Do you have a hobby you love. Have you spent time enjoying your hobby recently, or have you neglected it for too long?
At the beginning of this year while reviewing last year, and making resolutions, goals, whatever, it occurred to me I hadn’t sewn in over a year.
What? How could I have not sewn for a year.
Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But, the truth is I did not sew as much in 2017 as I would have liked, and I for sure did not make as many quilts, or make Quilt of Valor presentations.
Part of the reason is the sewing room was, and still is, in disarray. It was so bad I’d moved the sewing machine to the dinning room table. At least there was a place to sew. Once I’d dug through boxes, shelves, and drawers to find the perfect fabric, I was too tired to sew and the project got put on hold.
That had to change, sewing is my safe place and my happy place. It was time to go back.
It’s not my imagination that spending time immersed in my interests is healthy for me. According to experts spending time on a hobby has seven benefits:
- Social Support – Sewing is one of my passions and the quilting group I belong to gives me a social outlet.
- Time for a break. Spending time on a hobby is both relaxing and allows us time to refocus our energy. We can take a break from the stress of everyday.
- Money Saver. This one is a little iffy in my mind. Because it’s possible to spend a lot of money on a hobby. However, it is also possible to spend much less by shopping thrift stores and garage sales. Sometimes part of the hobby includes upcycling an item. Since I sew and quilt, much of my fabric comes from fabric stores. However, clothing purchased at thrift stores is perfect for creating new items. Sometimes the thrift store will even have fabric. I have also found an abundance of fabric at garage and estate sales.
- Hobbies help us live with intention by keeping us in the present.
- A sense of accomplishment. Whether you’re stitching a quilt top, growing a garden, or reading a book, working on and completing a projects creates a sense of satisfaction, even if the rest of your world is falling apart around you.
- Hobbies create harmony. Hobbies are a “safe” place, away from all the rush and hurry of our day. Spending a few minutes, or a whole day immersed in a hobby helps us refocus, and makes us feel more prepared to take on the next life challenge.
- Hobbies help eliminate, or reduce “bad” stress while creating “good” stress in our world. Life is full of stress, having positive stress in our life keeps us excited about living and looking forward to the next challenge.
Which means spending time enjoying my hobbies was a good investment of time, energy, and money. How about you?
Do you spend time on your hobby on a regular basis?
What is your favorite hobby?
What do you most enjoy about your hobby?