Hello! I am Sandy, and this is my blog. Such a great intro, right? Well, I essentially have no idea what I’m doing, which is really the reason for the blog.
I am working to try new things, and this blog is one of the first steps. If people read it, that’s great! But if people don’t, that’s fine too. I just wanted to get my thoughts out there in the world, even if they aren’t that great.
So, some background: I am a copy editor/page designer, and I have been working at newspapers for 16 years. It really is a dying industry, and after many years of avoiding the chopping block, it looks like I will lose my job sometime soon. Ah, the perils of doing something you love. I am hoping to take this as an opportunity instead of just moping off in a corner somewhere. So, part of this blog will hopefully be me trying to figure out my next career steps. Part of the reason I’m doing this blog is to build up my writing and typing skills.
I am 37, and I am totally lost. Due to being at high risk for the coronavirus, I have been self-isolating for 3.5 months. I have left my home maybe five times, and three of those were to take my cat to the vet. I thought that it would be loads of fun to not have to go anywhere, since I’m such a mega-introvert. But holy crap, even I am going insane. It’s so boring! I live with my mom, so at least I have someone to talk to. My brother visited once (social distancing!), but I have not talked to anyone else I know in person since March 19.
During this time, I had an epiphany. I am working in a dead-end career (I’ve moved so many times to try to stay in this career), I have no friends, no hobbies, nothing. I am also overweight. I really want to change. I have had several anxiety attacks already! But I have made some baby steps. I am starting this blog, for one. I also downloaded Twitch and Discord on my phone, and I have been brave enough to make some comments. I have also started exercising and dieting, and I’ve lost 20 pounds! I’m on a plateau right now, so I’m struggling with that a bit. Slowly but surely, I am hoping to be less of a hermit and healthy!
I know that part of the reason I am the way that I am is that I have a fear of looking like an idiot in front of people. I don’t want to try new things or meet new people because of that simple fact. And it’s so ridiculous! Why should I care? I just don’t know. So, hopefully, I can get away from that.
On a side note, it took me almost two weeks to come up with the blog name, so I hope it’s not terrible. I had thought of a few others, but they were taken already.
Hey, my first blog, and I’m already rambling! Hopefully entries in the future will be a bit more organized. Until next time!