I’ve opted to spend most of my nights in (including weekends) or go out and not spend money in order to afford a few extra vacations this year. Staying in is my least favorite thing to do in the world. As you know, FOMO is my most expensive hobby. I don’t have to go all out and party every night of the week, but if I could, I’d meet a friend or two of a meal or coffee or drinks every day. Unfortunately, this just isn’t financially feasible if I also insist on nourishing my travel bug, so I find myself trying to find ways to occupy my time at home. This is how I’m killing the hours:
1. House of Cards. Have you seen this show? Everyone is talking about it and since I’m all about participating in popular culture, I had to get on the bandwagon too. After the first episode, I was completely enthralled. My understanding of American politics is rudimentary at best, but this show keeps me on the edge of my seat nonetheless. Suddenly spending a night in can actually be described as “exciting” and “fun”. Honorable Mention: Zeitgeist and The Imposter. Netflix is the answer to all my woes.
2. Read some good books. I used to devour fiction obsessively, but for the past 3-4 years I’ve read almost exclusively non-fiction books. From popular literature to niche interest, I try to get as much variety in my library as I can. I’ve been on a Malcom Gladwell kick recently, so if you’re looking for a good read, his books are my first suggestion!
3. DIY. Everyone lets out a soft chuckle of knowing laughter when you talk about all the things you pin on Pinterest that you mean to do but never actually accomplish. Now is the time. From making edible glitter for baking to repurposing old t-shirts into cute tops, most good intentions only need an hour or two to make them a reality.
4. Learn to cook something amazing. If there’s something I like to eat, I make the effort to learn to make it at home. I don’t care if it takes six attempts, I keep turning out bad to mediocre batches over and over until I get a recipe perfect. This is why I know how to whip up hollandaise sauce from scratch that surpasses that of any restaurant, and how I know how to make a chocolate souflee that will bring you to tears. Because I dine out so often, I don’t make use of my kitchen skills — or my ruthless devotion to honing them — nearly as often as I should.Well, now I have the opportunity. Armed with an arsenal of cooking blogs, yours truly has whipped of enough macarons and quiche to feed the French army.
5. Clean all the things. You know how you never do things like scrub all the floors by hand or organize your pantry because you “don’t have enough time”? Well, once you have time you get those things done, and your home becomes a happy place. In my evenings off I’ve transformed my apartment. Maybe it looks the same to visitors, but if you make a close inspection you’ll notice all the drawers are organized and there’s not a speck of dust to be found anywhere. My mom would be so proud. Even if your house was spotless to begin with, now might be an ideal time to finish some household projects you’ve been procrastinating.
This is what I’ve been doing, and so far it’s filling the spending-void quite nicely =) How do you fight the FOMO?