It’s been a month since I have posted anything. At first, I was really frustrated with myself. Then I came to accept that it wasn’t for lack of desire, but a true lack of time. Writing has increased on my priority list; however it still remains subordinate to my spiritual walk, my job as a teacher, and my time with loved ones.
Now, research papers are all graded, third quarter is completed, and our fine arts competition finished last Friday. Then we were quarantined! I’m not sure how you perceive a quarantine, but I see it as a gift. It is giving me time to catch up on various tasks that have been set aside for the last month.
Here are just a few ideas of what you can do when you are confined to your house:
1. Spend more time in the Bible.
Of course, you can do this in your own personal study. You can also use so many free tools to connect with others that may be feeling disconnected during this time. One of my favorite tools is the YouVersion Bible app. In the app you can add friends and begin devotional plans with one another. It’s a great way to keep each other accountable and stay connected.
I mean, you had to know this was coming, right? If you want book suggestions, let me know! I’ll ask you what you like to read or what topics you find interesting and try to suggest a book that you would enjoy. I have another post coming soon that will also give book suggestions.
3. Play a board game (or card game).
Games are a great way to spend time with your family and friends (even when you turn on one another because they forced you to “mortgage your properties” or dealt you a “Draw Four”)! If you want any game suggestions, let me know! There are so many games that most people have never even heard of, and I would love for more people to discover and enjoy these games!
4. Clean out your house.
This is a perfect time to deep clean. Furthermore, our homes accumulate so much stuff. Go room by room and clear out what you don’t use. Donate it. Sell it. Toss it. Do something with it so that you live in a place that is clutter free. It will probably make finding items in your kitchen or choosing an outfit from your closet much easier. If you do choose to sell clothes, websites like ThredUp and Poshmark are simple to use.
5. Take a class.
For students K-4 through 9th grade, Scholastic is offering free resources with “DIY projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.” For business professionals, LinkedIn is offering 16 free courses that help you “discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.” While not for free, The Great Courses contains a wealth of information from experts and professionals that can help you further develop a skill or give you a deeper knowledge of a subject.
6. Help your neighbors.
Don’t hoard all the food and toilet paper. Find out the needs of those around you – in your neighborhood or church community – and help them. Run errands for them. If they might be lonely, give them a call or write them a letter. Right now is a perfect time to show the love of Christ to the world!
7. Go outside (if you can).
Take a walk. Go on a hike. Ride a bike. Run. Breathe in the fresh air and stay fit. If you don’t know what paths or trails are around you, check out the website or app AllTrails.
I hope this gives you a few good ideas. If you have any for me, please send me an email.
Stay safe. Stay sane.