Surviving Covid-19

On August 26th I noticed my older son outside our separate mini-house feeling sick with body aches, headaches and fever (he indicated that he had been feeling sick for about 3 days prior)

Since he’s not vaccinated I asked him to immediately isolate.  Unfortunately he refuses to get the vaccine due to all the nonsense being spewed online.  

By now my 11yr old daughter was going on her second week into school.  During August 25-26 she kept coming home complaining about headaches, but she said it was because it was hot outside.  Unfortunately by Friday the 27th when she came home she was running a fever and on that evening she developed running nose, croup cough and was in bed not feeling well so we had her isolate in her room.

By Saturday night I became sick with headaches, running nose, body aches, and just feeling miserable.  Unfortunately, I have underlined conditions [positive ANA, Lupus, RA, Fibromialgia, pre-Diabetic, Arrhythmia, Migraines as well as Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD ]

My husband left to work on Monday when he left I was sick but not as sick that it required he stay home, but by 10am I felt very sick that I became worried and scared (I don’t get scared easily) so I asked my 17yr old to drive us to the closest testing site because I was feeling sick and this sickness felt different and unfortunately 30 minutes later through the rapid test both my daughter and I were positive for COVID.  My younger son also got tested and thank God he was negative as he also suffers from asthma and Lupus.

We went home, called my husband and in tears I broke the news to him and he was sent home (company policy).  I was so scared not so much for me but for my (unvaccinated)  11yr old and 25 year old.

The symptoms and treatments

Testing lines were BIG and ENCLOSED with sick people – NOT GOOD! Testing station was good and kept clean and staff was great. Developed a face rash, was in hospital severe chest and breathing pain, home soups to help with symptoms, but also staying hydrated.

My son’s symptoms for about 12 days were of:

  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Lost taste and smell and;
  • Breathing problems

Treatment

  • Chicken soup, Roman noodles
  • 3 day asthma breathing treatments to help with breathing
  • Fluids; Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, Teas, Immunity Essentials, lemon water with lemon tea

My daughters symptoms for 5-7 days

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Body ache and now;
  • Her body temperature is under 95 with cold sweats (for about 3 days)

Treatment

  • Top roman (she doesn’t like chicken soup)
  • Ibuprofen, Tempra (Mexico), Tylenol
  • Fluids; lemon water, Pedialyte, Coconut Water
  • Multivitamins, probiotics
  • 2 asthma breathing treatments to help her with cough

As for me I’m still sick and miserable and had to be in the hospital twice for breathing treatments.  

  • Headaches (worse than my migraines)
  • Body aches
  • Sinus pain and runny nose
  • Cough and congestion
  • Lung and Chest pain
  • Struggling to breath
  • Dizzy, confused
  • Chills, fever, cold sweats
  • Severe cramping and nauseated
  • Lost my taste and smell 5 days into getting sick 
  • Face rash and leg cramps

Treatment

  • Chicken soup, Roman noodles
  • Ongoing asthma breathing treatments to help with breathing
  • Fluids; Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, Teas, Immunity Essentials, lemon water with lemon tea
  • Iuprofen, Norco, Tylenol, Naproxen, Flexeril for pain and cramping
  • Neurobion Bellodec-tta, Simi b diabetico, Multivitamin, and Probiotics
  • Rest and Hot Showers for muscle relaxing, and pain

Last few days after several breathing treatments at home my chest, heart, and lug area got worse and home albuterol treatments were no longer working and I started to feel worse so I was taken to the hospital were I was diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.  I was prescribed prednisone 

Still sick and in pain, still doing my in-home treatments trying to keep my lungs open and functioning, and of course my poor son feels guilty but feels we are much stronger than him. I just hope he gets vaccinated SOON! Still eating soups and my roman noodles to help me with vitamins, nutrients. 

As of today September 6 I’m happy to announce that my son and daughter are doing so much better, as for me I’m still struggling but staying positive and doing everything I can to stay away from being hospitalized, or worse death.

FACTS:

This is NOT like any other flu or cold. Every year I get Influenza and pneumonia (I guess it’s due to my autoimmune disorders) this is NOTHING like it!  Of course everyone is different but I honestly feel that due to all these underline conditions and had I not had gotten the shot I would be hospitalized or worse dead! the pain is excruciating and the breathing problems and pain is horrible!

For the first time my son said “Mom, I feel like I’m dying the pain is so bad mom – help me and I’m so sorry for getting you sick”…I hope that God willing he goes out and gets the vaccine because his luck may not be great the next time especially with the new varients

Hope I can provide you with an update about my COVID-19 symptoms once I'm healthy and feeling better. As of today still haven't recovered my taste or smell and still feeling crappy and struggling to breath but thank God no oxygen as of yet and hope to keep it that way.

How to Pivot Your Business during a pandemic

Definitely starting or trying to grow a business during 2020 was NOT the best thing to do. Many of us were left with the unknowns the “what if, how can I, how do I, etc”…

Many businesses across the globe were dealing with so much more than just worrying about keeping their doors open, many were actually dealing with the loss of life; family, friends, and loved ones.

It was definately a challenging year and we will continue to deal with the ongoing problems because we are still “not out of the woods”…

There are still many challenges around the globe new variants, evictions, deaths, illnesses, and so much more.

However and unfortunately life still goes on and we still have to find ways to make a living, right?

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Here are some quick tips to help you with your business, if you are still struggling.

Always be prepared!

But Faviola, how can we prepare for things that we don’t know will happen? Well, one thing I’ve learned is that HISTORY, ALWAYS REPEATS ITSELF!…

You know when the walking dead was “a thing”…I always told by my kids that I was “obsessed with the show”…But I wasn’t!

I was observing on the “what if, could it, and if it did” how would I prepare? I said it before when the economic crisis happened in 2008 I was NOT prepared, I had very little savings, I was not researching or watching for trends…It hit us very hard – literally ‘left and right’…

This time around I was better prepared and even though I didn’t know what the heck was going to happen, I knew I had to make sure I was prepared both with my business and my household.

So yeah watching these crazy, fun, weird shows did help me better prepare on the “what if, could it, and if it did”…what would I do? Well, you prepare – that’s what you can do!

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What I learned from the first crisis

  • Never put “all your eggs in one basket”
  • Always have a bit of saving to get you through at least 6-12 months
  • Make sure to always have food, supplies, and first aid
  • Cars need to always have fuel ⛽ and ready to go
  • Have a few 100 bucks in your safe, or house in case you need to leave
  • Watch for trends, and pay attention to what’s happening around you!!!

How did you prepare your business?

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  • Ask for help, if you don’t know what to do
  • Go back to the basics
  • Market research and analyzing the market
  • Learn new strategies to help you promote/market your services
  • Contact your clients and find out how you can best serve their business
  • Create a new plan to help you prepare, plan for the new changes
  • Always make sure your business in order; taxes, insurance, planning, etc…

Be Fucking Real – Stop Trying to Change Yourself

Is this something you hear all the time, “You need to change”. Yet, others say…”Stop Trying to Change Yourself!”. So who the heck do you listen to, right?

So while change is good, sometimes change can be very scary and sometimes it’s so damn hard to change. We are also sometimes forced into change! Although change can be scary, a change can be for the best.

Now of course, it all depends on the type of change we want or have to make in our lives.

As an entrepreneur, I had to make changes to both my life and business. As the world evolves I also have to change with it, so this is a good change, right?

However, having to change to portray someone I’m NOT – well that’s something I’m NOT willing to do!…

With the new online world, many creators and business coaches will tell you – “you have to change, you have to spend, you have to do this and that if you want to be successful” 🙄🤔…

At first, I was like OMG, I have to change my looks; the way I talk, the way I show up online, etc…And boy was I wrong!

Who follows you, who’s your “tribe”?

People will follow you regardless of how you look, how you talk, the glam, the sparkle, etc…

Also, people will follow you because of who you are; what you provide, or because something resonates with them, or they feel you can help them in any way, shape, or form – that SIMPLE!

My Last office as a Corporate Business Owner and CEO

How I changed…

Here’s a personal change I had to make in 2010. I had to close my Corporate Business due to the ongoing economic crisis of 2008 and because I was dealing with a bad pregnancy, but also the recent diagnosis of my father. In 2010 my princess was born, but also my father passed away from stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer. So the drastic change although a forceful change, it was a change for the best!

My princess and my father may he R.I.P…Fuck Cancer

I was forced to take some time off because I ended up with severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This time off allowed me to reanalyze my skills; my abilities, my life, and to see what and if I could continue on this Entrepreneurship path.

Tips for you… Sign up for the upcoming Vision Board Workshop

  • Be honest with yourself
  • Analyze your self; skills & abilities
  • Always pay attention to your “inner voice”
  • Stop trying to be like everyone else
  • Selfcare – know your triggers
  • Stay positive and motivated
  • Limit your social media time
  • Set your goals and don’t derail, or throw the towel
  • Failing is part of the process
  • Establish your boundaries both in business and life

The take away is to BE FUCKING REAL WITH YOURSELF!

You are your biggest cheerleader, but also your worst critique!

Episode 50: Be fucking real with yourself

2021 Taxes; Personal and Business

BIZ TAXES AND YOU

COVID-19 has caused so many problems from health, to economy, and overall disruption in our business and life…but there’s good news!

Yes, the good news is that the Biden Administration has provided some relief to help the American people.

Part of the help is providing you with weekly unemployment benefits to help the American people, (I recommend that you “click” on the Federal taxes box on your EDD bi-weekly submission) so that you don’t have to worry about paying taxes at the end of the year.

Also, some states have implemented additional benefits for example California has extended its unemployment benefits and is also offering additional State benefits to help Californians.

Here’s an update courtesy of my CPA

“Child Tax Credit 2021 Information

The American Rescue Plan has made changes to the 2021 child tax credit.  Please review the following to see how this could affect your 2021 tax return. 

The child tax credit is $3,600 for each child under age 6. That breaks down to $300 per month. For children ages 6-17, it’s $3,000 or $250 per month. Children who turn 17 in 2021 are among those who qualify. **Previously, children over 16 did not receive any child tax credit.

MAXIMUM CREDIT INCOME THRESHOLDS

Not every taxpayer will be eligible for the maximum child tax credit amount.  Only taxpayers within the below thresholds will receive the maximum:

  • $75,000 or less for singles,
  • $112,500 or less for heads of household, and
  • $150,000 or less for married filing joint and qualified widows and widowers. 

If your adjustment income is above the thresholds, the additional credit above the normal $2,000 child tax credit will be reduced by $50 for every extra $1,000 in modified adjusted gross income. 

ADVANCED CHILD TAX CREDIT

Eligible families will begin receiving advanced payments, either by direct deposit or check. 

  • The payments will be up to $300 per qualifying child under age 6.
  • The payments will be up to $250 per qualifying child ages 6 to 17.” 

PAYMENT DATES

Many of you have asked when the payments will be made and according to the IRS, it says the payments will be made on the 15th of each month unless it falls on a weekend or holiday. Payments will arrive either by direct deposit or in the mail as a paper check or debit card.

  • July 15, 2021
  • August 13, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 15, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • December 15, 2021

Many of you have asked if you should take a lump sum or monthly payments If you’re able to take a lump sum then I personally would recommend a lump sum at the end of the year, but if you are struggling financially and could benefit from the monthly help then select the monthly vs at the end of the year. Remember your situation is unique and only you know your situation therefore make sure you analyze it before making a decision.

Remember that one of the reasons there was a push for the monthly payment was to help cut childhood poverty because parents who have a lower income were struggling to make ends meet and could benefit from getting the monthly payments to help with immediate needs such as; food, diapers, clothing, child care or whatever is needed at the moment.

Therefore, if you’re someone who doesn’t need the money right away and who maybe anticipates having to pay taxes to the IRS, you could opt out and know that the full amount will be available at tax time.

Starting and Managing Your Business with Chronic Pain Illness

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Starting and Managing Your Business with Chronic Pain Illness

 

Starting and Running a Business While Managing a Chronic Disease or Illnesses

 

Those of us who are dealing with chronic pain, disease, or illness know that it’s not fun, easy, and can become very overwhelming, and can create more stress.

 

I was taught at an early age to ‘live with it, deal with it, you’ll be ok’ having aches, pains, etc…Had I know then what I know now I would have done things very differently!

 

1. I would have eaten better.
2. Would have gotten my rest.
3. Decreased my alcohol intake.
4. Would have exercised more/partied less.
5. I would have made better choices when I was younger.

 

You see living with a chronic disease or illness hasn’t been easy, it’s been a very painful road and at times I’m so sick of being in pain that I want to hurt myself even more…

1. Go on a hunger strike.
2. I get depressed.
3. Stop eating well.
4. Start overworking.
5. I stop my self-care.

 

I’ve always suffered from medical issues caused by anemia, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain (First auto accident at the age of 15).

 

So when you add the Real Life Stresses; family, kids, business, life, daily ups/downs it can trigger your pains even more! I wrote an article in 2017 Depression is a Killer finally the fact that I had some internal issues that were triggering some of these aches and pains and that I needed to get some help.

 

I also learned that there are many things we can do to help us get through life and help us with both our life and business ( Your Health is Your Business As a matter of fact, I learned that dealing with constant health concerns can actually prepare you for the ups and downs of business and life. 

 

I read this amazing article where Business.com spoke with a few entrepreneurs who actually live with similar challenges and they shared some tips on how to manage their business and life check out the article, you will love it!

 

As for me, I learned to…Listen to my body, but I’m not going to lie after years of abuse, it’s still very difficult to stay on track, but I try every day! I also shared some tips in my previous article Physical and Emotional Health

 

Listen to your body

 

Those of us who have been running a business know that it’s mentally and physically exhausting, and the risk of overworking yourself will happen daily. Therefore learning to listen to your body and learning how to manage your chronic conditions, and paying attention to your symptoms becomes a vital part of being able to continue working.

 

“If you neglect your health in the long term for a short-term business need, you may find that you’ve created bigger long-term problems for yourself,” warns Kyle Brost. 

 

I’ve been suffering from autoimmune disorders for 30 years, but I didn’t know until I was just recently diagnosed and my doctors reviewed all my medical history with me…Yeah, go figure! For the past 5 years, I’ve been learning new ways to stay healthy, I try to pay close and careful attention to what both my business and my body needs on a daily basis and I try to adjust my workload when possible, rather than pushing myself, but I’m not always successful and therefore know that I’m going to get sick! I try really hard to be in tune with how I’m feeling, my workload, daily life ups/downs, and notice when things may be headed downhill. Both my family and I know that when this happens, I need to start taking the necessary steps to prevent it from getting worse, unfortunately, that’s never the case, I push myself till the end – NO BUENO!

 

Managing stress levels

 

We all know that having high levels of stress can often make chronic health and pain problems worse. But controlling the stress “is easier said than done, right?”

 

Therefore paying attention to your stress, both with business and life, is a must if you want to continue to stay active and productive in both business and life. After all those of us with kiddos, we know that being healthy and active is a must in order to care for our kiddos, right!

 

So starting in 2015 after lots and lots of research I learned that I had to start listening and understanding my triggers because these triggers will also cause flare-ups. My flare-ups are caused by; the food I eat to the stress I have, from being overweight, to not eating or resting well, and of course, overworking has been my main triggers!

 

So keeping your stress to a minimal level is a must!

1. Staying away from the “toxic people”, even if it’s family
2. Delegating your work both home and business
3. Creating a routine/plan
4. Controlling your workload/flow both home/business is a must
5. Understanding and being ok with the fact that NOT ALL days will be easy

 

Manage Your Time

 

One of the many illnesses that I’ve been diagnosed with is; Fibromyalgia, RA, Lupus, Chronic Pain just to name a few, so understanding that having these medical conditions will cause sudden flare-ups and therefore trying to “be superwoman” and not taking breaks will cause pain and will put me out of work, but more importantly it’s not fair for my family to keep going through my aches/pains because I refuse to LISTEN TO MY BODY! Therefore listen and take some of these basic and simple steps:

1. Take a breather
2.  Go for a walk
3. Listen to some music
4. Quick exercise; yoga, meditation, stretching
5. Create a system for both life and business and DO IT!

 

At the end of the day how precious is our time and health? It’s a valuable resource and therefore should be treated as such. We also have a tendency to test our limits and push ourselves and maybe that was ok when we were young, but in the end, as we get older we start paying the price…So if you’re young and healthy take care of yourself, if you’re like me older and in pain then start listening to your body and create a plan, and change your way of life, but more importantly SEEK HELP, you are NOT ALONE on this journey!

 

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Guide to Remote Virtual Business

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With the world shifting and many of us switching to remote/virtual work, there are many steps that we must take in order to successfully operate our business.

 

Throughout my years in business, I’ve had the pleasure to go from a Corporate 6-figure business; employees, contractors, offices, remote office, etc to a 6-figure Entrepreneur working from the comfort of my home on my OWN TERMS!

 

Today I want to share my proven steps you can follow to help you when starting a small business online.

 

Throughout my year’s researching, testing, and implementing some of these steps into my business not only have I grown my business, but I’ve seen thousands of people start and grow successful businesses by doing the following:

 

    1. Find something you love, enjoy – just do it!
    2. Use your skills or contract someone with the skills you need such as writing content that sells.
    3. Design and build an easy-to-use website, even if it’s a one-pager that has these key elements; who you are, what you do, and what you provide, and as your business grows you can add more to the website.
    4. You must learn how to do Sales and Marketing, but you also need to understand and learn how to use search engines to drive traffic to your site.
    5. Get trained so you can establish an expert reputation for yourself.

Always stay in touch and follow up with your customers and subscribers by email.

  • Increase your income using the right tools through systems and procedures.

 

Anyone, from a newbie to a seasoned entrepreneur, interpreter, or walks of life can benefit from this process in learning how to start a business online and offline.

 

  • Are you a freelance translator/interpreter who wants to start his/her own business, but don’t know how?
  • Are you already in business, but not sure how to expand your business; entrepreneurship, interpreting, translation, start-up, small business, etc?

 

“A plan is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS that many Entrepreneurs FAIL to implement.   A business plan helps you build the “foundation of your business”…Just like building a house (you need a solid foundation), building a car (you need a good engine), or even raising a baby (you need to know how to, what the baby needs, be prepared, and so much more)…”

 

A plan includes – the “Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How”…It helps you with preparing, organizing, planning, and development.

 

Here are a few things to ponder when creating your plan:

  • Who is the business for?
  • What type of business are you starting?
  • When are you planning to launch?
  • What is your “Why”?
  • Where are you planning to start this business?
  • And How are you planning to do it and starting?

 

These are crucial questions that you need to ask yourself vs. just starting off and then struggling to put the pieces in place and putting your business at RISK!

 

More tips on how to start a business online and offline.

      • Space; private bedroom, small space in your home; closet, corner in your room, etc.
      • Good highspeed internet
      • Laptop/Computer
      • Headset/Headphones
      • Good background for your zoom video calls
      • Test your applications
      • Create a Plan for remote and virtual business
        • Hours
        • Rates
        • Terms/Conditions
        • Planner
        • Do not mix business with family!!!

 

Need help with starting, growing, or deciphering your business? Check out my other posts

 

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