First 5 Things I am Doing Once the Stay at Home Order is Lifted

First 5 Things I’m Doing When the Stay at Home Order is Lifted

It’s been a long 5 weeks of not being able to do anything expect exist and eat. Staying at home is nice and so is spending a lot of time with family, but the daily repetition is brutal. All the days are starting to melt together. I miss going out, seeing my friends, and just interacting with other humans. Here’s the first 5 things that are on my to-do list as soon as like goes back to semi-normal.

Going to TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls

Being cooped up inside all day has my mind going crazy with interior design ideas. I just want to walk through the aisles of TJ Maxx and fill my shopping cart with all the things I don’t really need but know I can’t live without. I say I want to go get some things for my apartment, but we all know you leave TJ Maxx and Marshalls with a lot more than you plan on.

Getting my hair, nails, and eyebrows done

I’m really not high maintenance at all, but looking like a slug is not a good look for anyone. These caterpillar eyebrows are tough. It is a fact that I am getting out of the house and treating myself to a little self-love day. Even some of the guys in my life need to do this. Quarantine hair, beards, and mustaches need some grooming!

Having a sit down dinner at a really nice restaurant

I’ve been supporting local restaurants as much as possible, but there’s something different about actually going to a restaurant and eating there. I never realized how much of a foodie I was until now. I really do enjoy going out to eat and trying these amazing dishes that we all know I can’t create myself. I am very much looking forward to having a nice sit down dinner when the stay at home order is all over. No cleaning either!

Hanging out with my friends, in public places, not 6 feet apart

I miss being able to hang out at the beaches, the vineyards, Target, Chipotle, and pretty much everywhere with my friends. Staying at home with my family is nice but nothing beats hanging with your best friends and not having to worry about a thing. Not about being a certain distance apart, or wearing a mask, or passing around hand sanitizer every 10 minutes, just stress-free hanging. I need some of that in my life.

Going to the Gym

I miss my gym. I have to admit I was not the most consistent recently with making it to the gym and I was beating myself up for that. After not being allowed to go I’ve realized how much I actually enjoy lifting weights and training. Home workouts are absolutely killer (check my post on best at-home fitness ideas) but it’s not the same for me. Not being able to go to the gym has relit my fire and has me ready to get back to the gym like the old days. I want to lift heavy weight in a grungy weight room and blast music so I can’t hear anyone around me. Don’t judge me.

I’m ready for life to get back to normal and go back to my old routine. It’s crazy how quickly so many everyday activities and tasks were totally changed or eliminated in about a week’s time because of the pandemic. What are some of the things you are looking forward to after this is all said and done? Let me know in the comments!

Barstool Sports Hoodie Selfie = Life Lessons Learned During Covid-19 Stay at Home Order

Life Lessons Learned During the Covid-19 Stay at Home Order

Throughout the past almost 7 weeks of staying at home because of Coronavirus, I’ve managed to do some thinking about pretty much everything. It’s not very often that I have this much time on my hands. If you follow me on instagram you know I’ve been on the go, and “stay at home” wasn’t really a thing for me. I just hit the road not as frequently as normal.

I’ve managed to travel between New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Don’t worry social distancing was practiced and plenty of hand sanitizer was used. Being able to “stay at home,” made me realize that I don’t really know where home is and that’s totally ok. I like exploring and seeing new places. In the crazy life, the most important thing is to be happy and I’m thankful for this pandemic for showing me that. Here’s how I’ll be focusing on happiness from here on out:

Get outside and enjoy the world as much as possible.

There is so much to see and so much to do. Staying inside for even one whole day is torturous. Whether it’s a walk around your neighborhood or a hike up in the mountains, getting outside is therapeutic.

Fresh air is an amazing thing. It’s easy to get lost in the day to day craziness of work or life and sooner rather than later you’ve been stuck inside for a week straight. I’ve managed to come up with over 15 places, near and far, that I have added to my to-do list for the year. I will make them all happen.

Life LessonFind what moves you and get going. For me its traveling, road tripping, and getting outside to see new places.

Appreciate the people around you.

You are the people you surround yourself with. That’s always been a fact that I’ve loved. Being around people who lift you up and make you the best you that you can be is so important.

From friends to family, this quarantine has allowed me to get closer to the best friends and family. I didn’t think that would be possible, but when it comes down to it your people keep you together. It’s been the new normal to find ways to get together and stay close when the world is literally out to make that impossible.

Life LessonDistance sucks, but it can’t break your closest relationships. Distance can be a tricky thing, but it also makes the heart grow fonder.

Don’t do things that take away from your happiness.

This is a huge thing for me. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately about what I should be doing and what really makes me happy. I’ve started doubling down on putting my energy where I get the most happiness and removing it from areas that are taking from my happiness.

Just one small shift in energy can change your whole mood. Life is to be determined (see what I did there). There’s no point in being unhappy or chasing something that just doesn’t do it for you.

During this quarantine I made some pretty big life choices that can really alter the rest of my life. Wild stuff. In the end I know I’ll be better off than I was before because if there’s one thing you should focus on, it’s being happy.

Life LessonBE HAPPY! No explanation needed.

Do things for you.

It comes down to being happy, and I forget about that from time to time. Did it take a pandemic and a nationwide shut down for me to realize that? Yes. There’s always a rainbow after rain. That works as a metaphor, I think?

Regardless do things that make you happy. Life is too short to be with people who irritate you, to spend time at a job you don’t like, and to be doing things you don’t want to be doing.

If it’s 5 minutes a day or the whole 24 hours, do something you’ve always wanted to do. You’ve got time with this whole quarantine thing.

Life LessonJust do it.