Well here I am! It’s been quite some time since my last post. I know! I know! Ugh time has a sneaky way of slipping right through my fingers. However, now I’m awake and ready to pay attention to what really matters.
So it’s been about 14 months since my return from living and teaching overseas in Abu Dhabi. I never thought I’d say this but I want to go back. Lol. Let me clarify. I don’t actually desire to go back to Abu Dhabi but I do miss the expat life. Specifically, the financial freedom that came along with the lifestyle. Having been pulled back into the rat race of life, I now recognize the hobbies I had in place which helped get me through the overseas experience. I seem to have lost touch with these activities which is why it’s become a top priority.
Hobbies afford you work life balance. I can’t help but notice all of the time I have invested into my job since my return to the USA. Mind you, yet and still there’s more work to do. It’s literally never ending. It’s beginnings to feel unhealthy. I wonder what it is that compels me to work so much and so hard? Why not invest this much time and energy into my own well being? Hell, the job ain’t going no where and if I were to leave this earth tomorrow someone else would come along and do the job. I’ve been mediocre about exercising my hobbies and as a result I’ve been going through the motions. Needless to say the motions haven’t felt meaningful.
I love quotes! They have a way of feeding the entire soul through one serving. I came across the quote below and had to speak on the importance of finding three hobbies you love. These three hobbies will by default ensure work/life balance.
In reflecting on my three hobbies, my work hobby seems to be taking up most of my time. Although I consider it a hobby, I need to practice the art of portion control. What is the hobby? INSPIRING YOUTH TO GROW AND SERVE ON PURPOSE.
The hobbies that keep me in shape include cycling, and the gym. I’ve been good about cycling due to the CITIBIKE program throughout Brooklyn. I actually cycle to work everyday. However, it isn’t a very long ride. I have been going to the gym inconsistently. A new planet fitness has opened up down the street from my house. I officially have no excuse. Lastly, I’d really like to get back into my yoga practice. It’s a bit pricey but I’ve seen a few free classes and introductory offers. Operation save a dollar on yoga is officially in effect.
The hobby that allows me to exercise my creativity is this blog. I’ve often used the excuse of being uninspired as to why I no longer write regularly. However, that’s no excuse especially since I live in NYC. I guess this is where I’m suppose to say the greatest city in the world. Eh. I’d beg to differ. NYC and I have a difficult relationship but it works for now. It’s a big city and often times I feel overstimulated by EVERYTHING that’s going on around me. The only time I find it easy to write is early in the AM at the gym. So my goal is to exercise two hobbies at once. Inshallah!
Folks, I invite you to stay connect to your three hobbies and if you have more than fantastic! Just be sure your investing equal time and/or energy into your MONEY HOBBY, SHAPE HOBBY, and CREATIVE HOBBY. :0)
This is my truth, my clarity. And so it is!