For the past few years the line between my hobbies and my work has been blurred into oblivion. I’ve tried to be intentional about exploring new things to add to my life. Since then I’ve starting things like meditating, running and vlogging. But ever since I realized that starting a business was killing my passion for art and creativity, I started aggressively seeking out hobbies and activities that would inspire, relax, and teach me, while being fun. Here are some of the things I came up with.
The first one is obvious and the reason that you’re looking at this. There was a brief period in high school that I did an opinion blog. I was consistent with it for a little while but I eventually let it die. I have always enjoyed the idea of blogging but never took the steps to properly organize everything. I’ve finally gotten my shit together and here we are.
I have never been one to pick up a book and read. Not because I don’t want to, but because when I try, it’s hard to focus long enough to retain anything. I realize if I want to continue gaining knowledge, I have to explore different texts and read. I could only imagine all of the information and stories I was missing out on. I decided to try audiobooks to see if it would be a good alternative for me. As it turns out, I really enjoyed it and have already completed a few titles and now I’m on to the next. If you have any suggestions for books I should get, let me know!
Another thing you would rarely catch me doing was playing video games. When I was a kid, the only time you’d see me on a game was in a group setting with my brothers or other family and friends. I decided to see what the gaming world has to offer me. So, I recently purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL and it has become quite the stress reliever. I picked up Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Yellow and Animal Crossing. I love Animal Crossing! I never knew much about it before now. Fight me.
As a graphic designer I have to draw things out, for logos and such. That is typically words, shapes and other objects. I have never thought to create digital art with doodles, painting and such things. I decided to buy a sketch book and a Wacom Tablet to get better at drawing and creating digital pieces. It has become another way for me to express ideas.
Of course, I’m a photographer. But believe it or not, I rarely go out and shoot landscapes. I mainly shoot events and portraits. I spend a good amount of time outdoors, walking/running and stumble upon beautiful skyscapes and other natural scenery. I figured I would start being intentional about taking my camera out with me to capture those types of photos. I visited Duke University and took my camera because I knew they have Gothic Architecture. It’s really cathartic to be out taking nature photos.
Music was my first creative channel. I joined the school chorus when I was 9, I got my first Keyboard when I was 10 and started playing Saxophone when I was 13. I didn’t start singing and doing music the way many people know me to today until 2013. I typically use production that another talent created, whether it be an instrumental track for a cover or beats for leasing. I’m now venturing into composing my own production using my new Nektar MIDI Controller.
This one is really important to me because I haven’t really been anywhere and that’s not an exaggeration. I have never flown on a plane and I have never been outside of the East Coast, let alone the country. I packed a bag, hopped on a train and went to Durham, where I stayed in this really cool family’s Airbnb and spent some intentional time with myself in a foreign place. I will be flying for the first time later this month when I visit Indiana. North Carolina and Indiana are not out of my native time zone, but it’s a start.