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.
This week I, unfortunately, got on the wrong direct bus 50 minutes in the wrong direction from my destination. It was dark, cold, and there wasn’t another bus for quite some time to get back to where I needed to go. I was tired and frustrated, and I didn’t feel like dropping $40 on a uber to get back to where I needed to go.
"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." – Theophrastus.
Brief hiatus while I got my life together. Work’s ramping up, I went to Montana to visit my boyfriend, took on a nonprofit project, and another leadership role with the professional organization that I belong too.
Oh, AND I decided it was time to get a new kitten! The pain of losing the first, Frisco, was heartbreaking, but as with any thing in life…the best thing you can do is to KEEP loving, keep sharing your heart, and keep being vulnerable. It’s scary, but it’s worth it in the end.
Baby Breckenridge has moved in with me, and she’s here to stay. I stuck with the Colorado mountain town names to pay tribute to Frisco. She goes by Breck for short, and she’s an absolute delight.
But anyways—this blog is about the concept of time. As an adult, I’ve noticed that time simultaneously moves incredibly slow and yet increasingly fast. Hours fly by, weeks turn into months, and it’s amazing how when you don’t have the built-out schedule that school provides you, how fast things just fly by.
Yes, I know it's been awhile. It's unfortunately been one of those worst couple weeks of my life, so I took a small hiatus. As some of you know, I lost my new kitten, Frisco, to an uncurable cat disease called FIP. My new car was rear-ended by someone with no license and outdated insurance. I've also been traveling for work a lot so I haven't been able to put in the same effort to my workouts and my paleo diet recently....and on top of that, relationships are sometimes really difficult. People always share when things are good, but many neglect talking about the hard, vulnerable parts of relationships and life.
No, I'm not here to complain, this blog isn't about that! What I wanted to share today is how to cope with the bad times, and slowly move past them. Although we all love to dance in the light, let's remember that sometimes you have to step into the shadows to appreciate the light even more.
Hope everyone is having a good start to the week. I keep waiting for it to feel like Fall, but it’s still like 80 degrees out here in Colorado. Bleh! Anyways, I wanted to take the time this week to write about the importance of checking in with people, not taking anything for granted, and remembering to spread joy. Ya, ya I know...it might be a little cheese-fest up here this week!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.