The First Things I Plan To Do Post-Quarantine

The First Things I Plan To Do Post-Quarantine

The thought of “post-quarantine” seems really far away right now when I’m writing this (May 8, 2020). As of right now, New York state is hoping to open parts of the state starting May 15th. However, NYC and Long Island are not apart of those areas that Governor Cuomo is hoping will open because we still haven’t met the guidelines to open by that date. Truthfully I have no idea when I’m going to be going back to work, or able to go grocery shopping without waiting on a huge line outside, or sit in a restaurant again. I’m almost positive this summer is going to involve wearing a mask to beach and there won’t be any trips anytime soon. I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be realistic. Things won’t really go back to “normal” and things will definitely be different moving forward. This time in quarantine has allowed me to do a lot of thinking about what I’m missing, the things that truly brought me joy, and things that maybe I don’t want to keep doing once this is all over.

The things I’m missing most is getting dressed for work every day and walking around the city. It’s incredibly inspiring for me to walk the streets of Manhattan, coffee in hand, looking at all the different people walking past me. It was my absolute favorite way to start and end my work day. The very first things I’m hoping to do post-quarantine will probably be getting coffee with my boyfriend in a coffee shop. Maybe even sitting down to enjoy it if we’re allowed to. Not just because I miss Starbucks either. Because I really miss being around other people.

Another thing I miss is the excitement of getting dressed to go out to a dinner date before a night at the bars with my friends. I definitely miss trying to pick out an outfit that’s not too revealing, but still feels sexy. I miss eating free bread at a restaurant and ordering a spicy margarita with dinner. I (kind of) miss standing at a crowded bar waiting for the bartender to notice me so I can order. I miss coming back to the table with a round of drinks. So I think the next thing I’ll want to do would be to go out to a bar and have a few drinks and dinner with my friends once we’re allowed to do that too. I’m not sure how that will work with social distancing, honestly.

I miss going to the park and complaining about how crowded it is and how I can’t find a good spot to take my outfit photos for a blog post. The park I usually go to was ALWAYS crowded, no matter what time of year it was. It was always a struggle to find a pretty spot that didn’t have people walking past you every 5 minutes. Even though it was super annoying to change a million times in the back seat of the car then standing and wait for a group of people to walk by, I miss going to the park without worrying about putting on a mask and gloves and staying far enough away from everyone. So I’ll probably also try and go to a park to get some new photos done once we’re allowed to.

I miss a lot of things honestly and I have no idea when I’ll be able to do them again. But one thing I know for sure is that I won’t take them for granted when I can do them again. I’ll make sure to smile and say thank you to my barista. I’ll tip a little extra for my server or bartender when I go out. I won’t even mind waiting for a group of 10 people to pass by in the middle of my photo shoot. As much as I want things to be normal again, I know they won’t be, so I’ll appreciate the things that make it feel as close to normal as possible.

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Things To Do This Summer 2019

Things To Do This Summer 2019

Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I would share a few things I love to do during the summer and a few things I’m looking forward to doing this summer. I’m hoping to inspire you to try some new things and enjoy your summer to the fullest!

1. Beach/Pool

This one is obvious, but it’s important. My absolute favorite thing to do in the summer is spend a day at the beach or pool, preferably with a drink in hand and the sun shinning. Here in New York, we’re lucky to be surrounded by lots of water so I always prefer the beach, personally. But, at least in New York City, there’s also the option to visit rooftop pools at various hotels all over the city!

2. Festival/Concert

Summer is festival season all over the world. It basically starts with Coachella in the spring and runs all the way through to September/October. Although a few big festivals have already passed, such as Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, there’s still a bunch coming up, such as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits (tickets are available for both still). In NYC, there’s also all kinds of free/cheap concerts in Central Park and at various music venues all over the city.

3. Weekend Trip

Specifically in New York, there are lots of cute and inexpensive destinations that you can head out to for 3 day weekend. Because so many places are within driving distance, these are really great, quick and easy trips to take. Like I’ve mentioned before upstate New York is a great place to go! My New Paltz, NY blog and my Lake Placid, NY blogs are linked here and here for you respectively. Aside from New York, there’s also so many destinations within driving distance, such as Philadelphia, PA or the Jersey Shore/Atlantic City, even Boston, MA!

4. Movies in the Park

In Central Park specifically, there are always movies showing in the summer every week. Usually, it’s older, feel good movies which is a lot of fun anyway. You can grab some snacks, a blanket and lay out on the lawn for a good movie! However, lots of parks all over the country do this also so you can find one in your state too!

5. Sunset Boat Cruise

This is something I’ve always been a little interested in doing because it’s a good way to get away without going too far. It’s a great date night or birthday dinner idea also! You can usually book groups for these boat cruises. It’s really romantic and usually drinks and dinner are included in the price (depending on the company) so it’s a good deal also. They have these all over New York City and in most other destinations that are on the water.

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