Social Distancing Activities

I took some time to reflect on the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the new year. I took those goals and decided which ones I can work on during this period of isolation, specifically ones that had been more neglected than others.

My Daily Intentions:

These are some of the intentions I have set for everyday. I have a few others that apply to my goals specifically, but these are ones that seem to apply to most everyone.

Devotional

Made for This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose by Jennie Allen + Illustrating Bible

***I was gifted this bible by a group of friends who reached out to the creator, Shana Noel. I could not find a link to the exact bible, but I linked one very similar. It is intended to be used for bible journaling, but I really love taking notes in the wide spaced columns. I also like how it is coiled, so I can fold it over easily. ***

I have seen so many say it and I can not help but agree that perhaps, this period of necessary isolation is God’s way of saying we need to slow down. I have had this devotional for a while and decided to pull it out and start working through it. Ironically, I am already seeing that as I am completing the daily readings and I am only a couple days into it.

Reading

As a writer and English major, I really should enjoy reading more than I do. At some point, it stopped being a pleasure and more of a dreaded task for school. While I do read quite a bit, it is not always for fun. I picked up this book that was recommended by Val Marie on her blog and am planning to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz next. I have noticed that if I commit to just reading for 15 minutes or focusing on one chapter that I actually do not want to stop.

Writing

I have been writing for years now and have made it a consistent daily habit for well over a year now, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to work on poetry. I used to hate poetry and it is still not my favorite forms of writing, but it has forced me to be creative. I am constantly creating new ideas, so I am now making it a daily intention to write out and explore the ideas I have. It has also forced me to shift my mindset from writing-to-share to now writing-for-myself. Plus, it gives me a reason to use this fun Softbound Notebook from Erin Condren!

Other Activities I Am Incorporating:

These are all activities that I am focusing on incorporating often, but not necessarily daily.

Art

I am actually not half as creative as I like to pretend to be. And, I only like to do things that I am good at (hence why I neglected to attempt poetry for so long). But, I am working on doing things for fun too. Painting is definitely not something I am good at, but it can be fun, so that landed it a spot on this list.

Yoga

My sister has made yoga a daily intention for herself (perhaps even a thrice a day intention if we are being honest). I am not near as committed as she is, but I recognize the benefits, so it is something I want to focus more on.

Journaling

I am actually journaling nearly everyday. I have incorporated it into my quiet time routine and am journaling a few thoughts between my devotional and daily reading. I have always been a fan of journaling gratitude. At different points in my life, journaling gratitude has helped me remain grounded and focused on the end goal: to stay strong and positive.

Social Distancing 101:

My super extroverted self always struggles to just stay home and avoid crowds. Because of my health, I have been doing this on and off for years. Ultimately, if you thrive on communication with others like I do, then I recommend Facetiming your friends regularly. If you have a large group, Zoom seems to work pretty great too.

Also, there is nothing wrong if you want to lay in bed and watch tv all day. If so, check out my HULU + Netflix recommendations!

Stay safe, stay home, and wash your hands, friends. We’ll get through this!

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One thought on “Social Distancing Activities

  1. I love this post, I definitely think that this lockdown is telling us to regroup and focus in on what matters. I have seen some amazing creative work come out of it already, and so much community spirit! If you were struggling with your poetry work I have actually just published an article about five easy steps to writing a poem, It’s designed for beginners but it might still be helpful to you 🙂 I am also trying to do more art, I have done one painting so far, not too bad for me! Stay safe x

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