I’ve never addressed anything this serious on my blog before. I try to keep this space directed more towards everyday life and style. However the coronavirus has impacted all of us, and it’s safe to say that life isn’t what it was a few weeks back. This blog post will be all about how I’m spending my time during the outbreak, and how I’m dealing with it.
If you’re looking for general information on how to deal with the situation and what to expect please consult other sources and your local government. If your Norwegian like me, please find more information at fhi.no and helsenorge.no
Let me start off by saying that I am aware that I could be in a much worse situation than I am, and that I also understand and respect that we are all having different reactions to what is happening. I had just gotten my job as cabin crew in January and had been flying for about two months when the outbreak hit Scandinavia. I had just gotten my dream job, and barely had time to enjoy it before we got laid off. We were expecting it, and luckily there’s still hope that #wewillflyagain. I can’t wait to hopefully get back on the wings. As I’m writing this it’s looking like Norway will slowly be opening up again. In the meanwhile, I’m staying inside as much as I can.
Since I can’t exactly work from home I quickly decided to spend this time in a productive manner. I still see my week as a working week, where Monday to Friday are spent doing tasks I’ve given myself as well as prepping for the one exam I have in May. Here’s what I (want to) spend my time doing during social distancing. What I have time to do will of course depend on how long this lasts (hopefully I won’t have time to do any of it). This is my way of keeping busy and staying sane at the moment.
Languages have for as long I can remember been a fascination of mine. I grew up speaking two, and I think that has helped me a lot. Spain was always like a second home to us, and my dad would push me to order our food or the bill anytime we ate out when we were there. I’ve always played language games on the computer, and when I was sixteen we lived outside of Barcelona for half a year. I can quite easily get around in Spain using Spanish, but I can’t have an intelligent conversation in the language. I’d love to change that. Therefore I try to read one chapter of Spanish grammar a day, watch La Casa De Papel in Spanish and with Spanish subtitles and read a Spanish fiction novel (currently reading La Chica del Tren).
Read all the books on my shelf
There are sooo many books that have just been bought and stuck on the shelf. I used to read all the time when I was younger, but lately I’ve been glued to the telly. I’m not proud of it, but that’s the way it has become. Once in a while, when I do read, I have my nose stuck in the book until I’ve read it through. I think now would be good time to dig into that pile.
I have one exam left, ONE. I was quite ill last April and missed two of my exams, and therefore couldn’t complete my business degree. In a month I have the last one of those two. It’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but at the same time I think it’s one of the things that is keeping me going right now – giving me mission.
I love having a blog. I love taking photos for my Instagram account. I love playing around with different looks, and making it all work together as a brand. My brand. It has for a long time now, been a goal of mine to post more consistently, and to work with brands I love. It was always the plan to do that this spring, but being stuck at home is really pushing me to do so and be more creative. I love that I’m able to post daily on Instagram now, if not more, and that I’m for the first time in a while using this blog the way I always intended to. I feel like this time is giving me a chance to create good habits. I’m also thinking I might even get the courage up to create a YouTube channel after a while.
Tidy & clean
I don’t think I’m the only one with a flat or house cleaner than it has been in years right now. I can promise you with all the living out of a suitcase I’ve been doing so far this year (not only for work, but travelling in all my free time) the place has been a mess. I’ve already got it all cleaned. My next goal is to go through all the drawers, and organise everything that’s inside.
Plan a business?
It has been a childhood dream to own a creative business of sorts, and for Christmas, my grandparents got me a book called How to Run a Successful Design Business. If I’m still laid off when my exam is over I’m definitely giving that a read to see if there is actually a chance and if I can learn something interesting from it.