I have a serious problem. I’m a bit of a workaholic. To be honest, I have a hard time relaxing if there’s work to be done. Everyone keeps telling me I need a hobby but how can I make time for a hobby when there’s so much to do?
Sometimes you need a hobby
Now look, I’m not no fun. I do have hobbies. I play video games sometimes and there’s a few new ones coming out I’m dying to play. Like the new Pokémon, which my almost 12 year old will take great joy in trying to get me to give her all my rares.
While playing video games and binge watching TV is fun I don’t really have any hobbies that get me out of the house or have me doing anything meaningful. I debated taking up knitting. I like photography well enough. But I still struggle hard with spending my time on something unproductive financially that I’m not doing with my family. After all, I never feel like I get enough time for them.
Even though I like those things, I would never knit things to sell or be a professional photographer, so those hobbies really aren’t that interesting to me.
Psst I did write a post about free hobbies, you might want to check that out if you don’t want to spend any money.
Why I need a hobby
I only have my kids half of the time, a situation that devastates me every week when they’re gone. There’s nothing I can really do about it, unfortunately, but I have looked for advice on how to cope. Everyone tells me the same thing: you need a hobby that’s not working!
One that gets you out of the house and interacting with people.
Blogging is one of my hobbies
But it doesn’t really fit the criteria of “getting out there”. Sure, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting online with other bloggers but it’s not the same as being out and about, face to face. I do write for me, and it’s very therapeutic, but the work involved in promoting isn’t that fun at all. (Which is why I don’t do it that much, ha.)
So what kind of hobbies should I do?
Money is tight. A friend invited me to an exercise class and I just struggle with the idea of forking that money over for an hour long session. After all, I work out to YouTube videos for free. Speaking of, I better get on that this morning…
I thought about dance since I used to love it when I was younger (I even worked at a dance studio when my oldest was a baby) but I don’t really want the commitment right now.
So what hobby did I decide on?
Well a friend of mine sent me a message the other day asking if I wanted to sell Tupperware. At first I was like, seriously, I’m way too busy for that. But then the Costco bag of sugar fell on the floor and made a mess. And the flour bag is sitting there leaking. Not to mention all the rolled up, spilling bags of snacks for the kids.
We’re building a pantry and I want it organized.
Then last weekend we went to a BBQ with friends. I have ONE Tupperware bowl that I bought at a garage sale that has no lid. How embarrassing to bring that one over! And my favourite Tupperware spatula has a split. Ugh.
So I thought to myself “you know what, this might just be the hobby I’m looking for.
A bit of back story
I actually used to sell Tupperware years ago, back when we lived in Alberta. My ex wasn’t supportive of it at all because he wasn’t too keen on watching the kids, but I had fun. I was also a manager with a few people under me and made OK money.
When we moved to Manitoba I didn’t know anyone and decided to close my business.
Why I chose Tupperware as a hobby
Even though it’s marketed as a business opportunity, for me it’s a hobby. I will most likely use the profits to buy myself more Tupperware, which granted is a win-win. It will get me out of the house and interacting with people but without the guilt of not doing anything productive!
I also like that I can book parties around my schedule, and when I have the kids, so it’s not going to interfere with my life.
I’m still working!
This is truly an “extra” for me. A fun way to earn some extra money. Maybe I’ll earn a few bucks for Christmas gifts? But really, I still have my freelance work that takes up a lot of my time. I love being busy and earning a good living from home though.
Just like anything else, I also try not to let hobbies and work interfere with my homemaking and prioritize my family as much as I can. After all, they’re the reason I do any of this.