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Quarantine Series – Why us? Why now?

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Covid-19, why did it happen to us? Why did this happen right now? Why did it have to disrupt weddings, graduations, births, and more? Is it possible to have confidence in the face of Covid-19? Is it possible to see the world, in all its pain and suffering, and still have confidence? I would argue that yes, not only is it possible, it is desperately needed.

You see if we walk into situations full of fear and panic, that fear and panic will simply grow and grow until you collapse from the weight of it. And it’s honestly the easiest response. Giving into fear and panic is the easy answer. It’s the most accepted answer in today’s society. But what happens if we counter society, what happens if we walk into a situation with confidence instead of fear? What might happen is that we pull together. We become the community we were always meant to be. We become the lifeblood of the nation and care for our neighbors! We pull together to take care of the sick, elderly, poor, disabled, etc. Confidence over fear shows that we believe that as a society we are greater than the fear of a pandemic.

But where does this confidence come from? This confidence comes from faith. Faith that there is a God who is just, powerful and knows more than we ever will. Faith that our God is all powerful, mighty and we can trust Him even in the worst of times. Confidence that He is a God that is bigger than anything we can face and that when we put our confidence in Him there is no need to fear. I’m not going to lie; we got some devastating news this week and my initial thought was anger at God. How could He let this happen? How could He not know how important this was? Why now? Why us?

Honestly, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I think many times its easy to wallow and be frustrated when things don’t go our way. And as someone who really struggles not to get jealous of others, I can find my jealousy rearing its ugly head when things happen. Why did this have to happen to us, did we do something to deserve this? I don’t think we did. I don’t think this is a punishment for something we did. Maybe, just maybe, this is God pushing us toward Him and pushing us to be more like Him. To show grace and love even when things aren’t going the way we wanted or planned. That maybe when I prayed as a child to be the most compassionate person in the world, that I would face obstacles where I could show compassion and kindness. Compassion and kindness don’t happen overnight, they happen through time and facing obstacles.

So yes, things like viruses, war, famine, etc. are going to come into our lives. It will be frustrating, upsetting, and cause a little bit of chaos. But there is no reason to not have confidence in the midst of them. No reason to let our confidence waiver in the midst of these situations. Yes it is hard and yes it is not fun, but in the end it will be worth it. I want to look back at the end of my life and be proud of how I handled myself in times of stress and panic. Did I give in and get upset? Or did I step up with confidence and kindness? We have a choice and it is yours alone to make.

This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t take precautions or be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. But I don’t believe that we should give into fear and panic. Regardless of what’s going on, we are stronger when we stay stable, confident and unified. So, stand strong, support each other, support your neighbor and keep going. The more confidence we have that we can beat this and move on, the faster things will progress. Mindset is everything people. Change your mindset, change your life!

Quarantine Series – 5 Tips to Working From Home

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Working from home for an extended period of time is completely different than working in an office format. I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect at it, but I work in a restricted space and have learned a lot of lessons in my time. Below are my 5 tips to working from home!

Morning Routine

Continue doing the same morning routine that you have been doing for years. Get up, shower, get dressed, etc. Don’t just roll out of bed and pull up your computer. I can promise you if you don’t keep up your morning routine you will spiral. You need your mind and body to stay consistent and know it’s time for work. Just like you would any other work week. The more consistent you can keep you life during this time, the better.

Separate Space

If possible, create a separate work environment for yourself. Make a space that you can stay focused in and then can walk away from when the ‘work day’ is over. And honestly, you will need the space just to keep your mind clear and focused. This space is critical for you to not get distracted and to keep focused during your work hours. I don’t have the luxury of a separate space as I work in a 32 foot trailer, so I just focus hard on creating and maintaining boundaries. The more boundaries you can put in place the better life will be.

Create Boundaries

Seriously, create real boundaries. Don’t overwork just because you are at home. If you are supposed to work until 5pm, work until 5pm and then stop. Work from home boundaries are absolutely critical to your sanity and keeping yourself focused. If you don’t create them in the beginning, it will be harder to enforce them later on. People will respect that you keep boundaries, don’t be afraid to make them and keep them.

Take Periodic Breaks

In an office setting, you get up and get coffee, head to lunch, and take several small breaks throughout the day. You need to continue a habit of getting up and walking around even while you are working from home. These breaks clear your mind and keep your body from getting stiff. Don’t stay in the same spot all day long. Get up, move around, just make sure to get your blood flowing.

Stay Healthy

Without doubt the thing I struggle with the most working from home is staying healthy. So I implore you, get up and exercise. Eat healthy and don’t eat all the food in your house just because you are home. This is where all of your self-control comes into place. You will need to keep yourself healthy while you are working from home. It’s critical to your health and ability to do your job well that you stay healthy. So be diligent and stay on top of this while you are working from home. You will thank yourself later.

There are many ways to work from home, many different techniques and styles. But these are my top 5 tips to at least get you started. If you have any tips of your own, please list them below!