Last Day Of Quarantine

A few things I’ve learned while working from home

Justin Cox
4 min readMay 26, 2020

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Yesterday was my final day of quarantine. Today I begin a new job helping nonprofit companies launch and grow. I’m moving back into an office environment and leaving the work from home life behind. (Don’t worry, I’ll continue to manage The Writing Cooperative on nights and weekends.)

Two months ago, I chose growth over fear. While quarantined life is not easy for some, I’ve thrived in our physically distant world. As I reflect back on the last two months, here are a few things I’ve learned:

We find joy when we live within our values

In Dare to Lead, Brené Brown instructs readers to discover their core values. These values are innate traits guiding our lives. When we live in them, we find our joy.

My core values are creativity and community. Whether writing, problem-solving, or baking, creativity fuels every action I take. We are meant to live in community, and I look for ways to strengthen existing communities and develop new ones. Bringing creativity and community together is where I find joy.

Through quarantine, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the future of The Writing Cooperative. Jessica, Sand, and I put together some really creative projects that will enhance our community in new ways. I’m really excited about these new ventures and will share more about them soon.

An expensive haircut is overrated (but a quality shave is worth its weight in gold)

I don’t remember the last time I visited the barber. It must have been early March. Late February? I don’t know. My wife cut my hair three times throughout quarantine, and I’m quite impressed with the results. I do miss the barber trimming my beard and shaving my neck. That little joy is hard to replicate at home.

A quality home office is a necessary investment

I’ve written a lot throughout quarantine about investing in yourself, particularly when writing from home. Today I’m writing this from my brand new home office. Fresh paint, newly organized, and — most importantly — a modern desk and office chair.

Justin Cox

I help writers and nonprofits grow. Editor of The Writing Cooperative. Contact at