Happy quarantine, everyone!
Really hope you guys have been holding up through all of this. It’s such a weird and hard time, but we will get through it.
Since there’s not much to do, I’ve been seeking inspiration from others on how they’re keeping busy during quarantine, and thought I would share my list. I want to preface this by saying that I’ve seen lots of articles and posts about all the things that we can be working on during this down period, and while I don’t think it’s the best idea to just sit around all day, every day – I do think it’s important to still slow down while we can. I feel like our society praises busy culture, which only runs people down in the end. So, this isn’t to encourage you to be “on” all the time, but to serve as some inspiration for when you are wanting things to do.
This one is a no-brainer, and I’m sure you’ve seen everyone doing it. I’ve never been much a baker (I’m definitely more skilled with regular cooking), but it’s been fun to practice something new – and enjoy some yummy treats along the way. I made banana bread last week and it was AMAZING. I also want to point out that I’ve always loved banana bread and am not a bandwagon Instagram fan ha! Also, if you’re not already – please put butter on top of your banana bread. You’ll thank me later.
Later this week I’m going to attempt to make either healthy-ish brownies from scratch or mixed berry muffins.
Tip: my friend’s mom gave me this Paula Deen recipe a few years ago, and it’s the one I always use!
VIRTUAL WORK OUTS
I’m surprised that I’ve kept this up, because working out isn’t my favorite thing to do – but it’s definitely helping to keep me sane through all of this! I mentioned in my goals and aspirations post for this year that I wanted to work out more than 52 times in 2020 (the amount I did last year), and I think I’m on track by sticking to the classes that my favorite gym, Trilogy, is offering via Instagram Live. There’s so many great resources out there now, so I definitely suggest supporting your local fitness centers and coaches!
SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE
Throughout all of this, I’m so grateful that we still have the outdoors. I try to go outside at least once per day, oftentimes twice, to get in a 30-40 minute walk. Getting fresh air is so important during a time this like, and can definitely be done so safely. Just make sure to stay six feet away from others. My mom and I have been going on some social distanced walks since we aren’t able to see each other otherwise, and it’s certainly better than nothing! We’re also discovering new neighborhoods and paths that we didn’t even know existed! It’s a nice way to rediscover your city.
Most of my close friends know that I love to cook, so this isn’t something out of the ordinary for me – it’s just A LOT more often lol. Having so much more time has allowed me to get creative with some of my recipes and try new things, which has been fun. In fact, I made my first ever pot roast a couple weeks ago and it was delicious! I also made a healthier version of stuffed chicken (sub cream cheese for greek yogurt), and will definitely be trying that again.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
I’ve always liked learning and reading about different things, and what better way to do that than taking some Masterclass courses! Masterclass is so awesome, and I promise you there’s a course on something you’re interested in. I recently started The Art of Negotiation by Chris Voss who is a former FBI hostage negotiator, and it’s great! Other courses I’m planning on taking are tennis lessons from Serena Williams, an entrepreneurship course from Sara Blakely of Spanx and a cooking course with Gordon Ramsey. Who knows what else I’ll find! Also, if you’re interested – Masterclass is hosting a promotion where you can get two access passes for the price of one ($180).
How have you been keeping busy during quarantine? Would love to hear your tips!