Thoughtful Thursday: Alternative Creative Pursuits

Wow, it has been a crazy month.  My brother got married (on my birthday!), we had company here, I had a week of mad cleaning/prepping for vacation/packing, and then we were on vacation for a week.  We’ve now been home for two weeks; last week was spent wholly in doing laundry and cleaning and other things that pile up when you are on vacation.  This week has been spent trying to get some last minute fun in with the kids before we start school next week.

Our vacation to Denver and Colorado Springs was aMAZing.  We drove to the top of Pike’s Peak (scary!) and took in the views (spectacular!), while getting light-headed (my mom and I) and struggling to breathe with asthma (my husband and I).  We drove through the Garden of the Gods, took the Coors tour, spent an entire day at Royal Gorge Bridge, visited Focus on the Family, and ate at Rudy’s BBQ and Casa Bonita.  Well, we ate more than twice, but those were our “tourist” meal stops.  Hubs and I did Estes Park alone one day.  The kids did great on the road; we drove, but stopped in Omaha to spend the night with family both going out and returning.  We had our moments, but all in all, it was a great trip that I hope gave the kids great memories for a lifetime.

Now I need to buckle down and get prepped for the school year.  I’ll have a sophomore, 4th grader, 1st grader, and two in pre-K.  And this concludes my update.


Now onto the main post. Hobbies. Creative outlets. Fun activities.

What do you like to do with your free time?  If you’re like me, you don’t have much.  I have certain enjoyments that I try to schedule into the rest of my time, and don’t consider that “free time.”  For example, playing the piano.  I enjoy it very much; it’s a stress reliever. But I don’t consider it a hobby; I put it on the same level with my other responsibilities.  I try to make myself schedule it in every day.  It doesn’t actually happen every day, but it’s a goal.

Neither is writing a hobby for me.  There was a time when it was, but now I consider it a job.  (Confession: it doesn’t pay the bills – yet! – but I have hopes that if I take it seriously and treat it like a job, one day it will.)

I think hobbies are a necessity; everyone needs interests and a little “me” time.  I particularly find creative hobbies to be useful to my writing.  Fueling other areas of the creative side of the brain seems to help keep the writing creative juices flowing and ward off writer’s block.  My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and 3D puzzles (this is a hobby I do with my older son).  And they tend to alternate depending on my mood.  This is probably a good thing, since there’s no way I’d be able to make time for all of them at once anyway.

Right now, it’s sewing.  I recently finished travel pillows – pillows with a pocket to stick a blanket into – for my daughters and two of my nieces (cousin’s kiddos).  I’m working on blankets for my other nieces and nephews (brothers’ children) – 2 down, 2 to go!  I’m finishing the second of matching skirts for my two older daughters, and I’m working on a quilt for a friend’s baby boy due in October (I don’t think she reads here, so I should be safe sharing this!)  I’m also working on a couple of other projects for loved ones, but as I do think they read here, I’ll just leave it at that ;-).

I’m sure that by the time I finish these projects, I’ll be tired of sewing and ready to move on to something else.  That’s when I’ll probably break out all the scrapbooking supplies and start on some other projects.  And somehow fit it all in alongside writing and teaching.  I might even get some sleep once in awhile.

What are your hobbies?  Let’s share and compare!

5 comments for “Thoughtful Thursday: Alternative Creative Pursuits

  1. September 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    besides writing and reading, I dabble in jewelry making. I also play video games from time to time. And I love taking nature walks and photographs.

    • September 4, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Oooooo, video games, I forgot about those. Probably because I only play with my husband or brother, and that’s not very often! What do you play?

      I love photography and have considered going into it more as a profession, but I don’t have the energy for one more thing right now. I do do my kids’ “official” photographs every year. Do you take most of your photographs on your nature walks, or are there certain subjects you enjoy photographing most?

      • September 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        I mainly enjoy rpg games like Legend of Zelda, and games like Mario. I also love the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney series. As for photos, I mainly take photos on my nature walks, or photos of the moon, or my pets.

        • September 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm

          I love Zelda and Mario. I recently dug out our original NES we got when I was 10 and started LoZ and played Tetris! So fun :-D.

          Nature photography is so fun.

          • September 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

            Yes, they are very fun 🙂

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