My Hobbies Past & Present

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Every year, as I gain more and more free time to with as I like, I think back about my hobbies whether ones I've abandoned long ago, or newer ones I still enjoy. Because a hobby is one of the most telling aspects of someone's life considering it's how you choose to spend your spare time; time you could use to do anything at all. I've rounded up a few of my current and past hobbies to laugh at and perhaps give you a bit of inspiration if you're in a hobby slump.

First and foremost, my lifelong hobby has always been reading. I constantly have at least one book on the go (at the moment it's Vanity Fair) and I almost always have a book with me when I leave the house. It's one of those things that I have always done and I can't imagine why I would ever stop. Reading is a solid staple of my life and my time. It's easily my most cherished hobby.

I still love theatre and I see a stage production nearly every week for my theatre review blog and just for fun. When I was in university, I joined the student drama society to meet people and have fun and it absolutely changed my life. Being able to make theatre opened up a creativity and freedom that I hadn't had the opportunity to find in high school or earlier. And the friends I have today I met all through my connections with the theatre. So, while I don't make theatre anymore, it's still a major part of my life and a hobby I'm so glad to have cultivated.

This one might seem kind of obvious but I started my blog and Youtube channel back in October 2012 to give myself something new to do that had nothing to do with what I was studying at uni or what my job was. I wanted a creative outlet for my interest in makeup and beauty and the internet looked like my best option of achieving that. I'm so glad I did! While my posting schedule and content have shifted and changed (and sometimes stopped) over the years, I'm still posting and reading and watching amongst this little community I stumbled upon during my end of high school exams.

If you have never come across the planning community on Etsy or Youtube then this is going to seem mighty strange to you! Again, I think this was something I accidentally found while wandering through the internet in pursuit of another great interest of mine: stationery. I was very quickly sucked in and ordered my Erin Condren Life Planner and all the stickers I could possibly imagine using throughout the year. If you've never heard of it, planning is where people film themselves planning out their week in their actual planners whether that be through stickering with the Erin Condren or Happy Planner, or making their own spreads in a bullet journal. Sometimes I look back on that time and just laugh at the hours and hours I poured into watching Plan With Me videos and Sticker Hauls and all of the money I spent on stickers! I only recently threw away my stickered Erin Condren planner but I still look back very fondly on the time I spent with that hobby.

Latch-hooking & Knitting
This is throwing it way back! When I was younger I used to watch a lot of tv because my family only had one computer and smart phones hadn't been invented yet. So, in order to keep myself occupied during the long winter months and when there was nothing new on tv, I used to set myself up on the couch with some kind of wool activity. My wool projects of choice were latch-hooking and knitting. I won't go into much detail of what they entailed, but it's safe to say my fervour for starting (and possibly never finishing) these woollen projects worked as the catalyst of my future hobbies.

Of all of these hobbies, I only really still blog and read. But the rest of them formed an integral part of my life for whatever period I needed them and I look back fondly on the many, many hours of energy and emotion I put into each of them.

Growing up, leaving uni, and getting a full-time job leaves little time for investing in those side projects or activities you want to do, but taking your mind off all the tasks you have to do and focusing on something that matters to your passion is a really important aspect of maintaining a balanced life and good mental health. If you find yourself in a bit of a rut, a bit bored and restless, try picking up a new hobby or reinvigorating a love of an old one and see how that changes your outlook. Remember, it's okay to just have fun!

What are your hobbies?

xx Julia

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