COVID-19 changed everything in a very short amount of time. Plans were ruined, changes were made, and learning to live with a new sense of normalcy. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t really lose or miss anything important when we were struck with this pandemic. Others like my brother, lost life changing moments like their high school graduation or family trips. However, this pandemic allowed me to take a step back from the routine of waking up, driving to school, sitting in a lecture hall for a few hours, driving home and quickly eating before heading off to my part time job, just to wake up and do a variation of the same activities again. This “quarantine” (which was hardly even a quarantine due to the incredible work from front line workers, and Dr. Bonnie Henry to keep BC with one of the lowest death rates and tapered cases) taught me a lot. Here are a few of the things that I did with a little extra time on my hands:

1. START A NEW EXERCISE REGIME

The first few weeks of quarantine weren’t the best for me. I found myself snacking lots as I was home all day and there wasn’t a lot to keep me busy. That mixed with the gyms being closed down I was thrown out of practice. However, a few weeks in, I saw others participating in workout challenges on social media and decided to give it a go. I completed a 26-day workout challenge from Chloe Ting workouts, and it gave me a good sweat! Adding this to my everyday schedule made the days seem a little more structured and I always had something to do.

2. MAKE BANANA BREAD

Way too much banana bread. And banana muffins. and lest we forget the mixings, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecan, the world is your oyster put whatever you like in it! My mother also enjoyed the activity of baking and was set on perfecting her sourdough. It is fair to say there was a lot of carbs being enjoyed in the household.

3. LOTS OF SPRING CLEANING

With a little extra time on my hands, I took advantage and cleaned out everything I own. Went through all my drawers and my closet, cleaning out anything I no longer needed to donate once things started to open up again. Cleaned the bathroom a few times and cleaned out the inside and outside of my car.

4. DYED MY HAIR PINK?

We won’t talk about this one. It was not my brightest moment. Luckily for me, I didn’t use a permanent dye, so I am back to my normal blonde.

5. CHANNELING MY CREATIVE SIDE

I found myself eager to draw and paint, which is something I have not done since taking an art class in the tenth grade. I drew a few things, painted a few things, and it was a great way to waste some time and just listen to music.

6. START A QUARANTINE JOURNAL

This one was inspired by Margot Lee, who posted prompts on her Instagram stories every day! It will be interesting to look back in a few years and see what the world looked like in 2020 in a way that is different from just reading it online.

7. CREATE PLAYLISTS & PINTEREST BOARDS

This was one of my favourite ways to spend time this quarantine. I love music and making playlists for every possible mood. Any event, feeling, emotion, no matter who you are with, there is a playlist for everyone. Pinterest is also a great way to spend time, creating boards for future goals, things you like and just pictures that make you feel like everything in this world is beautiful.

8. GAME NIGHTS

There are tons of games you can play online, and my friends and I enjoyed playing cards against humanity while we were all on FaceTime. It definitely made everything feel a little more normal getting to spend time with friends in new ways.

9. GOAL SETTING

Goals for the summer, the rest of this year, 5 years from now, and 10 years from now. Writing down the things I hope to achieve makes me feel like they are more tangible, and there’s something so accomplishing about crossing the things you’ve done off the list.

10. STARTED THIS BLOG

Something I had meant to do for a while, but never got around to it. As my dad always says, there’s no time like the present.

Until next time,

xx Savannah