There’s no better time to get stuck into a passion project than 2021. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have wide-reaching effects on our daily lives, developing a passion for a hobby or activity could be just the thing to break you out of the stress and monotony of the past year.
Here are a few of the best creative projects you could pick up in 2021.
Whether you’ve had a DSLR gathering dust for years or this is the first time you’ve considered picking up a point and shoot camera, photography could be just the thing to direct your energy to this year. The great thing about photography is that you can make almost anything your subject. You could take candid black and white family shots, pictures of the greenery around your home, and even everyday items can make stunning portraits when posed well.
Have a look into the types of camera available and see if you can find one that will suit your requirements. It could be worth starting with a good all-round beginners DSLR camera that you can snap some shots and get used to the feel of a camera. Then you can gradually work up to experimenting with different settings and effects as you gain confidence.
Learning how to take gorgeous photos involves more than just owning the equipment, so you could consider taking some online classes on editing skills and how to use light and composition to capture beautiful images.
Start A Blog
Blogging is a great way to let your creative energies flow. You could start a blog about anything, from your lockdown culinary adventures, to home life, or the books you’re reading.
The act of writing is an excellent way to boost creativity and productivity. You could use this as an outlet to unwind after a busy day, to order your thoughts and process your emotions. Blogging is often used as a type of journaling – albeit a public one.
If becoming one of the big names in blogging is part of your plan, then you could consider finding a niche in the blogging market and tailoring your content to that. There are many opportunities out there for bloggers to gain a following and make some extra cash, so this could be the perfect way to spend a lockdown cooped up at home.
Take Up An Instrument
It’s never too late to learn an instrument. Whether you wish you learned piano as a child, or have always been envious of rock stars and their guitars, there’s no better time to pick up your dream instrument and give it a try.
You could consider having virtual lessons during the pandemic. Many music teachers have taken their classes online, so you will still get some pointers and an idea of how to start. There are also plenty of music practice rooms that you could use if you’re concerned about disturbing your neighbors and household while learning an instrument. Pirate provide excellent soundproofed rooms that will allow you to flex your musical muscles in peace and privacy.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you could also consider joining a virtual music group. Whether this is a jam session with friends or joining an online choir, there are many benefits to playing as a group. Socializing with new people, keeping busy and honing your abilities are just a few of the advantages of playing with other people.
Reconnect with your inner child this year by getting creative with Lego. Lego is a great tactile way to pass the time and build great projects. Like jigsaw puzzles, Lego can provide a sense of calm and a great way to switch off after a busy day at work.
There are thousands of options out there for anyone wanting to build their own Lego collection. You could consider starting with a set that comes with everything you need to complete a project. You could try Star Wars, Stranger Things, or classic car sets to get you started. Lego isn’t just for the kids any more – though you could get them involved if you’d like to start a family project.
You could also use Lego to build your own models. You could try building your home, a local park or even your favorite city. The sky is the limit when it comes to building with Lego.
Gardening can be a great way to unwind and relax after a stressful day. Getting out to nature and surrounding yourself with greenery is the perfect way to de-stress. It can help to get you out of the house and away from screens, soaking up the vitamin D while you work.
You could consider starting small, with one or two low maintenance plants. Take 15 minutes out of your day to tend to your plants and watch them grow and flourish. Once you’ve mastered some of the hardier plants, you could consider moving on to more challenging plants, or simply adding more variety.