As a Stay at Home Mom of 4, I’ve known for years how fulfilling being a Mother is, but also how mentally exhausting it can be, after a while. You find yourself becoming more socially awkward with every passing day, and the only times you really get to challenge (or even consciously access) your mind, are the times you need to come up with a creative activity to entertain the munchkins.
I have become what I’m calling a “Hobbyholic“. I am constantly looking for hobbies to challenge and entertain myself, and not the part of myself that is “Mother“, but the part that is “Katii“. If I don’t, I tend to develop depression and anxiety, and the idea of “wasting my youth” starts to creep in, and it’s just no good for anyone involved. SO…
Here are some of the things I do, sprinkled with a few things I plan on trying in the future, to continue to fill that void:
- Blogging (obviously)
If you’ve ever found yourself writing as a form of expression, I recommend giving blogging a shot. WordPress offers free plans, that allow you to design and personalize your page, and you can write as much as you want.
Everyday I come up with topics I’d like to cover. I jot them down, and when I catch some free time, I pull out the laptop, choose a topic and start my spill. Sometimes I type until I can’t anymore, and sometimes it takes me days to finish a post, and that’s fine. It’s good for the soul, that much I’m sure of, and I’ve only just begun this journey. It’s a beautiful way to express yourself without fear of judgement or failure. It’s also a great way to find yourself, which I’ve been doing since I was born basically.
So yes, I’m a SAHM most of the time. But I did manage to find a hobby that I think I’m fairly talented at, that allows me to make some money.
Chances are, if you’ve got kids, you’ve got a camera. I got mine with taxes a year ago, got started right away, and have made about $4,000. It’s high energy and allows me to get out of the house and use my creativity; not to mention how many incredible and interesting people I’ve gotten the chance to work with.
I should start with pointing out this is a photo I pulled from Google. My stockpile is about 1/10th the size of this.
I got started couponing about 8-9 months ago, with help from a friend, as a way to save money. It’s a great way to stock up on the things your family regularly uses, but you’ve got to be careful because you can get swept up in the sales and end up with 42 bottles of Sweet Baby Rays’ BBQ sauce and no place to store it, like I did (lol). However I have acquired what seems like an unlimited number of Tide Pods and toilet paper.
If you’d like more information on how to get started with this one, I plan on doing a post purely on Couponing, in the future.
4. Redoing Furniture
This is one of those hobbies I mentioned I hadn’t yet ventured, but plan on trying.
Actually, this is probably my next feat. I’ve got big plans, you guys!
So as I see it, all you really need to do a lot of these projects, are a saw, sand paper, a hammer, nails and paint. All of which you probably already have or can buy for under $20. It seems to be worth it, and you probably already have something you’d like to re-paint or re-upholster, sitting in your living room or up in the attic.
If you do or have done any of these projects, leave a comment and let me know how it went. I still have some Pinning to do.
Do you have any idea how rewarding it is to have your husband come home from work and kids come in from school, then see them light up to the smell and sight of freshly baked cakes and breads?
No…Seriously, I’m asking. Do you? Because I don’t. I f*cking suck at baking. I tried to bake brown sugar cookies last week, and they came out tasting like BLEACH! HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can actually pull this off, I recommend it with all my heart. Just know that I’m salty about it. I constantly wish I could bake. I’d pop in at friends houses with baskets of muffins, bring my kids classes cookies in the afternoons and all that shit. Ugh. What I would give…
Another disclaimer: This photo is bae. If you don’t absolutely LOVE this woman (Giada De Laurentiis), you can just go now. Anyway…
So this one I have actually managed to become pretty alright at, due to my obvious obsession with cooking shows, and my need to hop on Pinterest every free second I can.
If you want to get better at cooking, what better critics than the people you love? Find a recipe you want to perfect, and try it!
Already a pro? Get a cookbook, go through it and improve the recipes! Your family will 100% support your mission.
7. Yoga and Meditation
This is a photo I took a few months ago of my sister and her boyfriend, in Florida. I’m wildly proud of it, and excited to have an excuse to share it with you.
Yoga is a hobby I’ve fallen from a bit, and I fully intend on getting back to ASAP.
It is good for your body, your mind, your spirit and your all around well-being (plus you can actually say those yoga pants you’ve been wearing for 3 days now, have done their intended job for once! yays!). You don’t need much space, or time. All you need is you, a soft place to sit and a good movie on Netflix to entertain the kids.
My kids actually do more yoga than I do. My 7 year old knows a full morning sun salutation routine and wants to use it to audition in her upcoming talent show; it’s precious.
8. Card Making
This seems like a lot of fun. We always cherish gifts that have been handmade, more than we would something store bought (unless it’s diamonds), and this is a cheap and engaging way to provide those types of gifts for anyone.
Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are always having crazy sales of scrapbooking supplies, and chances are you’ve got some stored away from projects your kids have done. Pull them out, and see what you’ve got.
This may not sweep you over, but it could be something fun to do, with coffee and a friend.
9. Book Club
I NEED MORE FRIENDS SO I CAN DO THIS! This is a super easy way to get your friends together once every week or so, to gab about similar thoughts and ideas, and drink some freaking wine! I’m always looking for a reason to pick up a book, and this is just that. Pinterest has tons of lists for books to choose from. You can also go to Barnes & Noble, give them an idea of what type of book you’d like to read and they’ll hook you up.
If you live in South-Central Kentucky, and have any interest in this whatsoever, HIT ME UP! I’ll host and plan everything. I’m ready. Let’s go! Which leads me to…
10. Plan a Party
Whether you’re planning a birthday party, a bachelorette party, a bridal shower, baby shower, a bon-fire, a dinner party…whatever it is, party planning is freaking FUN and rewarding!
I’m hosting a “Pure Romance” party next weekend, I’m calling “Mom’s Night In“. Where my husband takes the kids with him to his Dad’s, while I have the girls over for wine, strawberry lemonade vodka slushies, order some sex toys and watch “Bad Mom’s” in our pajamas. Just three days ago, I hosted my sons First Birthday. This is my jam.
If you have some time on your hands, go to Pinterest and type in “Party Ideas“, see what strikes you, and start planning. It’s that easy, and it’s so rewarding once the party day finally comes!
There are tons of ways to engage yourself, outside of being Mom and Wife. You are more than that, and you should always know that. You are capable of so many things outside of that.
By embracing all of MY interests, I’m able to show my children that they can do anything they set their minds to, and that creative boundaries are only boundaries if we allow them to be. Go do something. Make something. Embrace your passions.