Isn’t that a depressing title? I was not a fan of the quarantine. It was all too easy to become a pile of media-consuming mush during this “unprecedented” and “uncertain” time. Ya, ya.
Anyway, I feel very strongly about not letting circumstances disrupt your wellbeing, which for me is heavily reliant on activity and Jesus. Boredom is breeding grounds for mental unrest and vengeful depression.
And because I don’t believe in a lifestyle of boredom, I refuse to let it plague me. Because it can do that. It has led me down one too many rabbit holes in the past.
Proverbs 19:15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.”
I just want to note here that none of these were completed in one day. It is the sum of our labor that results in fruit and it is the endurance of our attention that results in accomplishment.
Without further ado, here ere are 5 things that kept me busy when the world wanted to paralyze me with fear and the enemy wanted to cast me into deep sleep:
1. Design & Build a Trellis
My grandfather and I built a trellis early on during the shelter-in-place orders, thank God Home Depot was still open. This trellis is actually pretty cute but I am not confident we built it for the correct plants. Haha, we have cucumber vines inching their way on the lower levels now and with time we will see if this makes a good support for the crop. It was a lot of fun to design a wooden structure and watch it come alive by the work of your own hands.
2. Try Over 20 New Recipes
I love food, really, I do. I try to focus on cooking your typical nutritious meal but sometimes, we just have to deviate from time to time. Healthy food is awesome but I also don’t believe in total restriction, that just makes for hungry grumps and food snobs. That’s why I tried a range of from-scratch recipes from green juices to stuffed cabbage to Dutch apple pie! I had never made any of those before.
3. Record & Edit Videos
This is a new hobby for me that I have found to be interesting, yet, time-consuming. I have been recording different shots around the home and garden to get a glimpse into the life of nature. It has been fun to view things from a new perspective and to try to make sense of arbitrary recordings by editing shots into one cohesive video. I haven’t any finished products, at the moment, but maybe I will share one or two when I get there.
4. Rearrange Our Shared Bedroom
I don’t have any photos of this one just because it’s not totally finished and I forgot to snap a before pic. My goal here was to give my toddler princess her own space that represented her own playroom. We share a bedroom without option to convert any other room in the house for play so I had one option: revamp our bedroom. Our room was originally arranged nicely to the eye but my adult stuff and her toddler stuff were occupying the same spaces. It was hard to distinguish what was baby’s versus what was Mama’s. More than that, though, I wanted to give A her own area to foster independence, belonging, and exploration. I looked at some Montessori models and went to work!
5. Chop My Hair
My hair is going through a crisis, which may or may not have thrown me into an identity crisis. I’m blessed that my hair grows fast but it was growing too fast, especially now that it has decided to go straight. The bottom half of my hair was retaining its curl but the top half pin straight. Slick on top, wild on bottom. Not cute. Honestly, I thought the chop would bring my curls back to life. Sadly, it didn’t, but I now have much lighter, freer hair!
“She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.”