So What Now? – Lifestyle Blog by Samantha Blanché



We are 15 days into 2022. 15 days into making new modifications!

2020 and 2021 have been by far the toughest years but for our household. We went from being new dad and mom to shifting throughout the nation after which BOOM pandemic. If you might be new right here, Lyall was accepted into an Environmental Science Master’s program at TCU proper after I gave beginning to our son Calihan in 2019. We determined to pack up and depart Michigan in January 2020, and by March the pandemic hit. We had just a few members of the family from my facet down right here, however that was it.

March was already a whirlwind of feelings as I simply began a brand new job and we have been model new dad and mom. I used to be so nervous to stability all of it that I forgot to be pleased about what I had. I misplaced my company job in the midst of 2020 and began this weblog as I utilized to over 1000’s of positions! This weblog was the outlet for me to maintain my thoughts going as I used to be continuously rejected within the workforce. As this grew, I gained confidence I didn’t know I had. I additionally made SO many connections through the social media retailers. I discovered completely different parenting methods, made numerous charcuterie boards and helped others once I may.

Lyall and I have been dwelling off of 1 revenue and financial savings throughout this time – and Lyall even had coronary heart surgical procedure! We have been so used to our go, go, go mentality that this pandemic actually pushed us to settle down. Not to say Lyall was writing his thesis whereas virtually quarantined together with his household. He’s a trooper.

Fast ahead to the final quarter of 2021.

After over 2,000 job functions, I began seeing the business decide again up and I used to be interviewing for the primary time. I landed a job again within the Hospitality business in a management position. I then scored an incredible collaboration with Toyota. All in the identical month. Shortly after we have been capable of put Calihan again in daycare/college (this was a lot wanted). His phrases began selecting up and our place is now crammed with so many artwork initiatives. Lyall signed a proposal letter with an incredible firm in Dallas in November to assist firms go inexperienced and in December, he formally graduated and turned in his thesis. We made it.

Somehow and someway we made it by way of these two years. 2022 began off a little bit bit on the tough facet as covid determined to lastly pay a go to. We weren’t about to let that carry us down although. We took this previous week in quarantine to sluggish it down once more and concentrate on our new set of targets. As I used to be struggling feeling extremely sick, my first aim is to only really feel wholesome. Today I felt 10000x higher with just a few minor issues so right here I’m writing out my first weblog submit of 2022!

I need to get our targets in writing so I can use this for a reference and concentrate on mentally the place I need to be this upcoming 12 months. This can also be right here so hopefully it sparks some targets for you! I shall be trustworthy I’m not the “I’m going to eat healthy” kind of individual as a result of I’m all about stability – however I’ve made my primary on my “next” checklist specializing in well being. This contains my psychological well being as I take this 12 months and concentrate on what’s vital.

– Next –

  • We need to concentrate on our well being. Starting out with covid has been lots. We need to focus extra on consuming water, and spending extra time within the kitchen. I shall be frank that I more than likely is not going to run a marathon any time quickly, however I’ll drink that cup of water and keep in mind my nutritional vitamins.
  • We are wanting into this loopy housing market! We are taking steps to lastly make roots. This is just not one of the best time with pricing, however we’ll see what occurs.
  • I’ve made some private targets with my web site! This 12 months I actually need to share extra, and get again into my creativity. The hospitality business contains working actually lengthy days so this has been exhausting. I mentally want to do that although because it’s a ardour that fuels me!
  • We began a Youtube channel final 12 months! So we need to get out some movies we now have been placing collectively together with our current journey to Disney. I hope this helps anybody that could be bringing their youngster there sooner or later.
  • We need to return to South Africa! We haven’t been since 2019 and Calihan must see household.
  • I’m certain there’s extra objects additionally, however lastly we now have one other enjoyable factor we now have been engaged on! Our aim is to have the ability to share this thrilling data throughout the subsequent few months. So stick round 🙂

As all the time, thanks for studying! I admire all the assist. I might love to listen to a few of your “nexts” or targets this upcoming 12 months!



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