(image by Sara Wert of Modern Kids Photography)
A few months ago I realized that I was spending all of my day working and/or doing stuff for others and neglecting the little things that I really liked to do for myself, things that gave me real satisfaction and enjoyment. Things were feeling unbalanced. Has this every happened to you? I had even forgotten what some of the things were that I liked to do!
So I decided to sit down and make a list of activities that I really truly enjoyed doing for myself and made sure to do at least one every day. Regardless of time, inconvenience for others, or other tasks not getting done. I tried to make them top priority.
Have you ever done something like this? Or have you found yourself in a similar situation?
Keep reading to see what was on my list…
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Cooking + Baking. I know some people hate spending time in the kitchen but I love it. I honestly look forward to cooking dinner and making a meal for my family each day. Earlier last year Jared and I switched roles. He needed to take time off from work, and I needed to dedicate more time to work- so he became my stay at home husband. I was surprised, amongst other things, how hard it was for me to not cook meals everyday. I really did miss it! Even though I was working full time I looked forward to the time in the kitchen in the late afternoon and so we soon switched things around so I could still cook. Even when I have a busy day I try to cook dinner, although it would be easier to go out, just because I know how much I enjoy it!
Music. When I was younger I danced ballet, took piano, sang, and then played guitar in college. But somehow as an adult I don’t really do any of those things anymore, and I often feel a void in that area of my life. I’m not sure why I haven’t made time for it, but life just got busy and as I had said before, sometimes these little enjoyable hobbies get shoved aside. Jared and I had a goal a couple weeks ago (these weekly goals were part of our new years resolutions I talked about here) to play guitar each night together and it ended up being so enjoyable, relaxing, and a great relationship builder. I now try to do it more frequently.
Rock climbing. So I started climbing only about a year ago and I can’t remember a physical hobby that I’ve enjoyed more. I felt almost embarrassed to stumble upon a new hobby at 32 (not sure why, maybe because rock climbing is kind of trendy here. Friday nights at the gym are a scene). But for a long time I truly would rather go to the climbing gym that to a movie (I know, weird, right?). We’ve also done a few climbing trips like the one above in Yosemite this past fall. Again, it’s been a great thing to do as a couple and the physical challenge of it is really rewarding, and a great stress relief. There was a time I was going everyday, even if just to boulder by myself. I always seem to conquer my to-do list more effectively when I spend a little time at the rock climbing gym everyday. So rock climbing was definitely on the list.
(image by JetKat photo)
Biking. I’m always surprised what a good mood I find myself in when I choose to bike to the store instead of getting in the car. Since we live in a very drivable part of the city, sometimes I’m not outside as much as I’d like. From car to school to store to car to home. Something about being outside on the bike, riding through golden gate park or just down the street to the store is really invigorating. Like a brisk evening walk x 10!
Do you try to do something every day that you enjoy for yourself? What would be on your list?