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post #41 of 48
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I've been at a work related conference for 4 days and it is the closest thing to a "vacation" that I've had since DD was born! (It helps that I like my work and there are a lot of interesting people at this conference.)

 

At the end of the day yesterday, I was "conferenced out"...I just couldn't talk to another person. So I treated myself to a solitary dinner.  Picture a homey little Italian restaurant with an old guy sitting on a stool by the door playing the accordion (no joke). I ordered a glass of wine and had the most amazing pasta with escarole & garlic. I read a magazine. It was AWESOME.

post #42 of 48

I work 40 hours a week on the 10pm-7am shift. I'm also a birth doula and a student midwife.

 

2-4 days a week, I take the kids to the Y and they play while I get to exercise. I also blog (in signature). 

post #43 of 48

I definitely do more than work and parent, though it is hard to find the time. But I try :)

 

- I love live music and, especially during the summer, have a few nights or weekends where I go with friends to see a show or festival

 

-yoga and the gym

 

-hiking/camping. Though ds is often involved and that's fine with me

 

-working with Tarot cards and related things

 

-reading and browsing bookstores

 

-animal rights and vegan-outreach

post #44 of 48
I was a SAHM up until my son was 20 months, and have been WOH full time for the past two months. Neither situation was particularly conducive to having hobbies for me-- as a SAHM I spent almost all of my waking hours caring for my kid with maybe an hour break while he napped, as a WOHM I spend almost all of my waking hours working or caring for my kid with an hour long lunch break. smile.gif

I am finding time to read again, squeezing it in during lunch or after bedtime. I didn't have the mental energy for that when I was at home. And I commute via bike, which is a hobby in a way.
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I was a SAHM up until my son was 20 months, and have been WOH full time for the past two months. Neither situation was particularly conducive to having hobbies for me-- as a SAHM I spent almost all of my waking hours caring for my kid with maybe an hour break while he napped, as a WOHM I spend almost all of my waking hours working or caring for my kid with an hour long lunch break. smile.gif

I am finding time to read again, squeezing it in during lunch or after bedtime. I didn't have the mental energy for that when I was at home. And I commute via bike, which is a hobby in a way.

 

Bicycle commuting is my "hobby" too! It is often the only time that I get to myself. And I really treasure that time. Plus the exercise has been great for me.

 

I treasure every minute that I can sit and read! Add a beverage, and I'm in heaven.

 

I do think that I appreciate those little moments waaayyy more now than I did before I became a mom.
 

 

post #46 of 48

DS is four years old and I am *finally* feeling like I have a semblance of a life.  I do work full time hours lately, but not 9-5.  For us, they key is BEDTIME!  He goes down at 7pm and wakes up at 6am.  The key to my sanity is a pretty rigid schedule:  dinner, put DS to bed, work out, respond to messages and set up social activities, then spend about 3 hours on school. I wake up at 4:30 am and exercise.  Really, school takes up 99% of my free time, but I make the most of that 1%.  I spend my free time cultivating friendships, stealing DH away for a quick overnight somewhere, etc.  I don't consider cooking, reading, or gardening as hobbies, since those are things DS and I do together, so it's more like our special time together. 

 

Early Saturday mornings are reserved for dates with friends (pedicures, running together, etc.).  I love making time for my friendships and feel like it's time well spent.

 

No matter what, once a week I take three hours away from schoolwork, working out, etc. to focus on learning something new.  Right now I'm taking a pottery class once a week. Last spring it was glassblowing.  When the potter wheel class is over, I'll move to printmaking.  I've been doing this for a year now and have tons of incredibly useless skills but lots of new acquaintances and a greater sense of self-fulfillment.  My shelves are littered with things like lopsided bowls and deflated glass orbs.  lol.gif

 

If you have younger children and are feeling lost, just give it time.  They are less demanding as they get older and you'll eventually find time for yourself.   Let go of your guilt about not spending every moment with your kids- you need time for yourself, too!

post #47 of 48

I have several hobbies: reading (which I can do while the guy is playing with his toys or napping), working out (his dad watches him early on weekend mornings so I can go to the gym or take a walk around the neighborhood), sewing (I do this every Sunday for while his naps), and scrapbooking (also done while he plays or naps) and shopping (I normally get my brothers to come over and babysit while I get out of the house for an hour or two on my own. 

 

I didn't get back into doing things for myself until the beginning of the year since it was all work and then home tending to the little one. You have to have something to decompress and remind you that you matter too. 

post #48 of 48

After work, besides cleaning, doing the laundry, cleaning up after the kids and pets, working on the house and yard, - (where do i stopnut.gif) I like to read books, take my kids to the park, go on picnics, and now i am adding going back to school to the list!  ------- Yes, I rockjammin.gifor am i just crazyduh.gif!

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