I have no clue how this is the end of week three for One Room Challenge, but here we are! If you missed it, you can read all about the kick-off to this round. I’m working on a flex space on the first floor of my townhouse to make it the perfect content creating studio.
I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t get much done when it comes to ORC this week. I had a rough time motivating myself and not feeling overwhelmed by what’s happening in our world. I also was in “launch mode” of my new coaching program and devoted a lot of time and energy into making sure the first session went off without a hitch. Usually, I would push through, but it’s a new day.
ONE ROOM CHALLENGE IN A PANDEMIC
I was wondering if what’s happening in the world with COVID was going to catch up with me. I hit the ground running during lockdown (and shared some things that I did in my business, too) and really enjoyed the “break” that shelter in place provided. We live in Dallas, and Texas opened up weeks ago, but my fiancé and I are still maintaining a SIP lifestyle. There are too many people out and about without social distancing or masks. It looks like “nothing is going on,” that things are normal, and it gives me some anxiety. Because they are anything BUT right now.
Going through this while being so far away from home has been a trip. We relocated from Sacramento just a month before things started to get real (as Cardi B would say). CJ + I travel a lot, for business and pleasure, and I should’ve been back to California twice by now. I would always miss my friends and family with the move, but I miss them even more because I’m not able to cultivate relationships here through networking without worry.
So much of my creative process comes from being out and about. I’m inspired by coffee shops I work in, other offices, flora + fauna, conversations, as well as through touch. It’s a complete sensory experience. I just haven’t been able to “be me” so keeping things moving with the room while waiting for so many shipped things to arrive has been at a snail’s pace. But, even a snail eventually gets across the sidewalk after it rains. So, just call me the snail this week! After spending less time on social media, plenty of time sleeping, and lots of time reflecting, I’m feeling so much better. I’m also feeling better now that I established a plan for myself.
CREATING A SELF-CARE PLAN DURING ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
Last year during One Room Challenge, two of my dear friends (Rebecca of Studio Plumb, who’s a Featured Designer this year + self-care coach Tami Hackbarth) collaborated on a self-care plan worksheet for those participating. It started from Rebecca’s own experience with life post-ORC. With all of the moving parts, ideas swirling – not to mention the ticking clock, it’s easy for burnout to sneak up on you. The uncertainty of our world right now combined with changes in lifestyle definitely warrants a plan for success.
What I love about this worksheet is that it doesn’t just have to help those that are participating in One Room Challenge. It’s totally applicable for any type of project or challenge like a program launch or a lifestyle change! I’ve been able to identify the areas of my routine that need to be tweaked in order for me to attack the project with enthusiasm. Nothing’s perfect, so I’ve made it realistic for my unique situation because I’m a person that thrives once I cross some milestones.
If any of you were feeling like me this week, know you’re not alone and we’re going to be just fine taking it a day at a time. Download the worksheet and create your own plan. It may help you feel better.
I’ve got quite a few things for arriving at the house this week, and I’m looking forward to showing you how things are unfolding and getting your input on how to approach the rest of One Room Challenge. Thank you so much for your understanding!
Thank you so much for your understanding! You can follow my everyday adventures + ORC coverage on Instagram – I’m @thekachetlife. Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge participants, the Featured Designers, and the guest participants like me. Everyone is working so hard.