Life Balance

Work-life balance is so important, but it works a lot better when that off time can be spent in the pursuit of hobbies.  Yet, people too often seem to overlook investing the time and effort into those hobbies, and then they fall by the wayside.

Remember, we work to make a living, and everything outside of work is life!  And that includes our hobbies!

A friend recently told me, “But I feel like I don’t have any hobbies!”  So I started drumming up ideas about how to find and try new hobbies.  One idea I came up with is Groupon!

A few summers ago, having just finished my bachelor’s degree and feeling like I had an excess of free time on my hands, my sisters and I found a Groupon to try stand up paddle boarding.  A visitor at work had recently been talking about his passion for it and we decided to give it a try.  As it turned out, we really enjoyed it and went again!  Had we not heard his passion for it and seen the Groupon we might have never known how fun it could be!

A quick glance at the Things to Do section of Groupon lists distillery tours, painting classes, bowling nights, laser tag, golf, rock climbing, gardening classes, photography, music lessons, dancing…need I go on further?  Another option: continuing education courses at a local college.  I recently registered with the school so I can take a fun course to learn something new over my Christmas break!

I am fortunate in that I feel like I have many hobbies that I pursue and my only obstacle is not having more hours in a day to spend on all of them.  For years, I took two classes a week at the gym taking Body Pump.  Currently, I am investing some time in a different fitness pursuit by running on my treadmill at home.  This coming weekend I am running an overnight 25k.  I love to play turn based strategy games on my PC and spent a lot of time this spring playing Civilization 6.  I love history and try to read a little something to further my knowledge on that subject every week.  And I love to write, having recently published a book of poetry, and now working a follow up to that. 

It is by doing all of these other things that I can keep my wits about me for the rest of my day-to-day life, for my normal day job and going to grad school.  I have learned the hard way that by refusing to focus on the things I enjoy doing in order to exclusively focus on what I deemed to be more important, I become irritated and my health suffers.  I have learned from my mistakes, and I am achieving true balance in my life: working hard and playing hard, too!