• Eunice Kabasele

KEEPING BUSI1001: Things to do During the Pandemic!

Written by Eunice Kabasele

Am I the only one who thought life after quarantine was going to be all sunshine and rainbows but instead, we got a lump of coal for Christmas? Stepping into stage 3 of the pandemic felt like having ice cream on hot summer’s day or stepping out to the smell of freshly cut grass, or that glass of water when you first wake up in the morning. All this to say, those brief weeks of euphoria were short-lived, and it now feels like Quarantine 2.0 – School edition.

In light of recent events with the rise of COVID-19 cases, discussions around reverting to stage 2 are arising in response to the premier, Doug Ford’s recent announcement in implementing stricter rules for social gatherings. The province is now limiting social gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors in the capital city and other Ontario regions such as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) (https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/social-gatherings-limited-to-10-people-indoors-25-outdoors-in-ottawa-1.5108819 ).

UPDATE: The city of Ottawa is now in a modified stage 2 for the next 28 days, whereby, facilities such as restaurants, cinemas, gyms and more are now closing. The government is asking people to mitigate any non-essential travels as much as possible for the next 28 days. This will be in effect as of Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:01 a.m. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-cases-friday-1.5756516 )

Now, I do not know about you, but it feels like I am going back into a dark hole, that is, quarantine except in a different season. Where the screens I was once quotidianly involved in, Netflix, Youtube and Tiktok has now become CuLearn, Zoom and Microsoft Outlook. Tell me, where is the lie? The answer is: Nowhere.

It is now midterm season, also known as, stress season and with the burden of a potential second wave of quarantine knocking on the door, it would be a good idea to indulge in some new hobbies or potential DIY projects to maintain our sanities, would you not agree?

Over the pandemic, my friends and I have picked up a couple projects and DIYs to make this new normal worthwhile. Here is a list of ideas to get you going!

1. My home studio! 📸

Over Quarantine 1.0, I took up the hobby of photography and editing. Although because it was not necessarily safe to go location scouting, I created my own little studio in my living room. Using different home apparatuses such as different coloured bed sheets as backdrops, ottomans and bar stools as props and Amazon funded backdrop stands and lighting equipment and myself as a model. I would say it was not too shabby, take a look below!

2. Did someone say self-care? Uh, Yes Please! 💆🙋

Over the summer, I was taking three classes! Learning four months of material in a month and a half was stressful as it is. As a result, I created my own DIY Lip scrub to add to my skincare routine. All you need is: Honey, Brown Sugar, and Coconut Oil.

Now, I am currently looking into DIY Face Masks to go the extra mile! Self-care does not necessarily mean skincare. It takes on many forms all translating to any sort of pampering you deem boosts your morale. For example, painting – Savannah, one of our Brand Ambassadors decided to indulge in a room makeover project. You can also take pleasure in hopping on the phone aesthetic trend in personally customizing your iPhone with the new iOS 14 (link to a tutorial below). All in all, do whatever brings you joy.

Sunflower wall by Savannah C.

@SlimmShayydy on Youtube and Instagram

Click the video to view it on Youtube!

2. Turn a passion into a business! ❤️ + 👨‍💻= 💰💰💰

The first wave of quarantine inspired many to turn their passion into a business. In my personal community, many of my friends did not like the concept of staying idle but instead wanted to turn their creativity and innovation into profit. In my home, two of my roommates launched businesses in hair and makeup respectively. In my circle of friends, many of my friends released various types of music projects and even clothing lines! I personally worked on my branding by indulging in creating makeup and fashion IGTVs and creating an aesthetically pleasing Instagram profile. Check out their businesses and projects below!

CEO Lyere O. Recapelli - Wigs CEO Lis Neylla - NeyllaSecrets Streetwear fashion

@recapelli_wigs on Instagram! @nellyasecrets on Instagram! @boycott.clo on Instagram!

Take these three ideas and run with it! Feel free to branch out! The goal is to de-stress and step away from the school screen and into the creative scene to fuel in some energy. Feel free to share any of your DIYs you did throughout the pandemic or are planning to do over reading week with the #SPROTTYDIYs on Instagram and tag @sprottsmsa.