I hope you and your family are feeling happy and healthy as you are reading this. With all the craziness going on, I had to fly home from my semester studying abroad in Spain 2 months early. Though this was definitely upsetting, I spent quite a bit of time making peace with the situation, praying, using Young Living products to keep my mindset and physical wellbeing in check, and meditating for goodness & light to fill the whole planet. Now that I am home, keeping up with online class lectures and doing homework has definitely kept me busy a decent amount of time, I still have a lot more time on my hands than I am used to. Inspired by my friend Kristin, I decided I needed to make a list of fun things I could do when I was bored at home, a Quarantine Bucket List if you will, since unfortunately I can no longer spontaneously have a fun dinner in the heart of Madrid with my roommates on a random Tuesday or look forward exploring a new European city each weekend. I keep this Post-It note list on my desk so anytime I am feeling stuck I can quickly be inspired by something that will make me feel good. If you’re in a bit of funk right now or feeling a little stir-crazy as we complete week 3 of quarantine, trying out one of the items on the list below or making your own list might be just what you need. 

Quarantine Bucket List:

  • Make an uplifting playlist
  • Clean your room
  • Clear up phone storage/ delete unneeded photos from my camera roll
  • Post on Essentially Brie
  • Write a new blog post 
  • Do a lecture for Yale’s The Science of Well Being on Coursera (P.S. this course is FREE & details about registering for the course can be found here. This has been one way I’m doing personal development these days.) 
  • Do charcoal armpit detox daily
  • Paint 
  • Read a book (I just finished The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, and now I’m onto Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff… both some good ol’ personal development reads. If you haven’t yet, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill is a MUST read for anyone and everyone… I am considering re-reading it during this quarantine.) 
  • Go for a run
  • Do yoga 
  • Go on a walk with Franki (my pup)
  • Go to the beach
  • Form a routine of some sort 
  • Study a language on Rosetta Stone or Duolingo
  • Make a fun video compilation of Madrid 
  • Make a photo album of Madrid on Shutterfly 
  • Catch up on A Million Little Things
  • Clean out my pajama and sweater drawers 
  • Meditate (Though I do not personally use it right now, I have heard great things about Insight Timer if you’re looking for somewhere to start with your spiritual growth.)
  • Cook or bake something for your family 


Wishing you much peace and abundance during this time. If you are looking for a virtual friend (the best we can do right now… lol), I’d love to connect on insta @essentiallybrie

Be well!

XO, Brie