It’s been several months since I’ve sat down to write on this blog. I’ve made the choice to go back to writing during this COVID-19 pandemic since it has been an enlightening time for me to say the least.
First off, I hope that everyone is doing their part to stay safe and stay at home during this difficult and uncertain time.
One of the main reasons for me taking a break from writing was that I was going through a big transition in my life during the months of October and November. I was in the process of looking for a new full-time job which as some may know can be very time consuming. Once I was hired in a new position, that in itself was a huge change for me in terms of changes in my schedule, my commute to work, and not to mention my move to Brooklyn.
That transition had been a huge adjustment for me having more bills to pay, feeling like I had less time personally to dedicate to things I enjoy (like working out everyday and even putting time aside to write on here) and feeling drained from the what constantly felt like a high-paced, toxic work environment.
A quick recap of what the last few months have been like for me: about a month into my new job I realized I did not want to be there long term because I felt overworked, unappreciated, and underpaid. There is no room for growth in that particular industry, at least not for me. Therefore, I started looking for new jobs about 2-3 months after starting work there. I started traveling more: so my first two trips of 2020 were to Texas and Rhode Island. I had never been to either state and both trips were ones I’d never forget!
In February – due to a conflict, I had to move out of my new apartment and back to my parents, which turned out to be a huge blessing for me which I’ll get to in a second.
Then March hit – and COVID-19 hit NY heavily and rapidly that now we are all quarantined in our homes. I have been laid off of work due to the virus causing many businesses to close down. Although the small business I was working for is considered an essential business – due to business being slow they could not afford to pay all of its employees during this time, hence me being laid off of work.
It has been a trying time for me, I have been doing my best to remain as positive as I can in this unique situation the world is in right now and the ripple effect it has caused for me in terms of my work life and finances. The past few months for me have felt like I had backtracked a lot. However, I think what it’s really done is give me a new perspective to position myself towards the right direction moving forward.
In the same token I am more grateful for the opportunities and blessings it has given me – being able to be back home with my family and having their support while being laid off of work, having the time I needed to put towards the things I genuinely enjoy such as writing and sharing my thoughts on here, and putting more time towards my mental health which was declining heavily due to work especially the last week of work before my job shut down due to COVID-19.
I hope that this time is an opportunity for you to reset as well, to put time towards the things that matter most for you and somehow give you a second to breathe despite the degree of uncertainty regarding the future.