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How I’ve Stayed Productive In Quarantine

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.

XO Sam

P.S.

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?!

Day In The Life: Quarantine Edition

7:00 am to 10:00 am—Waking up. This usually consists of hitting snooze approximately 5,000 times and then getting out of bed, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and climbing back into bed to watch some YouTube while eating breakfast. I will also set my goals for the day during this time. Since I’m not working right now, it’s been really nice being able to sleep in. I’m trying to not get into the habit of it, but it’s not going too well.

10:00-11:00–Scripture study for a solid hour and listening to some worship music. I think it’s so important to feed your spiritual self during this weird time. I’m not perfect at this but I definitely try my hardest to put God first in my life.

11:00-12:00 pm—Crochet for an hour watching Netflix. I have officially made four blankets in quarantine. I’ll be posting about the crafts I have done while in quarantine soon! Sadly, I’m running out of yarn and people to make blankets for. If you want a blanket, tell me.

12:00-1:00–Eat a healthy lunch and listen to a uplifting Audible book. Currently I’m enjoying “Get Out of Your Own Way” by Dave Hollis. It’s excellent!

Grocery shopping.
Playing with makeup.
Art space.
Going on walks.
Blogging space.

1:00-6:00 pm—This is where things get a little blurry. Depending on the day, I will go grocery shopping, or play with my makeup, paint, or even blog. It really just depends on what my goals are for the day. Dale will usually workout during this time. Assuming I’m not having a flare up, I will join him or I will do my own workout.

6:00-7:00 pm—Dale and I will eat dinner with his parents. We’ve been having a lot of fun with the BBQ, making new recipes, and having breakfast for dinner.

7:30-10:30 pm—Dale and I have been obsessing over 24 on Hulu during this quarantine. It’s been a lot of fun getting excited over Jack Bauer saving the day. Also, can I just say that if Jack Bauer was real, he would’ve stopped Covid-19. Anyway, after we watch a few episodes of 24, I will do my nightly routine: skin care, take my meds, and get ready for bed.

Then we repeat until we get outta this quarantine.

Comment down below and tell me:

  • What is your daily quarantine routine?
  • Do you watch 24?
  • Can Jack Bauer come save us all from Covid-19?

Xo Sam

Easter Sunday: Quarantine Style

I can’t believe that Easter has come and gone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter despite being in quarantine. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection of the Savior. Dale and I had a wonderful Easter Sunday! I don’t remember what we had for breakfast (I totally forgot to take a picture) but we had a lot of yummy food throughout the day.

One of the hardest things about this quarantine has been being away from family and friends. For my birthday, I was supposed to fly out to Utah but obviously that didn’t happen. Thankfully, Zoom, Facetime, and the Marco-Polo app have been a life saver with staying in touch.

We started off the day Facetiming my family. I was able to talk with my mom, step-dad, and siblings, and my dad and his extended family.

After we Facetimed my family, we went on a nature walk around the neighborhood and park. It wasn’t long (30 minutes) but it was so, so beautiful enjoying the flowers, and soaking up some Vitamin D today after spending time with our families. Here’s what we enjoyed on our nature walk around the neighborhood:


I’m grateful that we were able to go on a walk today despite the world still being in a pandemic. I think it’s important to honor your true emotions during this time. For me, I have had moments of anxiety to happiness to tears to excitement to peace. I’ve been an emotional roller coaster to say the least. But as I’ve taken the time to really listen to where my heart is at it has been easier to process what is going on in the world.

We can talk more about Covid-19 in another blog post. I don’t want to focus on that right now. Anyway, back to our Easter celebration!

One of the best things we did on Easter was watch this short Youtube video from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love how the video simplifies what the real meaning of Easter is: The resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m so grateful for the Savior and for the ultimate sacrifice that He made.

For the rest of the day, we spent time with each other, and with Dale’s family. Dale’s brother and his wife surprised all of us in their car #SociallyDistantFamTime to wish us all a happy Easter! It was so sweet of them to stop by. It was definitely a weird feeling not having everyone together for a Easter dinner. Hopefully this quarantine won’t last much longer.

We had an amazing dinner that Dale and his dad made. It was delicious. These pictures do not give how good it tasted any justice. Once we ate dinner, and cleaned up we finished our wonderful Easter day by watching a few episodes of 24 on Hulu. Don’t judge us because Jack Bauer will come after you.

Anyway, I hope that you had a wonderful Easter day! Leave me a comment and tell me what you did on your Easter! Also, who else is a 24 fan?

XO Sam

To the class of 2020

We see you, class of 2020.

Your class is the generation that has survived some of the hardest, incredible, and most historic years.

This generation was born during the horrific time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This generation grew up during a war. This generation survived the economic recession. This generation survived natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.This generation witnessed the Beijing Olympics. This generation witnessed and watched the first African-American President Barack Obama. This generation survived the meltdown of the Mayan Calendar, Twitter launching, Boston bombing, and so much more.

Now they are witnessing, living, and surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We are watching them rise above and do their school work online. We’re watching them video chat with their friends. We’re watching them wave to their teachers by a virtual Zoom call or drive by. We are watching them cry for missing their friends. We’re watching them feel devastated about missing the big events of prom, graduation, senior trips, and more. These events are supposed to make the next few months of transitioning into adult life a little easier.

And all we can do is watch, support, love, and reassure them.

My heart breaks for my brother (and two cousins) who is a senior this year. He’s my not-so-little Buddy. His prom and graduation are canceled. His yearbook signing day gone. And let’s not forget senior ditch day is canceled as well. He, his friends, and teachers are all devastated. The weight of all of this hits hard, and I’m so sad by this all.

I don’t think that any of these events that have happened over the past 18 years are a coincidence. I believe that this generation is going to rise above like no other generation has before.

I know that because of a phone call that I had with my brother today. I called him, and told him how sorry I was and asked what I could do to help him. He assured me that there wasn’t much to be done. But you know what he also said to me?

He said, “Sam, it really sucks but it’s going to be okay.”

If that doesn’t speak beyond his years and wisdom, I don’t know what does. I’m grateful for my brother’s optimism while honoring his true feelings about the situation.

This world-wide pandemic is the end of a chapter for our seniors. They will be the ones who will continue to witness miracles, historical events, and so much more. We see you, class of 2020. You’re going to do great things in the years to come.

28 Things You Didn’t Know About Me (Birthday Edition)

Today I turned 28. So here are 28 things you may not know about me!
  1. I love writing. It’s something I have always been passionate about.
  2. I’ve been published five times in my life by an actual publisher.
  3. I have a never explored the city of LA–Dale and I were going to go and then the Coronavirus happened…we’ll get to exploring LA hopefully soon!
  4. I’m a grad school drop-out! Shocker, I know. That’s a long story. Comment below if you’d like a blog post about it.
  5. I have dressed up as a Harry Potter character almost every year since I was 12.
  6. I really hate being gluten and dairy free. Like, really hate it. Sometimes I hate it so much that I still eat gluten and dairy. But I always pay for it in the end.
  7. I can wiggle my ears. Yes, it’s weird. Get over it. 😅
  8. I have lived in Utah, California, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Maryland.
  9. I have never traveled outside of the United States.
  10. I love betta fish! Like, I’m kind of obsessed with how pretty they are.
  11. I swam competitively in high school and college.
  12. I hate, hate, hate shoe shopping. I have wide feet and skinny ankles and shoe shopping is the worst when you have that combination.
  13. I have a degree in Sociology! #GoAggies
  14. I had 31 roommates in college in a span of 6 years.
  15. I am terrified of horses.
  16. I was the only child for eight and a half years.
  17. I have seven siblings. One half-sister, two biological, and four step-siblings.
  18. I have never successfully climbed a tree.
  19. I love color. I can’t pick just one favorite color because I love them all.
  20. I hate dogs and I’m allergic to cats.
  21. I hope to have my artwork displayed in a gallery one day.
  22. I have ridden an elephant.
  23. I bought my first car at 20. I miss my Beast car! It died about six years ago.
  24. I changed my college major several times because I wanted to do it all (nursing, teaching, social work, English literature).
  25. I used to think that essential oils were a total hoax but now I’m a firm believer in them.
  26. My favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo.
  27. I married the kindest, compassionate, and loving man ever.
  28. I don’t have a passport.

I hope you enjoyed this little list of mine! Now, my favorite part! Questions for you!

  • 1. If you’ve been quarantined like me on your birthday, tell me what you’ve done to celebrate!
  • 2. Is there anything on the list that surprised you?

XO Sam

6 Ways to Stay Motivated During Quarantine

About a week ago, I posted on social media that I was still working through the Covid-19 pandemic as an essential worker. Since then, a lot of things have changed. Dale and I came to the difficult decision that it was time for me to take a step back from work because of my health problems and since his parents are in the category of high-risk since they are well-seasoned in years. It was hard calling my boss, and clients to let them know that I will be returning to work once all of this is over. But I’m glad that I am doing everything I can to keep my tribe safe. It’s better to be safe rather than risk it all.

My last day of work before I self-quarantined

As of today, I’m on day 6 of being self-quarantined. I’d be lying if I said that things were totally fine. I’m going completely crazy. It’s hard enough in our situation right now (Note: I love my in-laws; they are amazing people and I’m very grateful that I married into such a great family. I’m very grateful for their generosity for letting Dale and I live with them as we figure out a few things. I’m also very excited to move out and get on with our California adventure) and this quarantine is making it harder to stay motivated. But despite the weird situation, I’ve found several ways to stay motivated and to keep myself from going crazy. Here’s 6 ways to keep yourself motivated during this pandemic:

1. Take care of your spiritual self

One of the things that has constantly been on my mind while all of the Covid-19 has been going on is that now is the time to have more faith than fear. I think it’s more vital than ever to keep our souls and spiritual selves fed during this time. It may look different for you than it does for me (which is totally acceptable and okay!). For me, I take the time every day to pray, study the scriptures (Bible and the Book of Mormon), and even will take some time to just meditate. By feeding my soul, I feel more grounded and able to keep my faith in Christ strong. The Savior said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).” Now is the time to lean and trust in Him. He is all-knowing and will help make this burden lighter.

I'm on day 6 of being self-quarantined. Here's 7 ways I'm keeping myself motivated every day.

2. Set daily intentions and measurable goals

Some of you may be able to work from home right now (lucky ducks!) and others may be in my boat and can’t work from home. Either way, I believe it’s important to start your day with clear intentions and measurable goals. Some days may have a bigger “to-do” list than others but what matters right now is finding ways to stay busy and motivated. I think even the small things that you want to get accomplished are big wins right now! Want to clean off your desk? Make it a goal! Want to wash all the bedding in your house? Make it a goal! Want to find 10 ways to annoy your kids all day? Make it a goal! Want to film a Tic-Tok? Make it a goal! Want to sit on the couch all day and watch Netflix? Make it a goal! First one who gets off the couch looses and has to clean the fridge out. I’m not saying that you have to have a huge goal for the day, week, or month. I’m just saying that make a small to-do list every day, finish it, and then do whatever you want.

I love writing my goals in my Rachel Hollis 2020 Vision journal. It’s super cute, and a great way to hold yourself accountable. You can order it online off of Rachel’s website. #NotSponsored . . . but I’d be down to be sponsored by Rachel. I’m obsessed. I also love writing out my day in my paper planner. I know, I’m stuck in the 2000’s but there is something about writing it down on actual paper that makes it stick in my head all day. So, if you don’t have a planner or want to skip the spending grab a notebook and dedicate it to your goals and intentions.

3. Have an actual schedule and stick to it

Now that we’ve talk about goals, we gotta make them measurable. I’ve been seeing a lot of funny memes about not knowing how to keep a schedule, or just being so bored that they binge watch 8 hours of Netflix. I’m not going to lie, I’ve totally binged watched Netflix before. However, it’s still important for all of us to have some kind of schedule during this weird time. Finding a comfortable “new” and temporary normal is essential on staying motivated. I’m not saying you have to set an alarm every hour to make sure that you’re staying on task (unless that works for you). I’m saying plan out your day. Even if it means making a plan to watch Netflix all day long.

Tip: Something Dale and I have been doing every day is going on at least a 30 minute walk around our neighborhood to get some fresh air at the same time every day. It’s amazing what some vitamin C can do for your soul and mind!


4. Exercise and eat healthy every day!

I get it. It is is SO easy to just want to binge eat all the snacks in the house. It’s so easy to rationalize that you gotta have one more snack for your movie. Holding yourself accountable and continuing (or even starting) to have healthy eating habits doesn’t include binge eat because your bored. Summer will be here soon! I’m almost 100% certain if you look back at your 2020 goals gaining 25 lbs wasn’t one of them. 🙂 So many people have blogs (it’s coming soon!!) that have workouts, healthy and yummy recipes to make. Take advantage of this time to work on yourself. Let’s all get #QuarantinedFit

Natural endorphins will come your way by doing these two easy things. For me, exercise is a bit harder for me because of my health problems. But it doesn’t stop me from taking walks, and eating really healthy. Do your best. Don’t push it past your limit, but don’t become a total couch potato. Balance (or maybe I should call it the Force) is key here.

5. Make your bed every day

If you start off your day by making your bed, you will have started the day by accomplishing a task at the start of the day. This will give you a small sense of accomplishment and will lead you to having a stronger desire to finish another task.

Don’t believe me? Go watch this video called: If you want to change the world, start by making your bed by William McRaven, US Navy Admiral

6. Remember why you’re staying home

I think it’s so easy to forget the “why” of staying home. It’s easy to get caught up in your head and think, “Hey, I can just go out and see so and so for a few minutes. We’ll be six feet a part.” This is a pandemic. Things are going to get worse and then it’ll get better. Please stay home. Keep the essential workers safe. Find ways to stay motivated and reach those goals!

It’s a weird, unknown time that we are living in. It’s scary, and no one knows how long that this is going to last. It’s hard and frankly, it really sucks not being able to go do all the things right now. But I am so grateful for our essential works. I’m grateful for the medical professionals, the guys who keep the water and electricity going, and the grocery clerks. Every job matters. Every life matters. This is a great opportunity to take a step back and remember what really matters: Family. Friends. Relationships. Forgiveness. Compassion. Faith. Hope. LOVE. And most of all, remembering that God is in the details.
XO Sam