April 16, 2020- Having a plan when we work from home with other people

Hello April,

this morning, after playing with the cat, I bought presents online, for my godson whose birthday is close, and I also send him a nice cake. The thing is, I spent all morning in this successful endeavour, and then I realised I couldn’t concentrate on work.

Instead of that, I played an online game.

Yes, I did.

How responsible of me, since I am “working from home” and my workload isn’t getting lighter?

This is why I stressed.

I had a reason.

This reminds me of my school years, when I had some issues concentrating which affected my productivity.

But I grew up.

I faced these challenges and conquered them.

That is why I am an adult.

Then how do I make a significant change?

Again, I want to be more active in the house.

Make a plan and stick to it, can help.

For example, I am torn between everyday work, work for something I write and household related stuff.

And in all this, something must be fun also.

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April 15, 2020- Do we matter in a Covid19 lockdown period? Dance, concentrate, act!

Hello April,

here are we, the lucky ones, working from home, because others are not well and others have to risk their lives more often and we are so grateful for that …

How do we concentrate when times flies, uniform and external boundaries are no longer there to place a limit?

As artists, or writers, we know something about it…

I find it hard to concentrate the last couple of days… having also a feeling of powerlessness to act in a meaningful way.

What if it were not the case?

Planning and sticking to the plan could be a way to tackle this.

Finding also time to connect and to take action -using social media or other forms- diffusing information from health authorities, funding in our limited way meaningful initiatives…

such as the research on the vaccine and the cure of COVID-19

And then go back to our everyday tasks and act act and act again again and again!

And most of all, Dance, Dance and Dance!

At home, in our room, corridor, stairs!

Because dancing is sooo good for our brains!

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April 13, 2020- Old wounds masked as today’s lack of confidence

Hello April,

why haven’t I finished my work? Why didn’t I submit it after all the work I have put on it? Why have I left my stuff in Paris abandoned?

Because I thought I couldn’t face all these challenges and then I felt that the sky was falling on my head as Astrerix and Obelix in the famous cartoon would say.

But after all, all wounds are there and they stir up the sauce even if I pretend to ignore them.

Can I do something?

Let’s finish my work, to begin with.

As if it were somebody else’s.

Let’s act.

Let’s accept those hurt feelings and honour this girl who went through all these.

My past self.

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April 9, 2020- Dreams, Present and Future

Hello April,

does it matter how old we humans are, or if we are going through a pandemic for our capacity to DREAM? Is there a future horizon over there, or should we focus on the present, with what it offers in blessings and challenges?

How about both?

Ok, if nothing we have is appreciated, living our life for a perfect future might not be a good idea.

Can we find a balance between a dream that motivates action and an appreciation of the blessings of our present, even in difficult and challenging times?

Maybe we can

Yes we can!

When I try to decide if I have accomplished my goals, I am like, maybe not in the way I was expecting, but yes!

I am still on my way, and it has been a hell of a ride!

I learnt a lot, I have changed, but also remained the same, I have developed more compassion and self acceptance.

This is a good time to evaluate: what is the most important?

What kind of community do I want to belong to, which is both nurturing to me and I also nurture it?

Is there something that needs to change?

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April 7, 2020- Waking up at 5am

Hello April,

yes, indeed I woke up at 5am, practically I got out of bed at 6am, and did all sorts of nice morning rituals: exercised, played with cat, had coffee. And now time to start working 🙂

I studied, finished some work I had to do and reflected on ways to pay the bills that seem to accumulate.

Well, in this period of time, I just wonder what is the best thing to do.

And the best thing probably, is that I worked quiet a lot from my small little room 🙂

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April 5, 2020- Sunday morning at home :-)

Hello April,

yes, from home again. I realise how important it is to have a daily schedule and daily rituals when days look similar and you don’t have the kind of variety that work and others used to paint your life with.

First things, first: being grateful for being here

Smile to the face in the mirror

Play with the cat

Feed the cat

Give fresh water to the cat

Have breakfast

Have coffee

Have a nice cookie

Meditate

Talk to family members

Dance

And dance again!

 

April 1st, 2020- 6 Year Blog-Anniversary! Happy Birthday April4June6!

Welcome April,

again, in this strange period where we humans realise how much we have in common and how vulnerable we are without cooperation!

Six years after I started blogging, at the beginning only for three months: April to June, with the promise to write every day. And I did!

I was facing a wannabe boss who fired me in Paris, France, heartbreak, financial instability, health issues of members of my family and some passing issues with me, eh… kind a few actually!

In the meanwhile I changed country and language, went to London, changed again, went through precarious jobs and relationships, … published a book, got a new job, published some poetry…

And here I am in my starting point, at my parents’ home waiting for the virus storm to pass, hoping and praying it will get better for all of us…

And thinking of ways to act responsibly in the world emerging…

Still, a lot of reasons to celebrate, and most of all, celebrate the trajectory, wins and losses, getting back up and continuing…

And THANKING friends, people who have stood by, blogfriends, everyday life friends, unknown kind passers by who smiled, flowers, animals, kids, the wind in my cheek…

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March 31, 2020- Thriving in times of COVID19 storm- Resilience

Hello March,

a few years ago I started this blog to help me navigate through challenging times: I was loosing my almost job, and I didn’t know what direction to take exactly.

I see myself now, grateful for the present.

It might also be challenging in different ways.

But being here, interacting with friends who brought their perspective, has made a big change.

Tomorrow is the birthday of this blog. A six year anniversary, when I decided to blog every day, for three months at the beginning: April to June.

And I did.

I might have blogged less later on, but it still felt right to continue: From Paris, to London, to the South of France and then London again.

I am now in my hometown, waiting for the COVID storm to pass while I try to do my best by self-isolating as much as possible.

So, since we do everything on line, I decided to come back to my hometown for as long as necessary.

Tomorrow it’s my blog’s birthday, and I decide to blog again every day, and make something out of it:

Publish

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February 22nd, 2020- Dream Life and how to face bullying at work

Hello February,

dreaming is some times difficult when your work is not appreciated and you get bullied by a hierarchical superior.

As a new person in my job, since September, there were a lot of things to learn, and I was not perfect, especially with small details, admin stuff and other technical issues. Or my confidence was not at its highest point.

And here was that “colleague”, at a superior level hierarchically, making my life difficult from the very start. Looking for mistakes and exaggerating them, not forgiving anything which was not absolutely perfect.

Until she confronted me with insults two days ago.

I didn’t answer back, but felt sick the next day.

Because I felt trapped.

On the one hand, I needed this job, financially speaking.

On the other hand, I felt that the environment is toxic.

It’s not a question of being perfect, but there must be a margin to adapt and make mistakes if you want to learn and correct them.

So, how can I feel that there is an opening at the end of the tunnel?

Hmm, I need to consult possible mentors.

And create bridges with other people and with other jobs.

And most of all, believe there is a way out of it, towards a place where I will be appreciated for who I am and I will be happy to be part of the team!

A toxic coworker is like an energy vampire.

February 7, 2020- How to feel when encountering a roadblock

Hello February,

I just felt down because I have almost encountered a roadblock. I was late to submit a funding application for a project and I might not afford to go there by myself.

On the one hand, I feel guilty for not having prevented it, on the other side there is a feeling of overwhelm with all the dates, and other things happening into my life.

How to be on top of that without constantly following a crazy and meaningless program?

Well, I will try use Siri in my iPhone more. When I see a deadline I should right away make a note on my calendar instead of thinking about it.

Hmm

And change my mood. Feeling bad about myself is not the way.

Yes, I self-sabotaged because I was waiting for someone else to say I could do it.

Or the perfect occasion.

Or, to ask people to stretch for me and get a feeling they care.

Or, all of it together.

Now, let’s assume that and continue.

I will definitely read again David Allen’s book which I put aside.

And change my mood.

Give a big hug to myself for doing so well.

Yes, I deserve this!

And YES I CAN!!!

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