how to look at 2021 with hope (my musings)

Hi Friends!

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I do hope you have had a somewhat of a peaceful Christmas. I know that many of you were unable to be with family members, and for that I salute you for really taking this pandemic seriously. It is better to sacrifice a gathering with family members, keeping them safe (and maybe even ourselves) until things are safe again for us to get together like we used to. We are far from over from the end of it. We see the new hospitalisations climbing each day and it seems very grim right now.

Yet, there is also hope and light at the end of the tunnel, with the release of the Pfizer vaccine, and next to be the Moderna vaccine. Right behind that will be more. And news from Australia today that they have discovered an old medication that actually helps to fight and “kill” the covid-19 virus within 48 hours. So let us keep the faith that soon we will have this horrific pandemic behind us.

How do we get back the hope we may have lost in 2020 for 2021, is the premise of this post…

First of all, we have to keep in mind…things could be worse! At least we have two active vaccines that have been tested, and now ready for the public. Medical front liners of course, should get these first! They have had a rough nine months, and it has not stopped, with the spike again.

Sometimes, it really affects me mentally reading, and watching the news. I am sure it affects you in the same way.

So another way to combat the negativity of the ongoing news on social media is to A. stop reading it for a few days, and B. do not watch the news on TV. Try diverting to reading fun stories, cooking, looking at future vacation plans on social media, and as for TV, try watching a comedy, a new Series on Netflix, etc. I find that if I take a few days off of reading all the Covid-19 “news” I feel mentally better to cope when I am back on reading it. It gives you a mental break. Something we ALL need.

My advice to everyone right now, is to look forward to things slowly changing for the better. It is going to take time, but we have been hit with this since March, and we are still being cautious, patient and hopeful. So we can do this another few months. I know everyone has suffered in many ways. Loss of family members, friends, loss of income, homes, some have no food on the table. Horrific.

In 2021, we have to think about the way we want to live our lives, in our way, on our own terms. It is time to adjust the mindset. We have seen and been through so much in 2020 that surely each and every single one of us has been affected by this pandemic.

Living life in a more simplistic way, dealing with things with humility – it all helps to change the outcome of the “richness” of our lives. Dwelling on the past, or negative situations only causes stress, which does not help us in the long run.

For me, I choose exercise as a way to combat stress, fear and uncertainty. It helps me focus, if only for an hour or so – on something else entirely. At this time, I refuse to answer anything work related. I listen to music and that is it. Maybe even a podcast.

We have become so attuned to the noise around us, we have forgotten to just stop…slow down….meditate….pray….whatever helps. Step back, turn off your phone for an hour, listen to music, write in a journal. As one day, you will reflect back to these hard times and wonder how you got through them. Writing a journal is a wonderful way to record everything.

I say for 2021, dream bigger, and plan! Anything is possible in the future. Anything!

I hope you will have a safe, happy & healthy New Year’s Eve and 2021. Hope is something we all need. Brighter days are coming.

One love,

Neenie xo


What a year.

My friends,

It has been awhile, and I thought I would start this Blog up again. As….why not?

This Blog has been mainly about fitness, but this post will be more about this past year and how I kept the balance.

I am in the process also of getting my YouTube channel live and running, and again – will be mainly about Fitness. I hope to have the first Vlog posted there soon, will keep you updated here. Please note I have not uploaded a video yet, so give me a little time, once I do – I will announce it here!

2020 has been a challenging, sad, trying year for SO MANY people all over the globe – and it seems it will continue on this path for now. On a more positive note we know we have been advised that there are two Companies about to rollout the vaccine in a week to the medical front line workers, and to the aged Homes…and then to the older, immune compromised and the general population after. I have been praying all year for this.

Since March, when the Company I work for closed for six months (hotels in Jamaica) I have been on a fitness quest even more than usual, and in my next post I will share some of my “at home” workouts – which by the way, I have posted on my Instagram landing page under “Highlights” – since then, I have been back to the gym, which is a small neighbourhood gym — using it at times when NO ONE in there.

The balance throughout hard times is so important. I also started a journal (finally) and meditation. It has helped me to stay positive each day no matter what.

I will have links below to the Journal I use, the diffuser for meditation, and a few other things that helped me during this time.

The Things that helped me “Balance” this year

Each morning, I take about 30 minutes to write my list of things to do each day (personal and work) yes – I love writing lists even as a content creator….there is something lovely and old fashioned about it, and I will never stop. I also meditate for ten minutes during that 30 minutes “time for me…”

I have been looking at these beautiful leather planners for years, they are a bit pricey but back in March I decided, what the heck, I need this — for balance! If you have never heard of Planner Perfect by Jenny Penton, then please go discover her! She is an Artist and teaches about how to have things you want manifested in your life. Let me tell you a little secret – it works! Jenny is a Life Coach as well as a mom to eight. She teaches about the scripting method – which means writing something like you already believe it has happened.

This is the leather planner I am using now, called the Anastasia, which I love. There are SO MANY choices however!

I would also use my Journal, and record my thoughts each day with this beautiful Journal from Amazon:

This Journal helps me with my daily gratitude and keeping the positivity despite a negative year

My At Home “Veranda” Workouts got me through this year!

I found that when I posted an “At Home Veranda Workout” on my social media, I immediately received great engagement. Everyone wanted to know about the Bands I use, the Resistance Bands, and the workouts. I have it all linked below. Some days I never felt motivated, but I let the better side of my brain click in and after the workout felt 100% better. All you need to make these workouts “work” would be a band, or dumbbells or resistance bands. If you do not have any, then just use your bodyweight. 30 minutes is the key to these workouts, not one minute longer. I still do them when I go to the Gym and there is someone there, I simply retreat back to my veranda….

Getting ready for one of Pandemic LOCKDOWN veranda workouts! With resistance bands and dumbbells

Soon my workouts will be posted on my YouTube Channel, in the meantime as stated above, they are mostly on my Instagram landing page, under HIGHLIGHTS.

The resistance bands I linked above, are not the exact type I use, but those ones sold out….but they are very similar.

My At Home Workouts are a split of upper body (2-3 per week), glutes aka “Booty” (twice per week) and a mix (once) with a rest day. For cardio, I would walk 30 minutes before or after around my neighbourhood. On leg day, as you burn a ton of calories, there is no need for cardio.

I have found that during the lockdown, I loved walking and just being able to glean the beauty of the trees, other people’s gardens etc, it really lifted my mood.

My go to Instagram Accounts that helped and continue to help cheer me up!

At the end of day, I relied upon these amazing people to put that smile on my face. A combo of celebs (who were also on lockdown and decided to cook more, share cocktail recipes etc…), as well as sheer Influencers etc. Here is rundown!

Stanley Tucci

SO FAB all throughout Lockdown and continues to be with his superb cocktail mixing! And just his amazing style.

Kate Hudson

I love that she now has a vodka Company called King St. and the King St. Instagram account is beautiful. Kate also grams about cooking, her fitness line and family.

Katie Couric

I do not need to explain why she is just a GEM. Her IGTV vids are lovely.

Trader Joe’s List

Lord have mercy, how did I miss this lady all along, she is FAB FAB FAB. And you learn FIRST about the new items in Trader Joe’s – a win win.

The Home Edit

If you are not subscribed, then please do. These two ladies have done so well in the last few years! They now have TWO books out, (I have them both) and a TV Show on Netflix. They are also SUPER hysterical, especially when on a plane and anxious.

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic

Have loved this lady since her FIRST book. Love Shabby Chic, ask anyone! All throughout lockdown in the UK, Rachel recorded a journey and her pathway to shabby chic success, what an inspiration.

Oprah

Love her, and love her wisdom and outlook on life, don’t we all?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this latest post, and promise to be much more active here especially as my blogging will go hand in hand with my vlogging on YouTube soon.

Promised to mention about the diffuser from Amazon which I have in my bedroom and really helps me to relax. I use the lavender oils mixed with rose. Very cost effective amazing little diffuser!

It is light, and cost effective, I have a few in my house and it is very effective.

I do hope you all will continue to get the balance, and here is to better times in 2021 peeps.

One love,

Neenie