Invest in Your Passions and Hobbies
Raise your hand if you dreamed of becoming a medical sales rep when you were a child? Oh wait, no one probably ever imagined themselves in that dream position. As a child, we naturally gravitate to things that bring us simple joy by just doing them. We would lose track of time and strive to do that thing whenever we had free time just for the sake of doing it.
As we grow-up and enter the adult world, many of us put aside those childhood passions and hobbies to focus on the serious stuff like completing college courses and entering the workforce. Our minds become bogged down by our responsibilities that we have end up with little mental space to be creative or pursue things that bring us simple joy.
Carving out time in your life even if it’s just 20 minutes of time 1x a week to do that thing that brings you joy, helps you disconnect from the hustle and find a flow makes all the difference in your internal balance.
As a child, I wanted to be an art teacher and also photographer for National Geographic. Between creating art and taking pictures, these were my outlets to connecting to the world and creating my impression of the world around me. These passions have weaved in and out of my life and reemerged after college and once again had some “free time,” to do things that I enjoyed outside of adult obligations. While at the time it felt natural for me to focus my energy on something selfish for myself, this isn’t always a natural habit for others.
Let me tell you – you are creative and you have talents beyond the roles you are expected to fulfill. Last year I read “Big Magic,” by Elizabeth Gilbert and it reignited my drive to create and follow my heart to do things that bring me flow and energy outside my daily responsibilities.
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
How to find your creative side + hobbies:
- Maybe you’re not sure what your thing is and that’s ok! Start by thinking back to when you were little – what activities or hobbies did you have fun doing? Was it making bracelets, was it playing a sport, was it writing – it can truly be anything! Now that you have some ideas of what your childhood self liked, think about how you do something like that or similar now. Were you into soccer? Maybe you could coach a team or join a co-ed league. If you liked making jewelry, head to the craft store and pick up some supplies and just start playing.
- Try a variety of things that have been your list for a while that you’d like to get into. We all have said it “oh yeah I’ve been wanting to do that.” It takes 15 minutes to do a Google search to find resources or information. Register for the class or activity. Put money down. Find a way to make yourself accountable for showing up and doing something new and see where it takes you!
- Read a book on topics that interest you. If you’re not 100% sure what you want to try out, check out a book from the library on the topic or even follow some blogs that specialize in the area you are interested in.
Finding time for your creative side + hobbies:
As with all things we want to do in life, we have to make the time to pursue this passions and hobbies. When it’s not something you normally do day to day, you won’t just magically start doing it unless you take action and find time in your day to do it.
Use your calendar to carve out time!
This may sound obvious but it’s critical to physically type or write down what you want to do and set a time with a reminder. I like to use my planner (paper) and also my Google calendar so I have no excuses not to see when I am supposed to be doing something I have planned.
Make it a goal!
Once you’ve decided what it is that you want to do, set a goal. You can make it weekly or monthly and be sure to start out small i.e. 30 minutes a week. Once you gain momentum, you will most likely start doing it more and it will seem less of a challenge to simply get started.
Why you should commit to your passions and hobbies?
Simply put, by putting your energy into things that bring you joy and fulfillment, you will be living a bigger, happier life. We grind so hard day in and day out, checking off our to-do lists and making sure everyone else is taken care of, doing this for yourself is a crucial part of self care, happiness and balance. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Gilbert’s book for you to simmer on:
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”