Updated: May 15
Throughout life, regardless of whether you're a "creative" or "artistic" person or not, you should always have at least one creative outlet. For the more artsy people that's more and is as simple as doodling in a notepad everyday.
For me, I tend to do this thing where I start a very simple project that I then make unnecessarily complicated. Bullet Journaling was a perfect example of this - I am useless at keeping up with the beautiful designs and detailed drawings every day - to quote Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins "ain't nobody got time for that".
However, something that I can invest the right amount of time, effort and even a tiny bit of money into is my podcast: A Coffee And A Cry.
Originally started in 2018, during my third year of University, my friend Asher (come and read with me blogger) and I thought about how we constantly chatted through class. Although tutors and classmates may have found this mildly disruptive, our topics of conversation were always fascinating! So we figured, why not record them?
The work was divided perfectly, using both mine and Asher's strengths to their best ability, I was in charge of the logo and technical side (editing/uploading etc.) and Asher was in charge of social media and promotion - a match made in heaven.
We were blessed to be at a Creative Arts University, and even more blessed to be part of the Journaling department where there was a state-of-the-art recording studio free for us to use. Although the first season was primarily recorded in my Farnham flat, complete with rickety windows, season two we definitely upgraded.
When we first started our podcasting quest we weren't quite sure what the goal was. As two third year students with a lot on their plate, the podcast quickly became a tranquil space to talk about something completely different like books, YouTubers or even current events - you can see where the name came from now.
Our love for late nights in the recording studio grew and we started adding guests and even game shows to A Coffee And A Cry, with each episode being better than the last.
Since graduating and moving to a separate corners of South England, we've well run out of our stock-pilled podcasts meant to last us the summer of 2019.
At the start of 2020 I think Asher and I were both feeling nostalgic and decided to listen to a few of our favourite episodes. The Bucket Lists one was particularly interesting to see if we had achieved anything on our lists since last year - spoiler alert: we haven't.
But COVID-19 brought us a blessing in disguise - remote working and an audience trapped inside! So, if you haven't seen already, A Coffee And A Cry is back. Season 3! Episodes remotely recorded every other week and we do our best to not talk about the pandemic. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcast.
Although as a artistic person I admit to having several creative outlets, this one is by far my favourite.