I hope you are all staying happy and healthy. It is a very bizarre time at the moment, but fear not, we will get through this. There is a pint with your name of it at the end of the tunnel.
I can’t believe I have been home in Bournemouth for nearly six weeks now. It feels like only yesterday I had to leave Buffalo. For those of you that don’t know, I was on my year abroad at Buffalo State College in New York. However, it was cut short by the coronavirus, and my family and I decided it would be best for me to come back to England before it got worse. I am happy I returned to England when I did, as it was the best decision for me. I am completing my classes from home (the world is on Zoom University right now). And I have been trying to keep myself motivated and productive while in isolation.
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case, though.
Since being home, I haven’t felt very productive. I didn’t do any work for the first two weeks I was back. It has taken me a while to get over my grief period that my America experience was over.
But, fast forward four weeks, and I’m feeling more motivated than ever.
There are a couple of the challenges that I set myself while being home, and I thought I’d share them with you all.
I am learning French.
I decided to re-learn the language that I love so much. I learnt French in school, from age six to sixteen. Since GCSE however, I have lacked in the language learning, and I have nearly forgotten everything I learned as a child. I am using the brilliant app Duolingo to go back to basics, and it’s been an enjoyable experience. I enjoy seeing where I am on the leaderboard (I am incredibly competitive), and you get points and rewards for completing lessons. I try and learn at least 15 minutes a day. It is a great way to take a break from coursework and writing, and before you know it, you are learning a brand new language. If you are interested to learn a new language, they have lots of ones to choose from, including Italian, Spanish, Welsh, to name a few. Did I mention it’s free? Check it out here.
I am reading more
As a kid with dyslexia, reading was particularly hard for me (I still don’t know why I’ve chosen a carer in journalism). I never had the enthusiasm to read many “big” books. Over the years, I have found ways to overcome my dyslexia and reading difficulty, and have started reading more. During this time at home, I have access to all the classics, like Harry Potter. When I came home, I set myself a challenge that I was going to read all of the Harry Potter books. So far, I have finished the first book of the series and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s different from the film as there is more detail. I preferred the book and J. K. Rowling’s writing takes you to Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermoine.
I am getting crafty
I may be able to sing, dance and act, but I have never been very good at art or crafts. All the other ladies in my family are, but not me. I have never let this stop me, though. I’ll give anything a go at least once. My mum is brilliant at sewing. She used to make all of my costumes for my shows, and she created some fabulous dresses. Seeing as I am home, I decided to learn how to do tapestry. I have tried this in the past but failed miserably.
Nevertheless, I persevered. Mum taught me the basics and gave me a small tapestry to work on. It was one that she had given me in the past, and you could tell I wasn’t great at it then, as the stitching was awful. I took out the old stitches, started again and I finished it.
After learning the basics, I am now working on a big-girl’s tapestry. Once I have finished it, it will be a pillow for my bedroom. It has lovely sunflowers on it, and I am going to be very proud once it sits pride of place on my bed. I’ll let you see the final piece once it’s finished.
I am walking more
I love dancing, but fitness has never been a real passion of mine. My sister gave me her Fitbit, and I have started tracking my steps. I make sure I go on at least 2x 15 minute walks a day, around the block, and I am enjoying being able to walk down to the beach and have an evening stroll along the by the sea. There are so many benefits to going out for a walk, including clearing your head and getting some fresh air. I will be doing more walking in the future. Here’s the view of my beach on one of my walks last week.
So that is what I’m doing while in isolation. I think that during this uncertain time, it’s hard to remain positive because we don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know when and if we will go back to normal. You can only do your bit, by staying inside, going out when essential and make use of the time that you have now.
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