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With many of us bunking down at home, our team have brainstormed some ideas to keep you sane while social distancing...


Books to read:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Bek

8 Master Lessons of Nature by Gary Ferguson - Bek

The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton - Bek

Flights by Olga Tocarczuk - Issi

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes - Issi

The Falconer by Dana Czapnik  - Issi

Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks - Issi

The Nickel Boys by Coleson Whitehead - Issi

The Lost Man by Jane Harper - Emma 

Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham - Emma

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales - Emma 

First, we make the beast beautiful by Sarah Wilson - El

The Bees by Laline Paull - El


Multiple team members also recommended The Goldfinch by Donna Tarth and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. 



Shows to watch:

Cheer (Netflix) - Ash

The Good Place (Netflix) - Ash

The Bold Type (Stan) - Zin

Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist (Stan) - Zin 

Flight of the Conchords (HBO) - Sophie 

Son's of Anarchy (Netflix) - Sophie

Janet King (Netflix) - Emma

Notting Hill (a movie, but a classic!) - Tallulah

The Crown (Netflix) - El

The Chef’s Table - El

Friends (on repeat) - The entire NMJ Team!



Albums or Artists to listen to:

In Rainbows, Radiohead - Bek

Illinois, Sufjan Stevens - Bek

Our Endless Numbered Days, Iron and Wine - Em

Don’t Let the Kids Win, Julia Jacklin - Em

The Door, Keb Mo - Em

History: America’s Greatest Hits, America - Em

Noah Kahan, particularly the album Busyhead - Madi

Ziggy Alberts - Madi

Okay Kaya - Issi

The Babe Rainbow - Issi

The Strokes - Issi

Beach House - Issi

Cage the Elephant – Sophie



Podcasts to listen to:

To Live And Die In LA - Ella

Who The Hell is Hamish - Ella and Em

Lighthouse - Zin

Shameless - Zin

Serial - Zin

Teachers Pet - Zin

99% Invisible - Em

Stuff You Should Know - Sophie


Our Retail assistant Tallulah also recommend 'Ladies We Need to Talk' and many of our jewellers suggested 'Oprahs Super Soul Conversations' and 'TED Talks' 



Documentaries to inspire:

Searching for Sugar Man (Netflix) - Em

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Netflix) - Em

The Beginnings of Life (Netflix) - Bek

The Wonders of the Universe by Prof. Brian Cox (Netflix) - Bek

You Can’t Ask That (ABC iView) - Bek

Miss Americana (Netflix) - Emma 

Brene Brown The Call to Courage (Netflix) - Emma



Ways to keep your hands and/or head busy:

Crosswords and Sudoku - buy yourself a bumper book and get busy! - Bek

Make a Vision Board - take one idea or dream that you have for the future and create a vision board using pictures from magazines, writing, photos etc. - Bek

Put some music on and paint/draw. - Bek

Make a present for someone - a hanging mobile for a new baby, a book of vouchers for a lover or friend, a jar of compliments for someone you love. - Bek

Learn how to use photoshop and illustrator and make your friends fun posters or cards to make them smile. - Madi

Play some good old board games or card games. - Emma

Enrol in an online short course. - Emma

Create a photo book online and have it printed. Snapfish is really great and easy to use. - Emma

Decluttering and rearranging is a favourite for me when it comes to keeping busy – Tallulah 

Re-pot and fertilise your plants, because they need love too! - Em

Learn to knit! It’s easy once you get the hang of it - I am currently making a patchwork wool blanket which will hopefully be ready by winter! - El

Suprisingly (or not!) a few team members suggested learning how to make jewellery!


Our Customer Service Manager, Zin, suggested Keep it Cleaner as a great app for the mind, body and soul and our Retail 2IC, Issi, suggested Headspace for guided or unguided meditation. 



Things to do with kids:

Make instruments from junk and start a band - Em

Play dress ups - Em 

Set up an obstacle course - Em 

Get creative with Lego! - Zin

Write letters to loved ones - whether they are in the same city, interstate, or overseas. - Bek

Have a dance party - compile a list of your/your kids favourites, dim the lights and DANCE your heart out.  If you have older kids, choreograph a dance to their favourite song. - Bek

Create gratitude lists - to keep the focus on the goodness in life, those big and small things that are precious. - Bek



Ways to creatively connect with others:  

Start a blog or join an online community group. - Madi

Have conference calls with friends while watching the same show at the same time, like an online movie hang out! - Madi

Instagram can be consuming, but there’s some really great voices out there who are closer to home than you may think. Use this time to bond through Instagram, whether it be brands or other people you follow, and notice others reactions, and how they are dealing with, it, and maybe taking some of their advice for yourself. - Issi

If you have a gym or workout buddy, keep up your routine at home, and organise to call or FaceTime at your usual workout times so you can still workout together and motivate each other. - Em

 Tik Tok! - Sophie



Like their suggestions and want to get to know some of our team more? Click below to discover their These Hands profile: 

Head Designer, Em

Retail 2IC, Issi

Bespoke Coordinator, Madi

Marketing Coordinator, Emma

Wholesale and Admin Assistant, Bek

Marketing and Wholesale Manager, El

Jeweller, Ash

Online Manager, Ella

Retail Assistant, Tallulah 

Customer Service Manager, Zin (Profile coming soon!)

Bespoke Designer, Sophie (Profile coming soon!)