Blank Slate

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Starting today off with a clear page, a clean slate, a new day dawning. New attitude, new eating plan and exercise plan. I have a new quilt to long arm, a new hexie to make and a new border to add on my temperature quilt.

Today I need to keep things fresh and new. Light and broken down to each simple step. Breathing deeply and staying calm.

I have to stop letting the little things put me in a tailspin. Change is coming and the biggest one is the talk of going back into the office and a date has been set in April if the return to offices is approved by the state and not extended. I panicked at first. I am not sure I can bring myself to go. I have really got “stuck in” to this work from home thing and being home. Introverts like myself love it and the talk of being thrown back out into the world is hard. I feel like I have to get used to swimming with the sharks again. I have to master small talk and interruptions, neither which I am very good at. I have been thinking about it and I am going to have to try to start mastering a new routine, the scariest of all.

So today, I am going to start looking at the frame work of a new routine for when I have to go back to the office in the next month or so. I have slowly let the idea sink in that my current state is going to end soon and prepare for it. I must admit that it is going to be really hard. I had to stop in to the office today and I nearly freaked out. There were very few people there so that was a good thing. I did what I needed to do. I breathed the smell of stale, super hot 100 year old office building air. I had forgotten how hot it is up there. I looked around at the the space and familiarized myself with my office things. Sat in the chair, took several cleansing breaths and then came back to my home office.

It was a start.


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  1. Even though I am fully vaccinated and have been in the office this whole last year, the increased activity is having the same effect on me too. I loved the quieter days and dislike the many changes at work that are being done with the “due to Covid” excuse! I don’t think I am coming out of this shell with any eagerness. I guess we introverts are not going to have an easy time of it! Too bad they won’t let you work at home at least a few days a week!


    • I am going to lean hard in asking for the opportunity to work from home a few days a week. I don’t know it will work but hey, I can try. I enjoy not being on the go all the time and in large crowds. The thought of it makes me break out into a cold sweat. I think we will start small when the time comes and plan to see family once we are all vaccinated. Its gonna take a lot of effort and planning on my part to get out of the house.


  2. I completely understand the feeling! As an introvert myself I have no problem spending days on end at home and working in my studio…I have been off my other job for a year next week and really don’t know if I will return. The board that I am on and our local guild meets on zoom these days and I really like that…one step and breathe at a time and I will be hoping that they extend working from home for you 😊


    • Do you realize I worked in that same building for over 10 years? I was involved in the placement of the clients into the first group homes in our area. I believe the red and green home was the first placements. My daughter worked on the 3rd floor for a short while. When I went to visit her once there staff asked me many questions regarding that floor. The Laundry drop area was what they wanted to know what it was for. good luck on your return. Mary


      • the old building has seen better days and I am not sure they are going to be able to keep it open , I think that there will come a time where we will need to go to another building. I am preparing myself to go back and get back into the swing of things.


    • I have been taking it one step at a time and working a plan to transition myself to the office. I think I will go to the office to pick up some random stuff or do a task a couple of time a week to get used to it. I love zoom meeting vs face to face. I draw the best doodles then! But I do want to volunteer somewhere once this pandemic is ‘over’ so I don’t become a total hermit. I can still hope they extend the work from home order lol!


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