Nearly 100 days later, I'm back to work pretty much full-time.
It also means I can go back to some normalcy, as much as possible that is.
As my therapist has reminded me countless times, this has been a traumatic event that happened to everyone. Our world was turned upside down and life as we knew it, was no longer.
Being the introvert I am, the first few weeks was pretty epic. I continued to get up around the same time I would have for work, getting into projects early on in the day and pack my day full.
One downside was my waistline suffered to my need to bake nearly every couple days. I was missing Japan like crazy and made matcha ice cream and melon bread. Then I found myself making their cheese tea...
Then I had the bright idea to find he best oatmeal cookies recipe. I think I did 7 recipes in total, finally the last was best, a handwritten recipe in one of my great-grandmother"s cookbooks.
Self-care included making body and face scrubs, bath salts, a new wardrobe to work with my ever expanding body measurements.
But as time went on, the lack of physical contact begun to get heavy on my heart and mind. I found myself talking on the phone, something my anxiety always kept me from. Texting just makes everything easier to deal with, right? So I made facetime calls and virtual lunch dates with friends. I signed up to weekly dance lessons on Zoom then added K-Kardio on the weekend virtually as well.
The hugs! Oh my goodness! The freaking hugs! I finally broke down not long ago and hugged my parents, unable to take it much longer.
My therapist and I discussed different tools and ideas to keep my mentally and emotionally healthy, one being to start a journal. So off I went on my OCD search for the perfect journal/workbook. Blank pages only gave me anxiety and others weren't mental-health oriented. I finally decided on one and was over the top excited for it... to which I was pretty disappointed. It only had a mood wheel for one month and none of the pages were in order or made my sense.
So what did I do? Started brainstorming and tossed out ideas to friends who happily gave their opinion and shared their excitement for my project. A few weeks later and my dear friend Keri proofreading her copy and gave me feedback, I hit the publish button!
The response I have been getting has been overwhelming! I cannot thank everyone who has either shared it or bought their own copy. Hearing that those in search for something as I was, were finally able to add a tool to work on their self-care and self-love.
I'm hoping to create a ore kid-friendly one, something a little easier and straight forward, and I'm always open to suggestions or requests!
So here is my newest book-baby, I Got This.
I'd love to hear what you think if you bought it or are in search of something else as a journal or workbook.