Casuals Rule

Thanks to A Guy Called Bloke‘s Are You Actually Wearing That..Out? Got me thinking a bit about my wardrobe. Or lack of it.

Has the lockdown altered your day to day dress code and after lockdown will you instantly revert to old fashion you or new fashion you?

Nothing much has changed with the way I dress pre- and during lockdown. I’m inclined to think I won’t change my mind post-lockdown. I used to dress down by default or dress it down when I can. I liked looking at nice clothes from time to time with almost no intention to buy them. That was before but more so now.

What will your future fashion or dress code style be and consist of?

Maybe leaning more into sustainable fashion if they’ve figured out a way to make them more accessible/available/affordable (I’m counting on you, socio-entrepreneurs/fashionpreneurs). Still keeping my good clothes until they retire.

Will you even bother to dress up to go out post lockdown?

Only when I have to, like at a wedding or graduation or something. Or maybe when/if I miss dressing up. I don’t think clothes will matter as much post-lockdown, but I can only guess.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

#FOWC #threethingsthchallenge

30+ Reasons Why

I realized lately how birthdays give me a better sense of reset, like a near-death experience minus the adrenaline rush from escaping danger.

July is my birth month and my birthday is in a few days.  I don’t really like to celebrate it but I love getting all pensive before the actual birthday.  This time though, probably because of everything that’s happening, I’m a lot more introspective, ultra-sensitive and extra sober.  Today I feel extra grateful and decided to list down why, or what for.

  1. Good health – This is always a given when I count my blessings but more so now with the global pandemic situation.

    pexels-photo-3952231.jpeg
    Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com
  2. My husband – We got married 2 years ago and was in the process of migrating when Coronavirus hit us all.  I left the country before him while he’s still finishing up some work locally,to get a job, look for housing options in country #2 and did other things to hit the ground running.  After months of stay in country #2, I came back to sort some stuff and that’s when all the lockdowns started.  I’m glad I got back in time and isolating with him than apart.  Through everything, he’s been a reliable partner and a rock.  He’s always been, but this has been tested and proven repeatedly especially these last few months.  Oh, not to mention his humor, an added and welcome bonus in this time of coronavirus.
  3. Boredom – I’d like to think I’ve always had a healthy appreciation of boredom, but my appreciation for it increased significantly the past few months.  While adjusting and coping with concerns and stress early on during isolation, these days I’ve managed to take it in stride, live with it and use it to my advantage.  I was able to take 6 online courses, learn a few recipes/staples and even bake!  From one of two of the courses, I got inspired to start a business that could potentially be a life-long career for me & hubby.Whether or not it becomes successful, just getting to try and work together on this gets me excited and motivated every day.

    photo of brown and white short coated beagle lying on a pillow
    Photo by Dina Nasyrova on Pexels.com
  4. This blog – I have almost forgotten about this until one day when I felt the urge to write and read blogs again.  How can I forget how cathartic this is..?  Found some gems to follow and new bloggers to support as well.
  5. Netflix – Need I say more?
  6. Book – They let me travel and experience a lot vicariously.
  7. Having a home, not just a house
  8. Food – my source of simple joy and comfort everyday  (And nutrition, of course).
  9. Takeout – to take a break from cooking 😉
  10. Delivery – for the laziest of days.
  11. Having a balcony – to get some air without donning a mask or face shield, the works.
  12. Airconditioning – because summer is back with a vengeance (or never left?) where I am now.
  13. Magic The Gathering – My husband introduced me to this and I got hooked on the artwork, then the game.
  14. The Internet – for connecting with friends/family.
  15. My brain – for working properly and not running out of ideas.
  16. Airbnb – one of our reliable sources of income.
  17. Good coffeetagaytay_bfast
  18. Ice cream 😉
  19. Eggs 😉
  20. Cheese 😉
  21. Spices and condiments 😉
  22. Art
  23. Music – especially the ’90s!
  24. Businesses that have opened, especially groceries and restaurants!
  25. Masks and face shield – keeping me and everyone I know covid-free.

    face mask on red background
    Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com
  26. Frontliners – I’ll be forever grateful to them!
  27. Paying work – pay cut or not, it keeps us afloat especially at this time.
  28. Alcohol
  29. Mobile phones
  30. Laptop/Computer
  31. Bathing/Shower
  32. Apps
  33. Refund – Especially for those trips not happening this year
  34. Pillows (and bed, of course!)

    cozy bedroom interior with no people
    Photo by Tatiana Syrikova on Pexels.com
  35. Beer
  36. Ergonomic chairs
  37. Wheels – on chairs, vehicles, especially bags

    woman in white top and denim jeans sitting on red luggage bag
    Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

 

Wow, I enjoyed this exercise 🙂 I realized I can go on but tried to time myself for this post.  Spirit lifted, nonetheless.

A Birthday Project

burning pink candle against gray background
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

I’ve never been one to care about gatherings or celebrating birthdays, but this time especially, I almost can’t stomach celebrating while thinking about others in crisis in this pandemic situation.  At other times, that can be a problem for me, caring too much.  In this case, I think it’s…justified.  My birthday is in a few days and in the past, my friends and I would gather to simply hang out or do some sort of charity.  It hasn’t been consistent but this time, I’m deciding to make this a yearly thing.

photo of pineapple wearing black aviator style sunglasses and party hat
Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. on Pexels.com

I was encouraged to find others who’ve gone the same route, sharing their experiences or projects publicly or anonymously online to inspire others.  Now I’m actually getting excited to plan.  Do I come up with 37 (my age) random acts of kindness, like someone did before?  Perhaps this can be a month-long project, in lieu of celebrating for more than a day, kinda like a birth week or birth month thing.  I’m sharing some ideas I came up with below.  Very much open to ideas or even collaboration:

  • Build an app where people can safely (and freely) seek help emotionally, by connecting with mental health workers or professionals (volunteers).
  • Raise funds to give care packages, safety kits and some grocery to the homeless or those who lost jobs or are stuck due to the travel restrictions in place.
  • Give food and drinks to frontliners I know or living around me.
  • Pay for someone’s meal/drinks at a restaurant/cafe I visit (takeout, of course).
  • Pay double for the fare next time I ride a grabcar/uber.
  • Support small and local businesses by buying more from them and giving a good or at least honest review.

All my ideas thus far.  Feel free to pitch in:)

My Rollercoaster Journey

Join me on my journey as I reflect on motherhood and life with anxiety

Self Love Finder

Shine Your Light

Nothing But The Truth

I blog about life as an Autistic female with Bipolar 2, giving parenting & marriage my best shot. I am a passionate Advocate for Autism & Mental Health. I'll make you laugh & cry. And I promise you the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth.

Nano Poblano

Official Home of the World's Least-Official November Blog Challenge

Feisty Fabulous Mamma

Focus on the first step in front of you, not the entire staircase

Verses Inked©

We set the ink down, on the streets of the town. where Eternity Stand Confound.

Summoning Magic: A Gypsy's Tale

Tales of Love, Adventure & Poetry Undefined

Tina Stewart Brakebill

Writer. Feminist. Historian. Person.

defying atrophy

exercising heart and mind, lest I waste away

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Scottish Doctor, author, speaker, sceptic

Erstwhile: A History Blog

Past | Previous | Before

naturetails

Extraordinary Tales of Nature

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

Following Seas

Navigating Your Best Life

Beautiful Detours

Learning to appreciate the unexpected

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald