Around the world, lockdowns are easing and stay-at-home orders are being lifted. However, life is far from being back to business as usual. Experts warn the virus will affect our lifestyles for at least a year, and it will be a while before we’ll be spending most of our leisure time out of the house.
There have been many articles written about how this is not the time to pressure yourself into chasing a major project. We are going through a collective trauma, after all. But that does not mean you can’t begin a passion project if you are getting bored and frustrated. As long as you go about it with gentleness and are kind to yourself, you can enjoy doing something fun and productive.
If you are looking for a project to excite you, dig into one of the following.
Write a novel
I know this sounds like we’re starting big, but the truth is that writing a novel does not need to be a major endeavor. Every year in November, millions of people around the world take on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. The idea is to write 50,000 words in a month. To commit to doing it for the sake of it, without worrying about editing, revisions, or potential readers.
Throughout the year, NaNoWriMo runs smaller events (Camp Nano) and the forums are always busy with people encouraging each other and providing useful advice. If you have ever thought about one day writing a novel, this kind of approach – in which you only do it because you want to – can provide the perfect motivation.
Build a website
One of the wonders of the internet is that every single person can share their ideas, talents, and inner self with the rest of the world. It is something we have begun to take for granted, with social media making it possible at any time of the day.
But if you really want to share yourself with the world, the best approach is to create your own website. Get WordPress hosting and you’ll have all the basics for designing your website. Whether it is a blog, a portfolio, or even a fan page, it gives you the freedom of sharing yourself on your own terms. You’re not limited by character limits and you don’t have to tread as lightly as you would on a platform like Twitter.
Plant a garden
You don’t need a yard in order to plant a garden. On the contrary, you can create a perfect little vegetable or flower garden even if you live in an apartment. This is one of the fun parts of gardening for those interested in DIY. Find something like a ladder, a shoe rack, or even some old pairs of jeans, and you can find creative ways to turn it into a perfect planter.
This project will get your creative juices flowing, and you’ll have something concrete to show for it. You’ll also feel the joy of nurturing life, bringing nature into your home.