Besides starting to blog this year, I picked up three new hobbies that have made a positive impact in my life and have not impacted my bank account.
2. Reading Fictional Books
If there is one thing I really learned about myself this year it is that I am not patient with myself. With colleges, clients, friends and family I am probably one of the most patient people you could meet. But when it comes down to personal projects and activities, I always seem to rush myself. Even as I right this post I am trying to type and think as fast as I can. Why? Who am I racing? I have no idea.
There have been three new hobbies that I started this year that have really helped slow me down, relax and enjoy life.
First is Gardening. At our farm we planted roughly a 500 sq. foot garden. My husband, Adam and I grew the tomato and pepper plants from scratch (seeds). We also added potatoes, lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, pumpkins, cucumbers and onions to our garden.
At our home in the cities we planted herbs in our kitchen window, tomato plants in an old flower pot and flowers from seeds in our old hanging baskets. (I did buy one plant from the neighbor boy. He is a Boy Scout )
Gardening is fun for me because I love watching my work grow. I enjoy seeing my hard work turn into something beautiful. I also love that each day I can see the plants grow bigger, change colors and become something. It is a slow process but relaxing and rewarding to watch. Because we grew most of our plants from seeds we saved a lot of money. If you decide to start your plants from seed you will need to plan in advance because you will have to start the seeds 1- 2 months before they can actually be planted in the ground.
Second new hobby is Reading- I have always incorporated reading into my life but I found myself always reading business articles, non fiction books and health magazines. I was having a hard time turning my brain off from work. In the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that I was going to start reading for fun! I borrowed one of my mother-in-law’s Nicholas Sparks books and really enjoyed having the opportunity to day dream. Then I picked up the Hunger Game’s series- So Fun!!! Fiction reading has allowed me to loose myself and forget about the stress at work and day to day duties. I look forward to ending my days in a fantasy world. I have been borrowing all my books from my friends and family therefore I haven’t spent a dime on this new hobby.
Lastly, Yoga as been a wonderful new hobby. I have learned to become extremely patient with myself and body. I am “not good” at yoga. I don’t know if that is technically possible but it seems like every pose is difficult for me. Even the breathing techniques have been hard. But yoga has been wonderful stretching and relaxation for my busy life style. I try to go to at least one yoga class a week. I mainly take yoga classes at my Life Time Fitness Gym and I do not have to pay any additional fees to attend classes. Therefore, yoga is basically a free hobby for me (minus the gas to drive to gym and the yoga mat I purchased). On the days I do yoga I find that I sleep better.
These new hobbies: gardening, fun reading and yoga have changed my after work attitude and personal mentality from short tempered and rushed to more laid back and patient. I feel fun again! Happy.
To end this post, I want to dedicate it to my good friend Kraig. Kraig is the person who really inspired me to start blogging and who also has shown me the value of being financially smart. His blog- Young, Cheap, Living is a great resource for young adults to learn how to budget wisely while still having fun. Thanks for being you, Kraig and being a positive influence in my life!