Quarantine Pastime: My Stuck-in-the-House Ventures

When did being trapped inside of our homes and 70-80% of all businesses being closed down become the "new normal" around here? Just a few weeks ago I had a full-time job (of which I hated, don't get me wrong) and dealt with 5:00 evening traffic just like everyone else, and now it's a COMPLETE ghost town! At first, I took advantage of sleeping in until 9 AM, waking up and bullshitting on social media until probably 2 PM, eating a bowl of cereal as my first major meal, skating around my apartment for what feels like an eternity, and then more social media and Netflix until I felt tired enough to go to sleep. Like, what else do you really do when you've gotten laid off of your 9-5 and are quarantined in your apartment? 😂 But that routine got very old, very fast. (Although it's still very much apart of my routine lol) I really utilized the eerie time at home to be creative outside of skating. I dove down into my spirit to conjure what my passions were, what were things I always wanted to get into that I didn't have the time for, etc. Then ideas just started flowing in my head! I almost didn't know where to begin!

Somewhere in the middle of surfing social media, skating, bowls of cereal past noon and waking up late, I found some time to learn how to code! I enrolled for a 30-day coding challenge with Codecademy learning front end development with React (?). I took a coding class back in my early stages of college but changed my degree later in the game. Returning back to coding has been an interesting but pleasing refresher. It's been great relearning Javascript and such terms like 'template literal' and 'concatenation' 😁 What's great is that I can learn code no matter where I am, there's an app that allows you to pick up where you left off on the go. The app will even send you reminders about your coding schedule if you set one up!

I have also refocused some energy on learning a few of the latest TikTok dances in my living room! 😂 I've got a lot more time on my hands, what did you expect? I downloaded the app a few months ago but I didn't pay much attention to it; I downloaded it because of peer pressure 🤷‍♂️ so here we are in the middle of a pandemic crisis and I'm feeling inspired to dance and move my body in ways I haven't in a long time. I was a cheerleader for nearly 10 years so choreography and dance routines come second nature to me! I started with what I thought was the easiest one to learn: "The Lottery Challenge", also known as 'The Renegade' lol, (I guess because it's like the first and only word in the clip of the song you're actually dancing to, 🤷‍♀️) I'd say it took me about an hour to learn the routine and feel confident doing on my own! Not too long after, (unsurprisingly) I was set on learning more dances. If you haven't already, check out my TikTok page and leave me a comment!

When I'm not distracted by TikTok 😉 I try to keep my website updated by adding and manipulating elements on my page, creating new blog posts, and making sure that it is up to date with the things I've been up to. I like to keep my website as relevant as possible and make sure that I always have things that my readers are interested in! Being at home has helped me to have more free time to sit down and write, so I'm definitely using every creative spark I have to create content for my website and social platforms. Passing this much time alone in the house can be second-nature to some and nerve-wracking for others. I think it's important during these stagnant times to explore your interests and find a new way to pass time doing something you love or have always wanted to do.

As we all wobble through this new normal, I hope this post inspires you to find something new to get into and make your alone time worthwhile! Leave me a comment about what you are up to while stuck in the house!


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