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  • Writer's pictureHannah Ghafary

How I've Been Staying Busy in Quarantine

Hey hi hello ¨̮

I hope you all enjoyed my last post where, in light of the BLM movement and the tragic death of George Floyd, I chose to spotlight black-owned creative businesses that you can support. I ended up getting a bracelet from Satori Notes Jewelry that I absolutely love! This week, I'm back to touch on another important social issue.

In the height of summer and beautiful weather, it can be quite tempting to ditch self-quarantining. I'm right there with you. BUT the United States now holds the world's most coronavirus cases, and it's more important than ever that we wear masks, practice social distancing, and stay home when possible. So, this week, I'm coming to you with a list of ways that I've been staying busy during quarantine when boredom strikes:

  • If you're a secret true-crime lover like myself, listen to my favorite podcast of all time, Crime Junkie (you can thank me later).

  • The cops who murdered Breonna Taylor still haven't been arrested, and only one was fired. Dedicate some time to seek justice for Breonna by signing petitions or calling local representatives.

  • Take some inspiration from TikTok, and bleach your old worn-out jeans for a new, trendy look!

  • Go through your closet and get rid of old clothes. You can sell them and get some extra spending cash at local stores such as Uptown Cheapskate or Plato's Closet. Best of all, anything they don't take, they'll donate for you.

  • Learn origami from YouTube.

  • Take a free online photography class from Nikon or Adobe Photoshop.

  • Order an acrylic kit and learn to do your nails… Hopefully yours will go better than mine did.

  • Do a Natasha Oceans workout on YouTube. Believe me, they’ll kick your ass. Here's one of my favorites.

  • Watch Bravo TV's Southern Charm. Anybody who knows me knows that my guilty pleasure is watching trashy reality television. During quarantine, I've binged several series, but my favorite so far has definitely been Southern Charm. It's available for streaming on YouTubeTV and, believe me, it's worth the watch.

  • Try a cool makeup tutorial. Shout out to my friend Mckenzie for letting her face be my canvas.

  • Unsubscribe to all of the emails flooding your inbox. LinkedIn emails… thanks, but no thanks.

  • Play Animal Crossing… everyone else is doing it, so you may as well.

  • Exercise that brain muscle and read a good, old-fashioned book. Some books I love are The Passenger by Lisa Lutz and The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.

  • Itching to get out of the house? Do a kind deed by offering to help out an older neighbor with a prescription pickup or getting groceries.

  • Put all that stationary in the back of your desk drawer to use! Write letters to family, friends and essential workers who need a pick-me-up.

  • Try a new recipe! Alton Brown's Baked Mac n Cheese is one of my favorites that is always a hit.

Photo via Food Network
  • Plan your next vacation down to the very last detail. Personally, I've been planning a cross-country road trip starting all the way in Jekyll Island, Georgia and ending on the golden coast in San Francisco. You might not know when it will happen, but at least you can imagine how it will take place and what you want to see when you're there!

  • Watch all of IMDB's Highest-Rated Movies of All Time. I'm still making my way through this list, but some of my favorites so far have been The Shawshank Redemption, Oldboy, and Hotel Rwanda.

  • Start a garden in your backyard to grow fruits and vegetables. Or, if you live in an apartment like me, grow an herb garden in your window sill.

  • Read my blog. Duh. ◡̈

Remember, studies suggest that as many as 80% of coronavirus cases could be mild or asymptomatic. So, just because you feel fine, that doesn't mean you should go out! Wearing a mask isn't a political statement, it's the ethically and socially responsible thing to do. Potect yourself and others by wearing a mask when you go out, and staying home when you can. We can do this!

See y'all next week. XO.

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