But there are other things I do. Here’s a few of them.
- I homeschool my kids. Like writing, this takes up another huge chunk of my time. There’s the time spent actively teaching them, time spent finding materials and resources, time spent planning lessons, and time spent ensuring that what we do consistently moves them forward. But I wouldn’t trade this for anything, because I know that my kids are getting a quality, well-rounded education that will serve them well in the future.
- I take online classes. I don’t take them for college credit; it’s purely for fun. I use various sources to either take classes or to simply access learning materials about various subjects. Most of them require a decent time commitment, anywhere from 2-10 hours a week. I love to learn new things, and I find that my enthusiasm for learning definitely rubs off on my kids. Besides, there are so many cool things out there that you can learn about, why not take advantage of the ability to learn about many of them for free online?
- I read, and then I read, and then I read some more. I’ve always been passionate about reading. I read a ton of fiction, but I also read nonfiction. I have several magazines that I subscribe to. If I’m not actively doing something else, such as writing or doing something with my kids, I’m usually reading. Even when the TV is on or the stereo is blasting, I usually have a book or my Kindle in hand – I’ve gotten very good at following the plot of a movie or TV show and the plot of a book.
- I watch TV or movies. There are some shows I watch consistently. When they’re not on, I often pop in a movie, or a DVD of an old show that I love, such as Saving Grace or Moonlighting (or 21 Jump Street – I love Johnny Depp!). Some of what I watch is just for entertainment, but there’s quite a bit that I watch on Discovery, Animal Planet, History, or Nat Geo that is very educational. It all depends on my mood (and whether or not I’m actually watching or doing something else while watching).
- I swim or hike. Where I live, summers are hot, brutally hot. There are many days around here that are so hot, the only way we can really spend any time outside is to be in the pool. During the cooler months (that really aren’t all that much cooler), I enjoy going for a gentle hike through the woods. We live in an area where there is plenty of forest to wander and enjoy, so we take advantage. Sometimes we meander just for the sheer fun of it, other times we use it as part of our homeschooling.
That’s not everything I do when I’m not writing, but these are what I do most often. They’re all fun (to me, anyway), free and for the most part, can be done anytime. The fact that they can be done almost anytime is key for me, because sometimes I only get to do some of them after my kids are in bed for the night!
What kind of hobbies do you enjoy when you’re not working?