If you walked in my attic, you’d probably freak out a little and want to submit it for an episode of Hoarders. No, I don’t have a problem, unless you count lack of time to clean and organize a problem. It’s a disaster up there with totes of crafting supplies. In my 42 years, I’ve done almost all of it–sewing, counted cross-stitch, crocheting, scrapbooking & stamping, and now knitting.
In my spare time, I love to knit. I taught myself how over a year ago, and since then, I’ve developed a passion for fibers. This ongoing love affair created friction with my bank account. You see, my bank account is tired of paying for my newfound love of fibers. I have enough yarn to make several afghans, assorted socks, mittens, scarves, and whatever else touches your knitting fancy.
I still do a lot of scrapbooking & stamping. While I love paper and all the fun embellishments, I’m moving into digital scrapbooking, which is portable and no clean up. My poor Mac hard drive is shrinking with unused memory, so I need to find a new home for my photos and digital goodies. I’ve been learning photo manipulation and design with Photoshop. If I didn’t have dreams of being a full-time writer, I would’ve gone into graphic design.
Every writer needs a hobby other than writing. I no longer consider writing a hobby. Now it’s becoming a career. Since I am a stay-at-home-work-at-home mother already, I’m juggling two careers with family, friends, church, and life obligations.
So when in the world do we have time for a hobby?? Well, we have to make the time.
I knit in the evenings while watching NCIS with my family. Knitting relaxes me, erasing the stresses of the day. Knitting allows me to bless others with my gifts. Knitting allows my muse to relax and wander–I’ve gotten great brainstorms while knitting.
Scrapbooking allows me to savor those past memories of when my children were small. Those trips down memory lane remind me what terrific young men they’re turning into. Scrapbooking has given me a novel idea or two, especially as I look at pictures from my past.
Whether you work at home or outside the home, you need a hobby. Hobbies aren’t limited to things like knitting or scrapbooking. Hobbies can be physical too–running, hiking, bird watching, miming in the park–whatever makes your heart happy…but keep it legal.
Hobbies allow you to express yourself in creative ways to be in touch with both sides of your brain. Hobbies allow you to de-stress in a positive, tangible way. Hobbies allow you to have time for yourself when others demand so much from you.
If you don’t have a hobby, think about what you enjoy, and then consider trying that. You’re never too old to learn!
Your turn: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What hobbies do you do? If you don’t have a hobby, why not? Leave a comment with your e-mail to receive a set of bunny cards like the one pictured in this post.