Today’s prompt: A contagious disease requires you to be put into quarantine for a whole month (don’t worry, you get well by the time you’re free to go!). How would you spend your time in isolation?

A whole month in isolation? I wonder if that’d be enough time to tackle everything I’ve been procrastinating on. Provided I have Internet access, here’s what I’d try:

There’s a book I’ve been wanting to write for the longest–part narrative history, part family story–and what I need are characters and context. I’d spend some of that time researching more about the history of the time I want to write about: gathering details, photos, names of places to map out and people to reach out to.

I’d also try to spend more time praying and reading the Bible. This is a continuous aspiration of mine–to feel more spiritually grounded. Maybe it’s the case where I’d never be satisfied with how much time I give to certain spiritual devotions, but without being harried about places to go and assignments to complete, I’d aim to use this solitary time to reconnect spiritually and find what works for me.

I’d write. Journaling, poems, pitches for stories that may never see the light of day, letters for friends and family.

I’d work on a long overdue scrapbooking project (I literally bought the scrapbook like 7 years ago and won’t throw it out because I’m CONVINCED I’m going to get around to it). I have lots of pictures and random materials from college and I’ve been meaning to put them all together in a scrapbook so I can consolidate my stuff and also have a go-to source whenever I want to walk down memory lane (those were good times!). Also, I’d work on a vision board. Even though I’m kind of a control freak and want to know what’s gonna happen next in my life, I’m not really good at writing out long-term goals. I know a vision board, like a 5-year plan, isn’t set in stone. But I feel like it’d be a fun, creative way to start deliberately thinking about how I see myself, what I value, what I want to achieve and how I’d like to grow.

If there’s any left over time from those things and sleep (why didn’t I mention that first?!), I might watch those documentaries waiting for me in my Netflix queue,  research some tip for better hair care and maybe start teaching myself another language (Hindi?).