Rest. Refocus. Reset.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

How do you typically prepare for the start of a new year? Many of us spend the entire month of December developing a list of goals we want to focus on or accomplish the following year. We spend a decent amount of time figuring out what we want and how we can better ourselves going into a new year of life. 2020 was suppose to be it for all of us! I mean, we weren’t just going into a new year, but a whole new decade! I’ve seen so many memes and posts from friends and family declaring and proclaiming manifestations over their lives, but I don’t think any of us expected for ish to hit the fan less than 90 days in.

Thanks to the Rony, aka Corona Virus, aka COVID-19, aka WHEN WILL THIS END, the lives that we were accustomed to have been altered beyond recognition. Simple things such as going to the grocery store with your family, attending church, watching a movie at the local theater, going to happy hour with your friends or even going to work so that you can pay your bills is impossible for most. If you are still able to go to work, you may be putting yourself and others at risk. Clorox and Lysol products have become a hot commodity. Every store that we’ve gone to for the past three weeks are completely out. People all over America are hoarding toilet tissue. FYI: I don’t understand this one. I mean, I need to know the thought process. “There’s a new virus, which there is currently no cure for, so let me grab as many rolls of toilet tissue as I can!” If you ask me, you should be grabbing as many vitamins as you can. Keep your immune system up, people! Regardless of how you’re spending your current daily life, I’m almost certain that it isn’t the life that you’ve previously been living or even the one that you predicted for the new year. My thought process for this whole situation goes into shock, confusion, and sometimes fear on a daily, because as someone who has control issues, I realize that there is absolutely nothing that I can do to change the circumstances of the world. I usually try multiple tactics to change what I don’t like about my life, but there isn’t a single thing that I can do make the world go back to what it was before, and that is where most of my fear lies. However, although I do believe that what’s going on in the world is really tragic, I also feel that the time that we’ve gained has been a blessing for the majority of us. Every time I feel fearful or down about our current circumstances, I remember that I know GOD, and NOTHING is impossible for HIM.

I see some people posting things like, “Where is your GOD now?” Well, as a believer, I know that he’s right here with us, and HE does everything for a reason. GOD never promises that things will be perfect. Now this is only my opinion, but we’ve been living in an evil world where hate rules over love, television programs no longer focus on positive messages but promote sexual immorality, and I can’t believe the profanity that they’re allowed to use on evening cable television shows. I remember when it was weird that they were using the B!@?$ word, but now they’re even using the word D@#$! We currently have a reality show star as the president of the US, and political beliefs aside, the things that come out of his mouth are completely ridiculous, racist, sexist, and not what you would expect intellectually from a sitting president. I think that we all have been taking for granted some of the simple blessings in our lives such as family time, we spend most of our time watching television instead of reading a book, we don’t have time for physical activity or even to take a walk in the park and appreciate nature. The time that we’ve been spending at home allows us to heal relationships, our mental health, which a decent amount of the world suffers with today, and it also allows us to heal spiritually. I’ve said this on my Instagram before, but I’m going to say it again. Yes, I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for almost a year, but I still couldn’t find the time to do half of what I’m doing now. My marriage was suffering, my health wasn’t what it used to be, my anxiety was at an all time high, and I just couldn’t figure out how to heal. This quarantine has allowed for my husband to be home, which allowed us the time to work on what was broken. I’ve been working out almost everyday, eating healthier, meditating, doing yoga, journaling, and I make sure not to neglect GOD in the process. This pandemic has opened my eyes like nothing ever before. Life is short, people are dying quickly, and we truly never will know how tomorrow will end up so we need to make the most of it every chance that we get.

If I didn’t have faith, I don’t know how I would be able to cope with everything. Some say that this entire pandemic isn’t that serious, and it may not be for you, but numbers don’t lie. The amount of people who are infected, in critical condition, and dead say differently. All we can do is stay prayed up, if you believe in GOD, make the most of the time that we have with our families, and look forward to this all being over soon! I just want to thank all the essential workers out there! Doctors, nurses, grocery store clerks, fast food workers, and those that I didn’t mention. You all are putting your lives on the line every day, and I’m thankful for your bravery! For those of use who are home, how are you spending your quarantine time? See my quarantine faves below to find out what I’ve been up to 🙂

Books

  1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Television Shows

  1. Black Lightning
  2. Grey’s Anatomy (I’ve just started the series)
  3. Little Fires Everywhere
  4. Insecure (Premieres this Sunday, YALL!)

Yoga

  1. Yoga with Adriene on Youtube

 

 

 

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Asia Bradley

Poetry, music, theater, and movies have always intrigued me, and all things artistic live at the core of who I am. I've always kept a composition notebook at my side at all times whether that be for journaling, writing music or writing my ideas. At some point, I realized that what I was searching for to express myself had been there all along in my writing. I hope to inspire and invoke thought into each and every one of my readers. Blessings!

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