Getting Creative Indoors

Wake up.

Attend my Zoom University lectures.

Eat. Drink. 

Do discussion questions, online assignments, and my essays. 

Eat. Drink. 

Watch Netflix.

Sleep.

Repeat.

 

I've realized how much of a routine my life has become. Most days now, I struggle to wake up 30 minutes before my first class, lug myself to the dining room table, and begin my day. And as you can tell, from my very detailed schedule above, my days mostly consist of school, technology and food. However, recently, I’ve realized that I lost the creative aspect of myself that I used to utilize as a child. My days of drawing, painting, journaling are all in the past; however, I decided to revamp my creative side during the quarantine. Here’s how:

Photoshoots 

Recently, I was scrolling through eBay and came upon the random idea of buying a film camera. Was it an impulsive and irrational decision? Yes. Did I order it? Yes, because there was an idea for a mini photoshoot right in the living room. Hang up a plain white sheet, dress yourself up, sit in front of the sheet and let the photo shoot begin! There are so many different styles and themes for photoshoots online that you can easily do at home. I’ve seen many amazing ideas on TikTok: hanging up newspapers as the background to get an old, grunge look, setting up the flash in a dark bathroom for a film aesthetic, or using mirrors in your backyard for a simple, VSCO look. Try it all out! You don’t even need a film camera, any camera, including your phone, will work for all of these ideas. 

Embroidery

Pick up a needle, some string, and a piece of clothing. It’s time to embroider. I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching people like Ashley (aka best dressed) on YouTube revamp their wardrobe by thrift-flipping clothes they found at thrift shops and have always aspired to be like them. A couple of days ago, I thought “Hey, why not?” While sewing can be an alternative to embroidering, I just picked up embroidery because I had a lot of plain clothing I wanted to amp up with cute little designs. So, if you’re dying for some new clothes but are broke, embroidery is a great skill to learn to help with that. 

Letters + Journaling

In an era of technology, I found sending letters to my friends to be really soothing. It has more sentimental value than a simple text and shows dedication and time. It also gives you an opportunity to try out calligraphy or improving your handwriting! Journaling can be another option as well. While journaling isn’t a form of communication, it does express creativity more than letters do. You could use it as a method of organization and productivity.