Lockdown Life

Hello, it’s me! (Chanelle, Adele – they sound similar right?!)

I haven’t posted for a few weeks and to be honest I was enjoying downtime when I could get it. The past couple of weeks I have been quite busy with work and preparing for my return to the workplace. I did want to write this post to check in and share what I’ve been up to throughout lockdown. New Zealand is no longer in strict lockdown and on Thursday, May 14th the majority of businesses and sectors started back at work in the workplace (including me).

I’m not going to lie, I relished lockdown life! I am quite a homebody so didn’t find the staying at home difficult. I didn’t find my productivity suffered and I found I probably had more of a work-life balance. I was less stressed, I was eating less often but better and I got to spend time with my loved ones (mum and Halo). I also kept myself distracted with the following:


It’s natural that as a librarian I enjoy reading and I got through a good chunk of books! I would sit at the table and read as I was waiting for email replies, on my lunch breaks etc. Over the past seven weeks I managed to get through eight books and I’m currently 48% of the way through my Goodreads goal for the year.

I finished:

  1. Twas the Nighshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay
  2. The Longest Holiday – Paige Toon
  3. The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley
  4. If I Never Met You – Mhairi McFarlane
  5. I Dare You – Sam Carrington
  6. The Guest List – Lucy Foley
  7. She Lies In Wait – Gytha Lodge
  8. Our Stop – Laura Williams


I was able to work from home and it was good to have a routine of sorts and a bit of distraction and something to focus on. I was able to do all the admin parts of my role including payroll, raising and receipting purchase orders, answering customer emails and phone calls and attending Zoom meetings as required. There’s lots of other little elements to my role as well and it keeps me busy.

Online shopping

I have possibly been more spendy than I should have during lockdown and I will share everything I purchased when it arrives in a separate post. Prepare for quite a few beauty bits!


Along with eating less and eating better I was also able to start exercising regularly again. I’m probably not as ‘fit’ as I was a couple of years ago and my stomach and legs are certainly not as toned but I loved getting back on the exercycle and I will try to keep it up. Exercise helps stamp out any bad feelings and makes me feel more positive.


People most likely wouldn’t think of singing as exercise but it can help greatly if you’re asthmatic as it teaches you to breathe in different ways and gives you techniques that help with inhaling and exhaling. Singing has so many good benefits; it relieves anxiety, helps oxygen move and circulate around the body and teaches muscle memory when it comes to hitting the notes. I found during lockdown my voice was sounding better than it has for a while which I think is due to being less stressed which allowed the vocal chords to open up and created less constriction. I also like to sing whilst using the exercycle, proper little multitasker!

Playing with makeup

I didn’t wear makeup as often as I usually would but I did enjoy applying it and making myself look nice for Zoom meetings. I took some great selfies during lockdown too. (Shameless I know!) It was nice to take a bit of extra time to play with colours and products I felt like using on the day and apply my makeup in daylight again (usually I apply my makeup at 6am before sunrise).

I hope you enjoyed catching up with what I’ve been doing. I was actively reading blog posts and leaving comments the whole time as well as being around on social media.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re still in lockdown, how you’re going and what you’re most looking forward to when it’s over!


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35 thoughts on “Lockdown Life

  1. alwayscleia says:

    Glad to hear that you’ve been doing well! I wonder if after the pandemic more businesses will start having employees work from home now if they wish, it would certainly help with environmental concerns from commuting!
    I can’t wait to see what you’ve been shopping for online 🙂

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    • Chanelle says:

      That’s a good point if my job was a strict office job maybe I would be able to be more flexible. I also do customer service shifts and work roughly one weekend day a month. I need to be onsite too if there are building and maintenance issues.
      I’m really impressed with the postal service, nearly each item was purchased from NZ anyway and the post carriers have been apologising about delays but I haven’t experienced any or felt like I’ve been waiting a long time at all! There’s just a couple more items to arrive ☺️


      • alwayscleia says:

        Oh yeah, there are some jobs that are tough to do from home for sure. I wasn’t able to work from home which was unfortunate, but I feel lucky too that I could have a routine still.
        That’s awesome!! The delays here are insane, some things I ordered two months ago and they haven’t shown up yet 😅

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      • Chanelle says:

        It’s good that you still had routine. I found working from home helped give my days an element of routine too 😊 my last parcel arrived on Monday so the post should be up in the next week or two, depending on the weather so I can do photos!


  2. danniijane says:

    When do you have to start going into work hun? Good luck with it, I know after working from home it’s probably a bit daunting. Glad you’ve had time to exercise, read etc. 8 books in 7 weeks is very very impressive, I’m finally on Good Reads now. What’s opening in NZ? is nearly everything open or just some things? X

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    • Chanelle says:

      I went into the building for some training on Tuesday and my first official stint of work in the building was Thursday afternoon. There wasn’t as many people as I imagined which made me feel better, we had a soft opening and didn’t announce it everywhere. You should find me on GoodReads and add me 😊 retail shops, restaurants and most businesses opened up again yesterday. Takeaway drive thrus and food delivery places opened two weeks ago x

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      • danniijane says:

        I have no idea how to add people etc on there but I’m Dannii Jane in there if you’d like to try and add me😊 That’s good at least it eases you in. Can you eat in restaurants? If so that’s exciting. I don’t think restaurants can open until July/August here x

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      • Chanelle says:

        I’ll look you up when I’m next on there 😊 you can dine in restaurants, the same server has to serve your table the whole time to minimise people contact. I don’t eat out much lol. You can’t eat in at places like McDonalds or KFC yet I don’t think x

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  3. Life of Hayley says:

    So good to hear that you are doing well and were able to return to a somewhat normal routine! I also am a homebody so I’ve enjoyed staying home quite a bit too. I have been keeping myself pretty busy but nothing too exciting. I haven’t read as much as I would have hoped to. We are still under a stay at home order until the end of May and I think there’s a chance it could be extended still. We shall see!

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    • Chanelle says:

      Aww thank you! I certainly didn’t find the staying home hard but I can understand why some people would, especially if they have big families and are missing their loved ones. I kept busy too, over the seven weeks I was working from home and away from work I don’t think I said I was bored once! New Zealand has been very lucky to have a low number of cases and deaths but if we go back to ‘normal’ too fast we don’t want to undo all the good progress 🙂

      Glad you’re doing well too x


  4. Claire @ Coffee with Claire says:

    It’s great that you guys are no longer under strict lockdown and can start the transition to normal life! I’ve been working remotely as well but I do miss the office already. I found out last night that we’ve extended our state of emergency for another 2 weeks but they’re slowly starting to open up businesses and national parks this weekend. I’m a homebody as well so I do like the time spent but a part of me does crave the regular commute and being able to browse stores.

    Kudos to you for doing well under the lockdown! The reading list looks good, and it’s awesome to hear about your fitness progress. I’ve only managed to work out consistently because I’m at home too, haha 😛

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    • Chanelle says:

      I think wondering what the new normal looks like is more stressful than doing it and living with it in all honesty. I do quite a bit of online shopping so I haven’t missed browsing in store too much but it will be nice to venture out again if required 😊

      Fingers crossed I can keep up with the exercise and you can too!


  5. hoiyinli says:

    It’s great to hear that you coped well with lockdown! For me, it has been mostly well, with a few odd days here and there but I think we must allow ourselves that because it is an unknown. I have been exercising more in the past few weeks and honestly, I think without it, I might have lost my mind already over this lockdown. 😅I have been without it for about 3 days now though but that’s because of that time of the month. I’m hoping to get back onto it tomorrow as I feel a bit restless without it haha.

    It’s good that the lockdown measures have been eased off where you are. It’s still really wishy-washy here and I’m not really sure what is to be expected in a month’s time. I only say so because we do have the highest death rate in Europe here and people having been breaking rules since day 1. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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    • Chanelle says:

      Glad you’re coping well too! I had a couple of off days myself but I think that’s to be expected with the situation. Exercising has been a good distraction 🙂

      People broke the rules a little here too but thankfully that hasn’t impacted things. I hope you get some clarity over what’s happening and the numbers start to get better!

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  6. Hollie George says:

    So glad to hear that you’re doing well! I do admire the way NZ handled the situation compared the UK 🤦🏼‍♀️ It’s great that life can slowly begin to resume as normal there. I’m curious to see what it’s going to be like though, how things are going to reopen and how many people will just keep working from home if they can.

    I’ve been doing so much online shopping too. It’s so bad! I thought I’d save so much money, but the money I’m saving on commuting and daily life I’m now just spending on other things haha.

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    • Chanelle says:

      What worries me a little bit is people may think “NZ has eliminated it, I want to go there” and if the government opens the borders too soon it could return and start spreading again. 95% of cases here have recovered now which is positive, hopefully there’s no undetected community transmission. Most retail shops opened on Thursday and restaurants were allowed to open as well with strict rules in place of course. For the next week I will be working from home in the morning and going into work in the afternoon.

      I shop quite a bit online anyway haha. The way I look at it is I’m supporting local companies 😊 what have you been treating yourself to? x


  7. Erica says:

    That’s great to hear that you have been able to return back to work, and that lockdown was not too stressful for you! New Zealand seems to be doing the best with this virus. Really wishing I lived there right now!

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    • Chanelle says:

      The anxiety about the end of lockdown and trying to ensure things were prepared and what things would look like was a little stressful but after being at work for a while my worries eased.
      New Zealand has done well, we didn’t get cases as early as other countries but the government can’t relax too much and open the borders too quickly or else travellers may all want to come here and the virus could spread again. Very proud to be a Kiwi though!

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  8. Rossy Galaxy says:

    we are reopening over here too and i am super anxious about it, i think it’s still too soon and with talks of a second wave in the fall/winter, i am definitely much more anxious as my kiddo will be started kindergarten x(
    i’m glad that this lockdown didn’t affect you as much, i typically don’t mind being at home but i also like to have a couple outings a week lol
    i’m also exercising more and believe it or not, singing more too, i don’t have a great voice but i like singing in the comfort of my own home haha 😉
    sounds like you have been doing really good lately 🙂 makes me happy to hear 🙂 enjoy your weekend 🙂

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    • Chanelle says:

      I think a lot of people are worried about a second wave of the pandemic 😬 hope that doesn’t happen!
      I was most sad that a concert I had tickets to was cancelled as it would have been my favourite band. I hadn’t seen them before so I hope they come back.

      Singing is great fun isn’t it?! Home is where I sing too, not brave enough for public haha. I have been doing pretty good 😊 hope you have a lovely weekend! x

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  9. katieemmabeauty says:

    I love this!
    I need a new book read… and I see you have quite a list! I’ve read Adam Kay’s book and Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party, but I now don’t know what to read… what’s your top recommendation???! x

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