October 9, 2015
Tension dial, presser foot, needle plate cover, oh my! I don’t know what you all received for Christmas this year, but I am now the proud owner of a Singer sewing machine. I, along with a good portion of the population, am starting a new hobby this year. But as I sat down to read the user manual and get my machine all ready to go, I got really overwhelmed, and this so-called “hobby” started to feel like a lot of work.
As life continues to get busier and busier, we forget to take time to start new hobbies or explore new interests. Combine that with all the inspirational social posts telling us to “do what you love for a living,” and all of a sudden, if you don’t turn something you enjoy during your down time into a successful career, you can begin to feel stress. We forget that we don’t have to treat our hobbies like a full-time job, and that it’s ok for a hobby to merely be an escape for our normal everyday routines. Taking time to learn how to sew a pillow doesn’t have to become a business venture. Let’s face it, what I sew will most likely not be walking down the runway at the next NYFW, because a new pastime doesn’t have to end up on Kickstarter.
As I embark on this new adventure, I’m of course excited about the gratification I will feel when I complete my first throw pillow, but I’m equally excited to take a class and meet some new people, discover a new way to express creativity and even find a new outlet for relieving the stresses of everyday life.