New year’s resolutions don’t always have to be about exercising and diet – they can also be your excuse to have more fun. Here are some easy ways to inject more creativity into your life in 2018.
1. Take an art class
Whether you want to take your creative practice to the next level or you never quite advanced beyond drawing stick figures, there's an art class out there for you. Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA) offers everything from silversmithing to drawing and screen-printing, and you can dabble in a weekend class or get serious with a semester-long program. Those looking for a casual fling involving vino can consider Brush and Barrel – a sip and paint studio.
2. Join a book club
Meet other bookworms as you dissect plots and discuss your favourite literary characters. Book clubs are a good way to motivate yourself to knock over at least one book per month, and they’re a great source of stimulation for those who love to read. Avid Reader and Riverbend Books host monthly book clubs, or you can band together friends, family and colleagues to start your own.
3. Put your hand up to volunteer
Volunteering in your spare time connects you with a new community of people. And if you are creatively inclined, there are plenty of festivals, theatres and galleries powered by volunteer armies. This year you could be an usher at La Boite Theatre Company, part of the pink brigade of helpers at Brisbane Festival or an exhibition guide at the State Library of Queensland.
4. Finally write that book
If you suspect you have a book in you, make this the year you pen your first words. To help you pluck up the courage to begin, take a course at Queensland Writers Centre. They regularly run courses and workshops that canvas the many forms the written word can take. Courses on the roster for early 2018 include short stories, memoirs, literary fiction and writing magic.
5. Explore new hobbies
Hobbies enrich idle hours on weekends and evenings, and they’re a chance to express yourself creatively. But if you haven’t yet found your forever hobby, you can experiment by taking classes. Work-Shop Brisbane hosts afternoon and evening classes in everything from essential oils to cushion making, calligraphy and jewellery making. Griffith University also runs short courses in animation, photography, fine art and fashion.
6. Sign up for an acting class
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) runs a range of short courses for adults that let you explore your dramatic streak. In addition to acting, courses include directing, design and writing for the stage. If acting happens to take your fancy, you can also progress through to advanced courses with NIDA.
7. Jump aboard the podcast bandwagon
If you’re not yet sure what all the fuss is about, make 2018 your year of discovery. Listening to a podcast will liven up an otherwise unmemorable commute or morning of housework. But be warned, they’re very addictive – Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb often joke that they’ve started a cult on the back of their popular podcast, Chat 10 Looks 3. From music to art, brain food and break-up stories, there are podcasts on pretty much anything you can imagine.
8. Dance your heart out
This one is fun and good for your health. Whether you want to improve your moves or just have a carefree mid-week dance session, there are plenty of ways to move your body – even if you’ve never taken a dance class before. Queensland Ballet runs adult dance classes throughout the year, or head along to No Lights No Lycra to shake it under the cover of darkness to a mystery playlist.