Keeping Crumbs Out of Your Keyboard – Staying Healthy Working From Home

Wow, this is now the 3rd month since I started working from home and building my business, ABlake Enterprises but I can honestly admit I don’t miss working in Corporate America at all.



I do, however, sometimes miss walking the floor talking to peers and co-workers, however, now that I don’t have to pack or purchase lunch, I do have to be careful as to not snack too often leaving crumbs in my keyboard!




Working from home can also present other challenges, especially when it comes to your health. Not only from the snacks in the kitchen but the lack of social stimulation and the temptation to work in an ergonomically unsound position can all sabotage an otherwise home worker’s best health intentions.

Set up Separate Office Space

Use a space in your home that’s designated solely for work. Do not work in your bedroom as the only activities in there should be sleep and sex. Bringing in your laptop and smartphone can interfere with your ability to relax later on.  Fortunately for me, I have a separate office, but even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, set up a desk and chair to separate the professional from the personal space.

Choose a good chair

Invest in a comfortable, ergonomically sound chair that will keep you properly aligned throughout the day.  Sitting has become the new smoking so make sure to get up and moving during the day no matter the type of chair you are using.  Invest in a standing desk which will also give your back a break and reduce your overall long-term mortality risk.


Get up every hour and get out at least once a day.

It can be easy to get stuck in your seat, especially since you feel comfortable in your space. Set a timer or ask Alexa to remind you to get up and stretch once every hour, and make sure to get outside, even just to walk around the block and get some sunshine and fresh air.


Set a schedule and stick to it.

It can be tempting to wake up late or work at odd hours, but you will benefit your mental health and the quality of your work by setting a schedule as if you were going into the office.

Avoid working on weekends if you can, and keep an eye on how much time you’re spending on work every day.  Make sure to stick to those hours, initially, I had to remind myself to stop after 6 pm, otherwise, I would be “in the office” until 8 or later which is not healthy nor does it make hubby happy.

Schedule workouts.

When you create your schedule, use the flexibility to your advantage. Schedule your workouts as you do meetings, pencil them in before you begin working, during lunch or after hours.  I find rising early and getting them out of the way works best for me.

Create a soothing environment.

Working from home means you have more control over your surroundings, so make your work area soothing to keep your stress level under control. If you love scented candles, place them around your room. If a beautiful view helps you stay calm, set up your desk in front of a window or within eyesight of artwork you enjoy.

Get showered and dressed as if you’re going to the office.

Instead of staying in your pajamas all day put on an outfit something you’d likely wear to the office.   However, for me, I always wore dresses and skirts to the office so I had to purchase a few pairs of capris and jeans.  Save a few cents by checking out your local Goodwill or Thrift Shop.

Get a virtual office or work at a local coffee shop.

It’s important to have some social connection, even in the absence of coworkers. Maintaining healthy social connections improves your overall well-being and helps you stay motivated.

As a member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce I rent virtual office space for $50/month so when I need to meet clients I go there, or to a local coffee or pizza shop.  Most restaurant owners provide free Wi-Fi services so take advantage and head over to one a few times during the week.



Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meals.

With the kitchen only a few feet away, it’s easy to wander over there especially if it’s packed with treats, so keep temptation low by keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on hand and keep the candy and junk food out of sight.

Let’s Chat > How do you stay healthy working from home?

A Room With A View – Another Advantage of Working From Home

Here it is, almost the end of May and working from home is flying by quicker than when I was working in an office.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t miss the commute up and down 95 and Route 202, getting stuck in rush hour traffic…watching the same buildings, road signs and markers.

Another advantage of working from home is that now the view is much better.  Now when I head into the kitchen for a second cup of coffee this is what I see…


Middletown, Delaware April 2018



No more tops of buildings, parking lots, streets and cars, just Mother Nature at it’s finest and my neighbor’s horses across the road.




Let’s Chat > What is your favorite “room with a view”?

WHEN LOVE IS THE WAY! A Sermon by “The Royal Wedding Preacher” Reverend Michael Curry

Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on the time of day or night that you are reading this post or from where you are reading it.

I am going to be honest and admit that I wasn’t “over the top” excited for the Royal Wedding and wasn’t even going to watch it.  Don’t get me wrong, love and marriage is wonderful, an institution I advocate for, after all hubby and I will be celebrating our 28th year in August.


Words of Love & Marriage from The Royal Wedding Preacher Michael Curry


However, when I woke up this morning (late), I did something that I don’t normally do, and that’s turn on the television.  My morning routine does not include watching television as reading scriptures and praying is how I arm and start my day, however, on this dreary Saturday morning, I turned on the telly…oops, tv instead.

I started watching the NBC coverage, then turned to CBS and finally CNN, I had missed the actually wedding ceremony, but instead was listening to the “Royal Wedding Preacher” Rev. Michael Curry – transfixed in his sermon POWER OF LOVE!




I want to say, thank you God for Reverend Curry and for allowing him to bring all of us this word.  I feel as though my day is armed and believe many others were as well….when love is the way.

Oh, and that choir was on fire too!!!!

Let’s Chat > Did you get up early to watch the Royal Wedding? Did you hear Reverend Curry’s sermon?  Please feel free to share this post with your family, friends and followers.


“Dr. King was right: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’”

3 Tips to Reduce Stress in Your Daily Life


3 Tips to Reduce Stress in Your Daily Life

By Aurora McCausland


Who doesn’t want to have less stress in their life?  Living a stress-free life is an elusive idea that we all simply dream of someday achieving. While an entirely stress free existence may be an impossible pipe dream, living a life with a reduced level of stress is entirely possible. If you find yourself at the end of the day feeling beaten down, overwhelmed, and ready to give up on certain aspects of your life if only it would provide a moment to breathe, then these tips to reduce stress in your daily life are for you!




Have scheduled breaks during the week

This may sound like a redundant solution, but bear with us. Obviously, yes, taking a break from the things stressing you out will help relieve stress in your life. We all know this, but how often do you actually pay attention to this advice? If you’re still feeling constantly stressed out and pushed past your limits, than the answer is probably not very often.

Scheduling breaks for yourself is something that is a lot easier said than done. The first step, is to figure out what is stopping you from taking these necessary breaks. Do you feel like everything will fall apart if you take a break? Are you the glue that is holding things together in your family, workplace, or other area of your life?

The good news, is that the world will be able to function without you for a few hours. It will be hard to step back and let go for a moment, but it’s important. You may even learn that many others around you will be able to learn to step up and compensate during your absence for just a few hours.


What is relaxing and stress reducing to you may not be relaxing to someone else, so figure out what is going to be the most effective use of time for yourself, individually. Do you need a bubble bath with a glass of rose and your favorite book? Make the space the ultimate retreat with some of these ideas. Is your idea of relaxation taking a long hike with your dog? Or maybe you just want to cancel your obligations and allow yourself to sleep in for a few extra hours on a Wednesday morning.




Taking scheduled breaks on a weekly basis is important to make sure you can actually function properly. Sometimes, though, you find yourself in a situation during your week, when you feel stressed out and don’t have the opportunity to remove yourself from the situation to de-stress.

This is a part of life, and learning to cope in these situations is an important life skill. Take a moment, and breathe. Just focusing on your breathing will calm you down, giving your brain the oxygen it needs to solve the problem that you find yourself faced with.

There are also breathing exercises that you can participate in, to further calm yourself and reduce stress. Focus on breathing from your abdomen. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, and then breathe out of your mouth for four seconds. Try blocking one of your nostrils with your finger, and breathing through just one nostril at a time.




Find out what’s stressing you out, and remove them

Sometimes, no matter how badly we want to, we can’t entirely remove the things that are stressing us. If it’s your job, you can’t just quit tomorrow in an attempt to reduce stress in your daily life. An alternative to this situation, is to figure out if there’s a specific aspect of your job that is stressing you out. Is there a big project looming in your future? Is a relationship with a coworker causing strain?

Try and pinpoint the specific reason for the stress, and then work on ways to resolve that situation or issue. This same practice can be applied to any area of your life. Stressed out at home? Figure out why. Find someone to help you with the things that are stressing you, whether that’s tending to your children, cleaning your home. Do some home improvements that will help things be quieter and reduce the stress of management.


Let’s Chat > What are some things that  you do to relax and de-stress?




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Ramadan Kareem 2018


Most of you know that my husband and sons are Muslims so in honor of Ramadan which begins at sundown this evening, I wanted to share more  about this holiday and you can read the complete article here.

What is Ramadan all about?

Ramadan is regarded as the holiest month of the year for Muslims as it was the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr, one of the last ten nights of Ramadan.

The annual observance of Ramadan is considered one of the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’.  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. This year, according to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan may start on on May 16 or 17.


How long does it last?

Ramadan lasts for one complete moon cycle, which is usually 29 or 30 days. The moon sighting determines the duration. Nowadays, astronomical calculations have started taking precedence over the age-old tradition of moon sighting by the naked eye to determine the dates.

How do we know exactly when it starts?

A moon-sighting committee in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, will make an official announcement.

Why Saudi Arabia?

Makkah is considered the holiest city in Islam. Not only was it the birthplace of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), but also the location where Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had his first revelation of the Quran. Because of this, the rest of the Islamic world follow Saudi Arabia’s announcement.

How do you greet each other?

Greet people by saying “Ramadan Kareem”. This roughly translates into “Happy Ramadan”.

Take the greetings online by using the hashtag #RamadanKareem

How do Muslims observe Ramadan?

Adult Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk every day throughout Ramadan. Those who are ill, elderly, diabetic, pregnant, menstruating, or breast-feeding are not required to fast. Those who travel or are unwell during the period of Ramadan may fast on different days at a later point. Children are not required to fast unless they have reached puberty, although many still do out of choice.


ramadan payer


In addition to abstaining from eating, drinking, and smoking, Muslims also refrain from sexual relations as well as sinful speech and behaviour.



During Ramadan, Muslims pray every night for 30 days, reciting different chapters each day until the Quran is completed by Eid Al Fitr. This is called the Taraweeh prayer, which is recited after Isha prayers mid-evening.

Why a fast?

Fasting redirects the heart away from distractions, with its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from impurities. Ramadan is also a time for Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, and empathy for those less fortunate. It encourages generosity and charity.

When do Muslims break their fast?

Fast may be broken at sunset before Maghrib prayers after ‘Azaan’ (call for prayers). This occurs just after sunset. Dates are traditionally the first food to be eaten each evening. The fast-breaking meal is called Iftar.

Check daily prayer timings here on Guides.

When does fasting start?

Each morning before sunrise, Muslims engage in a pre-fast meal called ‘suhour’. Afterwards, they start with the Fajr prayers.

What after Ramadan?

Ramadan ends after 29 or 30 days. Eid Al Fitr is the annual three-day celebration after the last day of Ramadan and it is considered a public holiday period. The government will announce the exact holiday dates nearer the time.


Do non-Muslims have to fast?

No. While Muslims don’t expect non-Muslims to fast as well, it remains important to show respect and follow basic etiquette in daily behaviour.

Basic Ramadan etiquette


  1. Do not eat, drink, or smoke in public during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum.
  2. Do not dance or play music in public. You may listen to music quietly with headphones.
  3. Do not wear inappropriate clothing in public. Dress respectfully. Men should avoid wearing sleeveless tops, while women should cover their shoulders and knees.
  4. Do not swear.
  5. Accept gifts, from a simple date to something more exotic, try to politely accept it. Further, if invited, it would always be an honour to join someone at Iftar.

Where can you eat, drink, or smoke?

If you are not fasting, then you are free to eat and drink in the privacy of your own home, as well as in designated areas. Ask your employer where you can eat your lunch. The same goes with smoking.

Give to charity

Ramadan is a charitable time, and giving to those less fortunate will be greatly appreciated. It doesn’t have to be money, but perhaps food for Iftar.



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