Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The Coronavirus and New Beginnings

I thought that seen as though this is my first post here on my new blog that I would sit down and have a chat with you guys about where I have been, what I have been doing over the past couple of months and what my plan is moving forward. A couple eagle eyed people out there may recognise me from my previous blog ‘Danielle Alexa’ and as much as I loved running that blog, I reached a point in my personal life where it was just not sustainable to run it anymore and that is why I had to make the painful decision to delete my blog and regain some of my free time. Around 6 months after deleting my blog I felt ready to jump back on the horse, but I decided to give myself a little more time and here I am almost a year later.

I think the thing that really spurred me on to kick start my blog again was Coronavirus. Normally I am running at a million miles per minute, but the restrictions that COVID has caused over the past couple of months has really made me take a back step from all of the craziness that I normally have surrounding me and I am actually very grateful for that. Normally weekends would be spent running around for all of the other people in my life and as much as I honestly do not mind doing that, it has been nice to have some time to myself for me to relax completely. Thanks to all of the free time and being stuck in the house, I thought that it would be the perfect excuse to start my blog back up and have my own little space on the internet once again.

I do want to start out this blog post by acknowledging how lucky I am that we have made it past the terrifying peak of the Coronavirus and my family has been pretty much untouched. Nobody within my immediate family has contracted the virus and even luckier nobody in my life has passed of the virus. I know that we are not all lucky enough to say that, so I want people affected deeply by the virus to know that I am thinking about you and sending you nothing but well wishes. There were moments throughout lockdown where those closest to us had been in contact with somebody that had the virus and it made us very nervous, but as I said, fortunately we all escaped unaffected and I will forever be grateful for that. I am just hoping that if a second peak arises that we will have the same luck.

One aspect of my life that has completely blown up since the Coronavirus hit is my work life. Again, I am in a fortunate position that I have come out of the other side of this virus and I still have a job, which I know is not the case for everybody as redundancies are currently happening up and down the company. I work for a healthcare company and primarily we supply the NHS. From around the middle of March, I was working from home and working 12-14 hour days just to ensure that all customer queries were met and we were getting everything shipped to the frontline that we needed. The pressure was unlike anything that I have ever known before and there were times where I wanted to throw in the towel because it really was that hard, but I am so proud of what I achieved at work over that time.

Now I guess, I am just trying to get back to some form of new normal routine for my life. I look after my Nan, so it is great now that I am able to pick her up and bring her to our house to give her some tea and give her a break from her own house. I am back in the office at work, which has benefitted me massively because I am a creature of habit and I like my routine. I am actually off work this week, so I think I am going to go to the pub with my husband because it was his birthday at the weekend, so we are going to go out and celebrate a little while we are on holiday. I know that I will be over cautious with everything that I do because I have to still be so careful when seeing my Nan because she is currently a chemo patient, but I need to start going out eventually!

I really do hope that the Coronavirus has not been too cruel to you and that you can come out of the other side of this awful virus with some positivity and light in your life. This has been something brand new that none of us knew how to navigate and even though there are local lockdowns still happening, it is beginning to seem like we are over the worst of it and that normal life can begin to resume soon. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know how you have fared up over the past couple of months.


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