Hobbies? You might be wondering first, how this factors into healthy living and second, how the heck to make time for them (yes, plural) when you barely have time to take care of your physical needs. Well, today’s guest blogger, Melissa Cameron, shares with us her 3 new hobbies and why she’s so excited about making time for them!
I was dreaming last night about this hobby thing. It’s weird how a small thought can capture your imagination, isn’t it? I think that I must have been much more affected by this lack of `me time’ than I had imagined. Anyway, after my dream last night, I know exactly what hobbies I’m going to do. Namely scrapbooking, gardening and piano playing.
I won’t be able to do all 3 of these hobbies every day but I’ve looked at my schedule and I know that I can find the time. In personal productivity people say that in order to be clear about commitment you have to actually write it on the schedule because if it’s not there, you are more likely not to do it.
So it’s done. I have marked in big red letters HOBBY TIME on my schedule. My husband, of course, laughed and told me that I won’t stick to it, that I’ll find some more laundry to fold, or bills to pay at that time. What do you think?
He could be right that other things will distract me, but it’s not going to work. I haven’t even started with the hobbies yet and already I feel completely re-energized, like I have new batteries, a new lease on life!
For me, the hobbies I’ve chosen will let me not only revisit my creative side, but they are all things that I can share with the kids if they are interested to come and watch what I’m doing. The only danger is that I start to turn all “my” creative time into teaching experiences and quality time with the children.
Scrapbooking for Memories
So why these particular hobbies I hear you ask? Well, the scrapbooking one was pretty much a no-brainer. With the two little ones who are constantly doing things whether it’s a birthday party, Halloween costume or just getting up the mischief in the yard, there’s plenty of material to fuel my scrapbooking hobby.
Then there are family times, the things we do as a family and which will be great for the kids to look back on when they’re older.
Of course there are two other bonuses that come with the scrapbooking hobby. The first is my love of photography – with the digital age I can combine my love of taking pictures with my hobby of preserving memories. Then there’s one of my other old passions, craft supply shopping! Have you seen all the great stuff you can get for scrapbooking nowadays? Oh my!
Gardening for Beauty
We have a yard which is nothing to write home about. Besides a swing set and sandbox, there’s not much happening out there. The only things currently growing are the trees and some weeds. In my dream last night I realized that I could create something that still functioned as a play area for the children, but which was also beautiful to look at.
I don’t see myself doing any heavy labor out there because that would turn it more into work than a hobby, but planting seeds and watching the flowers, and perhaps even grow fruit and vegetables, really appeals to me.
Piano Playing for the Soul
My final hobby choice is to return to piano playing. Plato once said, “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue,” and that was how I experienced it. Right from the beginning, even when I would learn to play the piano, the music would fill my soul. Closing my eyes I can recall the calmness I would feel as I used to play the music.
Amid the chaos that sometimes comes into my life, I have need of that inner serenity that comes from hearing a beautiful cadence of major chords, of feeling the soft vibration as my fingers caress each key. Starting to play the piano again, especially now that I no longer have to learn how to read sheet music for the piano because that skill never left me, may have begun as a hobby choice, but I have a feeling that there will be days when it will become a sanity saver!
That’s it. My 3 hobby choices. I can’t wait to get started!
About the Author
Melissa Cameron is a 30-something mother, wife and freelance writer. Her husband likes to call her a “Walking Infomercial” because she loves surfing the internet in search of cool information and good deals!
I’m SO into Melissa’s enthusiasm for gardening that I transplanted 2 plants as soon as I read her guest post! Are you pumped to start a new (or re-invigorate an old) hobby? Please share your intentions with us in the comments below!