I have always been heavily engaged in a variety of hobbies. But they have changed drastically over the years! I used to play guitar. I don't know what happened, exactly, but I completely lost interest in that and writing fiction at once (I have a really flat online voice so this might be surprising that I used to write constantly...). Like I woke up one day and just didn't have any inspiration for those things anymore. It really messed with me, because both, especially writing, had been so integral to my life since I was in elementary school. I used to do nothing but write or guitar or listen to music while taking walks. I have a deep appreciation for silence now. For several years afterward I would try to force myself to do it, because it felt like I wasn't me without those things, but I began really resenting them, like it was a chore. A couple of years ago I finally let go and accepted that I'm not the same person I was. I still listen to music, but not with the same zest I used to, and the styles I appreciate are very different now. Although I still lend some talents to my husband's band (less than I would actually like, though, because I have limited time and it's less important than other things I enjoy with my free time. It's not guitar either, it's vocals).
Not to say I haven't been creative. I was sewing a lot around that time and developed a deep love of gardening, hiking, and that's around the time I began opening up to witchcraft in my life. I don't read as voraciously as I used to, but when I find the right book I plow through it in a day or two, still. Every once in awhile I paint, but I've never had the patience for it to develop any real skill level, but sometimes I get a relatively simple image in my mind and I manage to execute it relatively well on a canvas. I wish it happened more often because I do have a distinct style and on the rare occasion I do it, other people seem to like it, too. But I never want it to feel like a chore. It's the only artistic expression I really feel when I have an idea anymore. I crochet, too, but for some reason I don't feel like I consider it one of my hobbies? It's more something I do with my hands that has a practical purpose and helps me justify TV when I feel like binge watching something, haha. I never used to watch TV or movies, either, and I occasionally do both now.
I like cooking. I taught myself in my early 20s and I'm pretty damn good now in my 30s. Baking is hit or miss. I hate the clean up enough to only cook once or twice a week...but usually in bulk so there are leftovers.
I've always had some level of interest in fashion, although not street trendy or high fashion. Random fashion? I don't know how to describe it. I like style in general, and when I see good style on someone I appreciate it. I have been revamping my own style lately, it's more subdued than it used to be but still feels very "me" but more refined, and still inexpensive. I live in a not terribly exciting part of the country so it really sticks out here whenever someone goes the extra mile on their outfits. I got pretty good with dramatic and artistic makeup, but now that age is changing my face it's like relearning all over. I don't know if I have as much patience for new techniques as I used to! I'm also an enormous architecture and interior design buff.
I enjoy wine...and beer...not so much liquor. I may as well consider it a hobby because there's nothing like a long ass soak in the tub with a beverage in winter. Definitely been a favorite "pastime."
Once I find the time, I want to make candles and lotions. I'm considering beekeeping, since we are in the market to buy a home soon and a lot of the homes we like have heavily shaded yards, which knocks the wind out of my sails for gardening the way I like. So, wax, honey and hopefully helping to save some bees.
Edited by Madame, 12 December 2016 - 05:05 AM.