The Importance of Finding Your Hobby

What’s up everyone 😀

So I was writing my previous post today, How to Deal With Not Having a Routine as a Military Spouse, and as I was getting that out there I realized one of my points was so important it deserved its own blog post.

Because for me, that importance is blogging.

I go into a lot more detail of the backstory in that post, so I recommend heading over there for the backstory before you finish reading this one to get the full scenario.

With that, let’s get on with it!

I needed something to do with my time when I first moved here. The days were so boring and long, and at the time I wasn’t working at all. I was so disappointed because I wasn’t bringing in an income, and the feeling of uselessness consumed me. To put it simply, I was getting depressed.

I needed an outlet, but what could that be?

Well, when my husband was in basic training I used Pinterest to find every post about being a Military significant other and Military wife I could find. There are so many amazing bloggers out there. They helped me so much and as I was scrolling through Pinterest I realized that is what I wanted to do. Spread some of the knowledge of what I was experiencing.

I want to share more about where I got the idea for Faith, Love, and Camouflage and how I went about doing it, but I plan on saving that for my YouTube channel that I hope to get up and running by the middle of next month. So if you’re interested in that please subscribe to this blog and follow us on Twitter to get some more information on that! I am so excited to start sharing via video!

For me it was a win, win. I could build up to start making money, help others who are in the position I was in and get some sort of outlet during the day.

… and then it fizzled out

Alright, so I quit this blog for like a year. I didn’t have as many original ideas as I thought and nothing was building quick enough for me. I was too impatient and doing it for the wrong reasons.

Obviously, I am still pretty much starting out. I don’t have a lot of people here right now, and I’m okay with that. Of course, I hope this blog ends up growing. I hope that I can share the experiences I have and the mistakes I’ve made to help someone dealing with something that I’ve dealt with. But if I could help just one person, give one person a piece of advice, show one person what God has done for me, give one person a chuckle when I joke about the Military, then what I hope to accomplish is already done.

Blogs and YouTube videos have helped me so much. Why wouldn’t I want to share what I have figured out in my life and help someone the way others have helped me without even knowing it?

Although I’m new, I started blogging because I wanted to get my thoughts out there. I wanted to edit new cover photos for my posts. I wanted to have something to pass the time when work was slow. I wanted to feel that maybe my thoughts could help someone else. I wanted to free everything going on inside my head.

I wanted my own hobby.

Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader. I went to a gym that had nothing to do with my school or football games, and we trained to travel the country and compete. I adored it. It was my outlet. When school got hard, it was my escape. When things got too real at home, it was my safe haven. My home away from home. But then I turned 18 and it was over. I couldn’t keep going and get on an open team because of finances, and my one reprieve and personal time to push myself and grow was gone. I don’t think I ever really got over that.

After that, I dove face first into my college coursework. I loved that, too. Not as much as cheerleading, but I did truly love it. I loved the papers, the long hours of studying, learning as much as I could about criminology and (almost) anything else I learned in my classes. It gave me a feeling of purpose throughout the day. Something to work for.

Then I graduated. And that was over too.

By then, I was newly married and already moved to a new place. My husband worked long hours and I left my job behind. Luckily, I got that old job back when I realized how hard it was going to be to find full-time work as a Military Spouse that didn’t make me crazy. If you guys want to hear about that story I plan on doing a sit-down video and/or a blog post so please make sure you’re following me 😀

But this job was working from home, and to say I’m very slow some days would be the understatement of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I love my job a lot more when I have things to do.

That’s when I decided to hop on my old website. I knew the charge for the next year was coming, but something inside me told me not to cancel it. A little voice told me to get back on and write something. So I did.

And that’s how this mini-series was born. I can’t express how much joy it brings me to blog about my own journey, experiences, and advice to all of you. I have so much that I want to share with you all. I have so much time I want to spend writing and vlogging. And I can honestly say making money from this isn’t the point anymore. I just want to do something productive with my time. Something that makes me feel good throughout the day. Something that gets me in a good head space and out of my office for a while.

I strongly urge anyone who is in a bad headspace or going through a hard time to try to find something they genuinely enjoy doing. Something active like going to the gym,  yoga, hiking, swimming, or something you can do in comfy clothes while you cuddle with your furry friend like blogging, writing stories, playing video games, ANYTHING. 

Do something to pass the time. Do what you enjoy. Do what makes you the happiest. Don’t be afraid of what others might say or how they feel about it. If it makes you happy and isn’t causing harm to yourself or others, do it. 

It doesn’t matter what people around you are doing, if you’re not interested in it or it doesn’t make you happy, then go your own way. No one is wrong, you’re all correct. You’re all finding something that you enjoy. And if someone has a problem with that, they need to realize that you’re a different person than they are and check themselves.

That is something that I still struggle with. Only a handful of people I know personally know that this blog exists and that I want to start making YouTube videos. I would have a lot more views if I shared this on my personal social media sites, but I am also afraid of backlash or judgment about something I post. I make a conscious effort to be respectful of everyone in my life, whether they’re mentioned on this blog or not, but I have a funny feeling some of my friends might take offense to what I’m writing simply because they want to. Not because I meant to be offensive.

So truly, I am on this journey with every single one of you. Who would I be if I put advice on the internet for people to follow if I wasn’t honest with you? I am not perfect. I still battle my own demons but by blogging I am learning with each and every word what I want to change about my life, and how I plan to love myself for maybe the very first time in my 23 years.

And it all started off with an idea one day that I should start a blog like those Military Wives on Pinterest.

If you all want to stay on this journey with me please subscribe to our email list and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Pinterest! All of those links are on the Home Page!

 

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