Living With Long COVID-and what that means for my lifestyle and brand

In December of 2020, I got COVID-19. This was the first wave, no variants, pre-vaccine, and it was bad. I was sick for over two weeks, had to quarantine away from my family, slept a lot, and was really weak.

Getting over COVID and not having to be hospitalized was a blessing. I figured I had it, I’m young and healthy, I’ll bounce right back…I was wrong. I didn’t bounce back. I kept thinking “it’s just taking a while to go away”, “these symptoms will be gone soon”, “my energy will come back”, “I’ll be able to taste my food again”. Little did I know that COVID had decided it liked me and was gonna hang out for a while.

Long COVID—or post-COVID conditions—is a wide range of “new, returning or ongoing health problems” people may experience more than four weeks after being first infected with SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 does direct cell damage because of the virus and this can cause lingering symptoms. Simply put, it means the symptoms don’t go away completely because the virus did some super serious damage to your cells.

“Symptoms of long COVID are like COVID-19 itself because it affects all organ systems,” said Dr. Sanghavi from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, noting that the basic systemic symptoms are “fatigue, post-COVID syndrome and post-exertional malaise.

“You can have anxiety, depression, insomnia, and what we call cognitive dysfunction or brain fog,” he added. “There’s also loss of taste and smell.”

And guess what your girl has, over a year later!?! Chronic fatigue, brain fog, and a loss of taste and smell. When I say my life has changed, I mean it! Before the pandemic I had a ton of energy, my schedule was packed, food was my favorite part of traveling and events, and organizing was one of my favorite hobbies.

My body has changed drastically in the last two years, and I’ve needed to learn to work with it instead of trying to fight against it. And one of the biggest ways I was fighting it was by trying to live like I did before I got sick. With the pandemic slowing down I thought I could just get back out there, go to events and travel like I used to. Now; I get tired super easily, I love taking naps and just chillin, I can only taste about a quarter of the things I eat, and my poor little brain just doesn’t always feel like it’s firing on all cylinders.

It’s taken a few months to fully admit those days are behind me. My personal life has shifted, so why shouldn’t my public life shift as well? I’m still the same colorful, positive, joyous person I was, but now my daily life is more halt than hustle, my travel is more relaxing than rushing, and my main focus is self-love and self-care.

So that’s the direction my blog, social media, and career are headed now. My style is still the same, the color and glitter and sparkle aren’t going anywhere, but now instead of that GO GO GO attitude, my focus is gonna be on taking care of myself; body, mind, and spirit, while still living an amazing, outgoing, and truly outrageous life!

So I hope you’ll stick around, and we can go on this journey together, because we only have one body, and we need to take care of it so we can go out and live the fabulous life we want to live!