If there is one thing that I have learned through this whole Pandemic ordeal is that there are no guarantees. I always knew that, but this situation has put that concept into the spotlight. My gift of planning has taken a backseat to simply living in the moment. Coming back to basics and realizing how much I took for granted.
I prefer to call this time the “universal pause”. A time to be still and reevaluate some stuff along with completing tasks that I have put off. I don’t want this time to be a waste. It is all about the shift of thinking “what is this time teaching me” instead of “why is this happening to me”. This is a no excuse moment. When all of this is over, how do I want to remember it?
I received my manuscript back on Monday with glowing reviews from my editor. It is ready to be sent to those literary agents that had expressed an interest. I have no idea how this will work out, but I do know that I took this momentary timeout and utilized it. The book is complete. It is polished and I am incredibly proud of it. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
For the last 18 months, I have been on a journey to improve my health by engaging in a program that retrains my body to burn fat. Ladies, you get me, right? Once you get to a certain age, your metabolism proceeds to act like Rip Van Winkle. No matter what you do, nothing seems to work. I have continued this program and have managed to lose a total of 30 pounds and over 32 inches. Five of those pounds and several inches have been accomplished during this period where eating seems to reign supreme. I am two pounds from my goal weight and I am eating ice cream. Yes, friends…..ice cream. The good stuff. I am OBSESSED with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and have become an addict. I feel great and am between a size 6/8. Shameless plug….sorry…..not sorry…..the next round starts June 1st…..www.fasterwaycoach.com/#allisonjones. It has changed my life.
Our new way of living is quite an adjustment. Mask wearing. No hugging my friends or family that don’t live with me, and so many other entities. I can’t control the outside world, so why not continue to do things that bring me happiness? That make me feel good about myself. There are no guarantees. I just want to be able to look back on this experience and be proud of how I didn’t allow this time to define me. I didn’t allow it to suffocate all the goodness that exist and all the amazing things that I set out to accomplish.
I have said it all along…..this is temporary. Mind you, it feels a little permanent as we slowly emerge from our hibernation. But, even though I haven’t been overly graceful during this time, and I have lost my shit with those people I live with, there have been pockets of blessings sprinkled with tremendous gratitude. And while there are no guarantees, I know that I am coming out of this a better version of myself.