“you’ll be fine” – BUT ferral cheryl had other ideas! not just surviving Covid19 but THRIVING!
Aww Mandy, you will be alright, you are a positive person and strong, look how you came out of 2019! That is what the outside world saw, but behind my big white solid 7 ft fence life was just getting harder and harder every day. Feral Sheryl (the bitch in my head) was having a friggen party!!
The Carr Clan is close, we enjoy being in each other’s company and regularly, I have 4 grown children, not being able to see them and have a laugh with each other was hard, I had already just come out of a 6 months hibernation period after selling my real estate office last year, spending a lot of alone time and finding me. I found her and now she wanted to get out of the house, I was testing the marketplace re: launching the pink tribe, realising my dream of being a speaker, but that all stopped instantly only 2 days after my triumphant debut, I was isolated and it was not by my choice, to say I didn’t take it well, that is a bit of an understatement (shocked face here).
I was so overwhelmed by the constant loud noise of the media and social feeds, the feeling of losing my freedom, and it’s not my idea, was fucking hard! For 3 weeks I was questioning everything. Not knowing at the beginning if this was forever. Having spats with my husband because I was sick of him being the only face to face contact I was having and he still got to go to work – in my past life I would been talking to 100’s of people a week, down to 1! And the whole time I was thinking if I feel like this imagine how stressful and hard it must be for those who aren’t as lucky as us, people who had no house, no food, no money, no security, those poor buggers having to work at Woolies and be yelled at by people for just doing your job.
So I got out of my “wallowing pond” and had to find ways to bring me joy, laughter, happiness, gratefulness, to remember to stop and just breath (cause you know that is the secret to life, if you stop breathing you’ll die ????). So, I turned off the ALL MEDIA, NO TV, no news, no newspapers, no social media. For 3 weeks I cooked till the oven blew up (literally), listened to music, changed my house around (flat packed my arse off ????), walked in the sunshine, watched senseless TV… whatever made me feel good.
Then it was week 7 and my brain was turning to mush, I needed to work on this new adventure if I couldn’t just be out there doing. Taking a new approach to the situation, I made a promise to myself, to engage in learning new skills, becoming a social media expert (ha ha ????). Working on making my business and future plans clearer and more concise. No I didn’t do it alone – I signed up for masterclasses on line, registering and completing a 4 week intense business on line boot camp, doing any type of on line workshops & courses I could find re: social media marketing. I joined a very small personal mentoring group for some extra faces to talk to. I loved it and found I thrived on having a structured program with accountability and deadlines to work on The Pink Tribe, I also had all the this time to really do all that nitty gritty I am normally too excited to do – I just want to do the sexy/fun stuff! It felt good to be working towards coming out of this event, even more engaged and ready, with a very clear plan of who we are, what we stand for and who we can help. As well it was keeping my mind busy, I was being creative, and I was meeting new people – always good things for the soul.
Reflecting – now 6 months later I can sit here and truly say WOW what a journey I have been on, what a ride! I am amazed at what I have learned, implemented and developed from my humble little office in South Townsville, at times I felt like a crazy scientist sitting in my lab, but having those groups to bounce off and discuss ideas with have been great to keep my grounded.
So, WATCH this space – I am coming out from behind my 7ft fence and want to connect with you all…. So let’s start a conversation – follow me on Facebook & instagram. Share with my how you have dealt with your time in ISO, did you just survive or THRIVE…
Keep sparkling! Amanda