Do you have some hobbies you’ve let fall by the wayside? Is there yarn in the back of your closet in ‘80’s baby pink & mint green that was meant for a sweater for your mom? Is that sewing machine so buried in dust you’re not sure it’ll even work anymore?
It’s not clear why we disengage from our hobbies, sometimes for years, but it could have something to do with the time constraints of daily life and fitting it all in. You don’t always take time to spend on the things you enjoy doing and don’t always have the energy for them, either.
Every year I make the New Year’s resolution of spending more time on my hobbies, specifically crafting. I used to be a pretty big crafter when I was a kid, and really enjoyed it, but have gotten a bit out of practice as an adult. So each year on January 1st, I vow to get back into it, and each year by December 31st, it hasn’t happened.
Also each year, the cat shelter at which I volunteer has a holiday craft fair that they hold to raise money. I usually scramble around at the last minute to throw a few things together that they can sell and the frantic fumbling takes a bit of the enjoyment out of it. So, also each year I vow to start earlier so that there’s not a river of glitter running through my house right before the holidays.
This year I’ve decided to put the two things together in order to give myself some motivation. I’ve scheduled in some regular craft time for myself, just one evening a week, with the motivation being to have plenty of things ready to go when the craft fair rolls around.
To up the likelihood that I’ll actually stick to this plan, I’m starting with something I know is easy for me – cross-stitch. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid and I enjoy it very much. I’m going to make cross-stitch Christmas ornaments with a cat theme.
If you’re looking to get back into hobbies, too, but you’re bored with all of the things you’ve done in the past and the thought of taking them up again doesn’t interest you in any way, sometimes choosing something new gives you the motivation you need because it’s exciting. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide what you’d like to do:
- What’s something you enjoyed doing as a kid?
- What projects do you have on hand that you meant to start, or started and never finished?
- What’s something new you’ve always wanted to try?
- What would someone you know like or an organization you’re familiar with need?
- What could you sell? (your hobby doesn’t have to be altruistic, it could be a side hustle)
Once you’ve decided what activity you’d like to do, what are you going to do for added motivation? Here are some suggestions if you’re stuck:
- Make ornaments, art or decorative items for an animal shelter’s annual holiday fair
- Knit or crochet blankets for a homeless shelter
- Sew fleece hats and mittens to donate to a coat drive
- Make wreaths to adorn the doors of a nursing home
- Sew dog beds for your local animal shelter
- Decide you’re going to give handmade gifts to your friends or family for the holidays next year
- Decide how much money you’d like to make from a side hustle and what you’ll do with that money
If you’re working on a hobby just for the sake of doing it, this may not be enough motivation to get you going when you’re tired and your latest Netflix binge is calling. But if you choose something you’re excited about and you have an ulterior motive for doing it, you’ll be engaging your hands and mind in something you enjoy, while giving back to the world at the same time. #winwin
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