Hello, November! We’ve almost made it through the most insane year of our lifetimes. This year has felt like an entire decade, and it’s still not over. Here’s to hoping things start looking up in 2021!
Even though 2020 has been trash in some ways, it’s been a good year for growth. It’s made our bonds stronger and shown what actually matters to us. It’s also brought along some lifestyle changes that I’m not mad about. Here’s what I plan to keep doing even when the rona is a thing of the past.
NOT WEARING A BRA – This is THE BEST thing to come out of 2020. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but basically no one is wearing regular bras anymore. They are done. We’ve embraced our inner French women and finally said GOOD RIDDANCE! I’ve wanted to do this forever, but now it’s finally happening. On the rare occasion that I do wear a bra, it’s my fave super loose sports bra or nipple covers. Worsham surprised me with some Nippies by Bristols 6, which you can get at Nordstorm. I’d never heard of them before, but they are MAGICAL. They feel like nothing. I forget I have them on 98% of the time.
Barely wearing makeup – I’ve always loved makeup, but I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with it. In high school, you’d never see me without it even at a 6 a.m. pom practice. In fact, you wouldn’t even see me without a smoky eye or lip gloss. Even though makeup was fun for me, the need to constantly look perfect was draining. I felt like I needed it, no matter what the circumstance was. I carried on these habits throughout most of college too, though I gradually adopted a more natural makeup look that didn’t involve eyeliner and smoky eyes on normal days.
It wasn’t until the past couple years that I’ve gotten comfortable going out into public with my “face” not on. A lot of that is thanks to Worsham and my cousin Hayley’s encouragement. Now I usually just wear makeup a few times a week for Zoom meeting for work, or when I feel like being fancy.
Walking/working out at home – I haven’t been to the gym since right before the rona struck in March, and I don’t miss it either. I have no plans to go back. Instead of hitting the gym, Worsham and I have been going on walks all the time. Between that and YouTube, there’s really no reason to pay for a gym membership. I’ve actually lost weight since the pandemic, which wasn’t my goal but it’s nice to see that what I’m doing is working. I do Holly Dolke workout videos almost every day now – sometimes a few a day. They’re short, require no equipment, and still give you a great workout. I’m super impressed with her channel.
Carrying a mask – I’ll say it…the masks have grown on me. Once I got past being convinced I couldn’t breathe in them, I started liking them. I appreciate the fact that you can’t see half my face. If my skin is broken out, I can not wear makeup and still have no one see it. As an introvert, I like that I don’t feel obligated to smile or say hi to anyone I make eye contact with in a store. That probably sounds bad, but let’s be real. It’s a nice break. I’m not sure I’ll wear a mask forever, but I’ll always have one with me just in case. If you still haven’t found a comfy mask, check out the Mighty Company. I have a pink glitter one from them and it’s the best!
Investing in our house – Naturally since we’ve all been at home so long, Worsham and I started investing in our house more. We’ve upgraded our patio with new furniture and a grill, rearranged our furniture, reorganized our closet and laundry room, painted our office, and reorganized the garage. Okay, Worsham did most of it, but I was there to help too! It’s been fun finally having time to make our house more homey. Our next plan is to turn our office into more of a home theater situation.
Exploring my home state – Sometimes I forget that Oklahoma is actually pretty. It’s easy to do when you live in the same state you were born in. Since we haven’t been able to go anywhere, we’ve spent more time exploring Oklahoma instead. My favorite excursion was exploring Turner Falls and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area with Hayley. Sure, I’ve been to both before, but not in a million years. I’d forgotten how beautiful and peaceful it really is. We stayed at Echo Canyon Spa Resort and had a wonderful time – although I would caution you to avoid the spa. Everything else was perfect though! We got in plenty of hiking, climbing, swimming, and drinking tea under the stars. It definitely soothed my need to travel!
What do you plan to keep doing even after COVID is under control?