So recently I was at a social event where my friend next to me was asked by someone whether she had any hobbies. My friend thought about it but couldn’t come up with an answer, which reminded me of exactly what I was like in my first 5 years in London. I was so focused on the career I was starting to pursue and enjoying going out with the little money I had that there wasn’t much time for anything else. I always had a lot of different interests but there is a fine line I think between finding something interesting and then actually doing it as a hobby.
It was only at the beginning of this year when my work life had changed and eased up slightly that I realised that work was almost my only hobby, how sad, this makes me sound like a total workaholic! Just to clarify, I do the usual; go shopping, reading, go for walks, exercise (begrudgingly) and drink cocktails with friends but most people do those generic day to day things. I wanted a sense of passion back and have something more interesting to say about my life. So I made a New Years Resolution (cliche I know) to keep up with my hobbies more.
Since then, I have started my blog (hiya!) as I always love writing and I used to have a blog when I was 16 but stopped doing after 4 years as I moved to London. I am doing more drawing and painting and starting going to dance classes at Pineapple Dance Studios as I’ve always had a passion for dancing.
Then recently, I dug out my Canon EOS 500D camera that I got when I was 16 and started to do more photography. When I was younger I used to take my camera everywhere with me and would take pictures of anything I could see (even strangers on the street where I’d receive angry looks in return, I stopped doing that after a short while).
So last Saturday I had some free time for myself and it was a gorgeous sunny day so I decided to take a walk around my local area and bring my camera along for the ride. It was so relaxing to simply be strolling around taking in the view and taking a few pictures. It was so refreshing also to not have any music blasting in my ears (I am guilty for constantly having headphones in as are most Londoners).
I believe it’s important and healthy to have a work/life balance where possible. I know sometimes it’s difficult when work is at a crucial time (i.e just before a promotion) but even if the balance is off for a period of time it’s important to adjust it again when everything has calmed down.
So whatever your interests are, whether it’s playing an instrument, visiting art galleries or doing something more unusual like Taekwando (why not?) I encourage you all to make a conscious effort to do these hobbies when you can as chances are they’ll uplift you and make you feel productive, accomplished, successful or even at peace and relaxed afterwards.
Then who knows, next time you meet someone and they ask you what your hobbies are or what you’ve been up to, you’ll have something more exciting to say than ‘oh the usual working, partying, sleeping’,
Lots of love xxxx
Ps, here are some of my pictures from the weekend…