Five Things To Do During Furlough

Learn a new language

Before furlough I started to learn Dutch but being on furlough has given me the extra time to be able to spend more time and focus on it more. 
I'm also considering learning Spanish or even expanding on the French I learnt at school.
I use the app Duolingo which is really good for ways of learning. I use the free version and for a while upgraded to the plus (paid for) version but found it wanted to take a full year subscription payment rather than monthly so cancelled it. I do think the free version is enough to be able to learn what you need to as long as you plan your learning each day as once you run out of "hearts" it won't register your lesson meaning the next time you can go back on you have to start that lesson over again. 

Learn the words to So Solid Crews '21 Seconds' (and then the names of everyone who was in So Solid Crew)

We watched the Netflix series 'Top Boy' and one of the main actors in it is Ashley Walters aka Asher D from So Solid Crew. 
I used to love So Solid Crew and unashamedly 21 seconds is on my list of favourite songs. I set myself the challenge to learn all of the words to 21 Seconds, and it turns out I know quite a lot anyway....skillz! so to add to that I am going to learn the names of all the members of So Solid Crew. 
Essential life info right?!

Do an online course

I signed up to two online courses back in October and hadn't yet got round to fitting in a schedule due to my job changing and then potentially changing again. I felt a bit lost around that (work) and so life became a little muddled. Now things are sort of settling down again and I'm happy and settled...at least am close to feeling that way, I'm able to look at focusing on the courses.
I chose two courses as they were on a 2 for £30 offer. Mindfulness diploma and life coaching. Mainly because I felt these would be good on a personal level for me to learn and could help me develop my own life, career etc but also that maybe at the end of it I could then do something for others.


So I added this to my list, and with good intentions, but haven't stuck to it as much as I really wanted to.
I've bought 30 Day Shred again and in between doing that (I'm not doing it on a 30 day run but more dipping in and out as I just don't think at the moment I really want to put that pressure on myself really) and also doing a squat workout from Youtube.
I've tried eating a bit better and frustratingly before furlough applied for the Cycle to Work scheme and had my application accepted, however there are now no bikes available in my price range so cycling hasn't happened as I hoped.
But I still feel better for the little bit of exercise I have been doing and as soon as I can will get a bike, sort out the boys bikes, and go for regular bike rides together or solo.

Read and Write

I have so many books that I need to read. I've not read since August last year after reading 'I Found You' by Lisa Jewell. I read that book in 24 hours and absolutely loved it so much that I didn't want to start another because there was no way it would come close to that book. I did try reading 'Our House' by Louise Candlish but I couldn't get into it. Whether or not it was down to the book or down to the fact it had to beat 'I Found You' I'm not sure.
The boys bought me 'The Family Upstairs' and I'm hoping I can read that one quite quickly (Lisa Jewell is my favourite author and I tend to find that once I pick one of her books up I struggle to then put it down again). and get the reading bug again to get through some of the others in my pile.
I've also decided to start writing again. I wanted to focus on my blog this year but for a few reasons haven't been able to but also want to write in a notebook again.
I enjoyed 'free writing' a couple of years ago, writing a page a day straight from pen to page, without thinking. Just opening a notebook and writing. And want to give that a go to see if it can then help writing with my blog etc also.


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