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Discover Your Passion: The Value of Hobbies for Moms

Because doing laundry doesn't count as pursuing your interests

July 21, 2023

"So what do you do for fun?" 

Cue the deer-in-the-headlights look. 

As moms, we're not good at putting ourselves first and that includes keeping up with hobbies. We're overloaded as it is with kids, house, work, relationships – you name it, it's on our to-do list. But carving out a little time to pursue your own interests can be beneficial for everyone. 

When you take time to explore something new, get creative, and have some "me time," you'll be a better mom, partner, and employee. Need another reason to jump on the hobby train? Kids who see their moms making time for self-care are more likely to prioritize it in their own lives.



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PICKING A HOBBY
A hobby can literally be anything from watching 1950's sci-fi movies to making pottery. Does it makes you happy? Does it give you a sense of fulfillment and revitalization? Then it might be the hobby for you. 

There are some important things to keep in mind when finding your newest interest though:

Cost - many hobbies can get spendy, and fast. Keep your budget in mind when hobby shopping so it can be fun, not added stress.

Storage - does a hobby take a lot of gear or space? Think about your home and how much new stuff it can handle. Getting chickens might interest you, but unless your backyard is coop-ready, maybe start a little smaller.

Consistency - let's face it, as parents our schedules are rarely our own, and picking a hobby with strict time requirements could get tricky. If your new pet goat needs to be milked twice a day on a schedule, you might need to keep looking.

Time - obviously you're going to devote some time to your hobby but think about how much you can carve out. Can your hobby be done while you're with the kids? Drawing or painting could be a family affair where you all work on your own projects, requiring no real additional time.



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MOMS ROCKIN THEIR HOBBIES
Still not sure spending your precious time on a hobby is worth it? Jennifer Hill, mom, and publisher of Macaroni KID Fremont, Calif., loves writing. She says it helps her decompress, changes her mood, and gets her motivated again – three things we could all use more of.

Another busy mom, Brenna Page, carves out time to volunteer. She's passionate about her community and helping people, so it makes sense to focus her efforts there. Time spent on these activities has opened employment doors and so much more. 

HOBBY OPPS WE LOVE

The sky's the limit when it comes to picking your hobby. Some popular options that many moms gravitate toward include:

  • photography
  • cooking/baking
  • hand lettering/calligraphy
  • gardening/houseplants
  • reading
  • hiking
  • running/walking
  • crochet
  • yoga
  • playing an instrument
  • drawing/painting
  • volunteering
  • doing puzzles (jigsaw, crossword, sudoku)
  • writing

Find your passion and help the whole family live better. Life is a hobby, better get started.