Social Distancing Survival Pack: Part 2


I don’t know about you but the idea of hanging out in my pajamas all day and teleworking is getting a little stale! I’ve imposed a routine to my days that I wanted to share, plus a few things I recommend as end of the day “treats!”

My school is holding all of our classes remotely, so we are required to be available between 9-5pm. Here’s what my schedule looks like right now —



Whew! I’m exhausted just looking at all of that. In all honesty, I’m grateful to have things to do. What does your routine look like? Have you figured out your new normal?


Part of my new normal is having something to look forward to every day. Some days it’s been making a new recipe, others it’s been a movie. Here are some treats I’ve been saving for the end of the day or when I just can’t stare at a screen any longer…

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Social Distancing Survival Pack: Part 1

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(Photo from the Matouk linens collection)

If you’re anything like me, this whole COVID-19 outbreak has you a little spooked. While staying at home for 3 days and doing nothing normally sounds like a good time, being faced with the prospect of being in my own home for several weeks has me nervous. Luckily, when I’m nervous I make lists!

Without further ado, here are some things to get you through the coronavirus containment/social distancing/March 2020 time at home:
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The Contentment Challenge

As I mentioned in my 2017 goals post, part of my “save more, spend less” goal this year involves doing the contentment challenge. The challenge was created by Nancy Ray and it involves not spending any money, outside of groceries and must-haves, for three months.


The goal of the challenge is to learn to be content with what you have, instead of constantly looking for more. This means giving up “window shopping” or “online shopping” during this time period as well. I have to admit – this will be the hardest part for me!!

Ray suggests channeling all of the extra time and energy you will have into another activity. I hope to use my extra time to sew some of the fabric that has been building up in my stash! I can’t wait to work with some of the vintage patterns I’ve been accumulating over the past year.


Another part of the Contentment Challenge is reading books that inspire you. I’ve already read Ray’s top pick and highly recommend it — Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. I think I will try Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Melton is a favorite of mine for her work with refugees and her unapologetic candor about her life. I suspect that her latest book, about her marriage breaking down and then healing, will be filled with wonderful insights.

I wanted to do the Contentment Challenge for two reasons; One I wanted to get the year off to a good start, focusing on what I have, instead of what I don’t. And two, it seemed like a good way to curb spending and put more money toward student loan debt.

Have you ever heard of the Contentment Challenge? Check out Nancy Ray’s blog series (here) and the instagram hashtag (here) for more details. 

My new planner: Emily Ley Simplified Planner Review


Last Friday I shared my review of the 2015-16 Simplified Planner and today I’m talking about my new Simplified Planner for 2016-17!

Emily Ley offers several versions: an academic weekly, an academic daily, and a calendar year daily. She launched the academic versions a few weeks ago and the calendar year versions will launch in the fall.

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