Back in graduate school, I was in a feature writing class. One of the assignments was to choose a hobby, and practice it throughout the bulk of the semester and write about the history behind it and your experience.

I was conflicted because I had already tried everything that I’d ever wanted to do. What on Earth was I about to choose now? That night, after class I was talking to my classmates, all of whom had ideas of what they were going to do. I sat in the newsroom and I started doodling. I usually know what I’m getting myself into so I was a little down. Then I went on Instagram to my explore page and saw exactly what I wanted to do. Calligraphy. Modern Calligraphy.

I said bye to my friends and I ran to the train station so that I could get home, do some research and write a pitch to my professor. I was super excited, but I had no idea what was coming next for me. As many of you may or may not know, calligraphy s very detailed and there are so many pens and techniques. I wanted to really focus on modern calligraphy because 1) it’s cheaper 2) you have more creative control (in my opinion) 3) it’s modern.

I put myself head-first into this new hobby and it was harder than I thought it was. After the semester was over I took a break from it for a little while, but I got back into it. I purchased more brush pens, started following accounts on Instagram and Pinterest and went to Michael’s and spent way too much money on sketchbooks.

I’ve been practicing almost everyday, when I’m not writing of course. I can see that I am getting really good at it and one day I’ll be confident enough to have one of those Instagram accounts.

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