable. I am getting rid of them and may see if the local homeless shelter wants them for their gazebo area.
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I never really thought about redoing my balcony area because I usually spend most of time at our community pool, on the beach or walking around town. I am not really sure what this summer will bring so I’ve decided to make this space cozy so I can hang out there, maybe work out there on nice days and enjoy the sound of the ocean and moonlight on the water at night💙 I really like the below patio set and I measured it. It looks comfortable and looks like it will fit on the balcony… I am still looking and haven’t committed to this but I like dark wicker but maybe nested ottomans would be better in the small space and I would prefer red cushions.  My biggest issues that one will deliver and put it together during COVID🤣 I am pretty handy and have tools 💁🏻‍♀️I just put together a task chair and a fan but do I really want to put together a whole patio set by myself?  UGH!  There is no rush to order just yet. I’ll wait a few weeks to see if what happens. I would rather pay someone to do it or have someone help me, than do it myself ✌️
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I bought some plants to grow in pots on the balcony. You can see the herb starter plants below (1st photo below). I am going to repot them. I am also growing Kale micro greens from a kit that I bought on Amazon (2nd photo below). A local garden store, Lang’s,Garden, is actually open during the pandemic. I guess gardening supplies are essential🤣💚I order a Drawf Blueberry bush that can grow in a pot and is hardy during cold weather (3rd photo below). I love blueberries so I am going see if I can grow it on my balcony. I am also planting Kale and Spinach in pots too 💚🌱 You can see all of my supplies (4th photo below). In coming weeks, I will be planting and building a potted garden on my balcony. This also gives me something focus on and nurture during this time of uncertainty. herb starter plants
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How are you coping during this time of uncertainty? I hope you are well and finding something to believe in and love during this challenging time. I think we will all look back on 2020 and have a bit of post traumatic stress disorder 🤣✌️
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Herb Starter Kits – Be Enlightened :-)

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Yesterday I found out a local organic farm, Enlightened Farms, that supports drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers was selling Produce Herb Starter Kits for $20 including home delivery. So, I order a kit. I was expecting three or four small plants. Instead I got eight herb plants 🤣 Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Mint and Catnip. Am I supposed to eat Catnip or do I give it to someone with a cat? 🤣

Aren’t they beautiful? I am going to put them on my window ledge once I get something to sit them in that can hold water.

The main reason I bought was to give myself something nurture while I am home on lockdown and teleworking. I thought it would be good for me have something pretty that smells good and I can take care of during this time. I really wish I had a dog. I am allergic to cats so no cats. But a dog would be cool so I am not talking to myself all the time. I will be talking to these plants now…🤣

If you are local to South Jersey and would like fresh herb starter kits and support folks in recovery for a $20 donation, visit the Enlightened Farms website to order your kit. You make a donation and in the comments section, write “Produce Starter Kits” and then they will contact you. They will deliver them right to your door. Alternatively, you can direct message them through their Instagram site.  That’s what I did:

https://www.instagram.com/enlightenedfarm/

https://hansenfoundationnj.org/enlightenedfarm/
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May you be happy
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Self Care Sunday ~ What’s Your Silver Lining

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This past week has been a little like falling down the Rabbit Hole? Like WTF?, Right? This Corona Virus stuff is just surreal…

The Media is not over-hyping this and I know it for one reason. My niece works for Jefferson Health Systems which is a large network of hospitals in the Philly area. On Wednesday they decided to move all non medical employees to telework. She didn’t have a computer at home and she couldn’t take the one at work with her. She only had a cell phone and tablet at home. I didn’t want her to get laid off so I bought her a laptop and few accessories on Thursday online at Best Buy and she picked them up in Philly that afternoon.  She helps my Mom and she is very responsible kid.  I was happy to help her.  She took the laptop into work on Friday to have the software installed and already started teleworking this morning (Saturday).  She called me this afternoon when she got done work. She told me she got a work email that said, “THE ENTIRE HOSPITAL SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE CITY WAS AT CAPACITY!” That’s scary.

As for myself, last week was my first full week of telework. It looks like I could be teleworking for a while. I am glad I am teleworking. It will at least keep me busy while I stay at home. It’s funny though. I normally get dressed up for work and put my face on every day. I like to look polished when I am at work. Since I’ve been teleworking, it’s been more like this tho… 🤣 Text before Zoom, Skype or FaceTiming because I won’t pick up without cleaning myself up a bit 🤣
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I ordered myself a desk two weeks ago. It arrived last week but it arrived in two boxes and in two different colors of wood 🤣 I sent it back and got a refund. A guy who works in my building was going to help me put it together but he has a large family and is around a lot of people. He shouldn’t be in my condo until this thing over – just in case.  I have tools and I am handy but I don’t know if I am up to putting a whole desk together myself 🤣So, I am going to wait to order another desk.  In the meantime, my dining room table has become my office. I ordered a few things on Amazon to make it more comfortable but all in all it’s a nice set up and you can’t beat my view.
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I am not even gonna lie… this thing has my anxiety running a bit high. Today, Saturday, is my birthday. It’s weird… I am social distancing while also celebrating another day of living…I may order a gluten free pizza and chocolate cake to celebrate but I am trying to very hard to not stress eat during this mess. I’m also pacing/walking every day inside and have closed my Stand, Move and Exercise Rings on my Apple Watch everyday.

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The silver lining in this for me is that it reconnected me to why I moved into this condo in the first place… The full ocean view makes me happy 💙 Every window in my condo has an Oceanview because I am on a corner of the high rise. That’s my silver lining and that brings me comfort every day. What’s your silver lining?

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Self Care Sunday ~ Self Love

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This past week I decided to make my health and wellbeing to be my first priority. I took me being slowed down by Iron Deficient Anemia to finally give in and give my body the rest it needed. Why is it so hard to slow down and take care of ourselves? Why is it so hard to show ourselves the same love we show others?

For me it was expectations. It was about me not wanting to disappoint anyone and not let anyone in my family or in work down. My ego was in charge and it was driving me into exhaustion; pushing past all of the warning signs my body was sending me. I was blocking it all out.

I had blood work done about ten days ago. I knew about a week ago I had Iron Deficiency Anemia. On my Monday morning I went into work because I had to a briefing to Execs. I told my boss before hand I was not well and may need to leave early but by noon my head was killing me, I could barely keep my eyes open and my stomach was on fire…I came home and went right to bed. I woke up on Tuesday morning so tired I could barely get the energy to get out of bed so I called in sick. I stayed in bed all day. I went to the doctor Wednesday morning; she offered me a note to stay out of work until Monday. I took the note but was thinking about working from home instead☺️ I stopped by the office to pick up my laptop. While I was there my coworker said to me, “Linda, you are crazy. You have a doctor’s note in your hand and you look exhausted. Do you think if you end up in the hospital any of those Execs are going to really care that you went above and beyond when you were sick? I’m telling ya… They won’t! Your priority is you not them. You can’t help anyone in bed. Go home and take care yourself!” 🤣 Yep, she fucked me with the truth 🤣And, that’s when I surrendered.

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Maybe it was my coworker giving me permission to let go. Maybe it was that I was truly exhausted. I’m not sure what it was but I sent my doctor’s note, put on an out of office reply and advised my boss I would not be checking emails until Monday morning. I surrender my ego and I let go into exhaustion. Today, Saturday, is the first day I actually woke up and felt rested. I got my hair colored. Stopped in Staples to pick up a couple of things I need for my new desk and even went for a 30 minute walk in the beautiful sunshine. I’m not completely better. It’s going to take a while to get Iron up but at least I am rested. I am eating iron rich foods and taking a vitamin with iron in in to help bring my levels up. My doctor will retest in six weeks.

It’s concerning my Iron dropped as much as it did because I haven’t had a period in ten months so I am losing Iron or medication (anti-acids) for my stomach may be blocking it. Here’s some information on Iron Deficiency. My main symptoms were mouth ulcers, exhaustion, muscle pain, headaches, reoccurring infections and paleness.
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Keep in mind Heme Iron is absorbed easily. Non-Heme Iron (plant based) doesn’t absorb well and needs to be combined with Vitamin C for maximum absorption.  I started eating an Iron enriched cereal with fat free fortified skim milk and blueberries for breakfast which is a combo of non-heme iron and vitamin C. This combo worked for me the last time I had an Iron Deficiency. iron-physiology-2-638

One other nutrition note:  I’ve had a nodule on my Thyroid for seven or eight years.  About a year ago, I read an article that Thyroid Nodules are often caused by Iodine Deficiencies.  I switched to using Pink Himalayan Sea Salt several years ago because it has a lot of nutrients but I discovered it did not have Iodine in it.  So I switched to using regular Morton’s Iodized Table Salt.  I only use a sprinkle – probably nothing more than 1/2 a teaspoon per day.  I just had my annual Thyroid ultrasound to check on the nodule.  Guess what, it is completely gone👍 The report said the nodule can no longer be detected.  So it was an Iodine Deficiency. Lesson learned.

Work update:  I had to check in with my boss late Friday afternoon to find out if I should/could telework on Monday. He told they were allowing liberal telework for folks with health issues.   Iron Deficiency makes me vulnerable to viruses and infections so I am teleworking for the foreseeable future  or until corona virus passes. I am safer at home.   Actually, my work is doing a company wide telework test on Wednesday, March 18th. They want anyone who can telework, employees and contractors, to work from home so they can see if the system can handle it.  My Dining Room table is my desk until the desk and task chair I ordered arrive on Wednesday 🙂 I have a great view 💫

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May you be happy
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Social Distancing and Rest – Friday Update

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As an introvert, social distancing comes pretty naturally to me. It’s what I do most weekends 🤣Corona Virus social distancing and self isolation is different. Not only is it about my health and it’s about protecting the most vulnerable people in our population: elderly parents, grandparents and the chronically ill. Here’s a factual news article from PBS for education purposes:https://www.pbs.org/articles/2020/02/heres-what-you-should-know-about-the-novel-coronavirus/
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Corona Virus is serious and I no longer have time for folks who make light of a pathogen that is killing the vulnerable. I have a 80 year old Mother that I worry about all day long. Believe me I am extremely grateful she has been refusing to go into a retirement home and is now safe in her private home. I still worry about her especially because healthy people are panic buying and leaving nothing on the shelves for the folks who may not be able to afford to buy 20 cases of toilet paper at a time. I bought stuff online from ShopRite for my Mom and I have it scheduled for delivery next week. My sister also takes her out shopping every Sunday so my Mom is covered.

Before you all go out and clear the shelves tonight, I ask you to think about other folks who don’t have money or family to buy stock piles for a minute. It’s one thing to stock up but it’s another to only think of yourself. It lacks self and social awareness. But go enjoy your garage full of toilet paper. I actually saw someone in CVS yesterday who had a full cart of tissues boxes stacked up and said, “I don’t want to run out”! You, my friend, can go fuck all the way off…

I am also done with these spiritual types on social media sharing stupid posts about “staying woke” and how Corona Virus is some kind of spiritual cleanser sent to raise our consciousness and we shouldn’t fear it. Well maybe, but it is definitely a pathogen dumbass!  It’s killing people. Now shut the fuck up and go sage yourself of that bullshit. I agree we should delete fear and love is all there is. However, I do not believe anyone should make light of or spiritualize a pathogen that is killing the most vulnerable people in our population. I may be spiritual but I am also pragmatic as fuck and have had with dumb shit. I’ve especially have had it with the Trump Administration.  They knew for two months this could happen and hid it to protect his re-election chances.  #WorstPresidentInHistory is also #DumbAsFuck ✌️

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As for myself, I’m home on a sick day and absolutely exhausted from anemia. I am resting and taking care of myself. I am writing this propped up in my bed on my Mac Book. I will probably watch some Hulu when I get done writing this and just give into my body’s need to rest today. I’ve prepared myself for self isolation and social distancing by subscribing to Hulu. I bought a new desk and task chair with my income tax return to make teleworking more comfortable since I know I will be working from home more in the coming weeks. My condo is L-shaped so I can pace and get my steps in everyday right in my own home. I filled my freezer, fridge and panty. If I go out at all, it will minimal. Honestly, I may try to get my hair colored tomorrow because I need to wash some grey out of my hair and make myself feel pretty.

While home, I am still practicing yoga and meditation. I am going to work on building my own home practice one that is 30 minutes and one that is 60 minutes while I am home this weekend. If you are new at yoga or want to try a slow gentle practice, the below practice is simple and accessible.  I found it on Instagram @yogarove. I did it yesterday. I liked it. It was the first time I tried Chair Yoga.
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Take care of yourself and take care of vulnerable people in your community…

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Mid Week Update

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Well, it looks like I am down for the count for a few days of rest…

I had a doctor’s appointment today to get blood test results. The appointment was mixed results. The bad news news is I am anemic again. My Iron crashed again but my B-12 and Vitamin D are good and my A1-C is perfect. The low Iron is what is a bit concerning because I haven’t had a period in ten months. That means I am losing it somewhere else or I am not absorbing it from food. Since I’ve been having a flare up of stomach issues (gastritis), I think my stomach is not absorbing and the medication may be blocking it. At least this explains why I’ve been feeling like crap in recent weeks.

Guess what? When women go through Menopause, Cholesterol spikes. Who knew? I didn’t. My doctor told me it today. My bad Cholesterol jumped since last summer. The good news is my Triglycerides and Good Cholesterol (HDL) are absolute perfect and normal. It’s my bad cholesterol (LDL) that is problem. I need to work on getting that number down so my Doc asked me to make an appointment with my Functional Nutritionist and come up with a plan to address the Iron and Cholesterol issue naturally. She doesn’t want to introduce Statins with my stomach issue. She will retest everything in 6 weeks. My appointment with the Nutritionist isn’t until next week. In the meantime, I am focusing on low cholesterol, low fat, balanced gluten free diet which includes meat, low fat dairy and lots, I mean lots, of veggies but not much fruit. I am not a fan of fruit.

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My doctor gave me a note to stay out of work the rest of week to rest. Honestly, it feels like all of the stress of the last six months caught up to me this week. I was sick when I started my job in August. I kept pushing it off because so much had to be done. I was sick all through Christmas break but pushed through it. I haven’t really stopped since I started this new job to just take care of myself. When she offered me the doctor’s note and suggested I focus on rest and taking care of myself until Monday, I took it. I also found out I have “Golf Elbow” (Tendonitis) but I don’t golf… Probably from my damn phone…I have to wear a brace. If that doesn’t work, I need a cortisone shot.

Other news, work told me today I will most likely be put on 100% telework in the near future due to Corona Virus. I stopped in work after the doctor to get my work stuff and I am planning to telework at least Monday. They also told me I don’t have to travel until further notice.  Please visit the CDC’s site for Corona Virus:

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Well, That’s my mid-week update… I’m resting and researching recipes. Focusing on taking care of myself.

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Self Care Sunday ~ Rest

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I am sick.  I have a massive Sinus Infection and headache again. Apparently I’ve had it a while and now I am beat up and exhausted. I went to the doctor on Thursday and was given antibiotics.  I also had blood work done that morning. I received a note from my doctor through their App on Friday night asking me to come into the office ASAP to discuss my blood test results; her staff will fit me in. I will call on Monday. I am trying to put it out of my mind for the weekend. I suspect the issues are nutritional. My usual problems are B12, Iron and Vitamin D deficiencies because my stomach doesn’t alway absorb them.

Related to nutritional issues, I am officially no longer a Vegetarian. I fell of the wagon with Red Robin Salt and Pepper Burger with Steak Fries. I am not even sorry and I don’t feel guilty. I didn’t eat meat for about 65 days. I wanted to see if my body felt better without it. Guess what? No, it didn’t. I do not feel any better and now I have nutritional issues. As I reintroduce meat back into my diet, I will also aim to have a few meatless days per week as well. If you are anyone in your life is experimenting with Vegan or Vegetarian Diets, be mindful to incorporate the below nutrients into every day or take a supplement.

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For now, I am giving into to not feeling well this weekend. I will be taking it easy most of the weekend. I want to give the antibiotic a chance to catch up. It seems like it is already working. I will only go out to get food or supplies… Otherwise, I will be home. I will not be traveling or going to places with a lot of people.

This brings me to Corona Virus. I’m sure you heard on the news, they are saying Don’t touch your face to prevent Corona Virus transmission. Try it… Don’t touch your face for one hour… Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had a great video for it…🤣

Work Update: I had a major WIN this week when I was able to obtain clearance from an outside regulatory body to use an accelerated approval process. This will save a lot of time in the schedule I am managing😄💫It was kind of a big deal 💫No one actually thought I would pull if off ☺️I am good at talking to stakeholders 😉I worked with our attorney to make sure the package I presented was tight and had a narrow focus. I also made sure I stuck to the script when I presented to them. I didn’t offer any information that was not in the official briefing.  I received a message from our attorney afterwards that said the meeting went “shockingly well”🤣✌️ So, yes, I am enjoying my win… but, remember what I said, this approval accelerates my schedule.  So, it’s time to step on the gas.  That is also why I am taking this weekend to rest and working with my doctor to address any health issues.  I have a busy six months coming up 🤣

I actually told my boss this week that I am moving forward where I can; I am no longer waiting for folks to make decisions. I’ll take my hand smacking and ask for forgiveness afterward if I go to far.  Managers who don’t have a deep understanding of what I am doing are risk adverse. They hesitate to make decisions. It’s causing a huge problem for me. I am over it…The program, my program, will not end up a train wreck on my watch or as long as I am in this job.

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Work also made sure everything is in place in case I need to telework full-time due to the Corona Virus issues. Since I am a remote employee anyway, it’s really not a big deal. I really only need to be the office on days that I have in person meetings at my office which. Most of my meeting are virtual or on the phone so that means I don’t really need to be in the physical office most days. I prefer to go in at least two or three days per week. Otherwise, I am stuck in my condo all the time. That’s not healthy.  My Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Workshop is on Tuesday. I will share thoughts and tips from that workshop in next week’s Self Care Sunday post.

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May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

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Self Care Sunday ~ Emotional Intelligence

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I participated in an Emotional Intelligence (EI) Workshop that was offered in work to non-managers as part of their efforts to encourage employees to “lead from where they are”. The course was based on the best selling book, “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. I really enjoyed the class. It will help me in work. It will also be beneficial in my own Holistic Health Coaching Business.

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According to Psychology Today, “Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.” The four competences of EI are Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management. As part of the workshop we did a test or assessment to see how we scored in each area. While I was above average in each competency, my highest competency is in Social Awareness. That means I am good at reading the room and sensing the emotions of others around me. While my lowest competency was still above average, my lowest competency is in Self Management. This means I need to work on my ability to manage my emotions and coping skills. This was not a surprise me. I’ve trained myself over the years to control my reactionary impulses. However, I do sometimes let my emotions get the best of me which leads to stress and anxiety. It also leads to me holding my emotions in until I almost spontaneously combust. Those who know me really well, know I tend to hold my breadth and not breathe. I will confess, Blue Love has gotten good at knowing when I’ve gotten to that point and always encourages me to breathe for a minute or two. I am taking private yoga classes and my teacher notices I do it while holding difficult poses so she is helping me be more aware of it.

As part of the EI workshop, we worked on personal action plans and identified two or key areas we wanted to work on in the near term. The course also provide each student with a set of Job Aids as tips and actions to help facilitate awareness. I can’t share the Job Aids because they are all branded but below is the Self Management Strategies portion from one Job Aid. I’ve chosen to work on:   Breathe Right, Smile and laugh more and Focus on freedoms, rather than limitations.

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I was watching my friend Laura’s YouTube Channel, LauraGYoga, recently. Laura is a local Yoga Therapist and Occupational Therapist. She discusses the importance of Breath Work in alot on her videos and podcasts. So I bought one of the books she recommend, The The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi. I am working through some of the exercises now to learn how to stop holding my breathe. I also signed up for our Emotional Intelligence 2.0 workshop at work which is in two weeks.

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A work update:  work has been getting better. Leadership has taken steps to take some of the burden off of me. I heard a few months ago about a new non-profit being stood up to handle workforce development issues in our industry but it was stalled for a few months. It looks like it is moving forward. The project I am currently working on would fit under that umbrella. We aren’t sure if this will affect the current grant award cycle I am working on because it will take time for them to stand it up. However, future award cycle could be moved to that organization. It looks like it will be based in Virginia or DC. It will be just fine for me to move on to another project once this one gets the money out the door – the answer to my prayers actually 🤣

A yoga update: I just had my second private class on Friday. I just love the private classes.  My teacher, Heidi, is personal friend and owns a local studio, Hummingbird Yoga. She is a great teacher.  We decided to do a moderately difficult practice slowly so we could assess my stamina and weak areas.  Honestly, I did pretty good.  I keep really nice alignment in asanas(poses).  I need to build some strength.  She gave me some areas to work on at home. Saturday is a complete and total rest day for me.

While my private classes are more challenging and last an hour or longer, my home practices are usually only 30 minutes and are balanced between stretching and strengthening.  Heidi and I both believe my body could handle teacher training, if I want to do it the future.  For now, I am just enjoying being back to regular yoga practice and doing breath work. I am taking things very slowly to avoid injury or doing too much too soon. The below pose is called Flip Dog or, The Wild Thing pose.  You move into it by first starting in Down Dog Pose and slowly  flipping over. A modification for this to come into it from Side Plank.   I used to love to “flip my dog”.   I haven’t tried it yet again but I am heading that direction 🙂

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 Have you learned anything interesting this week? Have you ever taken an Emotional Intelligence Assessment? If not, there is one available on Psychology Today. You can access it by following this link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/personality/emotional-intelligence-test

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May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

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Self Care Sunday ~ Poetry & Balance

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The Fire ~ Blue Love Poetry
The fire
Still burns
In my heart
For you
No different
Than it was
All of those years ago
When we first
Noticed each other
And found
Excitement
In each others eyes

The fire
Still burns
Between my legs
When I think of you
And remember
How my breath
Quickened in your glance
And my nipples hardened
When you stood close

The fire
Still burns
While I explore
The path
To my own happiness
As you find your soul
In our separation
Nothing has cooled off
The fire still burns
For you

Our connection
Is strong enough
To allow us both
To grow
Our love is big enough
To offer us both
Space for self exploration
Our attraction
Is wild enough
To remain untamed
With the passing time

When you rest
Your head on
Your pillow tonight
Remember
My fire still burns
For you
I still burn
For you
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It’s been a while since I wrote a poem for Blue Love💙💫😘 I think I could not be creative because my damn job had me so out of balance. I just could not find my creative voice. It feels good to be me again 💫

Since returning to practicing yoga a few weeks ago, I noticed I have some space back in my body. I also have balance back in my life and I am less anxious. I guess getting back to yoga everyday freed up space for me write poetry again.
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I decided a couple of weeks ago to do private yoga classes with one of my favorite teachers. Private yoga classes are like personal training but just in yoga. I decided to buy a package of private classes because I have Hyper Mobility Syndrome. Hyper Mobility Syndrome means that I am double jointed throughout my whole body and my joints move more than they should. This makes me super flexible but it also makes me super prone to joint issues and injuries.

I always knew I was double jointed but I never knew I had a Hyper Mobility Syndrome until a Rheumatologist was evaluating me for Auto-immune issues in 2017 and diagnosed me with it in that appointment. He said it’s genetic – I’m most likely missing a gene.  Since I am getting older, I want to ensure I take proper care of my joints while practicing yoga and I also want to customize a home practice that is appropriate for my body. I can do this in my private classes. I also am enjoying the private classes because I am exploring the idea of doing my Yoga Teacher Training in the next year or so. I found out I may be able to do it over six months. The private classes will help me build strength and I can assess if my body is up to it.  This is how I feel when I my yoga teacher has me hold Down Dog for a long time…

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Lastly, my favorite yoga pose is actually a Restorative Yoga Pose. It’s called Viparita Karani Pose or Legs Up The Wall.  I generally do this every night for a couple of minutes or so.  It’s very soothing. If I don’t feel like laying on the floor I will stack pillows on the bed and put my legs up against them.

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I can’t even express how happy I am to back to practicing yoga. I’m more centered, less anxious and general more happier. That doesn’t mean my job is any less crazy than it was last month. It’s still the craziest job I ever had… It just means I am adjusting better. They are taking steps to make things better for me so I am trying to work it out with them. In the meantime, I will focus on finding my happy outside of work and in writing poetry again.  What’s your happy?

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Loving Kindness Prayer💙
May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

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