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I firmly believe every mother should have at least one hobby that is not kid related, if not multiple hobbies. Especially as a stay at home mom, it’s so easy to get in the mindset that your children are your whole life. While they do take a lot of time, thought, and love, they are not your life. Moms need to retain a sense of self and cultivating a hobby, or many, can be a great way to do that. Eventually our kids will grow up and move out. When that happens, it’d be great to already be working on not having your life revolve around them.
1. Hobbies allow you to explore or build a passion for something.
Everyone has something they love doing, what they could spend hours doing and not get tired of. Find what it is for you. If no passions come to mind right away, think of something you’ve thought would be neat to try. You may be able to build it into a passion!
2. Hobbies allow you to step back and get new perspective.
Doing something different helps pull you out of your everyday routine. Hobbies allow you to disengage and throw yourself into something different. As your passion for your hobby grows, it becomes easier and easier to step out of regular life into your passion.
3. Hobbies allow for a creative outlet.
Face it, you need a creative outlet that isn’t toddler oriented. Moms can only handle so much of finger painting and googly eyes. Hobbies allow you to explore new creative outlets whether that is painting, DIY-ing pallet furniture, crocheting, or anything else.
4. Hobbies allow you to hone other skills you may have been getting rusty on.
Did you love your creative writing class in college but have been too busy to do any writing for what seems like forever? Maybe when you were younger you had grand ideas of being an amazing musician but since having kids you never got around to taking lessons. Take up the hobby that will let you reclaim or build those skills!
5. Hobbies typically have finish lines.
As moms, we run around all day everyday but at the end of it all, we feel like we accomplished nothing. Most hobbies have tangible results or at least goals you can hit. If you choose to take up an instrument, learning a song is a great goal accompanied by the feeling of accomplishment. DIY projects have tangible products that you can see your progress.
To help you find a hobby to try, I’ve put together a list of hobbies that are a great starting point and resources to help you start.
Pallet Projects/ DIY Projects
If you are on Pinterest, I’m sure you have seen how popular pallet projects are currently. As a pallet project-er myself, I can safely say that they are a ton of fun! They can be a lot of work and frustrating at times but nothing can beat the feeling of pointing to a bench or toy chest or whatever I have most recently built and saying “I built that.”
If this is a hobby you would like to try, I would suggest Pinterest as your main source of inspiration and tutorials. I have a board on Pinterest of all the projects I would love to try. I’m sure there are also some good tutorials on YouTube as well. I also would recommend starting with a miter saw, a good sander, and a well rounded toolbox that includes a drill with lots of drill bits. It also never hurts to get extra drill bits as they sometime break!
This one is also very popular on Pinterest right now and quite a bit less messy than pallet projects. Whether you already have pretty handwriting or you have chicken scratch handwriting, this can be a very fun avenue to explore. This is also the hobby on this list that is hardest to have measurable goals with. So I would suggest putting your growing hand lettering talent to work by making greeting cards, display quotes, or combining pallets with it and making hand lettered pallet signs.
I have horrible handwriting but I love getting out my brush tip markers and trying to hand letter beautifully. And if you need a place to start, this is one of my favorite round ups of hand lettering tutorials. Also most of these tutorials have free printable practice sheets as well!
Creating Original Art with Different Mediums
I started as a nursing major in college and switched to illustration after my first general education art class. I simply fell in love with so many different mediums of creating art. My favorite medium will always be vine charcoal but I also love acrylic paints and colored pencils. The great thing about art is that there is always a different medium to try if you decide you don’t like one: charcoal (vine or compressed), painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, alcohol ink, etc), marker, pastels (oil or chalk), colored pencil, digital illustration, graphite, and the list goes on and on.
If you are a beginner in the world of creating unique art, I would suggest starting with either acrylic paints or colored pencils and a photograph you would like to work from. It is way easier to begin to create art from a photograph rather than a picture in your head. I would also highly recommend a step by step book on techniques for either acrylics or colored pencils. YouTube videos are great but you can only go so in depth with one or two 11 minute videos and a physical book next you is nice so you can highlight and reference back to it regularly.
Textiles- Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting
These hobbies also have a very definitive finish point and a tangible product. They also can easily be done while watching your favorite show on Netflix which is always nice. There are also so many different things to make with fabric or yarn! You can make clothes for your little ones, blankets, pillows, or anything else you can think of!
There are lots of tutorials on YouTube for crocheting and knitting. Once you have the main stitches down, look up some patterns for projects on Pinterest! I would also recommend starting out with a variety of hooks or needles so that you have options and don’t have to make a run to Hobby Lobby every time you want to try a different project. You can also find many patterns for sewing that should come with instructions on Pinterest. I use a Singer sewing machine that I love! It’s easy to thread and works beautifully on every project I’ve done to date.
This one is so fun to get to know and gives you great skills to capture memories of your little ones. If you find that you really start enjoying it and are excelling at it you could even start your own business doing photography! I don’t run a business with it but I will do photo shoots for friends if they want it. Being able to bless others around me with my hobby is so wonderful!
I shoot on a beginner DSLR but even just an iPhone or a point and shoot digital camera can be good places to start. Then I would recommend getting PicMonkey or Photoshop Lightroom. PicMonkey has a free version that is great to start with but I personally love Lightroom. It allows for a little more control than PicMonkey and you can find great free filters online to add to Lightroom. As always, Pinterest is a great place to start for tutorials for both shooting and editing photos.
Scrapbooking is a great way to actually do something with your photos! Whether you’ve chosen to pick up photography or just have a ton of pictures of your kids and adventures on your phone, scrapbooking can be for you. My mom scrapbooked while I was growing up and I love that we have those neat family albums full of pictures and descriptions about our lives. Its way better to look through a photo album rather than just a stack of old pictures or even worse, a digital folder of pictures that gets buried deep in the computer.
The great thing about scrapbooking is that it can be so flexible. You can do it fully digital through Snapfish or many other digital photo book companies, or you can go old school and print pictures and get a scrapbook and fun paper off of amazon. Then just start cutting and pasting. This could be a fun hobby to combine with hand lettering, photography, and art!
Take up an Instrument
This one may sound expensive to start out but it’s amazing how cheap you can get starter instruments on Amazon! My husband got me a violin for Christmas for less than $100. It’s not fantastic and if I ever wanted to get really good at it I’d need to upgrade but it’s at least something to try.
And, as most moms don’t have time to go out and take lessons or have the babysitter to, I’d suggest Udemy. I’m taking a course on there to learn the violin and I love it! Udemy is a website of all sorts of online courses. You can learn almost any skill with it!
Running doesn’t have tangible results but by signing up for a race and then training for it the same sense of accomplishment is still there. Plus it’s so wonderful to feel fit! I know this can be hard with kiddos but it can be done. I choose to go super early in the morning when Will is still asleep and before Chris leaves for work so that I can run by myself. Some of my friends have also invested in a good jogging stroller and love it. Running also has relatively low start up costs. You need a good pair of running shoes and some workout clothes and you’re good to go! Then just find a race you are interested in and register for it so you have accountability!
Take a class at your local community center
Have you always wanted to learn a skill but haven’t known where to go? Your local community center is a great place to start! Most community centers have some really great classes for not too much money. It’s also a great way to get out of the house for a bit. I would suggest working it out with your husband or a family member to babysit once a week in the evening while you take your class. Ours has everything from pottery, to woodworking, to baking classes!
Make Money Off Your Hobby!
Lots of these hobbies have tangible goods that you could try selling! Etsy is great for handmade items, you can sell stock photos or start a photography business, teach a musical instrument course on Udemy, or sell your crafts at local craft fairs or farmers markets! If you are creating things, you might as well make a little money off of them if you want to.
I hope this helped you see the importance of a hobby in motherhood and has given you some ideas to try! Let me know what you’ve decided on in the comments below!
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