Hello everyone! Shall we grab a cup of coffee and chat?
Today I’m having a coffee that I made from ground Starbucks coffee in a reusable Keurig k-cup. Since I can’t leave the house then I have to have coffee that I can make at home!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, this covid19 business is really going on a lot longer than we all thought, isn’t it? Overall though, this time at home has really got me checking my privilege. I’ll explain! So back in January I set off on a trip to Houston for work. I spent a couple days there, and while it was fun I was there for work so I was paid to travel there, work at the desk, and stay at a very nice hotel. A week after I got back I was off to Mexico to see family. I was able to spend two wonderful weeks in Mexico before traveling home in February, still being paid that whole time because I was using vacation days. Basically, I was super privileged to be able to travel, which we knew already. BUT, now that we’re in a stay at home order, I’m super privileged in another way. I’m able to work from home and, as my work load is light, I’m in a ton of trainings (as a trainer and trainee) and able to work on other non-event projects. I know tons of people haven’t been so lucky to 1) even have the option to work from home or 2) keep their job. Plus I know how hard it can be to stay home in a small apartment from what other friends tell me, so I’m very lucky to be able to live in a house with my parents so there’s more room and I have a ton of hobbies that I’m super entertained. Plus wifi helps and not everyone has that. Overall, I’m just really privileged and I’m very, very grateful for that all.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that my TikTok obsession is alive and well. I am one of the many that downloaded the app as a joke because I was tired of hearing about it but I actually really enjoy scrolling through all the videos. There’s so many funny ones or cute doggos! Am I actually going to make my own TikToks? Probably not but it’s still fun!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, I really am bummed about my cancelled travel plans this month. Once the covid-19 stuff started getting really out of hand my clients at work decided to cancel their events for the health and safety of their attendees and staff. I totally support them and think that was 100% the best decision. However, it is always fun and exciting to travel for work and this time I had also volunteered to go to the other event in Detroit as well as Houston and I wanted to share that all on my blog. I also had my June event in Anaheim get cancelled, which I was actually hoping to extend a few days to get to hang out around the area! That’s just how I feel for me personally, but I of course feel even worse for those potential attendees and all the hard work the clients already put into those events!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that while I know I’ve mentioned the virus a ton in this post already, I have another thing to say about it all. (Well, a couple more things but there’s no denying it’s a hot topic right now!) I saw a tweet recently about someone complaining about people still going out (I’m in complete agreement) and how it’s dragging out the stay at home order. A friend of mine RT’ed the tweet and added how it was very selfish of people out and about, reiterating that it was making this all longer. Shortly after I looked through my recommended videos on YouTube and saw a video on how a famous youtuber is bored at home and giving ideas of what to do, which then reminded me of a coworker laughing because she doesn’t like to be “told to stay home”. It just got me thinking, and I wanted to share an opinion that may or may not be unpopular (I’m not quite sure anymore) but it’s honestly not hard to stay at home. I literally don’t understand what’s hard about it! It does suck that plans get cancelled, so I totally understand being bummed when something falls through but what I don’t get is why people act like staying home is the end of the world? There’s so many things to do to entertain yourself! Plus, it’s not about you??? So just suck it up and stay home geez. (Obviously this is directed towards people who are not understanding this simple concept.)
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, I’ve been doing some ballet at home and while I thought that the biggest challenge was going to be the carpet, it’s been a multitude of other things. One, I don’t have a ballet barre so I’m using my office chair. It’s a bit of a pain to have to move it around like a crazy person but we’re surviving. I think the biggest thing is the lack of an instructor. Ballet is so precise that instructors are necessary to make proper corrections and since I don’t have a mirror either to use it does make it tough. For the most part though I have plenty of room because all the classes I’ve found on YouTube to do are specifically meant for people doing ballet at home because of the quarantine situations. So I’m doing the best I can with carpet and having fun in the meantime! I can’t wait to go back into a studio but for now this is a great alternative! Office chair and all.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that one of the things my work team has started doing to keep our spirits up (again, some people are handling it differently than others) is coordinating something for our Monday morning video calls. The team has a weekly video standup and we decided we would all wear cut off shirts one week because one member of the group always wears cut off shirts and it’s hilarious. The idea was a hit so this week was hats (I wore the sparkly pink hat I got in Mexico) and we all wore some sort of hat! Now, not everyone is on the group chat (for example managers aren’t on it because that’d be weird, as well as other team members that we maybe don’t have numbers for and stuff so we’re thinking we might settle on a theme as a group just as we’ve been doing but then email out the theme a bit before the meeting so everyone has time to grab something if they want to participate as it’s not mandatory but we also don’t want to make it feel like they’re being left out for any other reason than they just weren’t on the group chat.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, BirthMay prep is coming along great! Probably mostly due to the fact that I’ve just been at home. I have my schedule mostly full, some posts are already written and ready to go, and I’m excited! I do think it’d be smarter to just blog more throughout each month instead of going crazy and blogging all of May, especially since I’ve learned that the hard way a few times, but by now it’s tradition and I want to continue!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that I have been quite proactive at getting stuff done! I feel that every time BirthMay or Blogmas is coming up, I learn something and I’ve been getting better at writing posts early, making sure they’re good to go, and even scheduling them way in advance. While it also would be nice to be able to write them real time, it’s much better for my sanity to write them out early, or at least a good chunk of them!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that balance has been tricky. Part of my desire of balance is to get out of my house more often because I do tend to want to just stay home. Due to the social distancing, I ended up using that as an excuse (rightly so) to stay home and thus didn’t get out as much as I would normally. Plus all the things I had planned were cancelled. There’s nothing wrong with that necessarily, but it was frustrating that I wasn’t able to fully try my best at this goal this month.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that positivity has been going pretty well! Although there were lots of disappointments I just reminded myself that it was okay to feel disappointed in the moment, complain a bit, but recognize that it’s for the best and ultimately it’s not so bad!
So, what would you tell me if we were having coffee?
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I have always looked forward to your if we were having coffee posts. I agree, as much as it sucks stying home we all need to do it. Love the idea of you guys having a theme for your meeting as well, too funny!
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Thank you so much! And yes, the themes were so fun and def added something to look forward to, especially as the days started to all blend together!
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Yay, this was a fun catch up! I’m with you on the whole staying at home thing not being as hard as people make it out to be. I think it’s part, people don’t like being told what to do, and some just love being outdoors and surrounded by people. But this is the reality of it, and if people keep breaking the rules, we’re never going to get to the end of this lockdown!!
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So true! Unfortunately I personally know some people who just won’t stay home and it’s so aggravating! But at least we’re doing what we can and most people are understanding!!!