Many an article has been written about the importance of having a hobby that’s just for fun, not monetised and transformed into a side hustle. For ages, I maintained that this blog was that for me, but it was only true until it wasn’t. Despite its humble beginnings, Daisybutter is now a fully fledged little community of its own. Despite existing alongside my mainline career, it’s a side hustle that brings in an income of its own. And do I treat it as something entirely for fun? Not really. I spend hours upon hours dreaming up content schedules especially for my target reader, shooting photos set up especially for the occasion, writing posts that you’ll enjoy (as well as the ones that are purely for me!).
After I realised this, I desperately craved the feeling of having a good old-fashioned hobby to plug away at whenever I wasn’t writing for work or blogging for pleasure. First, rediscovering cross-stitch, which I adored in my early teens. I find it so soothing to cross-stitch and ‘watch’ Friends in the evenings, using my eyes for something that isn’t a screen. Then, a newfound love for cooking. Without a doubt, this is directly linked to deciding to go plant-based over a year ago. I absolutely love rustling up recipes from my mini library of cookbooks, and Sunday evenings spent meal-prepping are SO relaxing. And next, the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons piquing my old love of the Animal Crossing universe.
Having a little set of hobbies to sink into, especially during these historical times, has been blissful. In an age where the hustle is held in esteem and the instantaneous, frivolous fun of social media has almost surely been erased, it’s been so joyful to take a step back and lean into the things that make my soul sing. Tucking in to a bowlful of homemade curry, hanging new art, and evenings spent crafting my island of dreams; these are the cornerstones of lockdown life for me. And there’s also little to no pressure to share these things (although of course I’ve broken the fourth wall there…!), making it all the more sweet. To savour things just for yourself. There’s truly unbridled joy in the things we keep for ourselves.
What are some of your joy-inducing hobbies? And what are your thoughts on pulling back from sharing everything?