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A Master List Of What To Do When You're Bored In The House Bored

Let's be real, all of us are living by the mantra "Bored in the House". Here's how to change that.

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I think we can all relate to Tyga and Curtis Roach's "Bored in the House" hit. It's quickly become the anthem for the mandated quarantine that none of us saw coming. I have to admit, as an introvert, I thought I would smash this season and happily balance working from home and rest with no problem. But instead, I found myself laying on the couch thinking I'm going crazy, as the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into unthinkable months.

But Bishop Tyga inspired me to just make the best of the situation. While each of us is navigating through this season differently, we can't escape the fact that we're bored in the house, bored in the house, bored.

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1. Dance with your favorite celeb: We're still waiting on Debbie Allen's next virtual dance class!

2. Tackle a 1,000-piece puzzle: There's no shame in pulling out your childhood self (it can actually be therapeutic).

3. Perfect your chef-ness:Has there ever been a better time for trial and error recipes?

4. Master cornrows: If this season has proven anything, it's the need to know how to do cornrows (our wigs, crochet hairstyles, and scalps will thank us).

5. Refresh your face with a clay mask:Skincare is still vital when we're indoors. Make sure you end the quarantine with smooth, glowing and healthy skin.

6. Remove your artificial nails (and/or give yourself a mani): Grab some 100% acetone, a nail file and get going! When you're done, refresh your nails with a strengthener/hardener.

7. Do the #SavageChallenge on TikTok: Might as well join the club, sis.

8. Start a YouTube channel: We're all online anyway. Why not document these moments with the vlog you've been wanting to start since… forever?

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9. Get help via teletherapy: Everyone is handling this time at home differently. Fortunately, therapists are still on-call if you need to talk things out.

10. Take an online workout class: While our Netflix and chill status is going strong, we still need to keep our bodies moving.

11. Switch out your wardrobe: When we first started this journey, winter was still going strong in some areas. By the time we get to go back outside, it'll be spring (maybe even closer to summer). So let's update that wardrobe.

12. Get your spirit right with a Bible study: This quarantine can be much worse if we don't feed our spirit and build our faith. Doing a Bible study daily or weekly can bring much-needed encouragement.

13. Become a pro at applying lashes: Girl! If there was ever a time we've been graced to fix this, it's now. 'Cause Lord knows it takes forever to get this right.

14. Have a Netflix watch party via Zoom: Our interactions don't have to stop just because it feels like the world did.

15. Do the big chop: You'll be walking out of quarantine empowered! Plus, you have plenty of time to figure out what works best for you.

16. Tap into your green thumb: Plant a garden, sis! It'll water your mental state and your home. Don't forget your face mask and gloves.

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17. Get into calligraphy: Press "Go" on those random habits you've been wanting to start.

18. Download a mental health app:From anxiety to stress and adjusting to our new normal, mental health apps have the capacity to help keep us on track.

19. Fall in love with a new podcast: They've been proven to bring us together, whether it's for entertainment, inspiration, girl talk, or all of the above.

20. Curl up with a book: It wouldn't hurt to grab a journal too!

21. Binge-watch Nailed It!: It brings much-needed laughs, to say the least.

22. Knit something! You might end up with your own clothing line.

23. Go to an IG quarantine party: From DJ D-Nice changing the game with his Club Quarantine to the Verzuz battles featuring the likes of Lil John v. T-Pain and Swizz Beatz v. Timbaland, Instagram parties have plenty to offer.

24. Paint a picture/grab a coloring book: We're all about getting through quarantine sane, and by any means necessary; especially for those with kids at home.

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25. Play Monopoly: This classic made its way back into our homes long before the quarantine. But anyone who's played knows that one game lasts long enough to keep everyone entertained for hours at a time.

26. Plan your next trip: One of the best things to do while inside, is to make a plan for where you want to go when it's over. No place is too big or small (unless it's around the corner).

27. Indulge in cocktail therapy: We can't mix and mingle, but you sure can mix that cocktail, love.

28. Create a vision board: Whether you're spending this time resting, on your grind, or both, it's not to let to map out your dreams and desires with a good old vision board.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

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In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

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Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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