INDOORS “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”

Últimamente intento que el contenido de mi blog sea atemporal, que pueda ser de ayuda o un recurso inspirador a pesar del tiempo. Tenía muchas dudas sobre si debía hablar de… cof, cof…. el monotema. No puedo aportar mucha información científica sobre el Corona Virus y creo que ya hay datos suficientes en los medios (por favor verifica y no compartas de más) que insisten en la importancia de quedarse en casa y en que te laves las manos al ritmo del coro de “Oops I did it again” de Britney Spears./ Lately I’m trying to make timeless content for this blog, helpful or inspiring resources despite the time. I had many doubts about whether I should talk about…. cough cough…. the topic. I cannot provide much scientific information about the Corona Virus and I think that there is already enough data in the media (please check and do not overshare) that insist on the importance of staying indoors and on how to wash your hands to the rhythm of Britney Spears’ “Oops I did it again”.

THE MAGIC OF STAYING INDOORS 🚪

Millones de opiniones se cuecen en redes sociales y el bombardeo de información más que algo bueno parece una maldición. Espero este post te sea útil, independiente de que lo leas por el Corona Virus (que nos arruinó los planes de Primavera a todos), estés en casa esperando un paquete, tengas poco dinero para salir o simplemente estés agotado del ruido diario./ Millions of opinions are popping on social media and the bombardment of information seems like a curse sometimes. I hope this post is useful to you, regardless of whether you read it: in quarantine due to the Corona Virus (which ruined Spring plans for all of us), or if you are indoors waiting for a package, or if you have little money to go out or if you’re simply exhausted from the daily noise.

📚 RE DESCUBRIR VIEJAS MANERAS DE CONSUMIR CONTENIDO/ REDISCOVER OLD WAYS OF CONSUMING CONTENT 📚

Apagar el teléfono incluso en momentos de aislamiento trae tantos beneficios, y es que en Internet hay una agenda de la optimización y la eficiencia personal que nunca para y que pareciera castigar a aquellos que nos queremos tomar un break y nada más. No pasa nada si no te unes al live de Instagram o no haces un curso online. Lee la novela que comenzaste hace dos meses, vuelve a ver la serie de televisión con la que creciste en los 90 o túmbate en el sofá a ver las grietas del techo./ Turning off the phone even in moments of staying indoors brings so many benefits, the Internet has an optimization and personal efficiency agenda that never stops, it seems to punish those of us who want to take a break indoors by doing nothing for a little while. It does not matter if you don’t join an Instagram live or an online course. Read the novel you started two months ago, rewatch the 90s TV show you grew up with, or lie on the couch to see the cracks of your ceiling.

🎥ELIGE UN CLÁSICO / PICK A CLASSIC 🎥

Seguro hay películas o series de televisión consideradas “clásicos” que no has visto. Piensa en lo que nunca has podido ver por culpa del ajetreo diario y adelante, así cuando alguien en una reunión saque a colación “Lo que el viento se llevó”, podrás dar una opinión sustanciosa./ There are movies or TV shows considered “classic” that you have not watch. Pick one you have never been able to watch due to the daily hustle, then if someone in a meeting talks about “Gone with the wind”, you’ll be able to give a substantial opinion.

💆🏻RITUALES / RITUALS 💆🏻

Mucha gente te dirá que hacer yoga es lo ideal, otros que una mascarilla y alguno insistirá en que “La magia del orden de Marie Kondo” cambiará tu vida. No importa tu elección, pero elige algo que tenga la magia de aislarte por un minuto de todo lo demás. A mí, dibujar y bailar me aíslan totalmente./ Many people will tell you that doing yoga is the perfect choice, others prefer a sheet mask and some will insist that “The magic of the order of Marie Kondo” will change your life. Choose something that has the magic of isolating you for a minute from everything else. Drawing and dancing are my choice when I want to block reality.

💭REINVENTA, REVALORA, REINICIA / REINVENT, RECONNECT, REVALUE, RESTART 

Si después de situaciones como ésta no hacemos una reflexión, nos merecemos el Apocalipsis. Pero si te ha tocado quedarte en casa por no tener dinero para gastar, puedes pensar en modificar tus hábitos de consumo, en cómo aportar algo de valor en el futuro con tu trabajo o en un plan para volverte millonario como la Rosalía./ If after a situation like this, we decided to go on as if nothing had happened, we deserve the Apocalypse. But if you have had to stay indoors because there’s no money to spend, you can think about modifying your consumption habits, or on how to contribute with something valuable in the future with your work or you can devise a plan to become a millionaire, just like La Rosalía.

⚪️NOTHING / NADA ⚪️

Hace tiempo hablé en ESTE POST sobre las grandes ventajas del aburrimiento. ¿Por qué incluso en tiempos de descanso tenemos que estar en una vorágine de producción 24/7? No pasa nada por tener un momento de quietud pensando en algo como el susto que se ha de haber llevado la primera persona que escuchó a un loro hablar./ A few months ago I wrote THIS POST about the great advantages of boredom. Why even in times of rest, there is a pressure to be productive 24/7? There’s nothing wrong with having a moment of stillness thinking about something like, what happened to the first person who heard a parrot speaking? Did he or she got scared?

PS: Si necesitas algo (excepto papel de baño) estoy por aquí o por Instagram./ If you need anything (except toilet paper) just tell me here or on Instagram. Stay safe indoors!

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  • So many great points here. I was laid off 2.5 years ago from my magazine job, my UE ran out after 6 months and I have been living off savings and some contract jobs. In fact I found two freelance gigs right before the outbreak that more or less dried up. It is scary how long term the economic impact could be and where this could lead. Not good. I often think of moving to Paris maybe an English tutor to children and have a simple quite life. When I was in Paris for FW this past fall I ran in to a women from the states she was staying with a friend who lived in an area on the RER right outside Paris. She was astonished that her friend was paying $600 for the flat which she said was decent. Why was she astonished? Because there is NO WHERE in the U.S where one can pay $600 for rent. I was paying $600 a month in rent in 2001 in Seattle.

    Today this apartment is around $1800 a month though salaries have not budged much for many people. They say %70 of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and this in a supposed “booming” economy…#fakenews. So I feel like this country is very much on the edge. I hope it all ends well. But Paris still calls me lol.

    I hope things are well with you. I hope your work was not too impacted. I hope things go well in your country. And let us all pray this crisis ends sooner then later.

  • This is such a great post – I love the idea of going back to basics and consuming content in original ways! I’m so with you on dancing and drawing, but also on the importance for stillness. Sometimes, it’s so good to take a moment and ground yourself. Thanks for sharing <3

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  • Hola Pablo! es verdad. Llevamos por aquí casi un mes de cuarentena y ya no queremos oír más del tema. Sólo vemos cifras desalentadoras, así que hemos estado buscando entretenernos haciendo otras cosas. Siempre dentro de casa claro! En lo personal soy una amante de la tranquilidad y tener mis momentos de no hacer nada, pero nunca estamos conformes verdad? vamos a ver que sacamos en limpio de todo esto. Un Beso y buenas energías! nos cuentas como te queda la pizza!

    http://www.amoriosdelamoda.com

  • Hey Pablo? How you doin?
    This is all so surreal, isn’t it? but I hope you manage to keep your good mood despite everything. This is very improtant!
    Anyway, after 2 weeks of lockdown I can say that at the everything change pretty quickly staying at home all day long, everyday.
    I mean, at the start you pass from “i’m gonna fill my day with everything I’ve never found time to do” to “All I want is to go out!!”, then you start spending all your day among Netflix and socials, but in few days you get tired of it , so you slowly start doin things, pretty randomly like cooking or doing beauty things or tyding… and then you tend on concentrate on only 2 or 3 and keep on doing happily them avery day.
    In short in about a week you’ve got a brand new routine. And I bet everyone has its own, (re-?) discovering own passions and inclinations!
    For example, since I was used to go running and do work out every day except week end, I’ve organized a gym at home and started a yoga program (other than a crossfit program to do at home), and i have to say that I totally love it! Now every morning I start my day with at least 1 hour of yoga!
    And I’m finaally reading a lot! With calm!
    The most right point among all tose you’ve listed here is to turning of the phone! Really it can be overwhelmed in this moment: messages and calls at every moment!
    Once you try to turn it off, even for a couple of hours, it’s very life-changing!
    Anyway, very smart and helpful tips, my dear friend, and I love the close ups of your interiors: your home seems to be very modern and stylish!
    Stay safe stay healthy and stay strong, sending you all my good vibes!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

    • Hi Pablo. I’ve been so busy with online school, learning to work in new programmers and making 100 lessons plans scenarios for 10 different situations (for we never know what will happen next), worrying about my pupils and what will happen, that I hardly had the time to worry or to notice that I’m in self- isolation….but your points are absolutely brilliant. I do agree that it is important to turn out our phones and news and focus on little things and rituals that bring us joy. Taking the time to study or pursue a new hobby is a fantastic option, too. I want to congratulate you on such a beautiful art and article. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe!

  • We’re approaching some really scary times and it is so imperative people follow good hygiene and stay indoors. But it’s so hard when some of our leaders put out so many conflicting regulations. These industries must stay home but schools and shopping centres stay open. In Australia we’ve moved into stage 2 lock down which is merely hairdressers and beauty salons are now closed and businesses should be working from home. I don’t have the luxury with my job, I am out and about having to visit supermarkets. I have seen just how many people are cramming into stores and how NO ONE remembers to follow social distancing. You have no idea how angry I have been getting. I would love to be able to stay indoors and keep myself and my family from harms way but I don’t have that luxury. Firstly my employer is all “it’s business as usual” and likes to remind us how we are employed under a casual contract ie don’t turn to us for help. Unfortunately I can’t afford to tell them no, my health is a priority right now. I hate being out there, people walking into me and pushing me constantly. I really feel for supermarket workers who also have no choice and unlike me have to remain in that store for longer than an hour. It really upsets me to see so many people out and about. Especially today, after we were moved to stage 2 conditions, to see so many people at the shops and on the streets was so disheartening. And it is a slap in the face to those of us who must continue working. They’re putting our lives on the line unnecessarily too. It’s so sad that after the bushfires in Australia and seeing so many people here and overseas rallying in support yet no one can find the means or kindness to be considerate and respectful to others? We haven’t even began with this virus over in Australia. It will hit us BIG if people don’t start wising up.

    Stay safe
    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

  • Hey Fungi!

    Hope you’re doing well and are keeping safe.

    I know this spring is so uncertain and we all want to return to our normal lives but there is beauty in staying at home. I’ve been doing yoga a lot, meditating and listening to different podcasts to keep busy and sane. It feels great having time to do the things we enjoy the most!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  • Hey Fungi!

    I really love your blog! Your message is true, humorous, heartwarming, and beautiful! Those pieces of your home inspire me, so I would love to post about home on my blog 🙂

    A friend of mine gave me a DVD, “Gone with the wind” 20 years ago. Whenever I have a very bad problem, I remember that movie and play the theme song in my brain, hahaha.
    I didn’t know about La Rosalía, so I just watched her on YouTube. She is so cute<3 I am glad that I know about different people!

    Thank you for sharing your great collage arts, I was so moved by the last paragraph!! Stay safe <3

    akiko