Well, the title pretty much sums up my life right now. Things are a little off track. I’ll start with the most alarming one: cancer
I don’t have it so you can all exhale now. My grandmother does. She was admitted to the hospital shortly after Chinese New Year. The doctor diagnosed her with stomach cancer and advised not to have her go under the knife. She’s 87 years old and there’s a high chance she won’t make. Last weekend, she was admitted to the hospital again.
Most of the time, I feel helpless because I’m so far away. My grandmother lives in Shenzhen, China with my grandfather. The only thing I can do is send money to pay the medical bills but it never feels like it’s enough. My grandfather and my dad have accepted that this is the beginning of the end for her. I haven’t.
I was laid off on Monday. It took a few days for me to fully digest everything but now I think about it, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Without my 50 hour work week and 10+ hour commutes, I have more time for family in light of current events.
High Blood Pressure
I visited the doctor the day after and found out I had high blood pressure at age 23. Scary, isn’t it? I guess you can call it an occupational hazard. Due to my long work hours at a tiny desk and small computer screen, I’ve forgotten to take care of my mental and physical health. That’s never happening again. Since I’ve been laid off, I’m more conscious about eating my fruits and veggies and I definitely make sure I exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Any ideas on how to lower high blood pressure?
Another occupation hazard – back pains. I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curve or curves in the spine, when I was in the 5th grade. Sitting at a small desk for 10 hours a day only exacerbated it. There were many mornings where I woke up feeling like I’m 50. Now that I have 60 hours of my week back, yoga has become a part of my daily routine.
I’ve been looking forward to this for a very, very long time. This fall I will be starting graduate school at Georgetown University! I can’t wait to meet all the travel bloggers in DC.
So what’s next?
I’m currently looking to be employed again. If you or anyone you know is hiring a social media community manager please contact me! I’m available for short-term projects as well. Anything that will help me pay for my massive MBA tuition bill will be greatly appreciated.
I’m also looking for guest bloggers. I have a lot of things to figure out in the next few months and it would be great if I could get a little help keeping this blog of mine running and alive. If you’re interested in guest blogging for me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org