First of all – thank you for the outpouring of support and positive vibes on yesterday’s announcement post! I’m excited too. The transition does not actually happen for one more month (October 1st) but I can feel the change in the air.
(This was probably one reason behind my planner unrest. LOLOL.)
On a tangentially-related note (because maybe I’ll have a little more time for hobbies?), I was inspired by Kelsey’s post earlier this week to think about how I might think about taking my own hobbies to the next level. Here go my pie-in-the-sky versions of these pursuits:
Not fitness per se (though running certainly contributes to that area) — but running and racing. I have really missed this part of my life, and you all know I’ve been getting back into it over the past several months.
I know that in my 40s, I have to be more careful with injury prevention AND energy management. BUT I feel like I have some decent racing years left. My biggest challenge is the urge to compare myself to my 30 year old self, but I am working on it!
Anyway, I want to make running a hobby I really lean into and enjoy. This might look like:
- Working with a coach, either through Runners Connect or perhaps Marathon Training Academy
- Thinking through a race calendar! I THINK I’d like to do a half this winter, 5K speed training summer 2023, and then — yep — Big Sur marathon in 2024. Maybe even with Josh. He is into the idea; we will see.
- Being more intentional with strength training and stretching etc to support running.
- Fitting in some longer runs on my more flexible weekdays
Yep, I definitely align with Kelsey here! Reading brings me so much joy, and I always know I am in a good ‘life place’ when I am reading regularly. Ideas for expanding this hobby and savoring it a bit more:
- Sharing book reviews in some regular way (Insta? blog? etc?)
- Continuing to grow our neighborhood book club! I’m so excited this exists even though we’ve only met once so far (next meeting is in Sept).
- Crafting seasonal lists and tracking my progress in my planner
- Bring back the Parenting Book Club. My Miami Beach BFF is on board with this as well. I really miss this!!!
- Going to the Miami Book Fair
- Joining a reading-focused Patreon (Anne Bogel or Laura Tremaine come to mind!)
Can travel be a hobby? I just know that I want to continue to do it, and do it in an intentional and fun way. I love planning out a year’s worth of trips and mini-retreats. Ways I might lean into travel a bit more would be:
- Planning more fun family itineraries, now that the kids are getting older and able to enjoy more things (well, at least in theory . . .)
- Create a bucket list of destinations, activities (ie: hike in White mountains), or restaurants and think about which might be priorities in the next 5 years
- Make sure I am maximizing rewards programs and ‘travel hacking’ to make the most out of points and loyalty benefits
- Think about tacking some fun activities onto my next work trip (Pediatric Endocrine Society is in San Diego in 2023, and I definitely want to go!)
Which hobbies do you want to lean into? Obviously, no one can do everything. But it’s fun to think about what the options are!