April 7, 2020

Well, if this year wasn’t already off to an interesting start… it sure as hell is now!

I have some catching up to do here on the blog, but considering the current (pandemic) environment, I figured this post would be a good place to start back up. 

I have been in quarantine for a little under 3 weeks and as much as I want to sit here and rant about how stir-crazy I am, I will not do so. Yes, it sucks to be tied to the house this much. But, it sucks worse to become sick with a virus that has killed far too many people already. It sucks that there are people who are risking the lives of others by not staying home and it also sucks that there are so many people who do not get the luxury of working from home during a time like this. Therefore, I am using this time to practice gratitiude and suck it – the fuck – up.

Quarantine has not gone perfectly for me, but I am starting to find a new routine. One that does not involve me eating us out of all our food while completing the Netflix library in one week. As someone who normally lives off of a strict weekly routine, this adjustment period has been challenging. However, I think with a little effort and a lot of willpower, I can manage. 

Want in on some of this? Here is my Quarantine Quick Guide!

Similar to everyone else right now, I am using this time at home to focus on self-care. The thing about taking care of yourself is that this looks different for everyone so while these tips work for me, they may not make you feel all sorts of good. Remember to stay true to yourself and find things that bring you joy.

I have spent the past few months really dedicated to working out and the moment Coronavirus shut down the gym, I started to panic. Determined to continue on my journey, I immediately started to plan a home workout routine that fits my new schedule. This combined with daily walks with the cutest dog on Earth have kept me sane and feeling good. 

Since being ordered to stay home, I have been texting and calling friends more than I ever do on the norm. This, of course, is because we don’t get to meet for coffee or grab dinner like did pre-quarantine. Staying in touch with my friends and family has helped me feel connected to them & helps when you start to feel all alone.

You know how we all say that we would learn a new language, start writing a book, take an online class – all if we just had more time on our hands? Well, now is your time to shine and make it happen. On my to do list is to learn sign language (something I have always wanted to do) and I even registered for some of the free courses being offered on Coursea.

As someone who lived a fairly structured life pre-pandemic, I have found comfort in creating a new routine that has kept me active and working on my evolving to-do lists. Maybe it’s just me and my type-A personality, but I think creating even a loose routine can help anyone get the most from their day. Whether it’s waking up at the same time each morning or meal planning to keep yourself on track, adding a little structure to your day helps set the tone for how productive you will be. 

This year started off slow for me when it comes to reading, but quarantine has ramped things up and I have fallen back in love with books. Here are a few that I would recommend if you are looking for a good read while tucked inside the house.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle 
I am not even finished with this book and yet I am already in love with it! I expect this one to be one of my favorite books of the year. 

Mindful Eating by Andy Puddicombe
If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of Mr. Puddicombe (co-creator of Headspace) and his take on eating mindfully has really impacted my relationship with food. 

Educated by Tara Westover
This was one of my favorite books that I read last year and it’s the perfect binge read if you are in lockdown mode. (read my full review here.) 

Dear Girls by Ali Wong
For some reason I tend to read very ‘heavy’ books – meaning I love a dark memoir. However, with the current state of the world, a light and hilarious read like this one might just be the best way to survive. (read the full review here.)

Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
If you are going to be stuck in the house, you might as well use this time to go after all the things you want in life. This book will easily give you the motivation and the courage to do just that.

My spotify has been pretty darn fire lately, if I do say so myself (and I do!). While I have a few playlists on there, I would recommend my April Playlist to get you through the next few weeks. 
CLICK HERE to listen.

I love me some television. Who doesn’t? I will admit that my favorite way to watch TV is to rewatch the shows I have already seen (in full) a million times over – aka The Office or Parks & Rec or Schitts Creek. So, while all of those belong on this list, here are a few others to check out.

The Good Place
I’m so mad that it has taken me so long to binge this show because it is downright wonderful. Aaron and I are about to start season 4 and I never want it to end. 

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
This is a heavy watch and the subject matter is a sensitive one, but it is also a powerful story about how the system can fail the very people it was built to protect. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
So, I know I said I would stay away from my re-watched shows, but I had to add this one. Not enough people know about the wonderfulness that is this show; therefore, you must watch it. 

Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2
The other week Aaron and I had a Kill Bill marathon where we rewatched both movies and as you might imagine, they were just as amazing as the first time I saw them. You should do the same.

Aaron has been pushing me to watch Fargo and after we closed out the first season, I was hooked. Definitely a binge worthy show!

The last piece of advice I have is to be connected to what is happening outside of your own life. Most of us are safe. Most of us have our health. That is not the case for everyone and while I encourage you to watch the news and understand the reality of this situation, I also encourage you to avoid overdosing on these reports. It is very easy to become depressed during a time like this. Instead, connect with other people whether it be through social media or through friends and family. Find ways to help those in need. Finding toilet paper in a store? Grab some for those who don’t have it. Have extra diapers in the closet? Look for non-profits assisting mothers in need. You can also donate to charities supporting those in the medical field and those who are unable to feed their families. Even the smallest amount of effort or money can help bring us together and get us through this difficult time.

What are you all doing during quarantine to stay sane? Leave your tips down below!

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