Looking towards 2021 I feel like we're going to have to work a little to find our "new normal." Like everything in life, there needs to be a balance. 2020 has tipped things a bit too far to one side and we need to make sure that moving forward the good outweighs the bad.
There are so many side effects that could arise from our experiences in 2020 that we've yet to anticipate. In order to keep the scales tipped in our favor we need to do what we can to make sure to include things in our lives that make us happy.
When we were kids we would ride our bike, color or draw, or maybe build things out of legos. These things took us to our happy place.
As adults hobbies are our happy place.
Our hobbies are take us to a small world that we've created for ourselves where we can relax and take a breather from our everyday lives. Here's the definition of hobby. Just look at all those words having to do with relaxation!
I've always had hobbies that I loved like quilting, digital scrapbooking, and photography. They've changed throughout my life, but there always seems to be times where if I hadn't included them in my routine for a while my husband would notice a change in my mood and ask something like, "Do you need to quilt something?"
This year more than ever, we need to find things that make us happy and purposefully go to that happy place that they create for us.
We need to balance out the world around us with the one that we create for ourself.
And, a hobby doesn't have to be creating something. It can be working on a puzzle (my new favorite past time combined with a good audio book), reading, or playing games with your dog! Anything that isn't a "have to" will work just fine. ;O)
I hope that you'll find and visit your happy place on a regular basis this year. I really feel we need this to not only be happy, but to be healthy as well.
Wishing you good health, lots of love, and tons and tons of happiness in the new year.