In the Nick of Time!

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Some people probably think that novelists are millionaires like J.K.Rowling or John Grisham. I wish! I’ve been writing for a little over five years and although it got me through a lay-off a few years ago, I couldn’t live off it without having a job to fall back on. Editor’s and stock images cost money, not to mention the taxes, yikes!

And now my hours have been reduced on my job. That’s why I am forever grateful for the stimulus money. It’s enough to pay the rent and keep the cat in tuna for a couple of months. And maybe even have a little left over for counseling later.

I go to the grocery store once a week. I wear long sleeves, gloves, and a mask and still, I’m terrified of the people inside. Before, I never gave it a second thought when someone coughed. Now, the anxiety is so overwhelming that I want to run from the store.

It’s okay to admit you’re having a tough time mentally. This pandemic not only kills people, but it plays mind games as well. Isolation, social distancing, anxiety and worry, lack of trust, even of your friends.

“We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of joy.” —Goldie Hawn.

When this virus is eradicated and it’s safe to go out once more, I’m going to smash all those obstacles and embrace the joy in living again!

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