“If you’re bored with life — you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals.”

Lou Holtz

This week’s topic is about goals and for me, this isn’t just business goals – it also includes my self-care and hobbies.

Over twenty years ago, I was interested in glasswork – both leadlight and mosaic.  I took some lessons for lead lighting and made a light shade.  I then purchased some equipment to use at home.  I attempted to work with this in the shed when the kids were little, however, it never worked out as I was too close to home.  They wanted to see what I was up too.  It was too dangerous to do whilst they were looking over my shoulder and it was too hot to lock myself in the shed!

When we moved to our new home, I decided that I would do mosaics and obtained a bowling ball as a project.  Well, that is also an unfinished item, but it sits in my garden and unless you were told – you may not know (although I do have a cheeky friend who likes to turn it the bald side out)!

Roll on the decades and I have decided to have another go.  I enrolled at a local venue with the plan to complete mosaic numbers for my house and the artist cut them for me prior to the first class.  I have successfully completed one of the numbers with mosaic and plan to grout it once the other number is ready.  Success at last and it is only week two!

I also enjoy the company of the other like-minded women at the group.  It is lovely to listen to their chatter and contribute if I wish too.  It is always great to see what other people are working on and see how creative they all are. 

I find that having a hobby or class that I can attend provides me with a new focus.  I have cheated a little bit and am using precut pieces, however, love the colours and have enjoyed the process so far.  It has been very therapeutic to sit still for hours each week and concentrate mindfully on my project.  My next piece will involve cutting the tiles and it will be great to get back into this after such a long break.

So, this had me wondering what you do for self-care or a hobby?  Is it time to take one up?  There are a variety of options available – from paid classes to community groups with little or no charge.  It is a great way of engaging with others and also provides self-satisfaction when you complete an item.