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Not-So-Sexy Self-Isolation with Anaa Saber
From cooking and meditation to long drives to the local beach and playing dress-up, how Anaa Saber is passing the time under quarantine.

 

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their “not-so-sexy” self-isolation and work-from-home experiences. 

Last week, we chatted with Anaa Saber, a NYC based creative entrepreneur, model, and writer, about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected her work and how she plans to pivot, all while partaking in the holy month of Ramadan. In a complete shift from her regular work life, she’s adjusting and restructuring her own business plan to make room for play. For Anaa, the simple things in life like cooking, long drives to the local beach, and binging on her must-watch film list are just some of the ways she’s passing the time. Keep reading for more on Anaa.

What day of quarantine are you on?

At this point, I’ve lost track.

Where are you quarantining?

For the most part I’ve been on Long Island at my family’s house. As of a few days ago, I just returned back to my apartment in Manhattan.

How are you adjusting to the new normal?

I’m really hoping that this isn’t the new normal, adjusting has become a never-ending battle. I don’t think one can fully adapt to what we’re going through since everyone’s normal routines have been completely disrupted.

What has been motivating you, or not?

Some days I feel extremely motivated and others I don’t. The highs are high, and the lows are low and that’s perfectly fine. Work with what you have, find happiness in the small things.

How has your workflow and structure changed?

The first two months of quarantine were pretty lack-luster for me, a lot of it was all about restructuring my business plan and figuring out new ways to work on special projects. You have to understand that working during a pandemic is not ideal and the workflow is naturally going to shift for us all. For someone who was always on the go, the concept of slowing down was foreign, until now.

Where do you see this pandemic taking you and your career in the future?

In a time where everything is unknown, career trajectories have definitely shifted for myself and a lot of my peers. Not to say that it’s shifted for the worst, but it will take on a different course. Quarantine has pushed me to think in new ways, using different perspectives which has given me some sense of clarity on what the future holds for my business.

Advice on coping with anxiety, loneliness and stress while self-isolating?

Peace comes from within and during this time you need to focus on you and listen to what your body needs or is craving. For me, that was taking a step back from my normal routine and becoming self-aware with my emotions, meditating on a regular basis, exercising to release stress and going for long drives to my local beach.

Do you have a new daily routine? If so, walk us through it.

Since Ramadan started mid-quarantine, my whole schedule has switched up. It’s been a lot to get used to, especially while fasting from sunrise to sunset, working out at times like 12AM and 12AM, sleeping by 4AM, and then not starting my day until 12PM. To make a long story short, my routine is a hot mess at the moment.

What has been your work-from-home uniform?

Mostly sweats and a good hoodie…you can never go wrong with a hoodie. Now that I’m reunited with my things, I’m having so much fun dressing up in clothes I forgot even existed.

One thing that has brought you peace of mind as of late?

Being around my family!

How do you like to unwind and pass the time?

I’ve been cooking a lot these days; I find it really therapeutic and it helps pass time. I’ve been cooking so much to the point where I’ve spiraled and applied to culinary institutes only to find out that I’ve been accepted, maybe a career change is on the horizon?

Favorite day or memory since quarantine started?

Not many days seem that memorable, they’re all starting to blur a bit. However, my birthday did fall during quarantine *Aries gang*…I had a little picnic with my family in my backyard, ate all my favorite foods, had a zoom party and got to enjoy the little things in life.

Go-to quarantine meal?

Tuna melts, date cookies, quiche, banana bread (a staple), and lots of biryani. All quite random.

5 quarantine movies and/or series that are a must watch?

My go-to films are: Train to Busan (a Korean thriller film), Gully Boy (a Bollywood film on hip-hop and rap culture in India), and Dude, Where’s the Party? (a comedy indie film starring Kal Penn). 

The shows I’ve been binging are Unorthodox and Terrace House Tokyo.

What’s one thing you’re really excited for once this is over?

Hugging all my friends, eating out at my favorite restaurants, and traveling the world!

Not-So-Sexy Self-Isolation with Anaa Saber
From cooking and meditation to long drives to the local beach and playing dress-up, how Anaa Saber is passing the time under quarantine.

 

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their “not-so-sexy” self-isolation and work-from-home experiences. 

Last week, we chatted with Anaa Saber, a NYC based creative entrepreneur, model, and writer, about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected her work and how she plans to pivot, all while partaking in the holy month of Ramadan. In a complete shift from her regular work life, she’s adjusting and restructuring her own business plan to make room for play. For Anaa, the simple things in life like cooking, long drives to the local beach, and binging on her must-watch film list are just some of the ways she’s passing the time. Keep reading for more on Anaa.

What day of quarantine are you on?

At this point, I’ve lost track.

Where are you quarantining?

For the most part I’ve been on Long Island at my family’s house. As of a few days ago, I just returned back to my apartment in Manhattan.

How are you adjusting to the new normal?

I’m really hoping that this isn’t the new normal, adjusting has become a never-ending battle. I don’t think one can fully adapt to what we’re going through since everyone’s normal routines have been completely disrupted.

What has been motivating you, or not?

Some days I feel extremely motivated and others I don’t. The highs are high, and the lows are low and that’s perfectly fine. Work with what you have, find happiness in the small things.

How has your workflow and structure changed?

The first two months of quarantine were pretty lack-luster for me, a lot of it was all about restructuring my business plan and figuring out new ways to work on special projects. You have to understand that working during a pandemic is not ideal and the workflow is naturally going to shift for us all. For someone who was always on the go, the concept of slowing down was foreign, until now.

Where do you see this pandemic taking you and your career in the future?

In a time where everything is unknown, career trajectories have definitely shifted for myself and a lot of my peers. Not to say that it’s shifted for the worst, but it will take on a different course. Quarantine has pushed me to think in new ways, using different perspectives which has given me some sense of clarity on what the future holds for my business.

Advice on coping with anxiety, loneliness and stress while self-isolating?

Peace comes from within and during this time you need to focus on you and listen to what your body needs or is craving. For me, that was taking a step back from my normal routine and becoming self-aware with my emotions, meditating on a regular basis, exercising to release stress and going for long drives to my local beach.

Do you have a new daily routine? If so, walk us through it.

Since Ramadan started mid-quarantine, my whole schedule has switched up. It’s been a lot to get used to, especially while fasting from sunrise to sunset, working out at times like 12AM and 12AM, sleeping by 4AM, and then not starting my day until 12PM. To make a long story short, my routine is a hot mess at the moment.

What has been your work-from-home uniform?

Mostly sweats and a good hoodie…you can never go wrong with a hoodie. Now that I’m reunited with my things, I’m having so much fun dressing up in clothes I forgot even existed.

One thing that has brought you peace of mind as of late?

Being around my family!

How do you like to unwind and pass the time?

I’ve been cooking a lot these days; I find it really therapeutic and it helps pass time. I’ve been cooking so much to the point where I’ve spiraled and applied to culinary institutes only to find out that I’ve been accepted, maybe a career change is on the horizon?

Favorite day or memory since quarantine started?

Not many days seem that memorable, they’re all starting to blur a bit. However, my birthday did fall during quarantine *Aries gang*…I had a little picnic with my family in my backyard, ate all my favorite foods, had a zoom party and got to enjoy the little things in life.

Go-to quarantine meal?

Tuna melts, date cookies, quiche, banana bread (a staple), and lots of biryani. All quite random.

5 quarantine movies and/or series that are a must watch?

My go-to films are: Train to Busan (a Korean thriller film), Gully Boy (a Bollywood film on hip-hop and rap culture in India), and Dude, Where’s the Party? (a comedy indie film starring Kal Penn). 

The shows I’ve been binging are Unorthodox and Terrace House Tokyo.

What’s one thing you’re really excited for once this is over?

Hugging all my friends, eating out at my favorite restaurants, and traveling the world!

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