What Quarantine has taught me

What Quarantine has taught me
My roommate left for Hawaii and the guy I am currently dating recently just left to go back to California. I stayed in Arizona and have been isolating myself and have not seen anyone. For someone who works remotely and from home, I didn’t think that it wouldn’t make a difference. Well, I was wrong. It’s been about a month and a half and I feel like a part of me is going crazy. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. I thought that the Zoom calls and happy hours would suffice until we were able to get out of this thing. But I think I just mentally broke down.
This year I had plans to go to New York, France, Italy, and Asia. I was so excited! I kept telling myself that this was going to be MY year. I knew that it was the year that I would accomplish all my goals. Well, coronavirus hit hard and all my trips got canceled. It felt like all my goals were officially postponed until 2021. For someone who is so goal-oriented, this made me go bat shit crazy. I became depressed. I started caring less about my health, the way I looked and just didn’t give two shits about anything anymore.
Then one day, I just broke down. I couldn’t take it anymore. I started to take it out on the people I loved. It was an absolute mess. I went to California for a bit and came back. I just needed to see the Ocean. I soon realized that I had a lot of work to do and that quarantine was the perfect time to do it. The first couple of days home made me realize the following:

Dress up for you, no one else

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So often we get caught up in dressing up to look good for others. I realized that dressing up and feeling beautiful comes from within. It’s about dressing up for yourself and no one else. It’s about making yourself feel good and happy. We have a tendency to ask our friends if something looks good. Though this may seem like such an innocent act, we have to realize that we don’t need the validation of anyone. If we feel beautiful in something, who cares what anyone else thinks

Self Love is an ongoing practice

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In a world telling us what perfect should look like, it’s so easy to forget to see the beauty within yourself. With so much time on our hands because of this quarantine, there have been times where I go on Instagram and I end up becoming insecure because of how the media portrays what we should look like. Self-love starts with appreciating your own beauty. Feeling loved and secure from within and radiating that so that no matter what happens, you still feel confident in yourself

Personal Improvement is constant

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The first year I got out of a serious relationship, I was so adamant on trying to figure out how to be a better person. I read books, listened to podcasts. I practiced my affirmations every day. I meditated every day and I really just started falling in love with myself while working on a growth mindset. Somewhere along the way of getting to my dream job, I lost it. I lost it and needed the validation of my significant other to show me that he cared for me. Personal improvement, just like self-love, is a constant practice. It’s all about improving yourself daily. Working on things you know you need to improve on. For me, one of those things includes having a growth mindset in everything in life, not just my career, but in my personal life and personal relationships as well.

A virtual therapist is the best investment I’ve ever made.

 

I have so much built-up trauma from my childhood that I had bottled up for years. Until recently, I did not realize that it affected my relationships. It’s easy to talk to your friends about your problems but talking to a therapist allows you to see it from a more grounded and different point of view and take the appropriate action to heal yourself from your childhood traumas.

 

I think this year is a year of healing and focusing on self-love ❤️ hope y’all are handling quarantine well. I truly believe that this year can get better. It just starts with believing in it and working towards a better you.

My Home Desk Setup

My Home Desk Setup
More and more people are now working from home as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world. Working from home is not new to me, as I currently work remote and have been for the past two years. Working remote was a challenge at first. It was very isolating, and I felt like I constantly got distracted with household chores. It took me a couple months until I was finally able to fully concentrate without my attention diverting. What significantly helped with my concentration was having a clean and organized workspace. Here’s a list of all the stuff I use for my home office in order to keep my work environment organized and productive.

Autonomous.ai Desk:

I absolutely love this desk! I’ve always wanted a standing desk and this one was the perfect fit for me. The specific desk I have is the SmartDesk – Art Desk, which has a curved shaped top that gives it a unique look and adds a creative touch to my workspace. The desk is quite large, which makes it perfect for me to store things on my desk (i.e. my Panda Planner and books I am currently reading). It has excellent legroom, and also has the option to set 4 different standing/sitting sizes. The adjustment is automatic just with a press of a button! So high tech. 😉 I would advise that you ask someone to assist you with assembling the desk, as it is quite heavy. When my desk arrived, it came in two packages (the top part and the legs). I unwrapped both the packages and started assembling. I was a bit confused because the legs did not match the top, but then I realized that the legs were universal! Please make sure you adjust the legs, so you won’t have to call customer support like I did. 🙈
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This is the desk I choose:
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Monitors:

Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t gamed in ages. So for me to give an honest review on whether this is a good gaming monitor would be a little challenging. Let me start by saying that I love this monitor because it’s so easy to set up and never glitches. I’ve had a couple monitors that have glitched a couple times and I had to reset it by unplugging and plugging it back in. This one has been a smooth flow so far and I’ve had it for about two years.

Acer Monitor:

I’ve had this monitor for about three years. Personally, I love having two monitors. This monitor works well for me because I use it to work on daily tasks. I do have one 4k monitor, so this piece is a nice addition. I personally would not recommend this as your main monitor if you are a gamer or are very particular with your monitors. There are moments when the screen can get glitchy and the arrangement was a bit off, but works just fine after unplugging and plugging it back in. The price point on this is on the lower end, so don’t expect much.

LogiTech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo:

There are two types of people in this world, ones that can keep wires clean and organized and the others that cannot. I am the latter. I am horrible when it keeping wires clean and tidy. No matter how hard I try, my wires always end up getting tangled. This Logitech Keyboard and Mouse Combo is the perfect solution. I like the feel of Logitech better than Mac keyboards, but that is just a personal preference. This comes with a unifying receiver so you can easily switch laptops if you have a USB Hub.

LogiTech c920s PRO

I love this camera! I was hoping to start recording on Twitch and putting up tutorials on coding, which lead me to buying this camera. This camera is extremely clear, with 1080p and 30 fps! If you don’t know what that means, 1080p is a set of HDTV high-definition video modes characterized by 1920 pixels displayed across screen horizontally and 1080 pixels down the screen vertically. So, if you don’t want anyone to see your flaws in high definition DO NOT GET THIS, otherwise, I highly recommend! 😂
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Bose QuiteComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth headphones:

I’ve had these headphones for FIVE YEARS. I know they’ve come up with new models, but this has lasted me longer than my relationships and still work amazing (unlike any of my relationships but that’s for another blog so STAY TUNED LOL). 😂

Panda Planner:

In a society where the media tends to magnify the bad, it can become very hard to see the positive in the everyday moments. The Panda Planner has taught me to be grateful and to set my intention, all while focusing on my future goals. Everyday may not be a great day, but taking the appropriate steps to try and win that day is what’s most important. #selflove
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Cables:

USBC to HDMI

These are the cables I use. Since both my laptops are MacBook Pros from 2018 and 2019, they only have USB-C ports. In order for me to connect my 4K Dell monitor (as previously mentioned), you will need a USB-C to HDMI cable. I like this cable because it does come with a velcro wrap to use when you don’t need the entire 6 ft cord.

USB-C Hub

With so many different types of equipment, using a USB-C Hub can help create an easier flow to connect your other appliances with just one link. This USB-C has 3 USB ports and even has a SD Card reader!
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So there you have it! All the things that keep me organized and productive as a remote worker. Hope you all are staying healthy and positive!
Love,
Jenel Myers
#coronavirus #shitisgettingreal
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