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I began the year with the intention to post here more often. Unfortunately, it seems it wasn’t meant to be. My creativity has taken a huge hit this past year. The pandemic and other stressors wiped out all my motivation. At a certain point, I just went into survival mode and gave up on creativity and let my consumption of social media and television take over.
It’s been almost a year since things took a nose-dive and I’m feeling more hopeful than I have in awhile. I just finished listening to Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt and it’s inspired me to think about all the things I want to try. This isn’t my first list (see previous versions here and here) and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Most of these are things that I’ve explored on various levels but they continue to intrigue me:
- Kayaking, Hiking
- Dog Training, specifically getting Arlo’s Canine Good Citizenship Ceritifcation
- Hand Lettering, Drawing, Watercolor, Photography, etc.
- Punch Needle, Embroidery, Crochet, Macrame
- Guitar, Ukulele, Piano
- Meditation, Yoga
- Juggling, Magic (inspired by the book)
In this episode of Armchair Expert, Jewel spoke about her mental health and making a connection that she felt her best on the days that she did something with her hands. That spoke to me. I used to be a voracious learner and was always working on something with my hands; but somewhere along the way I became a voracious consumer. It’s so easy to just sit back and let myself be distracted by my various feeds. Laziness takes over. I find value in social media, so I’m not convinced that I want to completely give it up. I have decided to take a break from Facebook and have removed it from my phone. I’m already feeling a bit more productive.
I’m hoping to report some progress in these areas soon. What’s on your list?