Finding Hope…

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

-Nelson Mandela

Hello nzuri,

I’ve been exclusively working remotely from home for the past week, needless to say it’s been very interesting.

Normally, I’d work 4 out of 5 days in the field with 1 day in office yet last week it seemed a little different. Maybe it was do to all of the news, state updates, client cancellations and school closures. I just felt overloaded.

I am really trying to stay positive and encouraged, I believe everything and everyone will be ok; it will just take some time. So, this weeks style post was delayed, I just couldn’t get in the mood for pictures. My daughter took the photo above playing around with my phone camera, so it was used for this post; it was a good shot. She’s a little photographer in the making.

Things I’m remembering to do during this timeout…

Stay calm, although these are trying days, keeping calm is the smart thing to do; overreacting is not a good idea for yourself, family, work or friends. Taking breaks from the daily news is recommended. Also, checking your state website is another way to get accurate, credible information on the current COVID19 situation, it will stick to facts.

Self care is critical for your emotional, physical and mental health. Find time in your day to get away, regenerat and regroup, it’s ok. Try to eat healthy foods, drink lots of water and step outside for a moment to get some fresh air. Taking a walk can be refreshing, remember to practice safe distancing yet stay in a safe area; maybe just walk up and down on your street. Do something that is relaxing, maybe read that book you’ve been putting off OR start a blog!

If you need to talk it out, find that person you trust and ask them if you can just vent or contact your physician if needed, trust me, they understand.

Remember you are not alone!

Prioritize, what is important and what matters the most today. Take inventory of your daily routine with family, work and friends. Be productive. Ask yourself, what can I do today and what do I have control over?

If you have a phone, tablet or computer you can virtually chat with family, friends and or coworkers using facetime, google duo and other video apps. Stay connected, do not emotionally distance yourself.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

-Martin Luther King Jr 

Never loose hope nzuri, never stop believing in the good side of each situation…

Until next time nzuri, please take care of you and your family! Stay safe and hopeful. ♥️


  • Daenel T.

    Such a timely post. I’m not stressed or worried, but I can imagine this is hard for parents who have to explain this to young children. Staying calm for them is vital. And for those of us who don’t have kids at home, taking time to decompress and connect with friends and family is vital.

    • Shugunna

      Yes Daenel, having to explain this to my little one has been somewhat of a experience for us. She misses her grandparents, cousins and other family along with friends; she’s being as patient as an 8 year old can be yet I know she’s confused. We will get through this, take care buddy. ♥️

  • Kristin

    This is such a good reminder to take care of ourselves. When the news first hit I decided that the best thing I could do was to stay healthy. Cut out some of the yucky stuff I was feeding myself, take it easy, but get things done. Drink lots of water. Just in case. Anyway, I appreciate your reminder to keep doing these things and to take some time for self care! xoxo

    • Shugunna

      Hi Kristin, yes we have to take care of us to make it through this; it’s so surreal. Please take care of yourself and hubby!!

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