Updated: May 7
Quarantining alone has been an experience - too much time to think, explore emotions and revisit the past. Setting personal goals has helped me manage and stay sane through solitude. My pursuit of these goals is my "Rona Routine" - each day providing an opportunity to invest in and to better myself, something often neglected during ordinary life.
Strengthening my commitment to fitness and nutrition: I started running in 2008. In 2013, I shifted to heavy lifting and in 2019 fitness took a back seat to stress. I've been wanting to get back into distance running and meal-planning. With gyms closed and time on my hands - there are no excuses. It started rough (I didn't realize how out of shape I was), but now I run 4.5 miles, six days a week. I have time to appreciate my progress - getting stronger and adapting to this new routine. I also eat five home-cooked meals and drink a gallon of water daily. I stopped meal-planning in 2018, and I haven't been able get back on track - until now.
On a side note, this pandemic has highlighted healthcare disparities. Black and Brown folks are essential workers that are essentially unpaid, and we don't have access to quality foods or healthcare. The physical and mental tolls are grave. We must crush inequity, but until we do our health & wellness has to be taken into our own hands.
Developing a skincare regimen: I'm perfecting a head-to-toe skincare routine (from what I eat, to what I put in my body). You can't be good to others, if you're not good to yourself. I'm perfecting my "glow" - letting my happiness and confidence shine by taking care of me.
Strengthening relationships: Working on my relationships required that I first take an inventory. I realized that not all relationships should be sustained. I finally let two go. I don't want to waste anymore time on relationships that serve no one, instead I choose to invest in the relationships that sustain me. Starting with Christ and family. I cherish the morning text from my parents -still healthy and in love with their complicated daughter, God is good.
COVID-19 will be an unforgettable chapter in our lives. I hope my chapter tells a story of overcoming through faith, love and personal development. How will your chapter read?