Happy Leap Year!
Today marks a leap year, a whole extra day to do whatever you like! So how will you be spending the day? How about doing something you love?
Here are just a few ideas you could try:
- Be brave, bite the bullet and propose to your boyfriend!
- Book a holiday
- Watch a marathon box set or series of movies
- Have a “staycation” – imagine you’re a tourist in your own town for a day
- Buy a novel by your favourite author and read it in one day
- Plan an old fashioned play day with children or grandchildren and relive your childhood
- Visit a National Trust property to see snowdrops, the first signs of spring
- Learn a new skill at a one-day workshop – eg cooking, photography, mindfulness
- Volunteer for a day – so rewarding and you may decide to make it a regular event
Contracting means you can design your professional career around your personal life, rather than the other way around. You work when, where and how you like (try doing that if you are a permanent employee!) Why not take a couple of minutes to find out what makes a successful contractor? If you’re considering contracting, it’s better to be fully prepared and know what to expect.
A few fun facts about leap years
So, you’ve decided how you’re spending your extra day, but do you know how the leap day came about and how the rest of the world celebrates?
- A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to orbit the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
- However, because the orbit is slightly less, we have to skip three leap days every 400 years. The last time was in February 1900. The next time will be in February 2100.
- Only 30 people alive today experienced the skipped Leap Day in 1900.
- The tradition of a woman being “allowed” to propose marriage on 29th February became commonplace in the 19th Century.
- Women who propose must either wear breeches or a scarlet petticoat to pop the question. In Scotland, the petticoat should be partly visible to the man during the proposal. If a man refused his partner’s proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves.
- One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year. They believe it is bad luck.
- People born on February 29 are called “leaplings” or “leapers”. The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461. There are five million leaplings around the world.
So what will you be up to this leap year? Why not share your plans with us. Simply leave a comment below and we will share the craziest with our Twitter and Facebook followers!
And if you haven’t yet leapt at the chance of contracting and the freedom it brings, why not become your own boss and use 2016 to take a quantum leap forward for personal and professional freedom?
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