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There are other things I like to do besides writing about recovery, and I thought it would be fun to expand the horizons of the blog and talk about other hobbies and activities I’ve really enjoyed lately. I hope it will be a good way to connect with you, and I would really love to hear about what your hobbies are; it’s so fun to learn that there is so much to each person. We all have different hobbies, struggles, strengths, weaknesses, and life journeys we’re on, and it’s really fun for me to get a peek into other’s lives and hear what they love to do and what they’re passionate about every day. (Linking up with Amanda to think out loud and share my favorite hobbies.)
Some of these hobbies have just been hobbies that I’ve picked up over the past few years, and others have been ones that I’ve loved my whole life.
One of my favorite hobbies is hanging out with my family. Over the past few months I’ve been really bad at not loving my family by scrolling through my phone while doing family activities. It’s amazing how God uses other people in my family to exhort me, because one of my sisters would constantly kind of playfully ask why I was on Instagram while watching a movie.
She made me think for a long time about that, and then I started reading this book, ’12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You,’ and it really made me think about my phone habits and how easily addicted I am and pulled into spending ALL my time on Instagram or Facebook. Each one of those social platforms have provided such sweet friendships to me, but at the same the Lord has truly been pricking my heart that I need to really prioritize loving the people who are right in front of me. I still really stink at doing this, but the Lord is honing me and refining me in this area.
That was the long introduction to my first hobby:
#1) Spending Time With My Family – (Games or Movies or Eating Dinner Together or Just Hanging out in the Kitchen Or Doing an Activity.)
Some of the things we’ve been doing lately include:
Watching Movies (My sisters and I watched ‘Homeward Bound’ last night. Man, I really cried in that movie, and it made me think what a gift from God His creatures are. Dogs and cats make life so interesting.)
We also went to see a movie on Monday after our Memorial Day picnic. It was fun just hanging out with my sisters and my dad and talking about the movie afterwards.
#2) I LOVE doing weight lifting. It’s actually a really gentle way to give my body a break from high impact workouts, and it just feels so good!
I also discovered that I’m really not a fan of going to the gym because I’m just kind of a quiet(er) old soul when it comes to working out; I love working out in our bedroom. It’s so quiet and easy to collect my thoughts, think, pray, listen to something or just workout in silence.
I used to be ABSOLUTELY obsessed with cardio, but hours of cardio really aren’t helpful for your body. Sarah sparked that thought in my mind in her post today after she said that TOO much of a good thing is not a good thing. It took me a long time to learn that in recovery, but I’m thankful to be so much less obsessed with it than I used to be. I’m learning to do more of what feels good instead of what feels miserable.
My puppy also likes to hang out and sleep while I lift. 🙂
#3) Baking. It is no secret that I love baking. The most recent fun baking project was some blueberry cookies from Chrissa.
My next baking project (I hope) is Kat’s Strawberry Shortcake Muffins. I love trying different recipes for different people who have allergies because it’s fun to see them be able to eat the baked goodies too. Though I do have to admit that it’s really hard to make something without dairy or gluten taste like the regular dairy-full, gluten-full chocolate chip cookie.
While cooking and baking for my dad, I’ve discovered a few really great gluten free flour blends that make gluten free goodies taste REALLY delicious; you can’t even tell they’re gluten free.
Kat and Lindsay and Laura are some of my favorite resources for baking recipes or gluten free baking recipes. Lindsay has the BEST brownie recipe I have ever tasted; we made it a couple months ago, and I really need to make it again because they tasted indescribably delicious.
#4) This is weird, but I LOVE reading blog posts. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the morning.
Sometimes to help me focus on listening to something in the morning, I will scroll through/read blog posts. (I know I’m weird, but reading blog posts helps me focus on listening to something so my mind doesn’t wander.)
Some of the blogs I regularly read day by day are these ones! They don’t all post everyday, but I usually do a quick check everyday just to see if they’ve put up a new post. 🙂
I’m not sure if this is even all of the blogs, but I just wanted to give you a snippet. Maybe you can find some new blog reading. I find life giving words, different ideas, and encouragement in each one in different ways. Each lady has something different to offer about faith or family or running or recovery or body image or food or rest and the list could just keep going. It’s amazing to see how God has uniquely designed each one of us with different gifts and different things to offer. It’s so cool to me to see that everyone has a different perspective on everything. It’s taught me so much in the past 3 years of blogging.
One of the most precious gifts is that God has allowed me to develop friendships with some of these women. Each one of these friendships has been such a blessing and so precious.
I’m thankful that the Lord has given me many wise companions in the different blogger friends that I’ve made. <3 Thank you if you’re reading this.
‘As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.’ (Proverbs 27:17
#5) Sleeping. I love crawling into the bed at the end of the day. I also love napping.
It’s funny how we don’t want to nap when we’re children, but when we get older we learn that our parents really are wiser than us and that they know that naps are a good refreshing thing for the mind and body.
‘I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ (Psalm 4:8)
My amazing sweet younger sister, A, who is 16 has been working on our bedroom over the past year, and she has such a God given gift for making a room a sanctuary. It’s a wonderful place to come and sleep, relax, think, pray, listen, and just rest.
Our room is a bit travel themed which is also one of my favorite things to do. My other sister painted this quote on the wall of our room, and it’s always some good food for thought when you wake up every morning.
Travel (despite the fact that I’m actually a huge home body) is one of my favorite things to do. In the past few years I’ve had the gift of being able to go to Western Europe, Africa, Japan, Canada, and a few other states. Each part has been such a stretching opportunity for me. I haven’t traveled for a while this year, but it’s been a really good time for me to learn what it really means to be content in every situation. I’ve learned that being content and peaceful in whatever God has for me is NOT easy, and I think I’ll spend my whole life learning it.
#6) Wearing Comfy Clothes.
I love wearing comfy clothes. You will almost always find me in a loose t-shirt. One of my most recent favorite shirts is a t-shirt from Messenger Gear. The proceeds from the t-shirts go to help fight human trafficking.
I also love my Fabletics leggings, a comfy pair of longer running shorts (I don’t like the really short ones), and the BESTS v-neck Reebok t-shirt ever. My sister got it for me for Christmas.
#7) Last but not least, I’ve been loving journaling Bible verses or journalling truths from Scripture put into some of my own words.
Rebecca has definitely inspired me with her gorgeous lettering. It really helps me think about and chew on the verses and soak in the truth and freedom of God’s Word to my soul when I write it down. It helps me slow down instead of skimming over it or trying to just ‘get in as many verses as possible.’
This picture doesn’t have the whole passage on it, but I thought I would just share. 🙂
A Few Of My Other Favorites Are:
Sunset Chasing (Georgie Reminded me of what a beautiful thing it is to chase sunsets when she was in London (or even now that she’s in Nantucket.)
Eating Good Food With My Family
Listening to Podcasts (I plan to do a whole other post on my favorite podcasts!)
That was a crazy long post, so I think I’ll stop here, but I’m thankful that we all have different hobbies, and I would love to learn about y’all. Ellie was actually the one who inspired this post when she texted me and asked me what my favorite hobbies are besides posting about and sharing about recovery.
Questions for you:
Do you like to travel?
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Where have you gone on your travels?
Baking or Cooking? Do you like one or the other or both?