How to Stay Sane in Quarantine

Hey. I’m back. I know, it’s seems like forever since I’ve written. To be honest, it was so long, I forgot my WordPress password. I almost didn’t renew my Ampersandblog.net domain (& did at the very, very last minute). It’s not like I intentionally stopped blogging for any particular reason–it sort of naturally happened. I wasn’t feeling super inspired by anything & was doing a lot of writing (offline ;)). And I didn’t want to force it you know? Blogging has been a hobby and I didn’t want to feel stressed out by it.

But we’re here now! Amidst all the things going on the world, I’ve been drawn to comforting, easy, familiar things (as we probably all have), and I felt like I wanted to blog again. So thanks for bearing with me, for those of you who asked if I still blog, for reading anything I write at all. We’ll see if this becomes a regular thing!

We’re all in quarantine, doing the social distancing~ thing so figured I’d share some tips that have helped me stay (somewhat) sane during the past two weeks. By no means an expert (& always looking for new tips!) but hope this helps even a little bit!

 

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Bittersweetness

It only takes a few ingredients to make bittersweetness. A twinge of sadness, a pinch of happiness, a definitive ending & a hopeful beginning. Add some tears, a little laughter, wrap it all up in a deep sense of gratitude and you have a nice cup of bittersweet.

Bittersweetness might be the most complex emotion. The waves of sadness and sweetness are perfectly equal even though it seems impossible to be washed over with both at the same time. But I think it’s also the most beautiful way to feel truly alive, right here, right now.

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Weekend Guide to New Orleans

HELLO FRIENDS! It’s been a minute. But I have a very important post to write. If you follow me on Instagram (& watched all my obnoxious instastories LOL), you know I was in New Orleans recently with one of my best friends, Kara. When I told people I was going to NOLA, everyone freaked out. And that’s putting it lightly. Y’all LOVE New Orleans. I was bombarded with recommendations of places to eat, things to do, cocktails to drink. Honestly, it was kind of overwhelming! But it gave Kara & me a good place to start (and since we couldn’t get to everything, an excuse to go back ;))

So for those of you wondering or planning your own NOLA trip, here’s a brief overview of the things we did/places we ate to help you out. Oh, and I also get why everyone loves NOLA. I’m obsessed with it & I’ll be returning ASAP. Enjoy!

 

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