The Benefits of Having Hobbies

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Hobbies provide many benefits, including increased productivity in other aspects of your life, new friends, and even improvements in health. A hobby can also provide you with a break from a monotonous and stressful life. If you don’t have one, it might be a good time to consider taking one up.

Structure and Balance

A hobby helps you to structure your time by forcing you to spend it wisely. Knowing that
completing the task you’re working on frees up time for a hobby motivates your brain to work faster. Otherwise, without anything other than work to look forward to, your brain takes far longer to complete the same task. A hobby effectively boosts your time management skills. Schedule time for your hobby following work hours, and see if it makes a difference in your distractibility at work.

Having a hobby gives your life balance. When your only interests are your work and personal relationships (two aspects in life that tend to have ups and downs), you don’t have anything that gives you unfailing pleasure and stress reduction.

“Hobbies provide you with pride independent of the ups-and- downs that define your career and your interactions with loved ones,” says Business Insider. A hobby helps you prioritize a work- life balance.

Dreams and Friendships

While you may have once dreamed of becoming a famous actor, you’re probably not starring in the next Hollywood film. Hobbies allow you to pursue your passion in a more realistic setting.
Most people don’t end up working in their dream careers of acting, music, art, or sports. Having a good job doing something you like is great, but you probably still have that itch for your dream, and a hobby allows you to continue pursuing your dream on the side, whether it’s through a weekend improv group or a club sport.

Participating in a hobby gives you an opportunity to meet new people. Making a friend while participating in your hobby means you’re bonding over a shared interest. One study showed that we actually form friendships mainly because we have shared interests with individuals. Friends benefit your life in multiple ways – they help you live a longer and healthier life, help keep your mind sharp, and help you cope with life’s ups and downs.

Health

Maintaining a hobby helps to keep you healthy. Obviously, some hobbies provide physical activity, such as gardening and sports, but all hobbies exercise your brain, which boosts memory and cognitive abilities. Hobbies also combat stress, especially job-related stress. One study revealed that people with creative hobbies recover better from the demands of their jobs.
In fact, the researchers suggested that organizations should encourage their employees to participate in creative activities.

Stress wreaks havoc on your workplace productivity and is one of the biggest causes of lost productivity in the United States, costing companies more than $300 million every year. Even worse, stress also negatively affects your overall health. It can lead to headaches, fatigue, upset stomach, as well as issues with appetite and sleep. Stress can also lead to anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. If left unchecked, stress and its many side effects can contribute to other health issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Schedule time for your hobby following work hours and see if it makes a difference in your distractibility at work. You’ll also benefit from its stress-relieving capabilities, and you may even meet a new friend. If you don’t already have a hobby or interest, just try out something new.
You’ll never know if you enjoy baking or pottery unless you give it a try.

Article contribute by: Maria Cannon
Ms. Cannon believes we’re never too young to dedicate ourselves to a hobby. She created HobbyJr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love.

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Sunset Family Livings’ 2015 Spring NICU Challenge!

Sunset Family Living has hosted winter NICU Challenges before (I’ve participated in two of them) but this is the first time that they have hosted on in the spring!

Like the other challenges, they ask you to agree to make a minimum of 10 NICU hats to donate to your local NICU/Hospital/Birthing Center. In exchange for that promise they have 10 different hat patterns from 10 different awesome designers to give you! Please click the image above to go to their site and sign up! I will be signing up for this event and will be posting the hats as I make them!

You can find the info about how to enter on their blog here: Sunset Family Living: 2015 Spring NICU Challenge

Please feel free to share your completed hats on here as well! I can’t wait to see all of the hats that are created!

Get Any One Pattern Free from Melody’s Makings!

My friend Melody is generously giving everyone One Free Pattern of their choice for the next 36-ish hours in her Ravelry shop! She has some adorable Knit and Crochet items in her shop too! I will tell you… it was hard for me to pick just one!

 

After flipping through her Ravelry shop a few times I finally decided to pick the Entrelac Basket Knitting Pattern. I mean who wouldn’t choose this pattern? It looks so fun/cute with that little baby on it! Belly Beautiful Portraits took the most perfect picture for this piece! Please be sure to check out their website as well (link below)!

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Melody’s Makings:

Website: http://melodys-makings.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings
Ravelry Shop: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/melody-rogers

Belly Beautiful Portraits:

Website: www.bellybeautifulportraits.com

 

Back at it… again!

Hello everyone! I am proud to say that I am back at it! This time I am hoping to be able to stick with my blog. Since the last time I posted I have made a lot of things that I wish that I could have shared with you all! So, from here on out I will be posted the new items that I have been working on! 🙂

I’ll catch everyone up with what we have all been up to! I have been crocheting, designing and working on teaching myself how to knit when I have free time. I am now the organizer of a mommy group here in Irvine so, I am very active in that. My oldest has been in dance for the past couple of months. She loves it, and is just super cute to watch dance around with her little friends. The little one has been getting so big, so fast! She is no longer my little baby and is fast approaching two! Crazy!
I have been working on a lot of things, both in real time and in my head. hehehe My desk is forever a huge mess of work-in-progresses with more waiting to be worked on. I am hoping to add a big to-do project to the list this weekend! My friend Loren (from Pandora’s Craft Box) will be going thrift store shopping with me this weekend!  Can’t wait!!

Welcome to Crafting Mommy of Two’s blog!

Here I am trying to start a blog again. Some of you might be wondering why I have started, yet again, another blog. Well, the simple thing is that I haven’t found one that I like yet.

So, here I am giving wordpress a try. I will be working on setting everything up over the next day or two. But for now I want to say thank you for stopping by!

For those of you that are wondering, I am a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful little girls. My oldest is going to be 3 at the end of summer and my youngest just turned 1 last month. My husband works full time so, when he is gone I spend my time with the girls and doing anything crafting when I get a spare moment here and there.

Because of my love for crafts, I started up an Etsy Shop a little less then a year ago. Here you can find a lot of my crafting things, mostly photo props. You can check out the shop here… Crafting Mommy of Two’s Shop

I think that is enough sharing for now. I’ll stop by again later!

Good Night!

Robin