We get it – you make bread now.

All snark aside, we love bread as much as the next person and we champion the mastering of any skill especially if the end result of that skill is a whole lot more bread in the world, however, we can’t survive on baking skills alone!

So, while you’ve got all this time on your hands and a desperate need to fill it with something practical check out this list of five super important things you could educate yourself about while you’re waiting for your sourdough starter to rise.


General History

They say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it and, if there’s one thing we’ve learnt from this whole period it’s that we don’t want to repeat this specific stretch of history. So pick an area that interests you and read a book, audit an online course or watch a documentary.

History is so vast so there will surely be something that piques your interest. If Hamilton kickstarted an interest in US history or if you’ve got a holiday coming up you might want to read up on the history of that place or if living through the coronavirus pandemic has made you curious about plagues and pandemics of the past.


The Real Estate Market

We all need a place to call home. To come back to at the end of the day to hang your hat and relax at the end of the day. As you would be beginning to become painfully aware of during the long months of quarantine, the quality of your home is has a huge effect on your mental health and overall happiness. So if you’re one of the many people for whom months inside have made you start to reconsider how well suited your house is to your needs. Maybe you’ve got grand plans to look for a new place or even relocates as soon as the quarantine has been lifted? If that’s you then so then this is the perfect time to read up on the state of the real estate market.

Other than the fact that everyone needs somewhere to live, you might not know as much about the real estate market than you think. Did you know that real estate investors don’t actually need to pass the real estate exam in their state? Did you know that 34% of millennials don’t see a garage as necessary? Or that Troy Michigan is that nation’s most affordable rental market? That the National Association of Realtors put the median US house price at $277,000, with starter homes averaging $219,000?

On an even more basic level did you know that there are five different ways of investing in real estate? Want to make real estate investment your next move head here to read this article and get ready to turn your new quarantine hobby into an investment opportunity.


Learn A New Language

Did you know that only 20% of Americans are bilingual? When you compare this to the 35% of Canadians who are fluent in two languages and the 56% of Europeans who can converse fluently in two or more languages it’s clear that Americans are slipping well behind the curve. So Take this time to learn a brand new language or even just brush up on the language you learnt in high school and let grow rusty with lack of practice. You can do this so simply by downloading Duolingo or a similar mobile language learning application and practising for as little as 10 minutes a day. Even if that owl can be incredibly annoying, putting up with him is 100% worth it if it allows you to converse like a local on your next trip or watch a foreign film without the subtitles.


Basic First Aid

If something went wrong in your house if a friend or family member had an accident if someone collapsed as you passed them on the street could you help? Could you keep them alive until paramedics arrived? Do you know what to do in an emergency?

The truth of the matter is that outside of watching a couple of medical dramas on TV most of us don’t know how to actually perform basic first aid including CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 88% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital won’t survive but their chances go up significantly if they are immediately tended to by someone who knows CPR and can keep their heart beating. In fact, it is reported that if CPR is administered within the first two minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double. The American Red Cross is offering First Aid Courses online (here) so you can learn a new skill that might actually help you save the life of someone you love one day.


How To Cook

Another thing that quarantine has taught us is that it pays to know how to cook. We’re talking a step further than pasta here. More than reheating, more than breakfast for dinner – learning how to cook a good honest meal with protein, flavour, vegetables and everything! So if you’re, shall we say, culinarily challenged take this time to really learn and perfect a few decent meals that you’d be pleased to serve at a dinner party and that will also keep you from getting scurvy while all the restaurants are shut. No one is expecting you to become a master chef or reinvent the wheel here – just learn a few simple recipes. Head here to check out a bunch of great recipes from Jamie Oliver. You can filter these recipes into all sorts of practical categories such as ‘dinner for one’, ‘one-pan meals’, ‘cheap and cheerful’ and ‘quick fixes’ making them the perfect recipes for beginners.


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