Saturday, February 25, 2012

Embracing Winter: Find a Hobby

Winter is my favorite time to pursue many of my home-based hobbies. The pace of life usually slows down and one has more time at home.

Starting a new hobby is a great way to perk up the winter days and add excitement to life. I can already hear the words, "I don't have time for a hobby, let alone a new hobby!" That's what you think, but it may not be true.

If you have little extra free time, you need to take hobby thinking out of the box. Find a way to make something you have to do into something you want to do. If you have to cook everyday, turn it into a hobby. If you like coffee, make a goal to try 20 different kinds. If you have to lay on the couch everyday due to illness, become a window-watcher or a bird watcher. If you have a long commute to work, make a hobby out of studying the cars you pass, the architecture you go by, or how many different routes you can find.

If you do have time for more traditional hobbies, make the most of that! Check out this list of hobby ideas. I'm sure you've never even heard of some of them!

This week I had fun showing two friends how to felt sweaters and make flowers.

We had a most delightful afternoon together making beautiful things.

If you enjoy a hobby, share it with someone else!!! Think of all the children around who would love to have an adult outside their family take an interest in them and show them how to do something. I have very fond memories of a lady who invited me to her home each week to cook and bake. Another woman taught me how to make lace.

Hobbies help us to relish life, relax, and bring joy to other people. I hope you will find some time to pursue your own interests!


Heather said...

I think winter is the perfect time for a new hobby too - it chases away the doldrums and gets me thinking in new and creative ways! Often in summer we are too busy with the garden and sports to try something new! As I've been cleaning out closets and boxes this past month or so I'm reminded of all of the crafts I've enjoyed - I've finished a few projects when I needed a creative break and it's been so much fun!

amchart said...

I want to go to your house to learn flower-making!

Heather L. said...

Feel free to contact me if you want to come and learn flower making sometime!

Anonymous said...

I would love to come and learn someday!
Margaret(in Ontario, CA)