Isn’t that a depressing title? I was not a fan of the quarantine. It was all too easy to become a pile of media-consuming mush during this “unprecedented” and “uncertain” time. Ya, ya.
Anyway, I feel very strongly about not letting circumstances disrupt well being, which, for me. is heavily reliant on activity and Jesus. Boredom is breeding grounds for mental unrest and vengeful depression.
Proverbs 19:15 NKJV
“Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.”
And because I don’t believe in a lifestyle of boredom, I refuse to let it plague me. Because it can do that. It has led me down one too many rabbit holes in the past. So, that is probably why I have a million projects going on at any given time but it’s also a great thing during a strange situation like this one.
I just want to note that none of these projects were completed in one day, in fact a couple are still in-progress. It is the sum of our labor that results in fruit and it is the endurance of our attention that results in accomplishment.
Without further ado, here are 5 things that kept me busy when the world wanted to paralyze me with fear and the enemy wanted to cast me into deep sleep:
1. Design & Build a Trellis — Gardening has played an important role in this season of my life. Nothing beats fresh air, a beating sun and dirt between my toes. Thank God Home Depot was open allowing my grandfather and I to build a trellis during the shelter-in-place order. One thing I learned from this project was the importance of detail and making sure that those small, annoying things like numbers and measurements were actually accurate. Big picture vision is awesome but it’s nothing without the details that comprise it. While this trellis is pretty darn cute, I am not confident we built it for the correct plants. Haha, we now have cucumber vines inching their way up the lower levels and with time we will see if this makes a good support for the crop.
2. Try Over 20 New Recipes — I love food, really, I do. I try to focus on cooking your typical nutritious meal but sometimes, I just have to deviate from time to time. Healthy food is awesome but I also don’t believe in total restriction, that just makes for hungry grumps and food snobs. That’s why I tried a wide range of from-scratch recipes starting with green juice to stuffed cabbage to Dutch apple pie! I had never made any of those before. I’ve been considering sharing recipes here on the blog, what do you think? I wonder how that’d go or if would take away from the joy of cooking.
3. Record & Edit Videos — A kind person who often encourages me to tap into my creativity suggested I start making videos as a new form of expression. I tried it! I made a few different videos and learned new editing tricks. The best part was that I don’t have any camera equipment so I did everything from my phone. This venture, for me, was a true challenge to my perspective and to my creativity as I worked on vision and presentation to make a cohesive video. Through this venture, I recorded angles of our garden that gave me a glimpse into the small world of nature. Truly. I took shots of ants and other crawlies and even though I didn’t use those clips, I was marveled by the beauty of God’s creation especially in its simplest form: life just living life.
Proverbs 31:27 NKJV
“She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.”
4. Convert Bedroom to Playroom (Kinda) — I don’t have any photos to share of this one just because it’s not totally finished and I forgot to take a before pic. My goal here was to give the toddler princess her own space to play. Without option to convert any other room in the house, I bet on my only choice: revamp our bedroom. Our room’s original setup was cute but my adult stuff and her kiddie stuff were occupying the same areas. It was hard to distinguish what was baby’s versus what was Mama’s. More than that, though, I wanted to give A her own area to foster independence, belonging and exploration. I looked at some Montessori models and went to work! I successfully converted a corner in our bedroom to operate as a play nook. Can I coin that term, right here, right now? I am planning to share photos of the finished product later because this is the project I’m most proud of.
5. Chop My Hair — My hair is going through a crisis, which may or may not have thrown me into a mini identity crisis. I’m blessed that my hair grows fast but it was growing too fast, especially now that it has decided to change texture. The bottom half of my hair was retaining its curl but the top half pin straight. Slick on top. Wild on bottom. Cute nowhere. Honestly, I thought the chop would bring my curls back to life. Sadly, it didn’t, and my hair is now STRAIGHT. Hence the identity crisis! At the very least, I now have much lighter, freer hair and no fear of scissors.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NLT
“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.”
I think we should all try to make it impossible for the phrase “I’m bored,” to apply. God’s got too much cool stuff for us. I hope there was inspiration somewhere in this post to start a new project or to finish an old one.
To a Friday full of Flourish! May the inspiration strike,
Flourishing Friday post #11, last one here. These Friday posts are about reflection, creativity, and inspiration. Occasionally, I will share my own expressions through art here and on social media. Instagram. Facebook.