Coronavirus has us all up in our feels. Hellooo, emotional rollercoaster! It’s important to think on the bright side and realize that there’s plenty to do during this time in all of our lives. It’s not all napping and netflixing…
The following ideas are all very unsponsored.
Vision boards – I made a wedding vision board last week because I need major vision for my wedding. Go buy some magazines, a glue stick, maybe some stickers and get to creating!
Creative writing – Lots of platforms offer helpful creative writing tips including the links directly below. Poet @rupikaur went live with a creative writing class this weekend. I caught the tail end of it and was super inspired. What I’ll say and what I have said to various people over the last few days: PUT YOURSELF IN THE WAY OF CREATIVITY. Follow inspiring people. Be curious. Ask questions. Do the work.
Skillshare – All hail the educational videos. From online photography classes to techniques for interior design (NEED), Skillshare has thousands of videos to learn just about anything you want for free. Unlock even more with a paid subscription. Right now, anyone with a .edu or .k12 email gets two months free.
Brit + Co – Yassss more online classes! ALL Brit + Co classes are free until 3/31. From watercolor painting to wedding photography to investing 101, Brit + Co is helping those creative juices flow!
Adobe – Between Lightroom and Photoshop, I spend many minutes in a day on the Adobe platform. Right now, Students have free, personal in-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud in place of their schools’ in-classroom licenses through May 31, 2020. The web-based PDF services on Adobe.com is free through May 31, 2020. For Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud team, they’re extending the renewal grace period to 60 days.
Duolingo – Learn a language for free on this app. Enough said. Listo!
Astrology – I’m currently taking an Astrology course and obsessed is an understatement. It’s a mix of astrology and psychology (one of my majors), so I really love this approach. It has allowed me to understand myself better as well as my loved ones! We just wrapped Level 1 and are heading into Level 2 next week 🙂 I’d recommend Debra Silverman’s online Applied Astrology program. The next session begins in September.
Enneagram – “What’s your enneagram number?” I’m sure you’ve been asked this question in recent months, and if you haven’t, listen up. Sarajane Case, the face behind the Enneagram & Coffee Instagram account and podcast and author of The Honest Enneagram, just wrapped an online Enneagram summit (still available for purchase). Like astrology, it’s another tool I like to use to help me make sense of ME and my relationships.
For Self Help & Self Care
Enroll in Yale’s most popular class in its history for FREE – Y’all, I am *geeking* out. A lovely follower of mine recently sent me this news AND I CANNOT WAIT TO ENROLL. I’m a lover of psychology so I know I’ll adore this class. The Science of Well-Being is designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. SCORE.
Talkspace for online therapy – A session doesn’t always have to begin with laying on a chaise lounge like we so often imagine when it comes to seeing a therapist. Speaking to someone online is just as effective. All therapists here are licensed, verified, background checked and come at a significantly lower cost than traditional, in-person therapy. Couples therapy goes for $99/week, teens for $65/week, and you can get $100 off right now with code 1004U.
Reading – I wrote all about my favorite books recently with links to purchase.
Nails – Dare to do your own? My nails depend on it lol. YALL. I *still* have the gel manicure that I had before the proposal. To take you back, the proposal was February 4th. We are now getting into late March. WTF. Where is imPRESS press-on manicures when ya need them.
For Movers & the Shakers
Yoga with ME! – Every Monday through Friday I go live on IG for an hour yoga class mixed with meditation, weights, cardio or whatever the day brings.
Run your apartment stairwell – Yes, I really just suggested that. I saw a friend in Chicago doing it this morning because they closed his apartment gym. Desperate times call for desperate cardio.
Hike outside – We are technically on “lock down” here in California, but we’re still able to go outside and get into nature alone or at least 6 ft away from another human.
Home projects – I need, like reeeeally need this time, to finish making this house into a home. The walls are a little bare and new bedding just arrived! It’s the little things 🙂 I’m currently looking for outside furniture to purchase online so that we can start getting more vitamin D.
Bake – Emulate Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsay or Bobby Flay. The only thing I know how to make is banana nut bread, but how cool would it be to set up your very own Chopped OR The Great British Bake Off?!
Netflix – And chill. So much to watch, so much time. If you haven’t seen Cheer or Love is Blind, do that first. Then go into whatever your heart desires. Right now I’m watching Tiger King…with my jaw on the ground.
Spring cleaning – It’s hard to get super psyched on this one, but there are times (few and far between) when I get into a cleaning grove with the music blasted, the swiffer goin’ and before I know it…it’s a mini workout AND the house is clean. Win-win. It’s also a great opportunity to clean out your closet and donate clothes to your nearest Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other locations once they open again.
Couch concerts – Sounds pretty epic, right? Open a bottle of red and watch John Legend sing directly into your phone LIVE from his house and piano. It’s like he’s serenading you, just you, looking directly into your eyes ever so lovingly…until Chrissy walks into frame.
Taxes – This is a downer. I’m sorry to even put it in here. GOOD NEWS is that tax deadline has officially moved to July 15th this year. Bad news is they’re still due soon-ish.
Zoom Party – I’ve already had 5 of these this week with friends all over the world. If you sign up for a free account, you can call anyone but note the 40 minute limit on calls with 3 or more people.
Netflix Party – PSA: If you want to still have movie night with friends, Chrome has an extension called Netflix Party that allows you to simultaneously steam with friends. It has a chat window & play/pause button for everyone in the group so you stay synced. It’s like Netflix knew Coronavirus was coming for us or something.
Cosmic Kids Yoga – My nephews legit take part in this yoga! I’ve actually been thinking about trying to create a yoga class around kids for my Live IGs, but I’ll just leave it to the Cosmic Kids instead.
Easter Egg Hunt – Indoors = the new outdoors. Place post-it notes with either letters, numbers, spelling words, addition, division, or multiplication problems inside. After all eggs are gathered, quiz your kids on their post-it notes and give out candy based on their answers.
Hopscotch – DIY indoor hopscotch with painter’s tape. Put letters or numbers inside the boxes and quiz your child where they land. Everyone’s doing it. Or at least my big sis is 🙂
If you have any other ideas, please write them in the comments below!