Find a Hobby You Love

It’s often through embracing a hobby that we find our passion. The point of a hobby is to have fun doing an activity that lowers our stress and allows us a break from watching the clock and checking off to-do items on our list. It’s a chance to be a kid again and approach life with that same spirited-adventure. When we embrace this side of life, we live it, and we live it with a smile on our face. We feel lighter and more excited about the moments ahead of us.

Join me for this episode as we explore ways to find a hobby you will love. Listen here.

Transcript for Today’s Show

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hey thanks for joining me today for this episode of curves welcome a podcast about facing and embracing the curves of life if this is your first time tuning in this is Susie Carr we hear this statement all the time when it comes to a career find your passion and do that that’s a heck of a lot easier said than done it’s hard to find your passion and the more pressure you put on yourself to find it the worse the search becomes you begin to wrack your brain to understand what you love and come up empty-handed then you begin to feel like a failure because you may believe at that point that you’re the only person on the planet who doesn’t know what she loves to do you might begin to question if you’ll always be stuck doing things in life that make you want to crawl under the blankets and take naps instead of facing the day that’s no way to live and you don’t have to I think one of the biggest mistakes people make in their pursuit of passion is that they feel it must be tied to their career after all we spend the majority of our day at work so shouldn’t we choose something we love those kinds of questions is what leads to pressure and ultimately a feeling of defeat and overall unhappiness in life the best gift we can give ourselves is to stop equating passion with career when you’re feeling deflated and stuck just as with quicksand if you’re stuck in it the more you try and squeeze out of it the more stock you become what you need at times like this is an outlet a place to go where you feel alive and connected to something outside of work and responsibility a place that offers reprieve from work and lives you to higher ground effortlessly you need a hobby and is often through embracing a hobby that we find our passion joints which may land you on a different path in the future a path you may never have come across had you never opened up to having fun through a hobby the point of a hobby is to have fun doing an activity that lowers your stress and allows you a break from watching the clock and checking off to-do items on your list it’s a chance to be a kid again and approach life with the same spirited adventure of riding into the wind on your bicycle and enjoying the tickle of air as it brushes against your skin and messes with your hair when you embrace this side of life you live it and you live it with a smile on your face you feel lighter and more excited about the moments ahead of you a hobby breathes life purpose and hope into a day I remember back to being a kid and loving so many different kinds of activities I love to paint by number you know those kits will you match a paint color up to a respective number and eventually create a masterpiece to call your own I used to love brushing and braiding my sister’s hair I could do that for hours by the fireplace at night I also enjoyed doing aerobics too fun funky disco music oh and reading and writing of course I’d make up stories and act them out with my friends we’d put on neighborhood watch parties complete with popcorn and act out the stories I wrote we’d take donations and leave the scene with enough quarters to buy some serious amounts of candy at the corner store after school as an adult I embraced many of those hobbies and took up new ones like scuba diving Latin dancing gardening video production and even podcasting I enjoy spending time indulging in these activities because they bring me joy in a sense of peace after a long day at the office thankful I was able to bring some of these hobbies into my career as a filmmaker at a university and as a novelist but some of my hobbies are not career focused at all they simply serve to calm my stress and help connect me to what matters most being happy and curious about the world I bring the intangible feelings the hobbies create to my career and as a result I’m a much happier person who finds purpose in life so what happens if you have no clue what hobby you’d enjoy how do you find one that suits you here are a few strategies to help you discover activities that will make you happier and feel more fulfilled in life ask yourself what you like to do for fun if you like eating then that could easily turn into exploring a cooking class to discover more flavorful foods if you like watching sports perhaps consider taking up a team sport do you enjoy listening to podcasts try creating one on your own or do you enjoy watching movies perhaps take an acting class analyze what you enjoy doing already and finding ways to transform those activities into a learning opportunity and hobby figure out a way to build off the things you already love rediscover a childhood activity what kinds of things did you do as a child to keep entertained did you like music take up a singing class join an acapella group sign up for guitar or piano lessons did you like to go to dances why not take ballroom or Latin dance lessons perhaps you’ll enjoy competing and performing in competitions were you always taking off on your bicycle to explore your neighborhood join a bicycle club and explore your city with others interested in that activity try something new sometimes the best way to discover something is to jump right in and sample it how will you know if you love flying airplanes if you never experienced sitting in the seat next to a flight instructor maybe you’d love hiking mountain trails but have never set foot on one you’ll never know until you lace up a pair of hiking boots and give it a go be willing to try something new and out of your comfort zone otherwise you’ll never know I recently took a woodworking class it was not on my radar I happened to be at the library and saw a flyer for it I signed off in an hour later I stood in front of a router machine and began to make my very first beverage coaster at the end of the day it might take several activities to find your niche you might try some things and hate them at least you know now you can move forward and try something else eventually by putting yourself out there you will come across something that makes your heart sing and when you do find that hobby ah you’ll be amazed and how alive if you feel every time you indulge in it keep exploring and eventually you’ll find the right fit and find yourself looking forward to removing those blankets and meeting up with a day full of promise and fun hey friends thanks for spending time with me today I hope you enjoyed today’s topic if there is something you’d enjoy exploring in a future podcast please reach out to me via my website at curves welcome calm and I’ll work it in while you’re there grab a free story – it’s my way of thanking you for your support of my podcast and romance novels I also want to take a moment to thank all who have become patrons on my patreon page your support means a great deal to me for more information on joining me on this journey in gaining access to special rewards visit the link in the show notes also be sure to follow TLT podcasts to keep up on the latest episodes so thanks for tuning in until next time go out there and continue to learn grow and embrace life’s curves