Choose a culture you want to discover more about or love their food, cook up their culturally classic dishes and get each person to bring an interesting fact about their culture to dinner. Wanna make it fun? Get them to do a fabricated 'fact' and true fact and make it a quiz.
The following App HERE helps you build new creations, based on whatever Lego bricks you have (iPhone only, sorry you Androider’s).
Reading is like a form of meditation. Commit to reading everyday for at least one month, get inspired and become more relaxed while you are at it AND get excited about what books float your literary boat. For those who don't like to read or need to get their eyes tested, the Audible App is a great option for audio books that get read to you PLUS you receive instant downloads of your books.
Go nuts on your online shops, choose bath salts, face masks, new nail scissors, a new gentleman’s beard and moustache trimmer (works on any form of hair if you catch our drift) or make a massage menu and get your loved ones to pick what massage / beauty treatment they most want!
We are not just being sanctimonious here, it is scientifically proven to lift moods, and as a result, ward off the lockdown lows. Yes we are limited right now, but here in Australia we have been SO fortunate to have skipped the vast loss of life and 7 month lockdowns of other countries.
Our fave is Yoga with Adriene, she does heaps of free yoga online, but Google away and find whoever resonates for your experience and style.
We love local community college WEA Illawarra and their VAST array of online and in person courses are HERE. They offer everything from short personal interest courses to business qualifications + more!
Well, it is Winter, so we can embrace this season and our wonderful geographic advantage and immerse ourselves in the brisk, uplifting cold of the ocean or ocean pools that we have in abundance along our Illawarra coastline - want to know the benefits of cold water immersion according to the iceman guru himself, Wim Hoff HERE? Or slap your shower onto cold for a minimum of 30 seconds a day for a mini uplift!
Go deep in the bush baby - Sublime Point Walking Track has just re-opened (read more HERE) and there are great online sources of info for other local bush walks too. Get those nature based benefits and bump your step count whilst your at it. Our other top picks are Brokers Nose HERE and the stunning Cascades Walk and Jump Rock HERE.
Current restrictions allow for your to exercise in your LGA or within 10kms of your home - check the latest Covid restrictions before you venture out - pick a part of the Gong that ayou re unfamiliar with and go explore another village, admire the houses, absorb the vibe and it may just inspire your next move. Cutesy 'village feel' parts of the Illawarra include Keiraville, Balgownie, Mount Keira, Stanwell Park and Oak Flats.
Because everybody needs a montage right? There is something magical about the sun peeking its face over our ocean as the new day dawns, and every day a new day dawning is a day closer to lockdown restrictions easing. Set yourself a challenge to capture the best sunrises (or sunsets if early rising 'aint your thing) from your local beach or best escarpment outlook.
We are soooooo spoilt for choice here in the Gong when it comes to some of NSW's best cycling tracks - where flat coastal routes meet rough mountain terrain ensuring there is something for every kind of cyclist from learner riders right through to old pros. CLICK HERE for a guide of some of the best cycling tracks in our region!
In the meantime, stay safe you Illawarra beauties, this too shall pass xx