We’re in a unique time in history. I feel suspended in time, like I’m both part of it, and outside it. I feel like I have so much time to do so much, and it would be a shame to waste it.
I speak from privilege, I know, where I’m not concerned about job security and making ends meet. I’m not playing teacher, parent, caregiver, and more. I have the luxury of making the most of this “extra” time.
Circulating online are thoughts that it’s fine to let things slip a bit, that it’s fine to not hit your goals. I disagree. It’s not fine that we’re giving ourselves the permission to give ourselves slack. Again, I speak from privilege, but for those who are in similar positions, I encourage you to make the most of this quarantine time and work really hard towards goals you didn’t think you had time to do before.
Here are some ideas:
- apprendre une langue. Mango Languages has an ongoing list of languages to learn, and I recently found out that my local library has a subscription, which means it’s free for me to use. Your library might have the same, so it’s worth checking out.
- Write a book. This is a great time to sit down, map out a plot, and write! NaNaWriMo has a StayHomeWriMo you can participate in if you want to plug into an online writing community.
- Get in shape or stay in shape. Peloton has a 90-day free trial which gives you access to all their online classes. I’ve been loving the yoga classes, and only got into yoga now because of Peloton.
- Learn something new. Masterclass is offering a buy one annual membership, share one free. Learn from the likes of R.L. Stine, Natalie Portman, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Anna Wintour, and many more.
- Go frugal. This is a great time to sit down with your budget and see if you can tighten things. I follow Frugalwoods for ideas, advice, and recommendations. They also have a Coronavirus Pandemic section of their blog.
- Revamp your beauty rituals. If you wear makeup, straighten or style your hair, and generally apply products to your body – don’t! I’ve been wearing no makeup and have been focusing on only cleaning my skin and moisturizing. I’ve also not been washing my hair every day like I used to, to re-train my hair to need washing less frequently. Great way to save your hair and reduce environmental strain!
- Get outside! This is a great time to take midday walks and get some vitamin D. I’ve been sitting outside on my deck to do work to get a bit more sunshine than usual, and it’s been doing wonders for my mood.
- Start a garden. The weather’s warming up and now is a great time to start planting in pots. Get some vegetable, fruit, flower, or herb seeds and start! A great way to get back in touch with nature, slow down and enjoy some fresh air and sun, and maybe grow your own food this year! I bought these seeds and have already gotten sprouts!
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