I knew when I started my journey toward wellness I would experience setbacks along the way. I would have great days that I was completely proud of and that made me feel fantastic. I would have other days that did not make me feel good and like I could have made better choices. I knew things wouldn’t be perfect and I knew I would stumble. My goal from the beginning was not give up when I did experience those setbacks. To let those times be just that, setbacks, not the end of my journey. Having come out the other side of my first setback, I am proud that I have not given up and that it isn’t the end of this journey for me.
My days, weeks and months continue to be a bit strange and nothing like what I had imagined of my 2020. While we dredged through another month of staying at home, I have started to get used to the new normal. It did lead me to really evaluate the goals I had set for myself and what still feels relevant. You may see some changes coming to this list, which was obviously not my intention but seems a bit necessary. I wrote this post prior to all of the major protests and cultural awakening. I plan to continue to post educational content regarding racial equality and systematic racism not only over the next week but in many of the weeks to come. I want to find ways to integrate this content into the content that I have posted in the past.
I have had pretty good skin my whole life, so taking care of my skin was not something I thought about for a long time. I finally started thinking about it when I got to college. I got really serious about it a few years as I entered my mid-twenties. Ever since, I have been obsessed with finding products that work for my skin and make me feel confident in that no make-up glow. I have tried a lot of things, but there are a few products I always fall back on. I wanted to share those today!
Since I introduced our sweet Mickey to all of you earlier this week, I thought I would share some of the items that help us keep her happy and healthy. She brings so much joy to our lives and we try to make her little life as happy as possible. In general she is a pretty low maintenance dogs, but definitely has her little quirks that we have to work around.
Just over a year ago I was at a conference for work and I get a text from Riley. The text only contained a picture of a very cute little dog. We were just a few weeks away from moving into our new home and decided now was the time to look for a dog to bring into that home. I had an overwhelming feeling that this little dog with a goofy grin was one that was available for adoption. My hunch turned out to be correct when Riley let me know that he has already submitted an application to adopt her.
I have been working from home for almost two full years now. I will start off my saying that working from home is definitely not for everyone, as it can feel a bit isolating and like you never leave work. But for some, it is a great option and can make your quality of life exponentially better. I have found that I do genuinely like working from home for may reasons. I think one of the reasons it works so well for me is that I am an extreme introvert, so just the act of going into an office can feel exhausting. I wanted to share a few things that have made working from home both enjoyable and productive.
Over the last year I have become more and more aware of my impact on the world around me. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to help other people. Growing up whenever anyone would ask why I wanted to do when I grow up I would always say I wanted to be a doctor. When I was asked why, my answer was always that I wanted to help other people. In my very narrow view of the world, I thought the best way to help others was to be a doctor. A profession that I idolized and looked up to.
A few days ago I posted the most personal post I have ever written. In reality it has been a couple of weeks since I finished writing and editing the post and it took me another couple of weeks to finally post it. All in all, it has been a strange few months. Not only because of this news, but because of everything that has been going on.
Seattle. I fell in love with you five years ago and what a journey we have been on these past five years. It is a bit crazy to look back on some of my original posts about Seattle. So much of what I wrote then still rings true, but so much has also changed. My love for Seattle has changed and evolved over the years and gone through many stages.
This is a post I never thought I would be writing. It is not a post I ever wanted to write. However, it is one I feel I need to write. I try to be open and honest on this blog as much as I can be. By holding this back, I feel I am not being completely honest. There are things that are far worst in the world, but for me this is something that has really affected my mental health and overall outlook.