The inagural April issue includes the following article about making time for your hobby. This is exactly why I joined CTMH. I had a desire to create, but was not finding the time to do it. Isn't that expression "finding time" funny? When was the last time you had some "time" laying around waiting to be found? I've found that I have to be intentional or it never happens.
Time to Get Creative!
Free up some time for your creative outlet
If someone asked you to explain what a hobby is, you’d probably explain it as something you enjoy doing in your free time, right? But nowadays, when jobs, family, school, friends, sporting events, church, and other group activities make so many demands on our time, there are days when it feels like it is all we can do to squeeze in the necessary things like eating, sleeping, showering, and a couple of quick chores around the house. So what do we mean when we talk about supposedly “free” time?
No matter how busy we get, we can always manage to find a few minutes here and there to watch our favorite television shows, or at least check our Facebook updates and Twitter feeds. We can make time for things that feel like breaks in our otherwise hectic schedule. And that is just what we need to do in order to keep up on our crafting.
It is easy to take our creative projects too lightly and write them off as unimportant things that we can get to any time. But when we’re “too busy” to take that precious creative time, we’re depriving ourselves of more than just completed projects—we’re denying ourselves the chance to take a break, change the pace of our day, and exercise our minds in a different way. We need that time and that creative outlet to focus on just one thing for a change, one thing that we have greater control over than the other variables in our lives. That kind of focus and sense of control brings with it a sense of satisfaction that is independent of project completion.
So, instead of waiting for free time to magically come along on that rare lazy Sunday afternoon, free up some time in your busy day to sit down and do the creative work that you love. Even if you give away the completed project, the gift of time and relaxation you’ve given yourself may be even better!