Lockdown is affecting us all, but it is also affecting us differently. I sat down (virtually) with one of my Live with Laura ladies Samantha to talk about her experience so far and how exercise is helping.
Tell me a little bit about your lockdown world.
I’m still working three days a week, mostly from home but do venture out filming now and then (with strict social distancing rules in place). I’ve worked from home for 10 years but it is very different with two little girls and my lovely husband in the house too! It does mean I’m never lonely! It’s also never quiet!
We take it in turns to homeschool the girls as he is still working too (remotely as a teacher) and we seem to have hit a pretty good rhythm- after we lowered expectations of what we can do as parents!
Having the extra family time is wonderful and seeing the girls become firm best friends has been magical.
It’s not all roses. There are times when it’s been hard, they’ve been shits and we’ve missed our family desperately.
We also miss going out for walks in the Lakes.
It’s so close but so far.
Who are you locked down with in your household?
Husband and daughters ages 6 and nearly 4 (we are on countdown).
Are you lockdown thriving or lockdown surviving?
A bit of both depending on the day! But a lot more ups in general.
Describe your lockdown experience in three words.
Family. Neighbours. Discovering
Are you working from home or home schooling the children? If so how is it going for you?
Yes and yes. Hubby and I have managed to come to a balance where we can both do our work and take it in turns with the girls. I’m lucky he’s able to be quite flexible.
What are your top tips to get through the not so good days?
Try and do something that’s just for you. And talk it through with family and friends if you want to. It’s not failure. Everyone has wobbles.
What are the things you do in lockdown to keep you happy and sane?
Exercise and fresh air! It’s massively important to us all. The girls also transform when we leave the house for our bug hunts or bird spotting.
And if homeschooling just isn’t working we drop it and move on.
We also make sure we make time for each other as a couple where possible 😊
How are you making Live with Laura work for you?
I set aside Monday and Friday mornings and whatever I fancy in the evenings after I’ve been working.
Your lockdown recommendations:
- Netflix – Friends for when you need a laugh
- Movie – Harry Potter films. So nice to see them again. Like a warm hug!
- Book – The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley. A lovely book that transports you to Greece.
What are the first 3 things you are going to do when lockdown is lifted?
Seeing family and friends who live away.
Take the girls to see their pals.
And go for good coffee and a natter with pals at my fav places (after I’ve had my haircut!).
What 3 things will you miss about lockdown?
The extra time as a four.
Having company working from home.
Exploring where we live.