Does anyone else feeling like they need to be more creative in their day-to-day activities but struggle with how? Things have become monotonous and a bit boring having to stay home during this Covid lockdown. When the workday is done, I find myself struggling to find things fulfilling to keep me busy.
I am obsessed with pottery. I’ve been throwing since I was 29 and I find it very grounding. Unfortunately, because we moved last spring, I haven’t had a place to set up my wheel and throw. So I am forced to wait until this spring/summer to get back into it.
Finding something to do, that doesn’t involve a screen, to keep my hands and brain busy is harder than I thought it would be. I find myself picking up my iPad, laptop, Nintendo Switch or some other piece of electronics and mindlessly scrolling or playing a video game. Yes, I’m a bit of a closet gamer, I love Zelda and Mario games.
This Christmas I decided to knit some blankets for gifts. I ordered a ton of wool but when it finally arrived, 3 weeks later, it wasn’t the thickness that I thought I ordered. And so, the blankets that I thought would take me a weekend to finish have become more than a month-long project. It became such a daunting task that I only did a few rows a night. I was not motivated and it was not fulfilling. This was turning into a chore rather than the fun project that I thought I was starting. I’m making a commitment to myself to finish the blanket and I am going to focus on the reason I started them in the first place.
We all need a distraction right now.
Something that keeps us smiling, thinking positively, finding passion in the act of creating. For some it might be writing a book or a blog, it might be knitting or sewing, it might be drawing or painting, it doesn’t have to be artistic. Just something that makes you feel good.
I am in the process of planning my new pottery studio and am getting super excited about setting it up. I can’t wait to get the creative juices flowing and my hands dirty again! What things are keeping you passionate right now? How are you making a little space to be creative day-to-day?