It’s St Patty’s Day! Which would typically mean wearing green, grabbing Guiness at a super crowded Irish Bar with friends, and maybe a smooch with a nice Irish lad (just kidding, not my style). But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic none of this is advisable for the health and safety of everyone, especially the most vulnerable. So instead, this year we’re skipping the crowds and tossing on our greenest pajamas (pjs are far better than green beer-soaked skinny jeans anyway!).

So what’s a gal to do during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine?! It doesn’t have to mean the fun stops here. And I don’t mean just for St. Patty’s Day. I mean in general! For someone like me who is an extrovert, a busy-body, and now has to pause and self-quarantine I’m going to need to keep myself busy. More than just a Netflix binge rec (but no judgement if you do that at some point too), here are some ways I think you can make the most of this time. 

And if all the stress of what’s going on in the world is clouding your brain a bit, I’ve included some resources to help ya out a bit too!

1. Leverage Quality Time

Perhaps you’re cooped up with your partner, kids, dog, cat or maybe riding solo. Whatever it is, spend some much needed QT with those in your close quarters and with yourself. In our normal busy lives, we’re always racing around sometimes on auto-pilot. Take this time to pause and really connect. Maybe ask questions you wouldn’t normally. Instead of dreading the close quarters, embrace it. You can leverage the list of 36 questions to get vulnerable with someone you love, ask your kids some fun questions to see how their little minds think and maybe even record it in their baby book (you know that thing you got when they were a baby that you probably haven’t opened in a while?) and with yourself, you could leverage the time to dream big for your own future

2. Phone a Friend 

In our age of technology, we also have the luxury of staying connected through so many different platforms. For extroverts, staying connected is key! Since these times are especially difficult for the elderly, you should call your parents, grandparents and pretty much just check in with your loved ones. Something fun you can also do is catch up with friends over wine, via video chat (FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype are some options). In this case, everyone gets to connect without even leaving their sofa. So it’s pretty much a win-win!

3. Declutter Your Life

Since you’ll have plenty of time at home, you could KonMari the sh*t out of it and come out of hibernation with a more joyful, organized home. But why stop there?! If you want to take it a step further, KonMari your life while you’re at it too! It’ll help with your mental status too which you’ll need to keep sane during this time. Take this time to do things that spark joy! Also, when it comes to working from home, you may already be used to it or maybe not. Or maybe you’re just not used to it while others are there too. Either way, take some time to reorganize or recreate your work-from-home space so that you feel most at ease in your environment.

4. Learn Something New

I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning. This is probably what I’m most excited about during this time. The time to learn something new. I have a list of the things I want learn and just never enough time. You could try a new recipe. My friend Kristen’s Slender Kitchen website has loads of recipes you take a stab at. You can spend the time learning a new language. For this, Duolingo is your best friend. Reading is always a great way to unwind. If you haven’t read Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness yet then definitely make this your priority! A lot of our business is built on her fundamentals and it even inspired our name. She also has a worksheet to go along with the book. 

5. Move Your Body

Gyms are closing all over the place to help support the control of the virus but that doesn’t mean you have to slack on your exercise routine. I recommend welcoming these boss babes into your home. Yoga with Adriene is one of my faves! All you need to do is roll out your yoga mat and you’re good to go! Karena and Katrina’s Tone It Up also has great workouts you can do at home. And if you’re lucky enough to be in an area where you can go for a run, a hike or just get outdoors while keeping your distance from others – do it! 

6. Tackle Something You’ve Been Putting Off

Great time to get your taxes done! (Boring, I know). But also a great time to update your resume or get started on your side hustle or business. And since we’re all stuck at home, lucky for you, you can still pursue your dreams and build a business in your pajamas! In an effort to help support women pursuing their business dreams and making it accessible & affordable during this time, we’re re-opening enrollment and offering an insanely discounted pricing now through April 15th to give you no excuses to get started with our Nest for Success Ecourse

7. Travel (Virtually)

Travel has always been a passion of mine and of our Wildernest team. I’m actually sitting here in Buenos Aires, Argentina writing this blog and waiting out the social distancing until I catch my flight back to the US. But since we can’t travel at this time, we’re going to have to use our imagination. Here’s a list of museums you can virtually visit or you can travel with Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on Netflix or watch a film about another country. I would highly recommend Happiness which is about a little boy who trains to be a monk with an interest in the modern world. This film changed my life and was the first reason why I wanted to visit Bhutan. I still haven’t been – but it’s on the list! You can also use this time to research and plan out your next big trip.

8. Stay Sane

It’s also good to just use this time to, as my mom would say, “chillax”. Drink some tea, take a bath, meditate or whatever helps put you at ease. I just listened to Oprah’s The Path Made Clear and I have to say, there is something so soothing about Oprah’s voice. I think you’ll love it too. Her belief and the premise is that everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” Maybe you can hone in on your purpose during this time too.

9. Spread Joy!

I leave you with one last thought: While we all know how contagious this virus is, you know what else is contagious: kindness, laughter and love. So let’s spread more of that. Stay positive and I’m very certain we will get through this together.

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lisa val verde



During her 10+ years marketing everything from concept to commercialization on a global landscape, Lisa has found that her greatest opportunity is to empower and encourage any woman with a burning passion and a desire for change to pursue whatever lights her spirit on fire. With Wildernest, Lisa is able to help other women break down their own walls to achieve their full potential, and enable a community of passionate women to create thriving businesses and become catalysts for change.

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