I do have to preface this post to say how grateful I am to still have a job throughout this ordeal. I work in the hospitality industry, which has been the hardest hit, but the company I work for, although the physical building is closed, their call center is still open and that’s my department. And luckily the systems are set up in such a way that I can work from home.
That’s not to say that working from home has been easy. Everyone has their own experiences and situations; this is just my little corner of the world where this is happening to me and my family. I’m not here to provide advice on how to make it easier; I’m here to share in the hopes that you can relate to it as well.
Why? Because it’s freakin’ hard.
(Work area before and after)
At the beginning of all this (which was early April) I had the grand idea to create this schedule that my husband and I can switch off between working and watching the kids. He works out of the home, exclusively, on his fairly successful YouTube channel. But as time marched on and there seemed to be no end in sight, our idea quickly fell apart. I have a set schedule that I have to adhere to and I have to answer phones so the ideal situation would be for me to be in a quiet corner of the house. That doesn’t really exist in this house, unfortunately. So David was pretty much tasked with keeping the kids quiet and occupied. That meant he could barely get any work done within the 40 hours I was scheduled. He would take them on walks or outside in the pool, but more often then not, our daughter spent a lot of time in front of the TV. Not my proudest admission, but it is what it is.
I feel like we’re doing such a disservice to them when we find ourselves so busy that the TV ends up taking over. We try our best to balance the day with walking, drawing, playing outside or swimming in the pool, but sometimes the little one is in the walker (or he’s napping) and the oldest is watching Sesame Street or the Magic School Bus (if she’s going to watch, might as well make it educational). Sometimes Peppa Pig or Curious George find its way on the TV and I’ve just let it go.
I keep telling myself that we’re just trying to survive this crazy time. At some point, they’ll have their child care again and David can get some work done. I’m definitely still working from home for at least another month until the resort opens again.
In the meantime, I’m trying to look on the bright side of all of this. I’ve been able to go outside and walk every day. I’m home to actually make dinner and I’ve enjoyed making some more fulfilling breakfasts in the morning (you can follow me on Instagram where I share my “Blissful Breakfasts”!)
I’ve enjoyed making dinner as well. Sometimes it’s a dish with fresh produce, or my favorite chicken wraps, or whatever I’ve found in the pantry that I want to throw together.
So glad that the weather has been gorgeous, too!
And I just have to say how much I LOVE my new phone, the Google Pixel 4. The camera is amazing and I’ve had so much fun taking pictures throughout the day.
And now, onto my latest venture. As of last week I have signed on as a Beautycounter consultant! Since August of last year, I have been using their products to help with skin issues I’d been having. I tried SO many products over the years (Proactiv, prescription creams and pills, any drugstore creams or cleansers, and eventually The Body Shop products for sensitive skin) but nothing really made me feel clean or fresh. For the last 8 years or so, I’ve been following Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit, and she had been sharing her experience with the products and how helpful (and safe) they are, and I decided to give them a try. I am extremely price conscious when I make purchases and I can tell you, these products are worth it. My “gateway” product was the Overnight Resurfacing Peel. It got rid of the blemishes around my hair line and I was officially hooked.
I’m still learning about the products myself, but I love their skin cleansing lines the most. To me, the foundation of clean and healthy skin is the most important. I have NEVER felt so comfortable in my skin and if you know me in real life, that’s saying a lot. If you’ve ever wondered about their products, please feel free to send me a message! We can learn about this together.
I want to end this post to say that I hope you’re doing well. The news every day makes me so sad and angry. David and I have always been taught, growing up, that no matter the color of our skin, our religion, or our beliefs, we all deserve love and respect. And we will continue to teach that to our children. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. really said it best (and I’m paraphrasing) when he said that we should not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.