Are you starting to think about the end to the pandemic? People keep saying it’s not okay to think too far ahead, or doom and glooming about the next pandemic, but I’m going to think optimistically about it and start planning what I’ll do next after the pandemic. As some of you know, I quit my tech job just as the pandemic started, ready to launch my freelance design and illustration business, and when covid hit a lot of the work completely dried up. I managed to get some great clients last year regardless, and although I’m still not sure of exactly what will come next, I definitely have a few resolutions, both art-related and life-related!
Take time for rest
This is a big one. I’m not sure how well I’ll do with it – it’s not in my nature to take breaks! But I’m more creative when I actually stop and smell the roses, if you will. With covid I found it so easy to just stay in and work endlessly out of boredom. But I’m behind on my hobbies now, and I need to start prioritizing them just as much as art.
Rekindle my offline time
It’s so easy to get sucked up into staying inside, especially in Boston. The weather has been so absolutely hit or miss this spring! We’ll have one nice day followed by cold, rainy, gloomy weather – rinse and repeat for the entire month of April. I always forget how much of a bummer spring can be, even if this is my favorite time of year.
Similar to the rest point, I want to make sure I take time to get outside, enjoy the weather, go on hikes and walks, and do my absolute favorite outdoor activity: food and drinks! I love having a coffee or beer outside so much, it’s crazy. I want to make sure I take the time to go to art events, build community, take classes, and really invest in myself outside the house. Maybe even take risks and do some stuff I’ve never done before!
Find ways to expand my art
This is a big, nebulous one. I’m not really sure what I want to do with this one. I just want to hone my craft, get better (or actually decent), and be a little more vulnerable. I’m blogging again to try to get out of my comfort zone! I can’t guarantee any interesting or useful content! But this will hopefully get me into the habit of talking about my art, feeling okay about my art, and being a little more open to vulnerability. Three things I’m very bad at!
Hopefully if I get used to putting myself out there a bit, I can ramp up to bigger projects like public art installations, murals, and more. I’ve had my heart set on these things but have been too scared to do it! Also, when someone asks me about my art, I can speak about it better instead of just saying “uhhhhh”. I want to gain inspiration, confidence, and trust in myself and my work, and find ways to use that to elevate where I’m at. I don’t know if that makes sense but hopefully it does!
What about you? Are you ready to do some new things after covid? How has life changed for you? Are we going to start thinking of life in terms of “pre-covid” and “post-covid” times?