Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

April 6, 2020

Checking In...

     Hey Friends- happy Monday! Yes- I did say happy. 😊As stressful as these times are, I'm still trying to make it a good start to the week.

      I've been continuing doing my Wednesday Midweek Ramblings blog posts, where I share little weekly updates about how things have been going. But for today's blog post I wanted to get a little more in-depth then that- with how I'm really feeling and doing with everything going on. My radio co-host Marc also had a health scare last week where he thought he might be positive for COVID-19, and honestly I'm still processing all of the emotions with that, too! 

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      What a year the past few weeks have been- right?! It's absolutely insane to me that four weeks ago today, daily life was still pretty much normal. March 12th is the day that NBA basketball was suspended, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive, and the Europe travel ban went into affect, so I consider that to be the day that things really "changed." And it still hasn't even been a month from that yet... wow. 

      For the first few weeks of everything, I felt like I was doing fairly okay anxiety and mood-wise. I was definitely bummed about having spring travel plans cancelled (currently I've had three trips cancelled, and I feel like this week might bring a fourth cancellation that was supposed to be in late spring 😢), but what I had to deal with being cancelled seemed a lot less than others I know. I can't even fathom having to cancel or postpone a wedding, graduation, baby shower, etc... my travel plans seem very small in comparison to things of those magnitudes. So I did let myself be bummed for a little bit, but then tried to cheer myself back up by buying a few cheap flights (with flexible cancellation) for the second half of the year, to have something to look forward to. 

     Like I said, I was doing pretty okay overall... until Thursday of last week. I've still been going to work as normal M-F, as radio staff are considered essential personnel. Last Wednesday, my co-host Marc stayed home due to a bad migraine and just overall not feeling well. He never had a fever, so he felt well enough to come back to work on Thursday. (Also disclaimer about this story: Marc has shared all of this publicly on both the radio and his own social media. He's been very open about it, hence why I'm sharing here on the blog. I would never share someone else's health news on my blog if they weren't being open!) Anyways, Marc did fine Thursday morning during our show, but by afternoon had other symptoms coming on, like a dry cough and asthma-like symptoms. He still didn't have a fever, but he called his doctor anyways. They recommended he get tested for both the seasonal flu and COVID-19 that day

     Fortunately COVID tests are now getting processed really quickly in Charlottesville, so he found out the next day on Friday afternoon that he did not have it!! Marc just has a really bad case of bronchitis (which would explain why he never had a fever!). Lemme tell you- I've never been so happy to hear someone had bronchitis, haha! 

     Anyways, even though Marc's test was negative, the whole thing was a really anxiety inducing experience. We have still been doing the our show in the same studio (less than 6ft apart), so if his test had been positive, I would've had to quarantine for at least two weeks, and possibly more of our coworkers would've as well. Marc also already suffers from severe asthma which makes him at a higher risk of something going badly if he did have COVID-19, so I was incredibly nervous for that possibility as well. Thursday night was a rough one for me- I didn't sleep much and I was so scared for the news to come the next day. 

    Even though everything there turned out to be fine, it gave me an eye opening experience into what the anxiety has been like for loved ones of those who have tested positive. If that's you, just know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you so much this week! I hope that your loved one will recover quickly, and that you'll feel some sense of peace in the meantime. I'm hoping to not have anymore close scares like last week, but obviously with case numbers still rising it's a possibility. 

      Anyways, just wanted to take today to check-in with how I've been feeling! I'd love to hear how you're doing with everything as well. How are you handling having things cancelled? Have you or anyone you know thought you have it and been tested? How is work (or school) going during this time? Let me know! We will all get through this together, even if "together" looks very virtual right now.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. It's totally okay to mourn the cancellation of trips! Before this pandemic, we just lived our lives, set plans and looked forward to things. Now it's changed the way we live. I cancelled my baby shower though I had 3 weeks to really mourn it prior to canceling. I was upset about it in the beginning but now I'm just concerned with keeping baby healthy.

    We are hoping to plan a trip back home after baby is born potentially in the fall. Plans can change but our health is top priority!

  2. I am so glad your coworker was okay, that would be really scary! I have definitely felt the stress- a few cancelled trips, my dad's wedding cancelled, a friend whose wedding I am in is cancelled and my graduation is cancelled. Still, like you I am thankful for everything I DO have, though admittedly anxiety does get the best of me at times. I am happy you were able to find the silver lining and book a few trips for the future. Hang in there beautiful! XO!

  3. Friend, trust me it is OK to mourn changing plans!! (If anyone can relate- i can!!) We are still on the fence about what to do for our May wedding and it's hard to wrap my head around how quickly it is all changing!

    What a scare with Marc- I am so so glad it was a "false" alarm and please send him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. XOXO

  4. Happy to hear from you and glad to hear all is well! Keep hangin in there!

  5. Oh my goodness I am so glad your coworker tested negative for Covid-19. That is so terrifying. I've definitely been stressed about the virus and sad about canceled plans (babymoon and maternity pics). I think we're going to try to take some ourselves though. Jake's schedule has completely changed and he's home a lot more. I am really thankful for that.


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