Well, it’s kind of hard to make plans for the month when we’re living our best lives in quarantine, isn’t it? So, with that in mind, allow me to introduce you to the April Agenda—Quarantine Edition, where you can find all sorts of things to occupy your time while practicing social distancing and never leaving your house.
If this whole social distancing experience has taught us anything it is the value of community. I’ve been so moved by seeing people on social media making masks for those on the front lines, bringing groceries to the elderly, and teaching online classes and workouts to virtually bring people together. In times like these, we need each other.
So, while we all have plenty of time on our hands these days, I thought I’d share what my April agenda will look like. I hope it inspires you to try something new during this time.
Go: Since I can’t go too far these days for fear of running into people, I have been sticking to the blocks in my neighborhood and going for a 2.5 mile walk each day. It helps me break up the day a little and getting fresh air makes me feel slightly more human. When I get bored of doing laps around the block, I venture to one of my local beaches. I try to go during off times when fewer people are out and even then, I keep my distance. When I’m not physically trying to go somewhere, I go virtually. There are so many things happening online—from free concerts that are being streamed to museums hosting virtual tours. If your daily routine is getting a little old, try searching for some online resources to help you pass the time…from the comfort of your couch.
Do: I’ve been taking full advantage and doing lots and lots of at-home workouts! I’m so thankful to all of the fitness professionals who have taken their workouts online—it’s literally the only thing keeping me sane right now. From stretching with Ghost Flower to mat Pilates with Flex Studios, I’ve developed a pretty varied workout routine in the last couple of weeks. In between taking classes at home with some of my favorite brands and studios, I’m also grateful to the independent fitness professionals who have created online workouts. My friend Lauren at Chi Chi Life has been hosting a few Pilates classes each week and I am loving them. I even invited one of my co-workers to join me and we worked out together over FaceTime. This is a great time to get creative with your workout routine. Check out what free classes you might like to take or what apps you can download on a free trial. Instead of a virtual happy hour, try a virtual workout. I promise you’ll love it!
Buy: When all else fails, retail therapy is the answer. I was so busy trying to get everything ready before working from home (and buy practical things, like food) that I forgot to stock up on some needed makeup and skincare items. Now is a great time to order some new-to-you products, too. You’ll have plenty of time to try them out and see if they work before adding them to your routine. The next two products I plan on buying are from Summer Fridays. I mentioned their Super Amino Cleanser in last month’s agenda, which I forgot to purchase, but I also saw they just released a new Lip Butter Balm, which sounds amazing. This is also a good time to pamper yourself and stock up on some of your favorite skincare products for an at-home facial.
Read/Write/Cook/Learn/Create: Most of us don’t have time for too many creative pursuits with the demands of our regular lives, so this slower pace is allowing us to breathe and catch up. Have you always wanted to try that new recipe? Now’s the time. Are you trying to learn a new language? You have time to practice. Want to write your first book? Great, get started. You likely have a whole list of things you’ve wanted to do that you’ve put off and said, “I’ll do it…when_______.” Well, guess what, now is your when.
What’s on your quarantine agenda this month?