I don’t know about you but each hour seems to bring more and more news about travel restrictions, places in our neighbourhoods we can’t currently visit and the impact on daily life such as taking our kids to school or going to work. I’m very aware of the horrific toll it’s having on families throughout the world but, in the pursuit of a positive post, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about what we CAN do if we’re at home and can’t go far.
Before I share my list with you, I thought I’d quickly update you on last weekend’s blog about my cruise that I should be on in 3 weeks’ time. Well, even before it was cancelled, I decided to transfer to a different cruise. In fact, hubby encouraged me to book my dream cruise, the one that I’ve had my eye on for a while, well, apart from the 3 month one around the world! So, in summer 2021, I’m off on a 14 night Baltic cruise to Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Russia. Apart from Germany, these are 5 new countries for me and therefore halfway to my bucket list challenge to visit 10 new countries before I turn 50. Very excited to have this to look forward to.
So, my lovely readers, back to my list:
- Create a photo book. Yes, rather than have hundreds and hundreds of photos on your phone, why not get creative, design a photo book online and have it delivered if possible. I used Photobox here in the UK a couple of years ago who did a fabulous job.
- Learn a language. There are so many different wtays you can learn a language online, whether it’s paying for a course or teaching yourself for free. Perhaps start with the basics like “please”, “thank you”, etc and go on to learn 30 phrases you could use on your dream holiday. You could even learn Braille, Makaton or sign language.
- Get baking. It can be very easy to rely on shops for bread and cakes but why not stock up in the basics and try 5 tempting recipes.
- Get fit. Okay, so the gym may be out of bounds right now but you can still get fit at home, whether it’s creating a daily exercise routine, trying out yoga online, walking in the local area if that’s possible or following a fitness YouTuber.
- Spring clean. I’ll be the first to admit that cleaning isn’t at the top of my list of ways to entertain myself but why not pull forward the heavy furniture to clean behind, empty cupboards and put together a bag of things you don’t need for your local charity shop.
- Get ruthless with the wardrobe! Yes, it can be easy to focus on the house but why not sort through your wardrobe. Clear out the clothes beyond repair, fix clothes where you can, decide if those size 8 jeans from 20 years ago are likely to be worn again, put together a charity bag of clothes that don’t make you feel good, etc.
- Play! Yes, why not! Board games don’t have to be just for children. Switch off technology and have a board games evening with the family. Fish out the jigsaw from the back of the cupboard and set it up somewhere that will be undisturbed for a few days. And do you have a box of Lego put aside for the grandchildren one day? Get it out! Adults can play too. Let your imagination run wild with a glass of wine in hand!
- Write a book. Whether you’ve an idea for fiction, non-fiction, adult or children, the next few weeks could be the ideal time to write a book. Create your plan, edit and edit again. Feel you have something worth publishing? Check out self-publishing websites like Lulu.
- Read a book. Life can often be very busy but you may have time to really settle down with a book and immerse yourself in a different world.
- Connect with others. There are many people who rely on connection with others through work and who have little conact otherwise. Loneliness can be even more of a problem right now so why not be the first to suggest a phone call to a friend or close colleague. Perhaps Skype. Set up a social media group for your street if you can’t leave your home and get to know your neighbours so you can form deeper bonds later on. Use social media to find people with similar hobbies and interests.
- Study. There are so many opportunities to study online, from short courses to full degree programs like the Open University. However, learning can be informal as well. Always been interested in Japanese culture of the 19th century? Find out as much as you can!
- Decorate your house. Dig out the paint pots and freshen up a room. An ideal weekend project.
- Get crafting. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a newbie, get painting, model-building, knitting, decoupaging, etc. Perhaps you can make over an old piece of furniture.
- Discover a new online game. Now, I’m not a gamer but my family is and I get the idea that there are many games to really get involved in and play with others from around the world. You could even buy a second hand games console if you don’t want to play online.
- Binge watch. Does everyone tell you about a series you haven’t seen? Perfect opportunity to check it out. or, like me, rewatch your favourite programme for the upteenth time. Hubby and I are currently rewatching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix.
- Learn to play a musical instrument. One of my bucket list challenges was to learn to play the ukulele and I found so many YouTube videos to teach myself.
- Evaluate employment and volunteering opportunities. I know many people will lose work or jobs because of coronavirus. I can only imagine the financial tool toll this can have as well emotional, etc. Use this time to refocus your work goals if you want to pursue a different path. Look for volunteering opportunities too.
- Blog! It might be about something specific or just about what you get up today-to-day. Blogging is a fabulous way to connect with others and I personally love seeing my blog being read from read by people all over the world! And it’s very easy to do.
- Plan future holidays. Okay, so this year’s holiday isn’t happening but plan your next trip for whenever it happens. Read everything you can about it. Take yourself there on a journey through your mind, even if not physically right now.
- Plan life beyond coronavirus. Guys, we hope that things will improve at some point regarding coronavirus. I think we can take so much for granted in life and it’s not until we can’t do something that we realise what it meant to us….or perhaps we filled our lives with things we thought were important but really weren’t. So, take stock of things you want to do when you have more freedom and, when the time comes, make it happen. You never know what’s around the corner
So, there you go. These are just my ideas but feel free to share this post.
Take special care over the next week