Creativity: When quarantine began, my friend and I went out to take a few pictures that was supposed to keep us afloat for a while, at least until the quarantine was over. I realized a few weeks in that I was running out of content quickly. For a long time, I did not create, I just relied on old pictures as far back as 2018. For a while the old content came in really handy until they began to suffocate me. It just felt like I was living in the past and not taking advantage of the quiet environment to explore my creativity. Because I couldn’t risk any of my friends getting infected, I decided to start taking my pictures myself. It’s a concept I am very familiar with; me, my tripod stand, my stopper, and the sun. Most of the pictures on this board, I took them myself. Going into the great yonder (meaning my backyard) helped me shed that extra weight of the past and move towards the present with a sense of belonging. I love: the way I’m able to express myself, be confident in my creative abilities, show case my love for fashion, and edit my contents to breathe the right life into them. Wanna see more pictures? Visit Theayamba on Instagram.
Blog Posts: It was touch and go for a while especially with little to no inspiration during the lockdown. I couldn’t get myself in the right head space for a long time to be able to conjure up something meaningful. I kept telling myself that it was okay to be still, planted, and rooted in the moment. I did not want to force myself to write and I wanted to blog only when I had something to say. As time went on, I was able to interview a lot of friends who have been impacting the world in their own way. I couldn’t write, but I could tell the stories of others and that in it self was a huge blessing. It kept my blog running for a while until I was able to put words together again and have the words mean something. To catch up on all the posts during lockdown, just visit http://Theyamba.com. It is all there: poetry, lifestyle, interviews, fashion, and causes like: Gun Control and Black Lives Matter.
Poetry: Ever wondered where my stream of inspiration comes from? Basically from these four legends:
Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lang Leav. With all the poets in the world, I pick the most melancholic souls to guide me, with the exception of Lang Leav. The writers, novelists, and poets I’m drawn to light the way for little ol’ me to keep my poetry alive. During the lockdown I wrote three series and I started a new one for June. You can find my poetry here: https://www.picuki.com/profile/hersoulwrites1. Feel free to feed your humble eyes.
Movies: Oh my God, I loved my shows during quarantine. I love series more than movies because I fancy the continuity in story lines. These are a couple of series I was head over heels for during the pandemic. Check them out y’all, especially Queen of The South (season four) and Gilmore Girls (which is my absolute favorite past time).
Graduate School: For the most part, I was busy with three online classes. It was a huge pain in the behind but I loved the fact that I didn’t have to go to school to be in school. Since it was my first time doing Zoom classes I was a bit worried about how it was all going to turn out. But hey, I did it. I made it through the semester in flying colors and now I am taking two summer classes, preparing for my internship, and my comprehensive exam. Yay me.
Books: I didn’t do a lot of reading but I was able to get through: Glow Kids, All The Bright Places ( which I read and cried a million times), Bared to you by Sylvia Day (who is my new favorite author because she doesn’t hold back), The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time, The Fault In Our Stars etc. I know, not a lot of reading but just enough to get me through the tough months. I’m not big on self help books because I need to read books that tell stories & feed my imagination.
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