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Pandemic Projects

I’ve been hearing a lot of opinions on the current crisis, and I could again comment on them, but today I’m going to focus on something more positive.

Pandemic Projects

My friend Shelli Stein told me this week that she’s starting a podcast called “Pandemic Projects.”

The idea is that this may be the right time to start a new project! To turn a negative situation into a positive one.

For example, I started a new project this month:

I’m starting an Italian language podcast for intermediate and advanced learners of Italian, with an Italian polyglot, Arturo Benvenuto.

Our first podcast is recorded and online! It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start! If you’re interested in hearing me speak Italian (after two years of study), check it out here:

What else could you start during confinement?

To stay with the same topic, why not learn a language?

I’m personally very active on the site Italki at the moment, where I teach French. I’ve done over 550 lessons over the last year. If you’d like to learn French with me (I can also teach basic Italian and German), or any other language with another teacher, check out the website at:

Read a long novel

It may be time to finish a book you’ve always wanted to read.

Before this crisis, I was reading In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (in the original French, of course). I made it to the 5th volume of this giant work. So I’ll probably finish it before spring has officially arrived in Montreal!

But don’t pick a book just because it’s a classic. Pick something that you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to it.

Start a business

It’s hard to imagine starting a business in this context. But remember that starting a business takes mostly a lot of time, put into learning, putting things together, making phone calls, etc. These are all things you can do now.

I can think of a number of things that might be in high-demand after the crisis is over. The efforts you put in now could pay off, even if it’s just a small project!

Get in shape

I’m not doing that. But who knows, things may change and I may start working out seriously again. But why not think of a way to elevate your level of fitness while you’re at home for a while?

These are just a few ideas to get a “pandemic project” going.

When Shelli’s podcast is up and running, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, why not share your pandemic projects below?

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.