This is the third article in the Editing Life series.
I love my hobbies. Creativity is second nature to me, and I would spend my days drawing, sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, doing calligraphy, spinning and writing if I could. Unfortunately, I can’t. I have financial and family obligations that preclude my full-time participation in hobbies.
So that leaves a limited amount of time to do hobbies. And my commitments limit that amount of time even further.
The way I edit my hobbies is to look at the hobby as a whole, and then to look at outstanding projects.
The Hobby List
Right now, I have the following hobbies:
Well, I am over crocheting. Too many big projects have burnt me out, so that needs to be put on hold for a while. I’ve decided I really don’t care for quilting, so that needs to go – permanently. Watercolors are fun every now and then, but not something I want to focus on. Same with calligraphy. I like needlework, but it is not particularly portable and requires setup. Same with scrapbooking.
So that gets rid of some forms of hobbies, preventing me from starting new projects in those arenas. Now let’s look at my outstanding projects:
UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
- Smokey mountain cats
- Entrelac scarf
- The Quilt
I’m proud that I only have three unfinished projects on the list. I’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and finished up projects that have been languishing for years (literally). In the next two weeks I will finish the quilt, or I will send it to my friend who does quilts as a side business. That will leave me with one long-term project (the cats) and my portable project (the scarf).
That’s not to say I don’t have projects queued…
Putting some of these hobbies on hold really gives me some breathing room. And finding my UFO list so short is actually gave me a happy boost to see it.
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