Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday :: Hobbies

There’s nothing worse than sitting at home all day doing nothing.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Well, I’ve discovered that working to pay bills but never investing time to learn a new hobby is far worse.

I remember the days when I’d be at home all day long, sitting in front of the tv and doing barely anything. Once I started working, I remember coming home and feeling like I was missing out on something. It was as if all I was good for was work…

And if you’re anything like me, maybe you grew up with the message that “a full grown adult doesn’t have time to relax and have some fun.”

Well toss that myth aside because I discovered the opposite.

It’s true. Life has it’s responsibilities to be taken care of. As an adult, you have to take of your bills, you have to make those important phone calls, you have to be on time to your appointments, and you need to work to pay for your food, gas, water, electricity, and rent.

But once those things are taken care of… then what?

The message that I didn’t and shouldn’t have time for fun was a message that I had to challenge aggressively. As I began to ask myself what were some things that I enjoyed doing or could see myself doing, I remember feeling scared.

“What if I’m just not meant to be one of those people who enjoys life and has fun occasionally? And even if I was meant to be one of those people, what exactly am I good at? What can I do for fun? What hobbies can I take on?”

I began brainstorming. I paid very close attention to what grabbed my attention. I tested certain hobbies out. If I didn’t like something, I moved on to the next challenge.

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It was frustrating at times when I felt that I wasn’t doing anything productive because I wasn’t exactly good at something, but the more time I invested in whatever I was doing, the more enjoyable it became.

After the assault and loss of my baby last year, depression took over, I developed PTSD, and I no longer wanted to invest my time in anything I had come to enjoy.

With the help of my therapist and supportive friends, I realized that in order for me to stay sane & have no room to think about negative, self-defeating thoughts, finding creative ways to use my mind and my hands was one of the healthiest ways to fight the traumas.

My list of hobbies has grown over the last 3-4 years. I’m always ready to try almost anything.

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Here’s the list of things I enjoy doing. See if there is something we share in common or that you’d like to try out, at least, once ::

  • Reading (YA Fiction, WWII Biographies, Christian Living, Bible reading are my picks)
  • Bible Journaling (tons of fun)
  • Instagramming/Bookstagramming
  • Blogging ( Book & movie reviews are my favorite)
  • Coloring/painting
  • Journaling/Prayer Journaling ( I enjoy using different colored pens for each journal entry)
  • Traveling
  • Watching and critiquing Hollywood classic movies
  • Listening to classical music and opera
  • Looking up dance tutorials on YouTube
  • Taking vocal lessons online
  • Calligraphy
  • Visiting Renaissance Festivals
  • Browsing Tumblr
  • Adding to my Bucket List
  • Camping
  • Walking/hiking
  • Going to support therapy groups
  • Finishing a ‘Wreck This Journal’
  • Watching documentaries
  • Drinking tea or coffee
  • Spending time with a mentor
  • Hang out with positive people who make me laugh

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What are some things that YOU enjoy doing?

What hobbies have you recently started getting into?

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday :: Hobbies

  1. That is a great list of things to do in your down time. I think it is so important to do things in your down time when possible to make it feel as if your life doesn’t just revolve around work and chores. We are meant to enjoy life, even if it is just a little. Personally I love to read, bookstagram, blog. I also like to make lists, haha. I used to draw but I haven’t had the inspiration or time. Once I started reading a lot that one went to the backseat for some reason and now I haven’t drawn in years. It is a shame but I would rather read than draw.

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