Corona and Creativity

Being stuck at home due to the Corona virus has forced us to be more resourceful. It has also forced us to slow down, take a breath, and find different ways to do things. If you’re a musician, speaker, teacher, or coach, you totally get this.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I totally understand the gravity of this pandemic. However, for those whose health hasn’t been affected, this is merely an inconvenience. Yes, you can work from home, you can homeschool your kids, and you can embrace technology so that you can keep your business or career going.

I started my first two businesses from home and began homeschooling at the same time. We didn’t have all the technological advances and resources back in 1995. Heck, we didn’t even have cell phones! Did I mention that my husband and I were laid off at the time? Talk about learning how to pivot!

The road to re-invention

Instead of freaking out or giving up, this is the time to try new things. This may come with some major adjustments and frustrations. If you saw my Facebook Live last week, you know how things don’t always cooperate. My laptop suddenly developed this awful buzzing noise when I spoke or drummed.

Keep in mind, this didn’t happen when I was on Zoom meetings as a guest. It only happened when I tried to use Zoom or Facebook as the host. Frustrating? You bet!

However, persistence pays off! And well, a whole lot of prayer! My computer suddenly was able to use my clip-on Logitech camera (It wasn’t recognizing it before. I’ve used it on my old laptop with no problems.). When I clipped on the camera, the buzzing disappeared! The picture and sound were much clearer. Check out this video and see for yourself.

It’s a little over 3 minutes and it’s full of encouragement and ideas!

How about you?

Has being stuck at home forced you to be more creative? Have you started anything new, created something, or finished something that’s been on the back burner for a while? Feel free to leave a comment below! Stay safe, my friends!

Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, ADHD specialist, Toca percussion artist and distributor, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. She helps people focus, feel better, and find their joy – with drumming! Dori is also an Amazon author, a rockin’ motivational speaker, and a mentor for creative and talented kids and adults. As a percussionist, she knows how to improvise!