Tomorrow’s Kickoff – #2020AprilDeskEscape


Well, this is different.


I mean, I never thought we’d be doing #AprilDeskEscape from our homes. And, some of us are not supposed to leave our homes at all!

That’s okay. We’re going to look at how we can do a different kind of #AprilDeskEscape which begins tomorrow, April 1.

Remember, the purpose of #AprilDeskEscape was to get us away from our desks and out into the fresh air for at least 30 minutes, three times a work week. Why? Because our minds and bodies need time away from our monitors, our desks, and now.. most likely, our families.

So here are the three ways I suggest to approach 2020 #AprilDeskEscape for us all. And, yes!!!! please do send pictures with the tag #2020AprilDeskEscape or #2020CoronaVirusEscape where it is appropriate. I’ll be posting up a summary of photos from our peers from across the globe.

  1. If you can leave your home, please take a walk and post up your photo with location, info and #2020AprilDeskEscape on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can tag @officerenegade for Twitter or or Instagram, or @KemFoley on Facebook
  2. If you cannot leave your home, what is an object or view that helps settle you? Cat? Dog? A painting? Is it a closed-door keeping everyone out? Be real. Be you. Just no nudity, please! Take a picture and send it along. I’ll probably be posting pictures of my coloring.
  3. If you cannot leave home, what is a website, Instagram account, or YouTube channel that brings you joy, laughter or a moment of respite? Share the link, the account name and I’ll re-share it on this blog site.

Remember there are several hashtags dedicated to our administrative community related to health and wellness. You can use what works for you, but please include #2020AprilDeskEscape.

Creativity When The Tank is Empty

There’s no doubting the energy draining capacity of living and working through these challenging times. Some days are just ‘get-through-the -day’ days and sometimes they are get-through-the -next-hour days.

How can anyone summon energy, any excess energy to do something creative? I’m not sure about your approach, but I find when I am angry or upset is when I really have the energy to do creative stuff. I turn to writing, coloring, as well as dancing and listening to live DJs on Instagram.

Recently I spent an hour on the phone with a friend. We were sharing how hard it is to be around our spouses all.the.damn.time. This sounds awful, right? It is. Because someone is losing their loved ones every single day. Right now many cannot even get the opportunity to say a proper goodbye. So I wallow in the guilt of those feelings at times. As we were acknowledging how silly our conversation was we struck on an unintentionally funny phrase that made us laugh, hard. We decided to turn it into a poetry back and forth via text.

Today, I received the first line of our original phrase/ poetry prompt from her via U.S. Mail. It was a wonderful surprise.

Have you written a letter or card lately? This is how I summon energy from my friends and family. I send funny letters, cards, and postcards to friends. It’s the only way I know to use minimal energy but send lots of love to let folks know I haven’t forgotten them.

I don’t have the answers. I can only share my experiences and hope you’ll share yours. I know that I’m gathering some of the best stories I’ll ever have to add to my story bank. Can’t wait to share one at an upcoming storytelling session.

In the meantime, I send vibes of fortitude and love out into the universe. Take care friends and drop me a note. ~ K.