So since I have been back here at Daily Hopeful, I realized that it was time to make some changes (all good ones, I believe). What were these changes, you may wonder? Well, I am glad that you asked! Here they are, in no particular order:
I bought a domain.
This is probably not a very big deal for those of you who have been blogging for any length of time, but I was pretty content using the free WordPress service for Daily Hopeful earlier on. I am not sure if I simply become more sensitive to the intrusive WordPress ads while I was away, or if there simply were more of them, but after my return to blogging last week, I thought to myself, “Enough!” FYI, the new domain is a fairly straightforward one to remember: http://www.dailyhopeful.com.
I stopped watching the news.
Several of you may recall that I do not have live TV per se (I have a TV that I use mostly to watch exercise videos and such), but in light of the global public health threat going on, I let my guard down a bit and started watching online reports and reading articles about what was going on…. much to my great dismay. It didn’t take me long to feel very low in spirits; for me, it has more to do with the idea of a never-ending news cycle than it does with staying informed per se. So, I switched off the local news website in favor of the CDC website (I read the situation summary a few times each week and subscribe to the CDC weekly newsletter) and have started taking free online trainings with the World Health Organization (a site called Open WHO — you should Google it).
I truly believe that knowledge is power. And while I am not as concerned about who is to blame for our current situation (what good does that do?), I can choose to educate myself as much as possible about what is going on from a medical and scientific point of view (especially as I am considered at risk due to my asthma). And all of this information is free! So, instead of getting caught up in the political rhetoric of the situation, I have decided to educate myself and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. So, do I know what is going on? Yes — from a medical and scientific point of view. Do I need a 24/7 news cycle to tell me this? No. In fact, I am concerned that such relentless news coverage is damaging to our bodies and minds. However, in a different vein…
I am trying staying positive.
I have my up and down moments like anyone else, but on the whole I am trying to focus on what is still working, and focus on gratitude wherever I can find it. For example, I have been sheltering in place for over a week, and did not leave my apartment for seven days straight (it can be done — working from home helps!). I have had to rely on a grocery delivery service, and because people seem to be hoarding things — what is going on with the toilet paper situation? — I find that when my groceries are finally delivered, about 75% of the items are not avaiable. Or, substitutions are made and include things that I cannot eat (for example, anything with sunflower seeds, palm oil, or probiotics, and one of the items that came on Saturday contained all three ingredients!).
So Saturday was my day to make burritos. I was all set! After three prior attempts, the gluten-free tortillas finally arrived, and I thought I was good to go. Except…
- No beans.
- No vegan cheese.
- No guacamole.
- No rice.
- No burritos?
Hm… This was going to be a little more challenging than I thought. So what I did I do? Well, I simply looked at what I actually had on-hand, and made the most of it. I had hummus, kale, and quinoa, and so that is what I used for my “burrito” filling (those ingredients harmonize pretty well anyway). Was it what I had planned? Certainly not. Did I end up still making five burritos? Yep, and they aren’t half-bad, if I am honest. 🙂
And while I am not eating my preferred meals per se, I have to remember (and be grateful!) for the fact that I am still eating, have shelter, access to excellent medical care, am wanting for nothing, and my family and I are in good health. Further, I am gainfully employed, and at the age of 44 (my birthday was last month), I am apparently still in my right mind. 😀 So all in all, there is much for which I can be grateful.
So as you can see, lots of changes are afoot here on the blog, but I think they are all good, no?