Hobbies and you.

One thing I’ve struggled with a lot over the past few years (probably more than a ‘few’ to be honest!) is hobbies for myself. I’ve been a bit flip-flop between work-a-holic and procrastinator – although that’s coupled with being a brand new Mum, so there’s been a good reason for just doing not-much-of-anything on occasion – and I have learnt the hard way that it’s important and somewhat difficult to find a hobby – or hobbies plural! – that will engage your mind, hands and enthusiasm in different ways.

A few weeks ago, I found this simple graphic on Pinterest and it really hit hard for me. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and self reflection on how I want to spend my toddler- (and soon, baby-) free time.

The first one, I’ve been thinking of ways I can utilise the numerous online stores and sites to earn money. This one is daunting; what if things don’t sell! Getting into the mind set that the process of creating the product/item in itself should be fun. It shouldn’t be tedious, boring or a chore. This will also work in with having two small kids with different sleep schedules: I can ‘work’ when I feel like it and when I have time. Feel free to follow along my Creative Market store and Etsy store.

The second one right now is not something I can’t do easily (In a nutshell, this pregnancy has been harder on my body than my first) but it’s OK to have a delay on it. I’m looking forward to being able to play with my kids at a playground, going for walks in the sunshine and chasing after them as they race around. It will come in time.

The third one, I’ve picked up non-computer based hobbies over the last 12 months and it’s definitely helped me be excited about other new things. Crochet and cross stitch are the two big things! Keep your eyes peeled on my Etsy store for possible future related items 🙂

Are you finding yourself in the same or a similar situation? What have you done about it to better yourself and improve your quality of life?