Do You Have a Hobby or Activity?

Updated on May 24, 2013
L.G. asks from Pasadena, CA
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I've been a SAHM for nearly 1 year. I feel like I want to do something, a hobby, for ME. Something that I can call my own, look forward to and help me branch out. What activities, hobbies, or businesses do you partake in when you aren't on mom and wife duty?

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answers from Houston on

Taking care of the HOUSE, and all that encompasses it. That makes me feel good at the end of the day. Knowing everyone under this roof is taken care of.

I do like cars/trucks/motorcycles, so that level of interest keeps me busy 'dreaming'.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I started making stained glass windows years ago...the last few years I have been making mosaics. My hobby has led to my art being in a gallery😊. I am planning on selling my work at my first art show this summer.

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answers from Amarillo on

My get away is sewing. It calms me down and gives me a chance to think on things. I even took a sewing machine to the hospital when hubby was in battling for his life on two different occasions. The hospital room became my personal sewing room. Hubby was in the bed and surrounded by his equipment and me with my machine and fabric. He said it made him feel at home and safe.

I am now venturing out and doing a business in children's items. It will be a year or more before I have it tweaked the way I want it. But it will be all mine. They call them niches now days.

Good luck on your search.

the other S.

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answers from Columbia on

I love volleyball. I'm not great at it, but I hold my own on the court.

I also read. A lot.

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answers from Chicago on

I read mamapedia, and I read a lot of books. I also like to cook and garden.

I like to drink and chat with hubby too.

When the kids are older, I'm going to learn how to play the cello.

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answers from Seattle on

I read a lot, everything from romance to mystery, to biographies (those are my favorites) to history to anything about other culture. As a spinoff to that, and because I am an early childhood educator, I collect quality children's literature, preferably originals, or older versions of children's classics. I also collect quality children's books from other cultures to share with children I work with.

You can check your local library for book clubs, if that interests you.

I knit too. There is a children's hospital in Seattle and I sometimes knit simple hats or blankets for the patients there, and they seem to appreciate it. If you'd like to do this, many local yarn stores and Michael's or JoAnn's Fabrics have classes to get you started.

Do you like gardening? I do, and I've even joined a gardening club through a local nursery. We meet once a month to talk about various plants, both local and national, and whatever gardening issues we have with our own gardens.

I also scrapbook a lot too, and I put just about everything in from my garden and gardening club, my book club, my it.y hospital work, and time with friends. It really gives me a creative outlet and I enjoy

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can take a look at whatever you truly enjoy and expand on it. Do you like to cook? Take some classes, or teach someone else to cook. Do you like to sing? Find a voice coach to give you some direction. Everyone has a talent of some kind, it's just an issue of finding what you're passion about, or what you want to learn!

Use your local resources to give you a jump start like the library, community center, community college, etc.

Hope this helps, and good luck in whatever direction you go.

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answers from Denver on

I play tennis. I am addicted. I've made my kids and husband start tennis, too. Turns out, they're not bad. My dream is to play tennis with my adult children someday. A family activity that we can do for years and years, but a fun outlet for me to occasionally escape being mom/wife, too.

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answers from Las Vegas on

I joined a (low-key) bowling league. I also like to read and cross stitch.



answers from Dallas on

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, doing puzzles and baking. I also love to scrapbook but I tend to do that in spurts! Another new interest for me in genealogy and so I am doing a lot of on line searching!



answers from Rochester on

I have way too many hobbies...but my main ones are:
gardening...even though I am bad at it
Reading...even though it takes me a long time to read a book
working out...even though I don't do it everyday
and dance class once a week



answers from Detroit on

my husband thinks I need a hobby. cracks me up... after 8 oclock the kids are in bed.. I have 2 hours to take a nice hot the newspaper or some other minor chore.. sometimes I just sit there and play a game on my phone..

my kids think that laundry is my hobby.



answers from Boston on

I love to scrapbook. It documents my life and memories...mainly of my children at this point (haha!). Then they will have these memories when they are older. It's a great hobby you can do in spurts and you pick it and put down as needed. I also go on 2 weekend retreats a year to focus more intensely on my albums.

I have also recently begun taking tennis lessons and loving it. Many people know how to play and it's a great workout. HTH



answers from Minneapolis on

I enter sweepstakes on-line, because I love any and all opportunities to travel. And I run when I can keep myself injury free. I like to run 5K races around town. Last summer I tried train for a 10 mile, but I over-trained and got hurt before the race. Eventually I WILL work up to one of the races at Disneyworld. Because I love all things Disney, and I try to get there as often as possible. I'm on a mission to prove DH wrong that I can gain enough strength to make it happen in 2014.


answers from Knoxville on

Reading by far is my favorite. It's like an escape from my day to day life.
Other than that I garden, crochet, bead and love a good nap!
One of these days when my kids are at the age when they don't want to hang with Mom, I am going to buy a potters wheel and kiln and go back to what I love almost as much as my kids and more than my job. Wayyyy more. :)
Being an art teacher I also like to learn about arts and crafts that I don't know as much about, then try them and see if I can adapt them to my job.



answers from Las Vegas on

Reading, running and biking are my main hobbies I do by myself. Think about what you like and take it from there. Try a few things, join a group, if you don't like it, try something different.



answers from Seattle on

I read, cook/bake, engage in debate, write poetry, gaming and do research.


answers from Los Angeles on

I love to read, and I play on an adult co-ed softball team (beer league, Ha!) with the hubby in the spring, husband & I also go out to our local pub up the street about twice a month for 'trivia night' (which we have won a few times!),and then I am big on flower arranging (love buying flowers and making arrangements for my house as well as my sister's house) and walking my big bad dog-granted this is exercise but it's my 'alone time' so I totally count it as a hobby!



answers from Raleigh on

I love to read and garden. I also love to play piano, sing, and compose songs. Lately, that just brings my kids into the room to bang on the piano with me, so that's a truly alone time thing now. I have a lot of hobbies I would like to pick up- like jewelry making and joining a book club. I work full time so hobbies take a far, way back seat. One day I hope to get back to devoting more time to doing the things I love and picking up some new ones.



answers from Los Angeles on

Book club
Working out at the gym (1-2 days a week)
Walking (all my myself to clear my head)
Golf lessons (haven't done this in awhile but......)
Watching the cooking channel & making something new
Going shopping by myself for an hour once every 2 or 3 weeks :)
Once in a blue moon I will arrange to meet a girlfriend for dinner when
hubby is home to watch the little or for lunch on a weekend


answers from Santa Fe on

Oh so many! I garden, run, bike (road bike and mountain bike), rock climb, ski, lead hikes for our local environmental center plus volunteer there occassionaly, make and glaze tiles and make tile murals (and sell them at a store in town), sometimes do other art (I wish I had more time), and about twice a year volunteer doing wildlife research (field work for a day...wish I could do more of this). And read.



answers from Colorado Springs on

There are so very many things to do!! We homeschool so a lot of my time is spent researching new & fun things to do that happen to include some sort of learning opportunity. Other than that I like to...
woodwork using the scrollsaw
refab items
and I'm a distributor for It Works!

Hope you find something that you enjoy doing!

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