2020 Gratitude: Interior Design

I am not the only one who feels this way!

Little by little over quarantine, I have added little decorations to my apartment. In the “before times,” I would plop onto my couch for an hour or so every night, and therefore didn’t think too much about my surroundings. However, now that I am home literally all the time, I’ve invested more in the ambience and ergonomics of my living space – anything to make the days more bearable!

One of my favorite purchases of quarantine, as indicated by my tweet above, is a desk! I got it from Wayfair and it is perfect for my needs – it’s narrow and foldable, but still sturdy. I topped it all off with a laptop stand and a phone stand to keep things fairly sleek and organized (if you don’t look at my headphone cords).

Before getting a desk, I tried eking by with a lap desk, occasionally using one of our dressers as a standing desk. I tried making things more ergonomic – propping my computer up on the table with books, sitting on a stack of pillows, using a lumbar pillows – but, at the end of the day, having an actual desk with an actual chair has been the best thing for my body. My posture is better and, as a result, my joints and muscles feel better!

I’ve also invested in more art for the apartment! Researching different pieces and putting them up have been a big source of joy for me in quarantine. I’m actually surprised that we didn’t invest in art sooner because it’s been so nice to have the empty spaces in our home filled with things that make me happy!

Though I love all of our art, my two favorites are definitely the “Note to self” tapestry by Morgan Harper Nichols and the “Pilipinas” print by Bianca Austria. Like many others, I’ve become more conscious of how and where I spend my money, and am happy to support female POC artists who are making beautiful things!

My last favorite “thing” I’ve bought for the house in quarantine has been a floor pillow – but not just any floor pillow! A cat floor pillow! I was hesitant about the design, thinking that it was too cartoon-y to match with everything else in our apartment, but it ended up being love at first sight. It’s poofy and sturdy and very comfortable to sit on, and, as I’ve mentioned many different times, it’s another tiny pop of joy that has carried me through quarantine.

Look at those eyes! Tell me that they don’t make you happy!

App Recs: Creativity

I spent the majority of 2019 focused on one major creative outlet: comedy. I took a sketch writing class at the end of 2018, and transitioned into studying and watching improv comedy throughout 2019 and part of 2020. While it was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, and others have still been able to create laughter in new, out-of-the-box yet still socially distant ways, for me, it also did not translate well to remote practice in quarantine.

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Without comedy, I looked to other ways to explore my creative interests. This blog and my various craft projects, which I’ve written about before, are only a few examples of newfound creative outlets. I’ve additionally turned to some new apps to explore my artistic side further – read about them below!

Mental Health October: Spiraling

One bad mental habit that I often fall into accidentally is spiraling.

You know the like: if I don’t finish this problem set, then I won’t understand the material, and if I don’t know the material, I’ll fail the exam, and if I fail the exam, I’ll fail the class, and if I fail the class, I’ll fail out of school, and if I fail out of school, I’ll be saddled with thousands of dollars of debt without an degree, blah blah blah…

This habit can become very stressful very quickly, and is almost never productive or useful. It’s truly just a waste of time and energy!

As hard as I try, I can’t stop my spiraling thoughts entirely – but I can become more aware of when they pop up and work hard to fend them off. I’ve learned some of these tactics in therapy, and tried others based off of my own research on the internet – read about them below!

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