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  • Writer's pictureKatrina Julia

Confidence and Calm in Chaos in 2020

No matter where you are in the world now, you are feeling and seeing chaos in 2020. You may be experiencing all types of emotions, direct impact being infected with COVID, knowing someone who is infected and/or passed away. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. No one is immune to the global pandemic.

While you may not be impacted in illness, industries are shut down, events cancelled, unemployment rising, and the mental challenges themselves of isolation are hitting you like boxing gloves. I am right here with you.

Some of you read and tuned in to my 2020 Reflections of an Entrepreneur in the first few weeks of the global pandemic. I am staying safe in Atlanta, GA and will share more on how along with New York City and Governor Cuomo's office, as well as help from Rush Order Tees when I couldn't find masks anywhere.

Since sharing initially, I have had friends infected in Houston on the mend now, and family and friends impacted with loved ones passing away from COVID. While some of you may be surrounded by family, I am isolated alone like the rest of you.

I have family in Colorado, New Jersey, Austria and Bulgaria. My family wanted me to come, but I pointed out the risk of traveling through 4 airports and 4 planes being astronomically higher than what I am dealing with in Atlanta.

No is immune, and each of the choices we make more than ever will impact others. Whether it is you staying in self-quarantine, wearing a mask, and/or washing your hands, it all matters. Our mental states are one side, and the practical another.

Understand every choice you make with a global pandemic with questionable treatments and medication and no vaccine, is life and death to you, your city, your country. It is not only about you. I understand financial challenges and fears. I have been there, and am walking through my own. I am choosing to pivot and partner in exponential divine led ways.

In case you haven't heard yet, we are in unchartered and unprecedented times. There is no set date on the calendar where we will have medications that are 100% safe in treatment, a vaccine and/or cure available, and global distribution to the entire world. According to recent articles via New York Times, an optimistic estimate of a vaccine is 12-18 months. Our prior normal is gone for awhile.

Every time you, I, or anyone makes your choices only about your own interests without safety and wisdom in mind, you are making a choice to potentially impact you, loved ones and others to the point of death.

I know it isn't easy. I am not discounting or devaluing your experience.

Whether it is a global pandemic, physical, relational and/or financial external factors, we all walk through our human experiences all the time. I have learned over the last 7+ years with divine direction to choose confidence and calm in chaos no matter what. Will you?

Confidence and Calm

You may be wondering with all I mentioned how in the world am I choosing confidence and calm. It is thorough choosing to focus on who, what and where I can. I choose to focus on faith, be and do my part, and make wise choices.

Years ago, 10% of a circumstance like this would have unsettled me. I am continuing to focus on media only by reading 1-2x times a week like New York Times, New York Governor Cuomo videos, and Atlanta Journal to name a few. I made a decision 10+ years ago to not watch news. I may imagine what the focus is like now.

Yes, it is important to stay up to date. I have found reading 15-30 min a week is more than enough. Keep in mind choices are made for economic reasons as well. You decide what is best to you and necessary, as well as impact to others.

In addition to this, I am focusing on wellness, working from home, and going to the grocery store every week or every other week. I empathize and connect with others online quite a bit via Zoom, Hangouts, and Conferences.

When I do go out, I make sure I am wearing my mask thankfully from Rush Order Tees. I could not find a mask for weeks and wore a scarf. If and when you do go out, make sure you are practicing safety measures of social distancing, wearing a cloth mask, as well as washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds multiple times a day.

We are all in this together and counting on you.

Social Distancing

If you are in a city like Atlanta, where you can go out to a park and outdoors, make sure you are practicing distance for your own safety and the safety of others as well. You want to prevent an outbreak in your city while we await medication and a vaccine globally.

In cities like New York with an increase in cases, this is even more important.

Front line workers see first hand what the virus is doing to people before their eyes and are begging us to stay home. Imagine the toll this is having on them and their families. Rachel Hollis posted a few weeks ago, Quarantine is a privilege. It is when you consider doctors, nurses, and patients.

Now is the time to love your neighbor as yourself more than ever.

This is an invisible beast. This is a long, hard, ugly and sad day"

Governor Cuomo

In this photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York Gov. Cuomo tries out a spraying device which is part of a three-step disinfecting process of a New York City subway car at the Corona Maintenance Facility in the Queens borough of of New York, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Cuomo announced on Thursday April 30, that New York City is shutting down its subway system each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning of trains and stations during the coronavirus crisis. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)


Wearing Masks

According to "Cuomo says not wearing a mask is ‘disrespectful’ to coronavirus frontline workers". I completely agree. You may think its no big deal, or you won't get sick, but at what cost?

Think about how many people thought the same, and now what is happening to them and their loved ones. According to the CDC, use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • include multiple layers of fabric

  • allow for breathing without restriction

  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Rush Order Tees masks fit snugly with the ear loops, and the cloth is breathable. The delivery came rapidly as well.

I am partnering with @NYGovCuomo, @parternship4nyc, and @DevitoVerdi to spread awareness and support staying home. #USAstopthespread

Full Disclaimer: I am not paid by New York Governor's office by this post or by Rush Order Tees. The New York Governor's office posted the opportunity to share via a video on social. I choose to do my own video, blog and show to increase awareness and coverage. I received 12 masks from Rush Order. Thank you for the opportunities.

Wear a Mask. Period.


Wash Hands

We have all been told to wash hands all of our lives. It is now more important than ever to wash our hands and wash them often.

According to the CDC, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, coughing, and/or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

At all times, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. I say scriptures and gratitude when I wash now.

Save Lives in 2020

We are all in a marathon mission to save lives in 202o. No one is immune anywhere in the globe. Whether the pandemic is impacting you and loved ones physically, mentally, and /or financially, we are all being infected.

By following guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, we may flatten the curve. Make wise choices helping those at the front-line, knowing hospitals are overwhelmed, and a vaccine is on the horizon optimistically 12-18 months.

There is no date on the calendar where we will be able to freely hug, attend events, and travel the world yet. It will come. For now, we are on a mission to save lives including your own and those you love.

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