Finding Creativity in a Pandemic

2020 has been quite the year. I think we have all been personally challenged by it. From baking bread to painting, being stuck in our homes has given us the space to try new things. I asked my team to share their struggles and where they found inspiration amidst the adversity in 2019. When we welcomed in the new year, we didn’t expect it to turn out like this. As we leave 2020 behind, how do we now find hope for 2021?

Martha, a high school science teacher, shares her reasons for inspiration and hope:

How has this year inspired you?

Inspiration comes in many forms. I have two big inspirations that have come out of this year- one pandemic related and the other not. I was given the most wonderful opportunity to become an aunt. Charlie (Charlotte) was born on January 28th and I know it is cliched, but it has changed my whole world. I love her so much. It is very exciting to watch a human grow. Charlie is a curious and smart little girl and oh, she has my heart. She has inspired me to be better, to make sure I am in a good place, to be the best auntie I can be and when the time comes, to be the best mother.

My second inspiration, the one that is pandemic related, is creativity. I am so left brained oriented I often forget to take into consideration the right side of my brain. This pandemic forced my creative side to get a hold of me. I learned how to sew by making face masks, (#stillwearadamnmask) and was pretty good at it. I even had a successful side hustle. Eventually I had to step away from the mask making business because it was very time consuming and was not as enjoyable as it was in the beginning. However, this new skill has sparked other creative projects. I made blankets and burp cloths for several friends who had or were having children. My biggest (to me) project has been sewing a dress for Charlie. It was not straightforward and presented some frustrating moments, but it turned out great.

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