I’m trying something new: this is a LIVE blog post – that means I’ll publish five parts per day for 10 days. If you haven’t already, start by checking out my original COVID-19 post then follow along with me on Instagram for daily updates! Comments are SO welcome, what are you all doing these days? Let’s brain pool.
16. Start a blog
First, take notes (and more photos than you think you need). Whether you’re going for a travel blog or fitness, lifestyle, fashion – whatever – it’s likely something that’s on your mind throughout the day (or in the case of travel it’s a lived experience). I use the “notes” section in my phone to record details + random thoughts which I later look back on as the basis of my blog posts. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a caption to make each bullet point on your notes list a full sentence or two.
Example: this Paris post
I think the early stages of building content are the most work. You probably don’t have views yet and you’re essentially writing into the void — but this is critical. People aren’t as likely to revisit a blog with less than a few dozen useful articles, but if you work slowly and steadily you’ll have a collection in no time. In my experience, posting takes a lot longer than predicted. Settling for a gradual buildup of imperfect posts helps avoid burnout and the writing practice will likely make your work more efficient over time. Later you can look back and rework any early pieces that need a facelift.
I’m not going to lie, it’s scary putting your voice on the internet! It should be! There’s all kinds of mayhem online. But you have a unique perspective and chances are you can either help someone by offering them information or understanding or make a connection once you find like-minded bloggers – beyond the anxiety of self-publishing is a feeling of free self-expression, a confidence-building platform which is well worth the brainstorming and the editing.
Have a question? Comment below and let’s talk about your ideas/concerns.
17. Perform Random Acts of Kindness
Doing good feels good.
Start with a sweet: candy or a baked good. Add some yummy smelling lotions/potions, maybe tea and a little note about why this person plays a special role in your life.
Or keep it simple– help your colleague with something, give a few dollars or some time to a cause you believe in, say something kind to a stranger, write a thank you note, give a compliment, or similar.
18. Get crafty: draw, paint, or color
This is a tip from many of my friends, I’m “not an artist” (more of an enthusiast), but playing with a paintbrush does sound more appealing lately than usual. Why not revisit and see if the skill sticks?
19. Prep fruits and vegetables for sudden snack needs AND to flavor your water
I pre-cut cucumbers, lemons, and limes then store them in Tupperware in the refrigerator to use in water, teas, or to garnish dishes on the fly. It seems simple but really tends to add a special touch to everyday sips and bites!
Tip: cut the cucumber in rounds so you can use them on tired eyes (cooling, de-puffing magic? whether or not these actually work it’s a much needed “ahh” moment)
20. Introduce Meatless Mondays or Vegan Fridays
It’s good for the planet and for you!
Creamy tomato pasta with cannelloni beans and kale
- boil lightly salted water
- cut an “x” in the bottom of two tomatoes and blanch them: submerge them in the boiling water for 30 seconds then remove and set aside to cool
- add pasta to the boiling water — cook until it’s al dente (firm to the bite)
- sauté garlic in butter or olive oil on medium heat in two pans
- remove the peels of the tomatoes (this should be easy after blanching) then cut them into cubes
- in pan #1: add the tomatoes (and optional: a dash of crushed red chilis)
- in pan #2: add massaged kale (tear it off of the stem and squeeze it)
- in pan #1: add a half-cup pasta water + a cup of milk/cream (plant-based works too) and stir until it begins to thicken
- in pan #2: add a can of cooked cannelloni beans, reduce heat to low
- add salt and pepper then pasta (al dente, allow it to finish cooking in the sauce)