When I was younger, one of the ways that I worked through my problems was at karate. The harder I trained, the clearer my mind became and the easier it was to make decisions that felt right. I loved running my own dojo and there are days where I really miss that commitment to myself. Since having the girls, I’ve found it challenging to get out to the dojo for regular training. I thought that when we moved, it would be easier, as there’s a dojo just 10 minutes away… but it’s actually become harder, because I don’t have someone to watch the girls, and Eric’s often not home in time for me to go. I do some training on my own at home, but it’s just not the same. I keep telling myself, one day, I’ll figure out this scheduling thing and get back to class, but in the meantime, the challenge for me has been finding something that works just as well for helping to clear my head… and that works with my schedule.
This is where my new hobby has come in…
Earlier this year, I started to learn how to spin yarn. Eric’s first comment to me when I told him what I wanted to do, was something along the lines of “You do not need another hobby!” And I admit, I have a pretty full schedule… however, sometimes, carving out a little time for yourself, is worth the benefits you gain from it. To start with, I was going to Farm Fairy Fiber and spending a couple of hours sitting there, using Keryn’s wheel and learning the basics… then a couple of weeks ago, I found a used wheel on Craigslist… add a few parts to that, and I have a working wheel. So for the last week or so, I’ve been carving out a little time to spin after the girls go to bed, and while there have been nights where I’ve been so wrapped up in what I was doing that I’ve stayed up WAY too late, the benefits that I’m reaping from this time, seem to balance it out. Solutions are coming forward to problems that I’ve been having. I’m coming up with new ideas of things I want to try in the business… and I’m creating some pretty cool yarns. I’m stretching myself and I’m seeing progress, but the best part is, that for the first time since I decided to scale back my commitment to karate, I’ve found something that’s helping me find my center again… and that sense of peace to me is priceless.
I’d love to know what you do to find your “happy.”
Keep Smiling 🙂