When things get busy, it is easy to retreat to a passive activity that allows us to “veg” out such as binging Netflix or YouTube. As such, we need a hobby and I am thankful I have not tried to monetize or side-hustle my hobbies.
In a previous newsletter, I referenced how the busy week(s) with work and my course saw me binge read comics. I don’t regret that time as it helped me unwind after a stressful day. This past week, I engaged with a different activity: lettering art.
Drawing is a skill I am trying to learn and grow. My Instagram
account reflects that. This week, I pulled up some of my favorite lettering artists and grabbed a few of my lettering books for inspiration. After each tough work day, I pulled out the iPad and drew. My focus: attempting “paper art.”
Having this creative outlet allows me to feel less anxious about not having written new short stories, poetry, or essays. Though there is a looming deadline and some editing I must complete, the hobby is a great way to keep me calm.
I think tonight I will practice my lettering art some more. What a great way to spend my evening on a “self-care” day.