2020. Man, none of us thought that we would be facing a world-wide pandemic. I thought that 2020 was going to be full of exploring California, apartment decorating, and soaking up the sun at the beach. Then the world crashed, and here we are in the pandemic. I was working into the first two weeks of the quarantine. Dale and I eventually came to the decision that it was best for me to stop going to work. As a social worker, I’m taking clients to and from their homes to various places–including doctor appointments. You take that and add my immune compromised system and that’s a recipe for disaster. So, I’ve been home for two months now. It’s been so weird being back in this situation.
When we first moved to California, it took me about three weeks to find a job. That was the longest three weeks of my life. I applied to so many jobs, got a lot of interviews, got a lot of “You’re a good candidate, but so and so is more experienced than you. Sorry.” Eventually, I got my job as a caseworker with a company that assists adults with disabilities. It’s been an awesome job and I’m super grateful for it. It just sucks that my immune system isn’t strong enough to handle being around Covid-19.
So, what have I been doing with my life these past eight weeks? Lemme tell you.
Besides the six things I talked about in my last quarantine motivation post, this is what I’ve been up to:
I rediscovered my love for art & reading.
Over the years, I have kept my art to myself. Any time I’ve shown my art to friends or family, I get complimented on it. My style is a mix between abstract and contemporary art. I love painting and drawing animals, people, portraits, landscapes, and whatever else that inspires me. There are no rules in art. I have loved breaking in my old paints and rediscovering something that I am so passionate about. I am thinking about starting a website for my art. We will see if end up doing it. For now, you can follow my artwork at: @samanthaquinio.art on Instagram.
As for reading, Dale was kind enough to go with me to the storage unit to get some books. I have probably five boxes of books. We had three of them towards the front so it was pretty easy getting to them. I grabbed a good arm full of books and have been reading like crazy. I love getting drawn into a story. I also love holding a book. As much as I love technology, there is something about holding an actual book that makes me enjoy the story so much more. It’s not that weird, right?
I am focusing more on my blog.
You may have noticed that I have been blogging a lot more over the past two months. I’m in the process of updating my website (cause let’s be honest right now it looks pretty ugly) and will be giving my blog a huge makeover. I’ve gotten a ambassador deal with Rightly Royce, and am LOVING it. It’s an amazing company. Check out my last blog post if you missed my announcement.
I’ve been on contact with a social media manager on my blog. They think that it has a lot of potential to become a full-time job and if I can grow my following over the next year there may be a lot of opportunities in the future. I would love to blog full time. Especially on topics that I am so passionate about (food, health, fitness, and my life). Over the next few weeks, I am anticipating on adding more recipes, resurrecting old posts (gotta update a lot of files on my past blog pots), and creating more content. It’s been so much fun focusing on my blog. I really love writing and sharing my life in this community.Lots of exciting things are coming! Especially with a big secret that I’ve been keeping. Stay tuned!
I learned a few new skills.
You read that right! I learned so many new things since I’ve been in quarantine over the past two months. I learned how to do several different crochet stitches such as the bubble, and granny stitches. I also learned how to follow a pattern and made a unicorn for my half-sister Little A. I made her this GORGEOUS rainbow blanket with a unicorn on it. I’ll be mailing it to her really soon. I also learned how to make granny squares. They are so much fun! All in all, I have made three blankets, one purse, and one unicorn. It’s been an adventure and I have LOVED it. You can learn how to make the granny squares by looking at this tutorial off of YouTube.
I also learned how to use Zoom. I know, I know. I’m a Millennial that doesn’t know how to use Zoom! What?! Listen, not all of us are technology savvy, okay?
I deep cleaned my closet.
Spring cleaning fever is among us! I took the liberty to deep clean my closet. Even though 80% of my stuff is in storage right now because Dale and I are living with his parents, I still was able to let go of some stuff. I went through all of my clothes and made a pile of things that I can donate. I packed up two boxes to put into storage and I even convinced Dale to go through his closet. We have a lot to finish before we move out (which was supposed to be in two weeks but now we have pushed it back to the end of summer or whenever we can). But I am so glad that we at least have gotten started on getting ready to move.
I am so ready to be out of quarantine and to be back at work. I really hope that it will be soon. I’m super jealous of Utah right now because most of my family and friends are back at work. But for now, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m staying positive, productive, and trying to get ready for our upcoming (hopefully) move.
Comment down below and tell me what you have been doing to stay productive in quarantine AND do you have any guesses on what my big secret is?!