Can We Keep Learning? Part-2

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A few months back, I wrote about my contemplation in buying new gouache colours and paintbrushes to learn floral art. Did I stick to painting? The answer is a positive definite yes. Picking up my brushes, painting and filling out my journal with small pieces of floral art has made me feel content. To explore more, I started following artists and illustrators who showcase beautiful artwork, took part in online challenges and realised — I want to learn more. And build my niche.

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What Next?

As vaccines are being distributed across the world and news on new strains have made us all go not again, I wonder how people are coping with the extended lockdown. I am sure many people are just thankful to be spending a lot of time with their families (with an overwhelming amount of work seeping in, of course), taking a vacation for a solo trip has been on my mind since I can last remember. But lockdown woes have made my parents give me a big fat NO for travelling, so I took a sabbatical from writing for a while and got into ruminating about what should I do next.

Unlike last year, I did not make any resolutions list for this year because the uncertainty of the situation made me realise this is a good time to slow down and spontaneously learn as you go. So in this post, let me share some of my ideas, thoughts and projects that I am currently working on and hopefully will bring to fruition in the upcoming months.

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Learning during Lockdown

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As I finally breathe after my mini victory of ranking first on Amethyst Level in Spanish lessons on Duolingo, I wonder how much has changed since I last wrote a tete-a-tete letter to vent out my feelings of anxiety. But with this “new normal” (I know you are tired of it already), I wonder how others are taking it on with so many changes forced upon us due to the pandemic.

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A Letter to You

Dear [insert your name],

I hope you are doing well amidst these unpredictable times. Things have been okay for me. I started working on February 17, 2020. Never did I predict—I would be confined to work from home a month later. I am finding it challenging—I am still struggling to learn the various steps involved in my work and writing business emails after getting it proofread from my helpful colleagues. Nevertheless, I have broken down in anxiety feeling my learning has slowed down. Thankfully, my friends have time and again shaken me out of this mental cage of working till I burnout. So there it is, me at the moment.

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