As I walked through my house deciding what should go next, I realized, had a stranger gone through my house, they would assume, I have A LOT of hobbies. They would believe I...
Ask What Are My Real Hobbies?
I then realized that I was probably never going to get to ninety percent of the craft supplies I had lying around. I felt guilt about unfinished blankets, half painted items, unused workout videos, and scrapbook pictures I just didn't have time to get to.
I took a good look at my life, and was realistic for the first time in my life. What hobbies do I really do?
That is my passion. No matter how busy I get, I write. I want to destress, I write. I am feeling creative, I write. I am bored, I write. All of the rest, were just things I had because I have this image of Susie homemaker, and I am not her.
I painted because my Aunt Kathy whom I adored painted. I crocheted, because a friend in college loved it. I painted ceramics as a child. I loved scrapbooking, but now prefer the digital format.
I decided to keep three sets of craft items. My kid's craft stuff because I teach Sunday school, babysit, and have my own kids. I kept my journals, because getting rid of my journals felt like I am getting rid of a part of myself. Finally, my embroidery stuff, because of all the crafty things, that was the one I turn to most.
That left me with a lot of craft items that I needed to find a new home for. What better way to get rid of them, then to give them to my friends.
Meeting with Old Friends
Getting rid of them was probably the most fun part. It gave me an excuse to have coffee with a friend who I missed and gave some of my paint supplies to. I met with a neighbor who I wanted to get to know better who loves to scrapbook. I gave my yarn to a dear friend who loves to crochet and in return she is making me a blanket - a blanket that I wanted to make, but don't have the ability or time to do so. I blessed a good friend who is going to be a teacher with craft items, I will not be using, but she could. I still have a box of painting supplies and searching for a time to meet with my lifelong friend who has five kids and barely time to sit, but loves to paint as a family. I feel so good to bless my friends with supplies of their own passion.
The remainder I sold at a garage sale.
Finding Time for What You Really Enjoy
Do I regret giving away any of the items? No, and I sincerely doubt I will. There was a freedom of saying, I am not going to finish that blanket. There was a part of me who always knew that I would never finish it. There were mistakes I needed to correct, and yet when I opened my closet and saw it sitting on my shelf, I felt guilt.
I also found that by ridding my life of all those extra things, it caused me to focus on the supplies I had left. I felt more creative by knowing exactly the items I had, which helped direct craft time at church. I also found some great items that I will use with the kids I babysit, that I would not have found, had I not tried to get rid of the extra items. I realized that my free time will be more intentional having only a few hobbies, rather than more than a half a dozen.
Angela Michelle Schultz
I am abnegating my possessions for the sake of the good things in my life like my church, my husband, my daughters, my family, my friends, and my writing. I am learning the joy of having more time and money for what matters by removing the stuff that doesn't.