Things That Kept Me Sane During Covid Lockdown (and whilst home educating!)
- Reading. Peacefully (occasionally) outside during those rare summery days we had. I read some great, inspiring books: 'Sketch Every Day' by Simone Grunewald - encouraging me to pick up a pencil; 'The brave Learner' by Julie Bogart (This book warrants a post by itself as I'm still part way through it but it is resonating with me so hard that I want to shout about it!) and 'The Self Care Project' by Jayne Hardy - This honestly is the perfect read for any introverts out there who feel like they don't always fit into the real world and has great tips on carving time for you - something home ed mums can struggle with!
- Sketching. I've tried to do this daily as I have always felt down about my skills, and check it out, I actually produced a picture I'm super pleased with!
- Jigsaws. Yep, the perfect home educator's activity, you can sit peacefully but still be present if your kids need you and you can easily break off without feeling like you're being pulled in loads of different directions. I'm currently on with this beautifully illustrated one called Wonderwoods from Heye and artist Rita Berman, it makes me smile every time I put a piece in!
- Pamela Reif Workouts. This lady has single-handedly transformed the way I approach workouts and being fit (basically non existent before apart from the odd trampoline bouncing with the kids and walking the dogs.) Her tough, no nonsense HIIT workouts on You Tube have been a revelation. You know how loads of workout videos have tinny music, lots of chittering at the beginning or long talks during a move well Pamela just gets on with it, no waffle, no faffing and boom I'm done before you know it. The fact she doesn't twitter on during the video has been *amazing*. I've realised the last thing I need to hear whilst I'm doing a workout is someone I don't know either shouting meaningless phrases at me, or puffing and panting as if it's super hard for their 'clearly much fitter than mine' bodies! If they can't do it how the hell do I stand a chance?!
- The Home Schooling Global Summit 2020. I spent so much time with a frothy latte, a jigsaw and one of their talks running. I found them so encouraging and inspiring and it was such a relief during some frequent wobbles about home educating to hear from people who think the same as me! I'd highly recommend checking them out, particularly if you're into unschooling, self directed education or worldschooling.
- Singing. I love to sing and have always been a secret singer. I started some vocal coaching classes last year after finally plucking up the courage to actually sing in front of someone other than my husband. I wasn't sure if I was any good but after some really good feedback and encouraging lessons I finally am starting to let go of my insecurities and now enjoy a good belt in the kitchen (usually accompanying some baking of sweet delights!)
- Sewing. I've really found my feet with this thanks to a local class I started taking over a year back and now love to sew us all new clothes! I have a hefty stash of fabric (a common habit I realise now from the sewing facebook pages) also a healthy stash of PDF patterns and a wardrobe full of bright, cute patterned clothing, yay!
A much loved Lego hoodie for Cap'n' JJ Cute dresses for Miss L