Friday, June 14, 2019

I Have Realized The Importance Of Having A Hobby

As a Work at Home Dog Mom, I don't get out during the week much. Between taking care of the kids, desk work, the work I do in the DIY Dog Mom Project Workshop, housework, meal prep, cooking and baking, and Lisa not getting home until anywhere between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., our Monday through Friday schedule is pretty tight. On occasion, if Lisa gets out of work early enough on Friday, we'll skip out for an impromptu date night. 

Aside from taking our kids outside, to get my fix of fresh air and taking a bit of a break, I sit on the front porch and watch the birds.

Why do I feel old saying that?

Our front yard is decorated with 4 large, double hook shepherd's hooks. Hanging from each of the hooks are a variety of bird feeders from suet cakes and seed feeders to hummingbird feeders and oranges cut in half.

We refer to it as our Buffet O' Bird Feeders.

We also have several flower gardens and porch flowers for the birds to feast on.

Many species of birds visit our feedings. Hummingbirds. Northern Mockingbirds. Catbirds. Cardinals. Blue Jays. Finches of all different colors. Woodpeckers. Baltimore Orioles. Red-Winged Blackbirds. Etc.

They're all quite entertaining.

We love watching them. It's relaxing. Peaceful. There's a steady stream of birds feasting on the cakes and seeds and nectar.

Lisa has taken great pride over the years with increasing the size of our Buffet O' Bird Feeders and keeping their food supply fully stocked.

I think at this point, it's safe to say this is one of our hobbies.

In the past, I used to shrug off the importance of having a hobby. However, since I've been a Work at Home Dog Mom, DIY enthusiast, and as I've gotten older, I realize the importance of having a hobby.

It's very easy to be caught up in the mundane routine of daily life whether it's work or making dinner. A lot of times, that schedule can flood the weekends too.

We all need a break from the norm. To engage in something that we love doing.

Something that allows us to exhale.

Distracts us.

Whether it's fishing or collecting antiques or baking or painting.

We. Need. That.

We need to unplug. From our work. Technology. Demands. The daily grind.

It doesn't matter if your hobby requires a lot of effort and time or very little.

When I sit on the front porch periodically throughout the day and watch the birds, I mute the world. It's not for extended periods of time. Maybe 5 minutes here and there.

But, during those minutes, I regroup. Exhale. Drink some water. Nibble on a snack.


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