Learning something new every day is quite uplifting.

My challenge is to do something new every day to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0 I learned to say hello in Korean today. Google says it should sound like this – “anyeonghaseyo baeuda”. But it only vaguely sounds like that. I’m going to perfect it and dare other people to say it properly in drinking games. I will clean up.

Then I researched Korean a bit and it’s quite fascinating. It’s the 17th most spoken language in the world with 77million users. It is the largest “language isolate” in the world, which is that it doesn’t share its roots with other languages. However, the cool bit is about the written format. The Koreans used to use Chinese lettering. This was difficult because Chinese is a bollocks of a language to learn – it’s symbols are pictorial rather than phonetical. So, the King of Korea in the 15th century took matters into his own hands and created an alphabet himself. Apparently, it was so cleverly done and so well designed that it’s been called the most perfectly designed phonetical system in the world, by people who are super into this type of thing.

I feel uplifted after that. I have learned something. I was going to teach myself to do a haka today but instead I got sidetracked by wardrobe re-arranging in one of the kids’ rooms.

On Saturday I bought flowers for my husband. I have never in my life purchased flowers for a man before, ever. I don’t even think I gave my dad wild flowers as a kid – they were always for my mom. I thought this would be quite a major thing, the way the love letter was. However, turns out it’s no different than buying a valentine’s card. I went to the garage. I bought the flowers and the card. I came home and gave them to him. Turns out he had gone to the same garage and we bought each other the same flowers. We are both cheap.

Hilariously, we did also buy each other a packet of crisps, as it was a “holiday” and therefore we could break the crisp embargo rules. He was a hundred times more gleeful and happy about that than the flowers.

Yesterday I shockingly stayed in bed all day. I have never taken a duvet day as a mother. I mean, obviously I didn’t shun my maternal duties, my kids were in bed with me for a large part of it. I just relaxed and didn’t get out of my pyjamas. We watched tv together and my husband made meals. I know I grumble about homeschooling, however I don’t think I realised how completely exhausting it is. Batteries have been recharged now so I’m looking forward to a fun, active week.

Here is a diary of my new stuff:

Day 1: went to a local park to which I’d never been.

Day 2: Cooked asparagus (yes I’ve eaten asparagus before but for some reason had always been scared of cooking it)

Day 3: Read a French poem – Demain, des l’aube by Victor Hugo. It is simple yet astonishingly beautiful.

Day 4: Cooked chicken tikka masala.

Day 5: Brainwashed myself into enjoying homeschooling

Day 6: Took a break – yippee!

Day 7: Cooked chilli con carne

Day 8: Wrote a proper love letter

Day 9: Learned how to play sodoku

Day 10: Learned how to say hello in Chinese – Nin hao!

Day 11: Cooked a chicken and Tallegio dish courtesy of Mary Berry

Day 12: Break day. Phew.

Day 13: Bought flowers for a man

Day 14: Stayed in bed all day – duvet day

Day 15: Learned to say hello in Korean – anyeonghaseyo baeuda!

The daily challenge to do something new is part of a broader plan to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:

  1. Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
  2. Meditate for ten minutes
  3. Go for a run or a walk
  4. Do something new – I’ve never done before.
  5. Clean the kitchen every evening
  6. Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
  7. No eating after 7pm (cutting my reprieve down to only one day per week but have a feeling I won’t be able to do it and will revert to Friday & Saturday)

Published by gillsheeran

Former CFO/COO who quit my job to emotionally support my family at the start of the pandemic.

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