What Are Your Hobbies/ past Times?

Updated on December 04, 2011
K.M. asks from Los Gatos, CA
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Just wondering what hobbies you ladies have?
I am trying to take care of myself a bit and figured that investing time in a hobby would help me keep my mind a bit sane (I'm in a verbally abusive marriage...) I have never really had any hobbies/ past times. When I was little my parents didn't have money to send me to lessons, in my 20s I was workaholic, now I dedicate every minute of my life to my 2 young kids. I'm trying to get my life back together. What hobbies do you enjoy? I live in California if that helps with ideas of things to do.
thanks for any ideas


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answers from Reno on

I read a LOT, and I love movies. My husband has to go to bed early, so occasionally I will take myself to a movie. I do community theater (both acting and technical work). For most of my life, photography was a hobby, but now I get paid for it. I also write a blog. Kudos to you for trying to find what interests you! Best wishes!

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answers from Los Angeles on

First of all, let me say that I am sorry you have a verbally abusive husband.
Before I had kids, I would tell you to divorce him but now that I have kids of my own & almost got divorced, I think a little bit more about what I am willing do/give up.
Of course, if it's harmful for the kids, I say get out. The problem is.......in most 50 states the ex gets the kids 50/50. That is worrisome in a lot of cases. So if he's good to the kids, I understand.
Hobbies? There are a bazillion things for you to do. It all depends upon your interests: what YOU like to do.
You could:
walk the great outdoors (be safe)
paint on canvas
make your own greeting cards
go to garage sales (don't p/u junk & have a limit)
put together a scrap book of your life (for your kids)
do a little geneology (sp?) background check on your family just for fun
have a garage sale
make a photo collage
lk @ Michael's craft store for a class
study a new language
re-decorate (move things around) your home w/o spending $
write a newsletter for your family regarding the fun things you & your kids
have a picnic
take your kids to the park

I like to:
use my treadmill
meet w/a girlfriend for dinner once in a blue moon
continuously try to de-clutter my home. ;)
I try to learn a new language
watch my few fave tv shows

Try everything honey & have fun. Enjoy your life! :)

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answers from Appleton on

Martial Arts--really I'm a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You and the kids could take lessons together and move up the belt ranks. Daddy will go to testings and when he sees that Mommy can break boards he might learn to curb his mouth. Marial Arts will also help with self esteem and self confidence and maybe help you find a way out of this marriage.

I also sew and crochet.

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answers from Seattle on

HUGS to you!!!

((Me too, with the whole abusive marriage thing. 2 years ago this fall I said 'Screw it! I'm going to start doing things that make ME happy!'. Not that I didn't before... but you know how easy it is to have your entire life become about keeping HIM happy so he's not such a prick, and the rest of the time is kids and house and responsibilities and balance/happiness is so far out the window as to be in the middle of the street hit by one car after the next. WHATEVER it is you choose to do... make sure it's all about you. If you can bring the kids and have fun, great (like my son and I snowboard, but we started when he was 7, so it's not like I had to be constantly hovering/minding. And if he didn't like it -our first year- I was totally prepped to still go on my own. He LOVES it, which makes it nice. We have something we can do together that's not me watching him do something, but both of us doing something)... but my point is to make it about you. Not him or them. Something purely your own. Something that makes YOU happy, instead of having to be concerned about other people's happiness 100% of the time.)).

PERSONALLY (And know I started with ONE thing 2 years ago -snowboarding, this will be my 3rd winter in the snow), and now I have this really rich and varied mental/physical life):

I just started shooting again. (firearms, haven't since I got married - aka 10 years ago)



Snowboarding (winter). When I lived in SoCal I surfed. Up here, one needs a drysuit. Nope. Uh-uh. Not gonna do it.

Swimming/Sailing (summertime)

Feeding the Elephant's child. (aka learning. I homeschool, and I'm IN school... so both require quite a lot of research/work... it's different when it's just learning for fun, or because it's something I've always wanted to do. Like right now, I'm learning Arabic and Latin. And studying forgeries and art crime. And all about pistols -see #1. And whatever else catches my fancy. For 5 minutes, 5 hours, or 5 months. Fun fun.)

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answers from Dallas on

I work with kids, so kid crafts are so fun! Look on pinterest.com for some fun ideas.
For me, I scrapbook, garden, do household crafts, and the tomboy side of me loves to play video games. I could spend an entire day playing the wii and not even realize it. :)
I wish you the best!

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answers from Sacramento on

I am in a city chamber choir. I love it! Every Tuesday night we have a 2.5 hour rehearsal, and we put on a few concerts through thr year. It is my stress relief for the week :-)

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answers from St. Louis on

scrapbook....I'm 49 & I'm working my way thru both of my parent's lives, my life, my sons.....& the list goes on & on! It's a very time-consuming process. Organization is key!

Last night, I took a fused glass jewelry class. LOVED it! Made 10 pendants for Christmas gifts.....well, that's if they make it thru the kiln. I'll know more next week when I go back to attach the brackets & pick out the chains/cords for the necklaces.

& I read like a crazy lady....:)

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answers from Dallas on

Excercise is the hobby that I get the most out of. It's a great stress reliever and makes me feel more powerful and assertive.

I love to cook

I also make a hobby out of entertaining my kids for cheap. I love to find free or cheap activities for the family. It's great fun to find a free concert, pack a lunch and take the kids and da. I make a game of finding the best, coolest, cheapest entertainment. Just a little internet searching and planning but it gives me something to do and something to look forward to and fills my scrapbooks with great pictures.



answers from Minneapolis on

I love to read, crochet, sew & scrapbook.



answers from San Francisco on

I collected rocks and shells from the Mendocino coast. Whenever we went out, we "camped" in the back of my jeep (me and two small boys). Me and the boys have the best memories of CA (having just moved to Idaho). Also, reading. You can really get educated about your marriage and his problems. or use it purely as an escape. I know it sounds kooky, but romance novels can really take you away. Any type of novel, really.



answers from Los Angeles on

Personally I enjoy sewing: home decorations and clothing. It makes me concentrate specifically on what I am trying to create since its so exacting.
Your other sentence worries me..verbally abusive marriage. I doubt any hobby will take your mind off of that. I live in Cali also and as you probably know there is a therapist on every corner. Maybe find one you like and talk to them? Gets you out of the house, gives you a place to vent, helps you evaluate the realistic options for change given your personal situation. If you are religious, lots of churches have groups meetings for marital issues and you may meet some women in your same situation who may be of support and encouragement to you. This may be much better for you than a hobby. Contact me privately if you wish. I am more than willing to lend you a supportive ear. As always, YMMV, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.



answers from New York on

1000 piece puzzles (believe it or not, very relaxing)
golf (where I live there is only one, and it's not very well taken care of) it's been about 2 years since I've been on the course, but I miss a lot.
I want to learn to sew and knit, and have my ow veggie garden.
be well



answers from Houston on

Reading. I can read anything and everything. Historical romances to political thrillers to biographies.

I like to scrapbook only b/c I get to look at pictures of all the people I love and all the fun and memorable things we've done. But my scrapbooking is basically trimming a picture, slapping it on a scrapbook page, writing pertinent info on it, and maybe slapping a few stickers on the page. I don't do any of that fancy paper and artwork and embellishments unless its a extra special or memorable occassion.

I love to work in my flower garden. Its very therapeutic for me to dig my hands in the dirt, pick out leaves and fluff the mulch.

I workout too. I guess that's a hobby. I try to do an hour in the morning and an hour at night. I sleep better, that's for sure.

gl to you. Hope things get bettter once you find your interest.



answers from New York on

I cross stitch a lot. I cook and bake, I occasionally crochet, I read a lot (and belong to a book club) and enjoy going to craft fairs and the theater. I also cross country ski but I don't imagine people do much of that in Cali.

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