It’s been a while, I’m not trying to actively evade blogging, but I’ve been focused on only writing when something strikes my fancy and truly compels me. Writing for writing’s sake never did anyone any good, and I’ve learned more and more this summer that I need to do more listening and processing before banally pushing out more words out into the world. Words are precious, they need to be selected carefully. Just because something can be written, doesn’t mean it should. As an extravert, that’s a lesson I’m still learning.
Sorry, it’s been a while. I’ve been rather heads down, focusing on work, running, and myself lately (and Anne will tell you the same whenever she gets a moment to breathe and start blogging again!). This blog isn’t a particular piece like usual, more of a thinking-out-loud journal entry. And perhaps, my thinking will trigger something good for you as well, wherever you’re at in life right now.
I’ve been concentrating a lot of self-reflection lately. I came to the realization that for the first time in 2020 (coming out of a LONG string of unfortunate life events the past seven months)…I am happy. 100%, genuinely happy with myself and my life.
Happy weekend! I hope you all are staying home and staying well, I know none of this gets any easier.
I turn 23 this week.
While I’m usually the person who throws big parties, lots of get-togethers and makes a big deal out of my birthday, that’s obviously not happening this year. This year, I’m just grateful that my family, my friends, and myself are in good health. I’m grateful to still be employed, with a roof over my head, and the ability to hope that brighter days are ahead.
If you’ve seen on the news recently a story about Coloradans going out at 8 PM every night to howl at the Moon like wolves, I’m sure at first you thought it was pretty weird. Some say it started as appreciation for healthcare workers, or a way to connect, or just a way to release energy that’s been all pent-up from being inside all day. Regardless, it’s one of the many bizarre trends that has surfaced since quarantine and social distancing became the norm.
I know a lot of folks are feeling pretty powerless to enact active, positive change right now amidst the COVID-19 era. Sometimes the world can seem pretty bleak, and it’s hard to see how you can make a difference (though really, staying home is one of the best things you can do to flatten the curve, so keep at it!).
There are still a lot of ways that you can be a part of the solution, even from your own couch. I’ve compiled a linked list of volunteer/donation options that you can take advantage of during quarantine in the Colorado area and nationally. Enjoy!
The view of Horse-tooth Reservoir up at my childhood home.
It’s quarantine day 397... JK. It’s week three here of working remotely, and week two of social distancing. I’ve been held up at home in Fort Collins with family, and it’s been rather nice all things considered. I’ve been going for more runs in the afternoon and doing strength training in the morning. Family dinners every night, and lots of hikes and board games.
Well, shit’s hit the fan, huh? The end of 2019/beginning of 2020 was already one of the worst years of my life but hey, it looks like the whole world decided to jump on that train! How’s everyone coping? Day 7 of quarantine treating you well? My introverted friends, this is your time to shine. As for my fellow extroverts…power through.
Here in Colorado most public areas like bars, movies, gyms, etc. are closed until May (long after my 23rd birthday, but hey no one likes you when you’re 23 anyways). In all seriousness, conditions across the globe right now are less than ideal. A high rise of panic, a huge crash in the markets, and the new term of ‘social distancing’ have become commonplace. I used to love reading a ton of post-apocalyptic books as a kid, but I never wanted to actually be a part of one!
I had mentioned that 2020 was the year I wanted to get more involved politically. Politics have always intrigued me, and although there’s quite a lot of corruption in today’s politics, at the base it’s a noble profession. I like to think at the heart of it all that it’s incredible that there are so many people fighting for what they believe in and to make the world a better place at the end of the day. Especially after the monstrosity that was the last election, it’s vital now more than ever for young people to give a damn about what’s going on in our country.
Now, agreeing with the politicians put in front of us is another matter. I think we’d all like to think that we would run things better, do things differently. If it were us in office, we’d like to think we wouldn’t budge on our values, we would fight harder, do more, and withstand the pressure. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
Can you believe January is almost over? Where did the time go? I think we all start the year off with this burst of energy to feel renewed, take up new hobbies, and then somewhere along the way the old routine sets in. We’re a month into a new decade, but how much of that energetic mentality have you kept?
If you have lost track of that burst of speed…here are 20 things to get you back on track for your 2020 goals. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference over time.
I haven’t seen you all since last the last decade! (Sorry for the Dad Joke)...I know I’ve been absent but not THAT absent. I took a hiatus…and I’m not going to lie, the last chunk of 2019 was probably the hardest of my life by far. And unfortunately, I am still in the thick of it. Today I wanted to talk about mental health, why it’s ok to not be ok, and a little bit of what I’m hoping the new year will bring for me. I share this because for any of you going through something similar, I hope that it helps.
And yes, this is a very vulnerable blog for me to write.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.