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Why Hobbies are Good for Moms & Dads

Do you have a hobby? I have a few…I’m a bit of an over achiever, but it’s because my mind doesn’t really stop. My hobbies help me focus my creative side, and provide stress-relief when I need some sanity. It’s a bit of a zen-thing.

For many of us, our kids won’t be with us forever. They’re going to grow up and move on with their lives – as they should. Even if they need to stay in the nest for a while or longer, we probably won’t be as needed on a daily basis as we once were.

Hobbies help bridge the gap between being needed by our kids and having something mentally stimulating to do. We can learn something new, start reading about a topic that interests us, or take a road trip with our significant other. A hobby can be nearly anything, so long as it engages our attention and gives a sense of satisfaction.

Hobbies can be anything

In a world of digital everything, I love the feel of something physical in my hands. As a result, most of my hobbies involve doing something with my hands. Remember when I said I’m a bit of an over achiever in the hobby department? Here’s the list:

  • Calligraphy
  • Drawing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Photography
  • Weaving (this one’s new)
  • Historical reenactment (also new)
  • Building things (most recently an ottoman and matching coffee table)
  • Family Dungeons & Dragons night with our friends
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Graphic design
  • Music ( I play viola and violin – and teach)

The cool thing is that with most of my interests, I can cycle through them and never get bored. Music, and Learning Tangent are exceptions, because they are businesses that earn money. I can’t skimp on practice or study, but neither music nor Learning Tangent actually feel like work. They both incorporate things I love to do on a daily basis, and I can’t imagine not being a musician anymore than I can imagine not running a magazine.

Hobbies don’t have to pay the bills, but they can. They can start as something fun, and turn into a real business. That’s how music and the magazine started for me, and because I started doing them because I truly wanted to, they don’t feel like work. I can see myself easily running both businesses for the next 10, 15, maybe even 20 years. I can keep right on doing what I’m good at – helping people by inspiring music students and homeschool moms, dads, and kids alike. By virtue of the internet, I can run both of those businesses from very nearly anywhere.

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