Cultivate: Interests

Written by Claire Weltz

Originally published April 27th, 2020

Cooking, coding, coloring, composting. Apparently lots of hobbies start with the letter C. You know what else starts with C? Cultivate. Boom, look at that tie in. Clever, right? (Okay, that last C was a bit much, we’ll concede.) In our previous Cultivate blog post, we talked about nailing your aesthetic. But, beauty isn’t the end-all be-all. Having a striking personality and possessing interesting qualities is just as important - if not more important - than physical beauty. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the different directions you can go in, the fear of starting something just to find that it doesn’t satisfy you, or the cost of getting started. L. Royalty is here to help! Here’s our list of our favorite hobbies that are inexpensive and easy to start. 

  1. Sewing is our favorite hobby. Being able to design and create clothing and other articles is satisfying and allows you to update your wardrobe. Some simple projects to get you started are face masks and scrunchies. Feel free to use scrap fabric or even cut up a tee shirt or two to get started. No sewing machine necessary; just a needle and thread.
  2. Binge watch a show! Yes, it’s great when your hobbies create something, but it’s also important to appreciate other artists. Get lost in another world, watch classic movies you've never had time for, and appreciate the artistry of movies and television  (And by artistry, we also mean Blake Lively on Gossip Girl.) Sit back, pop some popcorn, and relax. With so many streaming platforms, it’s so hard to choose! Keep an eye out for a future blog post in which we discuss our top movies and TV shows to watch during quarantine! 
  3. Drawing is a critical part of fashion. Without it, designers would have a difficult time bringing their designs to life. Being a fashion designer involves lots of sketching which leads to new clothing or concepts for fashion shows. Although fashion illustration plays a major role in the industry, doodling can also lead to other hobbies such as hand lettering and coloring. Hand lettering is all the rage, and it’s easy! You’re good to start with a pencil, eraser, and sharpie. Search up a Youtube video or simply look at some examples from Google images. Coloring is therapeutic, and now could not be a better time to practice some de-stressing. Round up some sheets online and break out the crayons. (Or colored pencils if you’re feeling more sophisticated.) 
  4. Move your body. This isn’t about “getting fit” as much as it is about clearing your mind and staying healthy. Yoga, zumba, and working out can all be done from the comfort of your home with zero equipment. Check out the app store for some free training regimens, or try Youtube for some inspo. Many gyms are offering online classes at minimal to no cost. This is a great way to try out a class that you can continue with once we’re out of quarantine. 
  5. Learn a language. We know that many are disappointed that travel plans are cancelled, but one small ray of positivity is that you’ll have more time to brush up on your language skills. Learning a new language opens the door to exploring new cultures. It also allows you to experience life from a new perspective. If you’re looking for a place to begin, Duolingo is a fun, free app to help you get started. Let the cute owl in this app guide your learning as you pick up a language in no time! 
  1. Royalty is here for you in this quarantine journey. We want to be a ray of positivity during this dark time. Shout us out on social media, so we can see what you're creating and can cheer you on from the sidelines! We are all in this together, and we believe the best way to get through this is by taking time for ourselves to cultivate our best selves. For our final post in the Cultivate series, we’ll be talking about connectivity, so stay tuned! 

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