During the Pandemic of COVID-19. It is important to stay calm and try not to be pulled into this unfortunate panic. The world is slowly going into a lock-down phase that can potentially preserve our health. One of the most basic and most important break in the chain of COVID-19 is simply washing your hands. The CDC stated in an article that, “Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.” Listed below are some educational links on how to wash your hands properly and effectively. There are also educational articles about the importance of it.
Stress comes in many ways, shapes and forms. No one is the same, and that includes how we deal and how we handle stress. You may question if stress is a daily part of your life. Stress can appear in a multitude of ways. A handful of things to look out for are:
Sometimes you may ask yourself how can I start dealing with this? How do I figure out how to combat this? Our beautiful souls are all different. This is why we are unique as people, and different things help each one of us. Always though, if life feels like its getting too much for you to handle on your own. You should seek professional help and advice. Having someone you don’t personally know to talk to can sometimes help more than you think.
For myself stress is constantly in my life. However, I can usually thrive off of “chaotic stress.” Working in the EMS field can be hectic everyday but having a passion for it can help fuel your efforts for it. I use this fuel to the best of my ability and push myself more so I can get the best outcome in a situation. I am also currently in school to become a Navy Hospital Corpsman which is another level of a chaotic environment. From working on ships, to hospitals and being in combat zones, the stress will never stop. For some reason though I thrive working in chaos. Doing something to push myself every day. I know it sounds crazy, but I love it and honestly wouldn’t change it.
Update: My Stress in School
Navy Corpsman school like all schools is …wait for it…stressful! I knew, who knew? Sometimes I think it has been more stressful than a deployment or working in the EMS field. Being thrown into this new boot (newbie) environment was a shock to my system, all the way down to my core. Being a fleet returnee (someone who has prior service in the military), I had to follow the same rules as everyone fresh from boot camp. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone in this process though. There are other fleet returnees here too. We became each others sounding boards to help us make it through school. Being 26 years old and treated like an 18 year old is so hard to wrap your head, but we had to do it to a point. We also were put in charge of our class and have to make sure they don’t get in trouble and show up to everywhere they are supposed to be. Talk about being stressed. There have definitely been moments when I wanted to have a meltdown and just leave and go back home, but I didn’t. I didn’t allow this type of stress to get to me and here were some of the things I did to cope:
Worked out at the gym with my roomie. Did yoga and meditated.
Wrote in my journal about my emotions and what made me upset. Happy or sad, I basically recorded my day.
Listened to music that would calm me down and allowed me to find my zen again.
Talked and talked AND talked to my family and friends that understood what was going on.
Shopping therapy! I have no shame, sometimes it helps when you can wear something you feel good in. Like comfy pajamas.
Friday movie nights, with popcorn and snacks included.
I know this seems like a random list of things, but for me it isn’t. Its what helped me when I started bottling up the stress. I’m still learning and trying out different things to help de-stress and get back to feeling light and airy. It may take trying different techniques, and different things to see what really helps and speaks to you. Don’t allow stress to win and take hold of your life. You can get through anything if you try. We are all stronger than we think.
“Appreciate yourself, and honor your soul.”
Shout out to my family and friends who deal with me when I am a crazy stress ball. Love you ❤
“We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive. We do not apologize for them,’ she says quietly, eyes never leaving mine. ‘Maybe they have broken you, but you are a sharper weapon because of it. And it is time to strike.”
When the weekends come up, we all automatically go into adventurer exploration mode. During the week we focus on our school, our studies and our duties that we have to do in the military. This past weekend though we explored a little bit more of San Antonio. The weekend of February 22nd-23rd was also Mardi Gras which we had completely forgotten about. Who knew The Riverwalk could get down and party? Well that weekend we explored some new yummy food venues and actually walked around the Riverwalk.
San Antonio is known for its history. The city has The Alamo, the Riverwalk through the city, Market Square and so much more. The Riverwalk is also named Paseo del Rio and is known for its shops, restaurants and lights that line the winding river through the city. You can enjoy the river any time of the year and either in the day or in the evening.
Found an empty spot for a photo.
One of the many stairways that lead back up to street level.
During festivals on the Riverwalk, be aware that it becomes extremely busy. Even though there are many restaurants that line the river there will be a wait. Don’t let that deter you from visiting though, it is definitely a must see.
Treats of the Weekend
When you go out to a new city I think it is always fun to try out new places that you never have been to before. So none of the same chain restaurants or anything, be adventurous. We managed to find a few good spots to try. For breakfast our first stop was a place called First Watch. It was delicious, everything was healthy and delicious. The portions were well sized and they had fresh squeezed orange juice which is always a favorite of mine. They have many healthy options and also have vegetarian and vegan options available.
After having a breakfast/brunch we walked about the city, did some errands and then came across a frozen yogurt place. We had all been craving something sweet and knew we had to try this place out. It was called Orange Leaf. Its similar to my frozen yogurt place i’m used to called Sweet Frog back in Virginia, so I had to see if this place was worth it. It was. This little sweet treat shop was adorable. From its art on its wall to the different flavors of frozen yogurt! We were all glad we stumbled upon it. It even had a map of where their visitors had come from. I of course joined and added my pin to California.
Last but not least, dinner was amazing. We happened by this place because the restaurant we originally wanted had a two hour wait! We were not going to wait that long…ever. So we walked around and found a restaurant called Kona Grill. It was FANTASTIC. The menu was diverse so it fit all our cravings. The prices were decent and the service phenomenal. Everything we ordered came out delicious and we can not wait to go back.
This was one of many weekends that I am able to explore. I can’t wait to see what else Texas has to offer! Here is to more adventures, more food to eat and more memories to make!
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.”
I just want to say thank you to everyone on this adventure with me! I’ve hit 100 followers and I am so thankful and ecstatic! I wouldn’t have started this adventure with a little push from someone, so thank you for pushing me and letting me know that I CAN do this (: I hope everyone keeps on enjoying my blog and reading! Keep staying curious lovelies!
Setbacks don’t mean you get to give up and stop trying. They happen sometimes and we have to push through, carefully and willfully. Since being here in my “A” school I have been going through my chaotic whirlwind. One of the things that help me clear my mind is working out. Well, I have micro tears in my Achilles tendon from some of the things we had to do here and it has been an annoying setback. Even though I can’t do the hardcore extreme workouts I would like to do, I don’t let it completely put me on my butt. I still manage to find ways to workout and also take care of myself so that I don’t injure myself further. I also have someone who gives me support and also tells me when I should take a rest day so that I can heal properly and quickly. Always remember to stay positive, there is always a silver lining to anything. Don’t let your mind get into an “I can’t do this” mindset. It will make things much harder for yourself, trust me I have been there. Keep your head up, your spirits high and your mindset positive. Don’t let a setback get in the way of your goal.
“Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.”
“I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of the throat and I’d cry for a week.”
Very simply stated, phase 2 for military personnel means freedom. Fort Sam Houston, Texas is a joint military base that teaches us all about medicine. Since being here in a student status there are phases we have to abide by. Phase 1 means you can not leave base. Phase 2 means you can wear civilian clothes and stay off base until 2200. Phase 3 means you can stay off base until midnight and have the option of staying overnight. I am finally phase 2! Freedom at last. I know most wouldn’t know what to think of it. It’s a mind boggling idea don’t get me wrong. But, being able to explore San Antonio has been so far and this is only the beginning.
San Antonio is such a cute and historic city. From The Alamo to the Riverwalk and everything in between. Today has only been my first night out exploring and we actually found ourselves over at La Cantera Shops. Everyone needs a little retail therapy and a nice walk through shops sometimes. The weekends coming up only has more opportunity for places to explore! I love being in a new place, a new State to explore and check out. The shops, the food the attractions are all here and accessible. It is always nice to go out and enjoy the weather (when it decides to be nice) and just walk around and explore. Here is to new friends, new adventures and new brunch places! Stay tuned!
Today in class today our instructors were disappointed in how low our test scores were. In a class of 72 we had 10 fail the test, and a majority got by with a barely passing grade. I fortunately passed, but I was part of the group with a barely passing score for my test. Our instructor, HM2, decided to give us a mandatory homework assignment that was very important to him. Not just as a person, but because it will shape a Sailor into who they want to become in the military.
His homework assignment: What are your 3 core values? How do you apply them to your personal life and your military life. How do you uphold to these core values daily?
Intense right? It definitely makes you delve into your soul and puts you deep in thought. What are my 3 core values? What drives me to be me? What type of person do I want to be to my fellow Sailors? All these questions and they barely scratch the surface. Since I have been in, this has always been a question that has been brought up and somehow my values have slightly changed. I think this is because I have grown into the person I want to be. I have seen a lot of people I don’t wish to be like and I have seen a lot of people who I want to be just like.
My 3 Core Values
My 3 core values you may ask: Integrity, Adaptability, Fairness drive me to want to be better. To narrow them only down to three is hard to be honest. I could name off a few more values that I live my life by and how I lead by example. For this homework assignment my instructor wanted to mainly focus how we (my class) would act in the Navy Fleet. Most of my class are brand new to the Navy and haven’t had a taste of it yet, but I have. I have seen the dirt bag Sailors who skate by, doesn’t help out, lies or is on a power trip. However, I have also had the privilege to work alongside some of the best Sailors. Sailors who showed dedication, leadership skills, who would help out even if they were busy themselves, Sailors who cared. I have learned that I am a leader, whether I like it or not, I naturally fall into that course of action. This is why my 3 Core Values play such a huge impact on my civilian life and especially in my military life. Here in my Corpsman (HM) school I was thrown into a leadership position straight off the plane. The instructors saw that I had rank and that I held myself differently than the rest. They saw me discipline the students strictly, but fairly. They saw that I was honest, that I instilled integrity into the class. They saw that I could adapt to things that were thrown at me from schedule changes to new challenges. This is what helps me grow. Leading, encouraging other Sailors to follow in my footsteps, showing them how to be who they want to be.
What are your 3 core values? What type of person do you want to be? How do you want to learn and grow? Give yourself some thought, dive into your soul and see what drives you as a person.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”