Hello Offbeaters! Welcome to another wonderful feature blog, where we make your life a little bit more interesting and offbeat every day. This week we’re taking the sentiment a little bit more literally though.
We all know it’s easy to get bogged down in the mundane daily grind of work, school, hectic schedules, and obligations. However, have no fear readers, we here at the Offbeat have created a useful list of ways to make each and every day a little more creative and lively. Pick just one or two of these activities to incorporate into your daily life, and you could find yourself feeling more inspired and imaginative during even the most mundane of days.
1. Check Out an Independent Publication or Zine
Seeking out new publications, whether they’re locally run or just independently published, can be a great way to discover bold new authors and content that may not make it to the mainstream. Zines (which are small, uber-creative, self-published magazines) are a great option for those endeavoring to find new and unique ideas. Not only are they a great source of inspiration, but the range of topics covered in them is vast, so there’s something for every niche interest. A great resource for finding these creativity-packed publications is issuu.com, where you can browse for zines and other small publications by topic, author, or style. These artistically composed issues are sure to boost your creative brain!
2. Make Your Living Space More Lively
A great way to make each day feel more imaginative is to create a living space that reflects your creative side. Since you spend a great deal of time there, having a personal space that feels more artistic and unique (and less like you bought it from an Ikea catalogue) can help tremendously in making you feel like creating something new. Small things, like composing a gallery wall of all your favorite art pieces and personal photos, can make a big impact in making a place feel like home. Whether it’s bringing home a few plants, repainting a room, or creating a D.I.Y. project, adding just a few creative touches can make any spot feel like a source of inspiration. If you’re looking for a spot to find ideas for simple, but artistic projects, you can head to pinterest.com and browse their endless catalogue of do it yourself crafts.
3. Find a New Podcast to Follow
Podcasts tend to be a vastly underappreciated source of creativity. They can be a great introduction to any niche subject, or a great resource of information for wider discussions. There are an endless range of topics covered in these short radio segment-esque shows; everything from politics and science to art and storytelling. So whether you’re looking to learn more about a specific subject, or broaden your knowledge about the world around you, there is certain to be a podcast for you.
4. Learn a Creative Skill
Learning a new creative skill doesn’t have to mean buckling down and practicing until you become an expert. Rather, acquiring some new creative know-how can be an outlet for your daily stresses as well as a way to give your mind a break from the mundane tasks of life. This new skill could be anything that interests you, maybe you’ve always wanted to know how to play the ukulele, or perhaps you’ve been wondering what it takes to stitch together your own quilt. Whatever it is that catches your interest, invest a little time each week to practicing that skill and you’ll always have something to look forward to instead of bingeing a new show.
5. Take a Different Route to Your Daily Destinations
Many of us make a habit of completing the same rituals, in the same order, every day. That routine usually includes taking the same, predictable route to our destinations using the same form or transportation. However, changing up the scenery on your usual commute can have a big impact in making your day-to-day life feel more creative. Simply turning down a side street instead of jumping on the highway can make you feel more awake in the morning, and you may find yourself noticing interesting things about the place where you live that you hadn’t ever taken the time to observe before. Bonus points if you decide to commute in an entirely new way that allows you to notice even more details, try riding your bike or using public transportation instead of driving!
The world is your oyster, so enjoy it in some new offbeat ways! The opportunities are endless and wild.
Get creative, try some new somethings, and stay weird.
(This post is accredited to our lovely production team member, Jessie Alward)