My son asked me what my hobbies were and I couldn’t give a good answer.
I wanted to say writing, because that used to be a hobby. But I haven’t written for pleasure in ages. I wanted to say reading, but I felt like my non-fiction reading was to grow as a person and help me in business so did that really count? I wanted to say getting pampered, or shopping, but I’ve been doing that out of necessity lately.
Taking photos was a hobby way back in the early 2000s but I monetized it and then stopped. I realized I don’t really have a go-to hobby anymore… unless napping and watching Rupaul’s Drag Race when I’m completely spent from adulting counts.
I’ve been thinking. I’m going to try some hobbies out. I used to be a fitness junkie and that was my hobby. (Back in the day when I was a certified personal trainer and actually had abs.) Then I got hooked on yoga and that was my hobby. (I lived at Jivamukti downtown) Now, it feels like something I “have” to do versus “get” to do or desire to do. But I’d like fitness to be a hobby again.
Hobby ideas brainstorm:
- Reading fiction
- Travel (Can travel be a hobby if I don’t do much of it anymore?)
What I’ll actually do as a hobby:
- Lay in bed and watch Rupaul’s Drag Race
How does a person consciously choose a hobby as an adult when any “free” time is spent catching up on random errands or trying to rest after doing all the things? I haven’t asked an adult “hey, what’s your hobby?” and have them answer with an actual hobby like “oh I’m a rockclimber and I crochet blankets.”
I did ask a friend of mine what her hobby was and she said “trading” (like stocks n options n stuff) and I was like but don’t you do that for a living.? She was like “oh yea…that’s true.” lmao.
We gotta have a non-monetized hobby!
Thinking back, the last time I truly had a hobby was when I was blogging for fun. Before I knew it could make a living from it. Before I knew what SEO, ads, Pinterest, etc were. Before it became a business. Before I got burnt out by it. Before it got weird and less personal. Before folks stopped commenting and having full on discussions in the comment sections. Before people were buying all their content (no shade) and the personality was different. Before pleasing the brands removed the soul from the space.
I identified as a blogger for so long. And then I threw myself fully into my coaching and metaphysical biz, and started to create content with that in mind, started the podcast, etc. And naturally I let the blog go in that direction too. But then it felt like this weird appendage I was just dragging along so I dropped it.
Now I miss it!
I don’t miss the hustle of it, the caring about pageviews, the need for traffic to make some money (Thank you Mediavine, I love you), the SEO, the analytics, the biz of it. I just miss the sharing. The “hey, I tried this cool thing, check it out” or the random story or experience or lesson learned.
I miss just typing out some random thoughts.
Like this post.
I want blogging to be my hobby again.
It’s a good creative outlet.
Just for me.
If someone reads it and enjoys it, that’s a happy bonus.
So, I’m going to give it a whirl. Fitness & Blogging are my hobbies. (omfg even just that felt fraudulent lmao)
What about YOU? What are your (non-monetized, just for fun and relaxation) hobbies??