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5 Top tips for times when you get home late

The problem with doing loads of super-cool stuff in your free time is often one to do with juggling time. What do you have to give up in order to get to your chosen activities? How can you manage a full day of work and then a full evening of Insanity, or life drawing, or even just pub crawling? How can you manage a commute on top of that? The answer is, it can totally be done, but people often claim that they don’t have time. We don’t agree. What it actually means is that you might get home late and that’s inconvenient. With that in mind we got our very own Community Manager Nicola (who commutes nearly 4 hours every day and still makes it out to Wonderush events in her free time) to give us a few tips that’ll help make getting home late a little bit easier.

Getting home late tip No. 1: Know what you’re going to eat

There’s no way around it. If you don’t have a plan for what you’re going to have for dinner when you get home, then you’re going to eat everything. Have something to hand that you can shove in the microwave – like a ready meal, or something you cooked earlier if you’re feeling fancy and Blue-Peter-ish – or the number of a takeaway that you can call en route so that your food arrives at the same time as you do. Otherwise, kiss goodbye to the multipack of kitkats you hid in the cupboard last week.

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8 Reasons singing is awesome

Singing is awesome. There’s a reason all the Disney princesses do it so much before they get rich and their lives drastically improve. It’s just fun. Whether you’re a strictly shower-based singer, or you like to branch out a bit, we’re sure that at some point or another you’ve realised the power of a really good sing-song. And it’s not just our opinion. There are proper scientific facts to back all of this up. We’re not doctors, but we still thought we’d give a summary of some of the benefits singing can bring:

It raises your oxytocin and endorphin levels

Without going into too much detail (because of the aforementioned fact that we are not doctors) endorphins and oxytocin are chemicals that make you feel good. Endorphins are responsible for the runner’s high, and Oxytocin is often referred to as ‘the love hormone’ – both sound very promising, and both are things that you want more of.

It can improve your sleep

One of the great things out our good friends endorphins and oxytocin is that they can help you to get to sleep easier at night, which is something we can definitely get on board with.

It improves your mental alertness

There’s a bit of a chain reaction happening here. Basically, good chemicals = sleep = mental alertness. There’s also the much more immediate fact that when you’re singing, and especially in a group, you have to keep track of exactly where you are in the song, which helps to hone your ability to pay attention.

Your posture gets better

Remember when, as a kid, you’d be learning a song in school for an assembly or something equally boring, and then the teacher would tell you to stand up, and then you’d complain, but then it would sound a million times better? Posture is key when singing, and once you start focussing on it, the improvements can last for ages afterwards.

It helps with lung function

There are loads of lung-based benefits that go hand-in-hand with singing. For a start, your aerobic capacity (which is pretty important for silly little things like being able to breathe) improves, and your intercostal muscles and diaphragm get a workout. It’s not going to make you super-hench any time soon, but those are muscles that you definitely need in tip-top condition.

It can clear a cold

While your lungs are getting a workout your sinuses and respiratory tubes are as well. It’s definitely a thing. It’s just that it’s not the kind of thing you’d particularly notice unless there was something wrong with them already. There’s nothing like a few sound waves to vibrate gunk out of a blocked sinus. Disgusting, but true.

It improves your self-esteem and confidence

You don’t have to be a good singer to feel good about yourself. Just the act of singing, and doing all of the good stuff for yourself that we’ve already mentioned, can do wonders for the self-esteem. And if you’re feeling more outgoing, it can feel fantastic to stand up in front of people and sing. It doesn’t come from the quality of the singing, it’s simply the act of doing the thing. A very cheap high.

It’s just fun!

We’ve listed some very good reasons to get singing but, at the end of the day, nobody would bother if it wasn’t fun. You might like singing on your own in the shower, and that’s fine. The other option is getting together with a group, having a laugh, and meeting new people. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of working in (literal) harmony with other people who all love the same thing.

And on that cheesy note, we’ll just casually remind you that if you want to find somewhere to go singing we can totally help you out. Or, more accurately, the lovely folks at The Bridge Choir, The Petting Zoo, and Gospeloke can help you out. Get singing and thank us later!

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Getting ready for World Poetry Day!

Monday 21st March is World Poetry Day, and we’re really excited about it. In fact, we’re so excited that we’re giving people the opportunity to try a month of Wonderush in exchange for a poem. We’ll also showcase our favourite original works (we’re all poets now, so we’re legally obliged to call them ‘works’) on the Wonderush blog. We’d love to see what you can come up with, so submit your poems any time from now to actual World Poetry Day itself. And just so that there’s no double standards, we’ve also written a poem of our very own.

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Five ways to get your creative juices flowing

We’ve all been there. You’re working on a creative project and suddenly inspiration runs dry. Or maybe you have every intention of starting a creative project but all that’s happening is that you keep flicking through Instagram to see what everyone else is up to. Once you’ve ground to a halt it can be difficult to get going again. Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can get out of the rut and get the wheels turning again:

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Child-free half term activities to try this week

It’s half term. As a child it used to be the week that you looked forward to for ages. Whether you were seven years old and had nothing to do except to boomerang between playing with all of your toys and complaining about being bored, or slightly older and spent the whole week putting off doing one hour of homework, it was an amazing time. But now all half term means is that there are suddenly children under foot on the way to work, and getting in your way when you nip to Pret at lunch time. If you’re not the kind of person who likes kids, though, it’s not ideal. And because we’re all about everybody’s happiness we’ve put together some suggestions for some activities that are likely to be well and truly child-free:

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Winter

We went off on one at the beginning of the month about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last few weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring, a Happy You Summer, and a Happy You Autumn might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Winter might look:

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Autumn

We went off on one a couple of weeks ago about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last couple of weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring and a Happy You Summer might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Autumn might look:

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5 Spitalfields sights you should really see

Located at the edge of the City, Spitalfields has always been a place of social upheaval and a melting pot of cultures; catering to both domestic and international immigrants arriving in London as early as the seventeenth century. Katie, who runs Look Up London Walking Tours, is giving you a sneak peak.
Here are five Spitalfields sights you miss when you don’t look up…

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Turn your passion into profit

It’s always difficult to decide whether we should be making our passion into profit. Work takes up a lot of our time, but more often than not it’s the things we do in the spare hours, before, after, and at weekends that really make us happy. You might be an accountant with a penchant for painting, a barista who hula hoops on the side, or maybe you work in sales and have colleagues queuing up for your cupcakes. Or it could be something totally different. The city is full of people who love doing all kinds of things on the side. But what if you don’t want to do it on the side any more?

 

The option that a lot of people choose when they decide to start turning their passion into profit is to teach. Teaching your hobby can be really rewarding. It’s a great way to meet new people who might be into the same kind of thing that you are, or to pass on what you know to total beginners who end up loving the thing you love too. It can be a daunting prospect, but we’ve put together a few tips to help you get started.

Think about how it could fit in

We’re not suggesting that you jack in your high-flying career in neurosurgery straight away. In fact, as a high-flying neurosurgeon, you’re probably smart enough to realise that. We’re sorry. But our point is, we’re not saying you should give it all up tomorrow if you don’t want to. It might be that you don’t want to teach full time. You might just want a little Saturday gig to make a bit of pocket money. Or you might have a total career overhaul and world domination in your sights. Anything goes.

Do your research

Maybe you have a friend or acquaintance who’s already teaching something. Awesome. Take them for a coffee and have a chat. It’s amazing how good meeting an actual person who’s done the actual thing you actually want to do can make you feel. You might just realise that it’s a totally do-able thing for a person to manage. If you don’t have a useful friend, reach out to people who are running classes in your local area. It’s amazing how many people are willing to meet up if there’s a free coffee in it for them. If you can’t meet up with someone in person, we have this super-cool thing called ‘the internet’ now, and you’re bound to find people who are willing to share tips if you look hard enough.

Try holding a test workshop

Gather a group of your nicest, least sarcastic friends, and try out your ideas on them. If you want to teach a specific craft, for example, you can make sure you’re able to explain the stages as easily as possible. You can also use your willing volunteers to try out yoga routines, dance steps, or anything else. You’ll get feedback on what you could do better, as well as a chance to practice being in front of real people who view you as an authority figure.

Don’t be freaked out by practical considerations

Yes. You will need a venue. You might need insurance. Depending on what you want to teach you may need certifications of some kind. So did the people you spoke to as research or who run classes you’ve been to. The likelihood is that they’re no cleverer than you, and they all managed, so you know it’s do-able. Make a list of everything you’ve found out in your research that you need to organise, and then work through it point by point. Try not to skip ahead or let yourself get overwhelmed. Point by point. That’s all you need to remember.

Take the plunge

Sometimes this is the hardest part. At this point you’ve done all the legwork and you’re totally ready. You’ve got everything you need. You’re awesome, basically. You’re an organisational wizard. It would be so easy to stop at this point. If you stop now you’ll have a 100% success rate and never have to face failure. But at some point you have to take a deep breath and dive in to actually teaching a roomful of strangers how to do the thing that you love to do. After all, you’ve come this far. Every class you teach might not be perfect. You might have no-shows, or injuries, or unhappy customers. Those things happen, and they happen to everyone. We guarantee the good will outweigh the bad, though. You’ll feel the joy that only comes from sharing something you love with other people, and watching them fall in love with it too. You’ll meet new people. And most of all, you’ll be able to go to sleep at night knowing that, for once in your life, you put yourself out there and made it work.

So. Real talk. Do you fancy sharing your hobbies and passions whilst making money? You could join hundreds of our activity providers today and starting earning from the thing you love doing. All you need to do is bring your passion. Team Wonderush can bring the rest, whether that’s help with finding a venue or selling tickets. Hit us up at hello@wonderush.com and you could be turning your passion into profits sooner than you think.

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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Summer

We went off on one last week about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. Last week she gave us an example of a Happy You Spring, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Summer might look:

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