Hobby is a common word in my life, as I have so many of them. I can remember my first boyfriend when I was 17 years old and I was so impressed by him because he was such a well-rounded person. I always said, he knew a little bit about a lot and I strived to be like that when I became an adult. He had so much knowledge, so many interests, and so many hobbies. My family had a few hobbies as well that have rubbed off on me. I am a licensed therapist and high school counselor and I talk about hobbies all the time to my clients and students. I feel that hobbies are so good for the soul. It helps us to unwind, to practice mindfulness, to help us refocus, and to help us feel accomplished. Below are a few of my favorite hobbies.
Then there was gardening. All of the women in my family (My mom, aunt and grandmother) loved to garden. My grandmother had a huge vegetable garden in the backyard when I was young. Everything was laid out perfectly (she was a perfectionist). She would have each row aligned exactly the same, row after row. My mom and my aunt loved gardening too. My aunt was the rose expert. She had the most stunning roses on display in the middle of the front lawn when I was growing up. She would tend to them nearly everyday and people would stop and stare at the beauty of her rose garden. My mom loved what she called, her oriental rock garden. She would set up water fountains, had a large hydrangea plant along with many others, and would collect rocks and continue to add it to the garden. Then, my mom and I had our own garden that consisted of many different annuals like snap drags, portulaca, sweet alyssums, pansies, Johnny jump ups, and so many more. Presently, I have a 50 foot by 7 foot veggie garden, many different flowering beds, and a smaller perennial garden that is a home for strawberries and asparagus. Each year, I start my seeds under grow lights and watch them grow until they are ready to go outside. I also run the gardening club at my high school and do the same with my students.
Resin art has become my newest hobby. I am still learning, but have made some pretty cool things using both pigments and alcohol ink. I have made paintings, coasters, pop sockets, and have even used resin to make designs on a lazy Susan, trays, and trays. My next project is making a very large painting for my room but I am still deciding the style I would like.