At the start of 2020, nobody had any idea the whole year would be filled with a pandemic. So many lives lost and lives changed forever. I remember when I first heard of the Coronavirus in December/January. Luckily it was still only in China at the time when I travelled to New York for my birthday. Little did I know when I got home, that life would change forever.
There have been so many struggles during this time, and there is still is on occasion. But so many good things came out from 2020. One of them being a real re-focus in my life, and finding out what I was passionate about. If you can’t tell already, I am an optimistic person – most of the time. I see life as a glass half full and know that bad things don’t last forever. But throughout this pandemic it has become increasingly harder to stay on that thought process.
Since I was old enough to travel solo I have been. I have some of my best friends who live in America and every year I’d fly solo and travel to see them and have holidays with them. Every single year consisted of me saving and spending money on holidays back and forth from the US. It was such a blessing and a fun time in my life. And as the pandemic started and travel was slowly restricted, I came to a realisation that I’d probably not be able to see them for a while.
The lack of spending meant I was able to save more money than I ever had. And it made me realise how much money I’d spend on unnecessary things pre-pandemic. A blessing has been that I have been able to pay off any remainder of debt I had from my travels and means I have been able to save. This ultimately has meant that so many of my long term goals have been able to come to the fore-front. And that would never have happened pre-pandemic.
A NEW PASSION
The pandemic has meant alot more time at home and alot more free time too. This has meant that I have had more time to think of and take up new hobbies. One of which has been calligraphy and digital illustrations. I remember seeing so many others on Tik Tok and YouTube using pro-create[an apple store app] to design and create such beautiful things. I had zero experience in calligraphy and lettering but decided I wanted to give it a go.
If you’ve ever tried to do it yourself then you know how hard it is to master, but I was up for the challenge. I ordered myself an iPad and then shortly after an apple pencil. Then I got started and downloaded pro create and practiced every single day. I am completely self taught and have learnt so much from watching others lettering on YouTube. Lettering and doing digital illustrations has helped me so much. Its so relaxing and fun to just draw and create anything you want to.
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Of course I couldn’t write this post without mentioning the new passion that now takes up most of my time. Blogging! I re-started my blogging journey in July 2020 and have not stopped since. This blog has grown and grown and I am so grateful for the success we have had from this site. Blogging really gave me a purpose and thats one reason why I choose to blog.
I know there are others out there who are counting on me to provide them with help and advice, and thats why I continue to do it. I really love this community of people we are growing. And I can’t wait to see where this goes.
What are some new things you have started to do during the pandemic?
Do you have any new hobbies?
As the optimistic person I am, I’m glad I found something good that came out of these past years filled with so much negativity. I encourage you to look at the good, and focus on it. It really helps so much with your mindset.