A hobby is an activity done regularly in our leisure time for pleasure. A habit is something we often do in a regular and repeated way. We consciously pursue hobbies, whereas a habit may be something we don’t even realize we are doing.
Changing bad habits to better ones, such as getting regular exercise, maintaining good posture, eating mostly plant-based foods, and drinking lots of filtered water, were life-changing for me. After I identified routines that were causing me health problems, I mindfully set about changing my path. It takes about two months to form a new habit.
The Tahari ASL winter white moto jacket was from an end of season sale last spring. (I had my eye on it for months!) Well-planned purchases are the only ones I make now. I want to enjoy my items often and for several years. The white tank and black pants are from 2018, as are the shoes.
My hobbies, including making boutique jewelry and blogging, changed my life.
In 1989, I started making fashion jewelry as a diversion from a soul-crushing job. Within a couple of years, I taught myself how to create, market, and promote my designs so that I was able to leave the job I hated. I earned a living pursuing my passion for the next ten years until my hands were no longer strong enough to keep up the pace. Since I had the industry’s connections and knowledge, I built a website and started selling supplies to other designers.
In 2019 I sold my jewelry supply business to turn my hobby of blogging into my full-time job. Earning a living doing what you enjoy most means your work never feels like an unpleasant chore.
I temporarily returned to my jewelry-making roots to create the earrings above as a lesson plan for Regina, the new owner of the company I started. The pierced/post earrings measure 44mm (about 1 3/4 inches) long. I’m giving them away on Friday to a randomly chosen winner from the comments below.
That’s my little sister and me with our Dad. He is balancing examples from his tobacco harvest during the late summer of 1962. The County Agent came by with his camera to record the tallest tobacco he had ever seen.
I’ve always been grateful that my life began on a farm in Western North Carolina. Watching my parents struggle through demanding situations taught me never to give up and never stop learning. The experience also showed me that changing your habits could alter your life. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, don’t expect a different result.
The start of this new decade is an excellent time to think about what makes us feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled. Let’s do more of that!