It has been over a year and a half of this wild Covid world. It has permeated every fiber of society. I do not know about you, but it has forced me to go into survival mode a little bit. Some things have fallen out of my focus, this blog included. In the spirit of living life to the fullest and diving back into projects that I am passionate about I have decided to jump back into the joyful pool that is White Chocolate Wonderland.
I began this “pandemic” rushing onto a plane packed to the brim of people in Amsterdam fleeing to the states in fear to go into quarantine. That panic and fear last for a couple weeks for me. Because it truly unrooted my professional volleyball career and overall life path that I was on at the beginning of 2020. As the panic subsided and it became clear that the world was not really gonna stop the tail spin that had become, governments trying to handle the covid-19 issue, I pivoted my focus and started looking for work. In a crisis, priorities tend to get a shake up and are boiled down to the true necessities of life. One of those being making a living. And as a young person that had only been out of college for a year, I definitely did not have a nest egg to just ride out quarnatine in. I had my parents basement and maybe $1,000 in my account. My first “gig” was brought to me by a friend. Something that would really put my valuable Fashion Design and Business degrees to good use. ( I am being fisicious, I am very thankful for the oppurtunity when oppurtunities were very slim. ) I cleaned door knobs at a dye factory for 2 months, and honestly the only thing that really killed me about this job was of course the outfit. Latex gloves, a hard hat, steel toed boots, and reflective vest are not garments that frequent my day to day wardrobe. Also, Waking up at a 5:45 am every morning is definitley a test of my toughness. My next stint was a temporary office worker for a health care provider, which ended up as me actually acting as the head recruiter for the nationwide health care network that this office worked in. That little 3 month experience could honestly be its own post. I include it here cause it honestly makes me chuckle that I was in my own office next to the VP of HR. Literally helping find and hire candidates for jobs across the nation for which I had zero understanding of what they would actually be doing.
When our response to Covid-19 showed no signs of slowing or changing it become clear to me that i needed to pivot. As much as playing professional volleyball overseas was my dream, I did not want to be in lockdown in some apartment in Europe away from my friends and family. The world seemed/s to be losing its mind, and it just didnt seem to be the right thing to do. I was blessed that an amazing oppurtunity opened up at MidAmerica Nazarene University for the Assistant Volleyball Coach. Luckily I did have an in. The head coach is my older sister, Molly. Now, before you go thinking about Nepotism, it was the Athletic Director who hired me. None the less, I was so happy to be able to find a job in the middle of the pandemic, and of course I do not think I will ever leave Volleyball, at least not completly. Working with Molly the past year and half now, has been super cool. She has always been someone I look up to and she has a lot of experience and insight that I have been able to grow and learn from.
That brings us to present day. I am in my second season as the assistant coach at MNU and have really enjoyed the work. Its a group of girls and the staff is made up of friend and family, so I really couldnt ask for a better workplace environment. In reflecting on the Covid era of life we have all experienced in the last two years, I have found a couple things. Experiences and people come and go, and so it really is fulfilling the more you appreciate them while you have them. Covid has taught me to value truth, friendship, and life more. Struggle is really not the enemy, ignoring it or running from it is. I have realized this now with several things in my life. Do not get me wrong, I still gripe and complain, and avoid hard things all the time. Sometimes at all costs. But when I havent been able to avoid hard things or the few times I have taken on hard things consciously. I have never regretted it. I have regretted the periods of time when I have sat and waited for things to get better. I do regret the time I wasted stewing over someones injustice they had done to me waiting for an apology. I do regret the times I chose the easy way out, only to see in hindsight what I missed while I was distracted feeling sorry for myself. I know for a fact I am still doing that with some things currently, but I do feel energized a little bit when I think about the people I have met, the things I have done, and the things I want to do. As for the future, I have so many things rattling around in my head. If you are still reading this post, then you must be interested in what is going on with me for some reason or another. So just stay tuned, and do not be afraid to reach out and say,” Hi.”
Here are some content suggestions I have enjoyed over this Pandemic.
Podcast Suggestions: My Favorite Murder, Abundant Life, Paradigm, OOPS Only On People of Strength, I Said No Gifts, Serena: The GOAT, Candace, Lore, The Morning Brew, The Morning Wire.
TV and Movie Suggestions: The Vow, 9 Perfect Strangers, The Only Murders in the Building, Real House Wives of Beverly Hills, Vox Lux, Survivor, Killing Eve, AHS Double Feature, AHStories, The Housewife and the Hustler.
Books: Not a Fan, Mama’s Hug.