“15 Days”

Well, it’s real now! Yesterday our country was asked to stay home for 15 days in the attempt to stop the spreading of COVID-19. Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and more are all closed to the public. It’s a situation that needs to be taken seriously by all of us.

I’m always saying that “it’s time to make a difference and we can make that difference together.”

Now, more than ever, it’s true. It’s true as a country and as the world. All we need to do at this moment is to stay home and practice “social distancing” for the next 15 days. When we all join in together and do this, we’re doing our part in helping to prevent the virus from spreading further. 

I decided to voluntarily quarantine myself last week and am certainly doing my part in “flattening the curve.” I hope that all of you will do the same. Let’s all be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Make the best of the next 15 days. Stay home, read a book, watch a movie, clean your closets, or just take this time to relax. Remember, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you’re protecting hospital workers, EMT’s, nurses, doctors, police, fire and all responders that serve and protect your community. You’re also protecting your family, friends, and neighbors.

Let’s respect each other and follow the guidelines in place for “safe social distancing.”

Let’s “flatten the curve” together.

It’s a good thing.

Stay calm. Stay healthy. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Guilt-Free Time”

Here’s something for you to think about if you’re having a difficult time with social distancing for the next 15 days. So many people I speak to are focused on what they CAN’T do during this time instead of what they CAN do. There’s so many things that you can be doing yet here’s the problem.

Many of us feel guilty because we’re thinking of all things we SHOULD be doing instead of turning that around to see all the things we COULD be doing. In other words, take these 15 days as “Guilt- Free Time!” Yes, lives are certainly turned a bit upside down right now but this too shall pass and until it does, find all the positive in it that you can.

Stop feeling guilty about things that you SHOULD be doing. You can do them once we’ve “flattened the curve.” Start thinking about the things you COULD be doing!  This is one way to alleviate any stress or anxiety that you’re feeling during this time. Change your mindset. Change your perspective. Change your thinking.

It’s  “guilt-free time” for at least the next 15 days. Do the things you SHOULD be doing if you can, but now is the perfect time to make a list of all the things you COULD be doing and start doing them!

It’s a good thing.

Stay calm. Stay healthy. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Social Distancing”

“Social distancing.”

This is the latest term that has surfaced from this nasty COVID-19 and I’ve attached a very good article about it below. Please take a moment to read it. It has some very important information for all of us.

I’m still not in a “panic mode” but here in the United States and in my state of New Jersey, the virus is running rampant. Fear never solves anything and certainly doesn’t help anyone to stay safe and healthy. My message to all of you is to stay calm, don’t panic, and stay as socially distant from other people, places and events as you can. This won’t cure the virus but is certainly one of the most effective ways of preventing it from spreading.

“Quarantined” can be as scary a word as “COVID-19” yet I’m asking you to slow down, take a breath, and listen to what the officials are telling you to do. It’s a time to simply stay home if at all possible. Schools are being shut down so the kids will be home for a few weeks, if not months. That means KEEP THEM HOME! The same goes for adults. Stay home if you can, keep your distance from crowds, public events, and any other activities which, at this time, are important to stay away from.

The sooner we contain this virus and prevent it from spreading, the sooner life will go back to the way it used to be. Until then, make the best of your time at home. Read a book, rent a movie, take a walk outside or just sit in your backyard in the sun. Catch up with your household chores and your “to-do” list. Spend time with your family that lives with you. After all, you still have your cell phones and for most of us, the internet, to keep in touch with others. 

Make this crazy, and hopefully “brief” time, an adventure. “This too shall pass” and until it does, make the best of it and don’t allow fear and anxiety to make things worse for yourself.

Stay calm. Stay informed. Stay home.

Practice “social distancing.”

It’s a good thing.

I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“And The World Came Together”

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

I can’t stress enough how important social distancing is. New Jersey closed all non-essential businesses yesterday and asked that everyone stay home. Colleges have closed for the duration of the semester and graduations are canceled. 

It’s an important time in our state, our country, and our world right now. We’re being asked to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.” In my opinion, it’s a matter of respect, compassion and love for our friends, families, communities, first responders, hospitals, doctors, nurses and all of those who are trying to keep us safe. We have to join together in the fight to stop this virus from spreading.

I’m trying to stay optimistic throughout this quarantine and find something positive in it. I’m doing what I’ve been told and am staying home. I go out on my front porch or in the backyard throughout the day, but I can honestly tell you that I haven’t left my house or been in my car in over 10 days.  

I want to be part of the solution to “flatten the curve,” and not part of the problem in spreading it.

Don’t you?

The truth is that the world is changing, yet I believe that in the end it will change for the better. I have to have faith that it will.

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

What a beautiful sentiment.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home. 

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“This Too Shall Pass”

“High risk.”

That’s what the cancer institute told me yesterday when they called to reschedule my six month check-up for this morning. They didn’t want anyone coming there unless it was for treatment. Yes, I’m six years clear of cancer but I also take a medication once a day which keeps it gone, and because chemo stays in your body for years and because of the medication I take, I’m high risk.

I asked them what I should do. They said to stay out of crowds and not to be anywhere with more than 15 people there.They said to wear a mask and to follow the protocol of hand washing and be careful to stay clear of crowds and sick people.

So, what does that mean to me? Am I scared? 

No.

I’m not scared.

Everyone has a different opinion on this virus and I respect them all, but my feeling is that the governments across the world are simply trying to prevent the virus from spreading to more people than those who already have it.

I don’t think we’ll all be living a different lifestyle forever, just for now. The focus is on COVID-19 but the same protocol goes for any virus or flu. Maybe it’s blown out of proportion, maybe it’s not, but it is what it is. All the lock downs and shutdowns of public events are for a reason: to prevent the virus from spreading.

I’m not scared, but am concerned. I’ll be taking my precautions as the oncologist has told me and will look at this as positively as I can. It’s a time to be home with my family, a time to write and declutter my home, and a time to reflect on the many things we take for granted that can now be appreciated.

I know that “this too shall pass” and until it does I’m going to make the best of it.

And I hope you will, too.

Be well, stay healthy, and wash your hands every chance you get!

And let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

 

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“How Is Your Day Going?”

“How is your day going?”

Those five words can mean the world to someone. They can change their bad mood to good. They can say “you mean a lot to me” to someone who needs to hear it or be reminded of it. And they say that you thought about someone in the midst of your busy day.

I love those five words and I love when someone takes a moment of their day to let me know that they’re thinking of me. 

Those five words tell me that I’m an important part of their life, that they’re grateful to have me in their life and that I am loved.

Those five words are powerful.

Be sure to use them every chance you get.

It will mean the world to someone you care about.

And it’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light and from me to all of you: “How is your day going?”

~Anne Dennish~

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“Say What You Mean”

“Say what you mean and mean what you say, but don’t be mean when you say it.”

It’s a simple concept yet a very important one.

It’s okay to voice an opinion or share how you’re feeling with someone. It’s your truth, but never, ever be mean to someone when you say it to them. It’s hurtful and it’s unkind.

There’s no reason to be mean to anyone.

Be kind. Be compassionate. Be respectful.

Speak your truth but don’t be mean when you speak it.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“The Good Old Days…”

I love when the “memories” pop up on my social media. Some are sweet, some bittersweet, yet when I see them I take a moment to remember them and then I move back into the present. I’ll be honest, it bugs me to see other people post their memories with “those were the good ‘ol days.”

Okay, I get that line but there are people that believe their past was truly “the good old days,” and I wonder why they don’t see that the life they have “now” as the good days as well.  

I have a past and I have memories just like everyone else, but I wouldn’t trade them for the life I have now and the memories I’m making in my life today.

Let me ask you this: “If the “good old days” were so good then why aren’t you still living in them?”

There are so many people that live in the past and I feel a sadness for them because they’re missing everything good in their present, and that hurts the people that ARE in their present life. 

We tend to remember our past as this amazing time of our lives, but I would tell you that if you’re really going to think that that was the best time of your life, you should also try to remember what wasn’t so good about them. 

And if you really believe that your past was “the good old days,” then you should go back to them or at least ask yourself why you aren’t living them anymore.

Life begins with your first breath and ends with your last, but it’s all those “breaths” in between that really count. Embrace “each breath along the journey” with each new day that you are gifted to live in. 

Don’t live so far in your past that you lose sight of all the good in your present. 

Make each day count.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Oh, The Places Being A Writer Can Take You!”

Do you know what I’m looking forward to the most in the women’s workshop I’ll be teaching in Italy this summer? It’s sharing my experience as a published author with other writers. I’m looking forward to sharing all that I’ve learned throughout my years of writing and publishing books: “the ups and downs, the ins and outs, and the do’s and don’ts. 

Yet being a writer is so much more. A writer takes a dream and makes it come true, and sometimes the dream of being a “writer” turns into so much more. It can take you places that you had never dreamed of  and present you with opportunities that you never knew had existed.

I’ve been writing all of my life but my first real “writing” job was as a journalist for our local racetrack, Wall Stadium Speedway. I had my own column and interviewed drivers, pit crews, safety teams and fans. It was a dream to be at the track that I grew up attending, yet here’s where the “dream I never thought of” happened. I was asked to race a factory stock car in the woman’s “powder puff” race the week before I began chemo for breast cancer. Driving on that track was a place I had never dreamed of being, yet it all came from my writing.

When I published, “Waking Up,” I had written song lyrics for the title and found a local musician to record it. You would think one song was enough, yet before I knew it I had written lyrics to 14 of the stories in the book, recorded them with the musician, and together we produced a CD. It was another place that my dream of writing took me to and it didn’t stop there: I was filmed in a music video for the song “Waking Up.” Yet, the dream kept growing. I’d find myself on the front page of our local newspaper, being interviewed on a well known radio station, doing photo shoots and performing in public as the musician and writer team called “Collaboration of Hope.” The dream continued when I sang back-up in the song I wrote about myself called “The Dreamer.” 

But wait, the perks of being a writer continued with my own internet radio talk show called “Living Your Best Life With Anne Dennish.” I’ve always loved radio but this was yet another dream that came about because of my being a writer. 

And during the book launch of my newest book, “Each Breath Along The Journey” another dream I hadn’t even imagined happened again: I was asked to conduct a women’s writers workshop in Italy.

And so the dreams that are founded on being a writer continue. 

Now you know why the women’s writers workshop this summer is so important to me. I want to be able to share my experiences of being a published author with other writers but even more importantly, I want to share my experiences of one dream turning into another, and another, and another.

Meet me in Italy this August and join my workshop. You will leave with inspiration and motivation to keep writing and to keep your eyes open to all the endless possibilities that being a writer has to offer. 

Writers turn into published authors and dreams turn into reality.

Let’s explore all of it in Italy this summer.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

 

Here’s To The “Underdogs!”

I heard the song “Underdog” by Alicia Keys today and it made me think about all the “Underdogs” in this world. They’re the ones that stop to talk to someone in need, that make the time to listen to their story, to help them without wanting anything in return.

They are the  “Underdogs” who continually pursue their dreams, no matter what anyone says. They’re the ones who believe in themselves and know that in time their dreams will manifest into their reality. They’re the ones that never give up.

They are the “Underdogs” who are determined to survive each and every difficult situation that they are handed in life. They’re the ones who strive to keep a positive outlook through the dark times and keep an open heart and mind to be grateful for the days of light.

“This goes out to the Underdog

Keep on keeping at what you love

You’ll find that someday soon enough

You will rise up, rise up,…”  Alicia Keys

Here’s to you, here’s to me, here’s to all of us “Underdogs.”

Keep on doing what you love.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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