Posted in 2020, Life, Quarantine Thoughts, Reflection

What we can learn during this quarantine

Hey everyone, I know it has been a month since I wrote all of you, call it writer’s block, call it a distraction, it doesn’t matter, what matters is I have been a little neglectful when it comes to the blog and for that I am sorry. Honestly, 2020 is not what I thought it would be – I don’t think it is what anyone thought it would be -, and I am finding myself trying to not be bothered by the fact my routine is jacked up, as well as, figuring out my schedule week – by – week. The past three weeks were no help at all because either the internet went out, I had to get a new computer, or family drama….let’s just say it hasn’t been fun but I made it through and no harm came to anyone in the process. Hehe. Today is going to be somewhat of a mind dump, as well as just sharing some things I’m learning while being stuck at home just like I hope most of you are unless you’re going outside to get exercise – kudos to those that are because I haven’t been doing so well with this one -, going to the store to get your weekly necessities, or an essential worker.

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Find something, anything that will bring you peace and is healthy and legal! During this time I have found it super helpful to find a place of solace, even if it is the bathroom – hey mamas, I get it, if you need space I hear this is the best place! I also think you need to find ways to find peace during this chaotic time. For me, I have been able to find streaming on Twitch and watching ambiance videos relaxing. BTW, I do plan on putting up more videos on YouTube of said videos, just need to find a quiet place the parents won’t bother me or the dog won’t bark his head off and mess up the audio. Anyways, maybe for you it is painting, or going on long walks/maybe a drive, reading a book – recently I have been getting back to this -, etc. Whatever it is, I hope it helps you find peace, joy, and an escape from the madness going on right now.    

 

 

Find A Creative Outlet

This is similar to the one above, except that not only should this help you find peace, but also joy and it could even help others – but we will get to that in a moment. For me, I started out decided to paint – which failed miserably…well, the painting is okay, but I decided to switch to something slightly less messy -, then went back to streaming games that I like to play – even board games Chris and I enjoy. The latter has been fun, gives me a chance to forget the mess going on right now, and it helps to bring joy to others. I also have been trying my hand at gardening – yes you read that right -, and even though I am still not the greatest, I haven’t killed that many plants or flowers…just a few. So there is that…Whatever you are good at or want to be – like I am learning Spanish, which is fun – find something creative that you enjoy and will help pass the time. You will be surprised how regardless of the crap going on, or how the days blur together like an impressionist painting, you are taking advantage of this time to enjoy the little things.

 

 

Be Physically Distant, But Not Socially

Just because we aren’t allowed to be in close proximity with a group of people doesn’t mean we have to cut ourselves off from others completely. I mean think about it. This is a great time to use social media and the internet to our advantage. We can meet virtually, we can write letters – yes those are still a thing, look them up -, and we can call people and check on them. There has even been a thing where people will drive by people’s homes and honk for them and leave them gifts for their birthday, or they will pick up groceries and stuff for their neighbors. Now is not a time to isolate ourselves but to help those around us! We have the power to be kind and loving to others now more than ever! Whatever you decide to do, make sure it looks outward more than in, and as you are finding ways to be at peace and feel loved, make sure you do the same for others. We will get through this if we maintain a selfLESS mentality instead of a selfish one.

 

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Happy Trails,

Angie

Posted in 2020, Quarantine Thoughts, Reflection

Finding creativity in the chaos

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a better week than I am. I haven’t been able to stream or write because someone cut the cable to our internet because they were doing yard work and we haven’t had internet since 1:15 yesterday afternoon. Anyways, since my in – laws were so gracious in letting my husband and I use their internet, I thought I would write an article about finding creativity in the chaos going on in our world today! So hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can get a notification in your email when I write new articles for the site!

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Creativity in the Chaos

This past Monday marks five weeks that I have been home, due to my work closing because of the quarantine and the kids going to e-learning. I think I have done pretty well all things considered. I think I have only had two or three bad days because of the anxiety, but other than that I have been pretty productive. If there is one thing I have learned through all this, well two maybe, is that I am very much an extrovert. Second thing is, I am stronger than I thought I was mentally and emotionally. Times are a bit crazy right now, but you don’t have to be! So how do you find the creativity in it all?? Well, I have heard some people are learning a new instrument or taking voice lessons. Still, there are some who are encouraging others through games, doing fun talk shows that make people laugh, and even some that are doing reaction videos to various movies and such. For me, I am not just brushing up on some Spanish so I can become fluent in it, but I am also trying to make some awesome videos and lives on Twitch for all of you that is like an escape from the madness going on. I even have a day – Sunday – to encourage others who are followers of Jesus, and inspire the world with hope through my experiences and things I have learned through my faith. By finding creative ways, outlets if you will, to help others and bring joy and hope I am fighting against the chaos and the craziness going on around me and helps both Chris and I to cope with what is going on.

So what are some ways you are combating the craziness and finding creativity within the chaos? Share your thoughts below and don’t forget to share this post with friends! Until next time…

Happy Trails,

Angie Frantz

Posted in Opportunity, Reflection

When Opportunity Knocks

 

springtimeHave you ever been offered an opportunity that you knew deep down you could do, but were scared out of your mind because you’ve never done it before? Well, recently I have found myself in that position. Because of the Anxiety Disorder, I have a hard time remembering things…important things usually. Because of this, I try to shy away from things where I am supposed to remember numbers, dates, etc. and sometimes that means not apply to a job or volunteering for something I know I could do if it was or AD. In an effort to pursue authenticity, honesty, and my purpose, I have begun to start stepping out, and when I begin to become anxious…well, I just use the techniques my counselors and psychiatrists have shown me.

Recently I began helping an outreach that I have volunteered for in the past, and I was asked to help with the music/dance portion of it. Now, I always loved this part of the program because it not only taught the children about the Bible, but it was fun and got them moving. The problem I have is, I don’t know if I can remember all the moves, and I guess you can say I’m afraid of messing up. The funny thing is someone once taught me a mantra, “Do it afraid!” and I recently read a book that spoke of the very same thing. So what do you do when opportunity is knocking and you are afraid you won’t live up to the expectations? From what I am learning, I just need to open the door. That’s it. Open the door, and take each moment one step at a time. Alone with this, I have learned to talk to God and trust Him to help me. You may think this as weak of me, but guess what? I am, and if you were honest, so are you. We all lean on and trust in something or someone, I just choose to lean on the one person who can actually help me.

So as I begin to take this step into the unknown, I hold on to hope and shift my focus from myself to helping those in the outreach. When I do this, I know that God will be there with me each step of the way, and in the end those I am serving will appreciate it…besides, as long as I don’t say anything, they won’t even know I was freaking out. I mean let’s be honest, most times we are scared and think people are judging our every move, the fact of the matter is they could care less what we are doing or not doing. I know that sounds harsh but honestly, most people are so wrapped up in their own stuff they barely take time to worry about what others are doing. So why not just take that step, open that door, and say yes to Opportunity?

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Until next time,

Angie

 

 

Posted in Life, Reflection

Stuck in a rut

 

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Much like the picture above, there have been so many moments in my life where I find I am stuck, just waiting on something or someone so I can pursue my dreams. I don’t know about you, but for me, I have had to fight tooth and nail for things in my life. Whether it is peace, joy, acceptance, a job, proper education, to get bills paid(debt gone), it has been a true fight. I have hope one day I will be able to achieve my dreams, but let’s be honest here, it can be tiring…and really wears me down. I try to help those around me through words of kindness and love, use this blog and my other social media outlets to reach those whom could benefit from things I have been through and such, and try to make friends with people that I can hang out with other than on Sunday mornings….all from what I can tell is to no avail. Am I speaking to anyone other than me? Well, if not then maybe I can write to my 50-something year old self and remind her to keep holding on, and one day it will get better. I mean, I have things to be thankful for, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wish I could be doing what I was called to do. When will my time come? I can believe till my believer is broken, but when will I get to see some fruit from my hard work? Until I see that day, I take every day one minute at a time, shut up in my house studying and focusing on verses to help me stay positive, I encourage others on Sunday and through social media, and I just make it through the year having not lost my sanity. This may not be a very positive post, but it is the real me –  and at least I can say I have done that…been true and honest to myself.