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Life in lockdown: how I kept busy

Monday, 17 August 2020




I’ve not written on here for a good while, I would apologise but in eality I’ve been rather lazy and lax since I wanted to focus on my masters. The laziness is more in regards to not knowing what niche I could have or where I wanted to go with this blog.

Over the last few months, lockdown, rona, just everything; I have wanted to make a difference. At least I have wanted to use my voice for good, I’m still not sure how to do that but I am trying. I really want this platform to be a reflection of my voice though, meaning there may be serious posts where I rant or talk about what needs to change in the world. Not many people read this platform, but I like to think this is or can be a voice beyond frivolity and fun musings.


This blog is me, it’s a working project like me. Some posts may just be fun anecdotes or a collection of things I have been loving since we all need escapism, sometimes we have to change the song on spotify even though the track has been replayed for the last hour. No, of course this isn’t from experience and not something I do when I get too much in my head… of course not.

What have I been up to in lockdown and the general break I’ve had from this platform you ask?
 
I am aware no on is asking but I am going to tell you anyway.
 

My masters!

The end is in sight, my dissertation is due on the 9th September so the stress is really starting to pile up. I’m powering through though, and on track to pass which is what I want. Lockdown has been a lesson in adapting to research and meetings instead of long hours spent in the library like it was last year. My bank balance is probably relieved by this, since instead of trips to the library café for my caffeine boost, I now just head to the kettle and hope I’ve not yet used up my instant coffee. Completing a degree in a pandemic has been odd, but I still feel that sense of accomplishment I felt last year even if I’ve yet to actually finish…


Sewing

Last year for my 21st my parents got me a sewing machine and lockdown finally gave me a chance to use it. I’ve been making masks for friends and family, trying to use scraps and fabric I already have to reduce waste from the process. I even used some of the fabric I had from a recent co-ord I made to make a matching mask to go with it! For a first attempt, I think it went pretty well especially since I didn’t use a store bought pattern, instead opting to make it myself. Could this be an origin story to me signing up for the Great British sewing bee??


 

Art

Now I’m no Picasso or Van Gogh, but I’ve found creative outlets to be really therapeutic in this time. I love sketching out ideas I have for clothes I want to make or tattoos I might not even get because I’m a little baby with a low tolerance for pain… Drawing and colouring helps me switch off, even if sometimes I get incredibly angry that the drawing isn’t the same as what I picture in my head. At that point I know to leave it, even if I then have the naïve idea that though the drawing didn’t turn out right, my novice sewing skills can surely create a couture level gown… Definitely.

Educating myself

Black lives matter wasn’t a moment, even if it seems like hardly anyone is talking about it now, it was a call to change. At the time I shared a lot of resources on both my blog and personal page that were great tools to learn more about what we weren’t taught in schools. Recently I read Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race and it was an eye opener, I’ve also been trying to listen to more podcasts on the matter so I can really understand the disparity people of colour face in society. I want to learn more so I can have those difficult discussions with people and hopefully help to create the change we want to see in the world. Just sharing a few posts at one moment and not working to change what we speak of isn’t enough, the change needs to happen and it should happen now.

 

I’d love to know what you’ve all been up to, both in lockdown and in this semi limbo lockdown period we’re experiencing at the moment. Either way, I’m leaving the house more now and making sure to always have a mask with me! (Your not so subtle reminder to please wear a mask)

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