Staying Productive During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Everywhere I turn, people are pushing productivity. I am a bit of a work-a-holic. I am always doing something, learning something or reading something. Something about idle hands or minds seem to cause me to feel down. I must always be doing something and my brain rarely stops to take a minute unless I am sleeping. Even with that, I have to use noise making things to keep ideas from flowing. When I come up with an idea, I work it almost all the way through in my mind so that could take hours away from sleeping.

Soooo, when folks make it like being productive is the solution to the outbreak, I feel like…well, watch the video and that will tell you what I think of this idea of staying or getting more productive at this time. I would love to know your thoughts on this idea.

My Journey Into Losing My Hair

I see a lot of really cute hairstyles that are really short or barely there. Before I lost my hair, I would hear some of these refered to as TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afro’s) and while I thought they looked great on the women wearing them, it was not my desire to join their ranks.

Lupus came along and changed my life and altered my hairline. When my hair started falling out, it was not something I expected to have an emotional issue with since I covered my natural hair frequently and in my younger years, I’d once upon a time had a crew cut. However, there is definitely a difference in a decision that you make for fashion versus one you make when you feel painted into a corner.

For me, this is quite traumatic, it caused a deepening of sad feelings that come from already battling so many other parts of my body. When I cut all of my hair off, it was before it was fashionable to be completely bald. Short hair was one thing but the completely bald woman was almost always associated with a battle for one’s life. Nothing about this is fun or fashionable. I shared an inspiring video with the lupus support group that I help admin and emails started pouring in. I decided to share my story. If you are dealing with hair loss, you are not alone.

Ways To Combat Covid 19 Loneliness

Are you single? Do you live alone? Are you adhering to the shelter-in-place orders? I feel like this is about to become a seedy singles commercial. It’s not but it could. Well if you are like me, you are tired of talking to the person you live with…YOURSELF! I love me some me but I’ve heard all of the stories to the point that I can recite them for you. My therapist says, when you start referring to yourself in the 3rd person, that’s when you have dipped into crazy town. Well, she didn’t say it quite like that but that’s the gist of it and some days, I have considered a ride over to crazy town just to see if they are having fun.

I decided to share some of the things I am doing to combat the loneliness I feel while keeping to myself. I now have a full understanding of what Barbara Streisand meant when she sang people need people. Just seeing strangers in the grocery store is a treat these days, at least for me. I am a people watcher so I have now started observing how folks act at the store. I note who has on gloves, masks, glove AND masks. Not because of paranoia or judgement, its just kind of cool to see people not only want to protect themselves but also their community at large. In the news we see so much sadness and bad things but the world I live in, the one I see every day (when I can get out) is very different. It’s filled with awesome people who care about others and do what they can to be a good citizen of the world. Check out what I’m doing to keep my sanity and if you’d like to have a little fun, join me and 5 to 10 others as we Gather With Strangers via video.

Stay safe and be well!

Home Differences: United States vs. Mexico

During the coronavirus, I have really started doing my best to find ways to get away from all of the bad news. I have been playing a game if you will with Youtube where I actually look at my suggestions as opposed to running to my normal subscriptions. Last week, it suggested a couple, their names Deana and Phil. He’s German, she’s American. They did a video sharing the differences in the homes in Germany vs. the US. I found it both entertaining and helpful. Since I’ve considered three countries home in the last four years, I know what it is to get to a place with certain expectations only to be shocked by the differences.

I decided I would do a similar video because things have been a bit different in every country I’ve lived in and if I had that information ahead of time, it would not have been so shocking. The first time I encountered a hole in the floor in Southeast Asia…I wasn’t ready! Check out their video as well as mine and enhance your knowledge if you have plans to travel or adopt either of these countries as your new home.

If you are in a country other than these two and want to add your experience, I’d love to learn more. If you are in either of the countries shared by me or by Deana and Phil and noticed we may have missed something, please add your comments. Be sure to let them know you learned of their channel here and tell them I said hello and thanks for the inspiration!

Social Distancing

I think as a lupus warrior, I’m a professional at social distancing. I was spending a great deal of time alone before the coronavirus made its debut. I’m glad to be in a country other than the US at this point as well. It seems there is widespread panic there and people are literally having physical fights over toilet tissue. I just wonder where their common sense went and do they not have soap and water at home.

At any rate, I have decided to take this time to ramp up my sewing efforts. I would love to add making jewelry to what I have been doing but all of my jewelry making things are in a box that was to be shipped to be but amidst all of this panic, some of the major carriers (FedEx in my case) are not shipping outside of the states for the next 30 days at the time of this writing. Something else I don’t fully understand but will spend no time on it because I can’t change it.

Simple sewing, made some reusable kitchen and bathroom sponges.

I am kind of sad that this has grown to a place where people are ugly to one another in my home country but glad to see how gracefully other countries are dealing with being quarantined. It’s also nice to see that some countries regard their elderly and are not writing them off like they don’t matter. My local grocery store has stocked tons of tissue, there is stock still in boxes in the aisles while the shelves are full and not one person from what I could see was “panic shopping” or buying in a way to profit.

Grocery haul

Welcome to my first blog post here. I’m excited to share my world with you all and thank you for stopping over.

So, for those of you who have no clue what the heck I’m doing, let me tell you! I am hoping to help those who are battling invisible illnesses and maybe just got a new diagnosis. I am also hoping to help those who are venturing into a life of plant based eating. When I got diagnosed with lupus, I pretty quickly transitioned to being a vegetarian. It wasn’t until I moved to Mexico in August 2018 that I made the full move to plant based. I also want people to see the things I do to help combat anxiety and depression, so in 2019, I started teaching myself to sew.

This blog is my life, I am a multi-faceted person but the goal is always to be of service. Anyway, I’m sure you came here looking for my food haul. It’s all fruits and veggies (obviously, since I’m plant based) but I wanted to share the difference in the prices of what you get in the US.

I will say this, I was a bit paranoid about buying certain things in the US. I tend to shop with local farmers here and I also don’t buy anything that doesn’t attract bugs. If they won’t eat it, there’s something wrong with it. You can even see some gnats in the larger grocery stores here (I never saw that back home).

I got a lot for my dollar and what I did was to chop up a lot of this, put it in storage bags for meals that will last beyond the expiration date (which happens fast in truly fresh foods).

I added a few photos and a quick video of what my portion sizes looked like. I had enough fruit for 3 smoothies (I’d already eaten quite a bit of it before I bagged it up) and I had plenty of veggies to use in soups and stir fry dishes.

The Differences in How the Pandemic Is Handled: US vs. Mexico

If you log on to your computer or turn on your television, you will be inundated with the pandemic that has literally caused the entire globe to put the brakes on. There are shelter in place orders in pretty much every country because of the numbers of people being affected. The United States, being as powerful and rich as it is has become one of the many countries that is under a microscope for how its handling this outbreak. In this video, I share what I have noticed so far that are glaring differences in how my newly adopted country is handling things versus how my home country is handling things. I don’t know when its all said and done, who will lead the way with doing it well or who will lead the way with number of fatalities. This is not me picking a side per se, its me sharing what I have seen and experienced.

If you would like to share your experience from where you are, I’d love to know what I may have missed or if you are in a different country than the two in this video, what are they doing there to minimize the spread. Stay safe!