How do you find time for hobbies?  Do you thing there are certain seasons in life for  hobbies?  Perhaps I’m just trying to fit a square peg in a round hole at this time in my life; I’m genuinely curious, though.  I want to know how in the heck people squeeze extracurriculars in.  Or are hobbies and extras the things that just add the extra craziness to our lives leaving us less time for quiet and contemplation? I have a few hobbies of my own and it is a constant struggle for balance, for instance:

I love photography, blogging and with a renewed interest in sewing there’s a whole lot to juggle.  Especially when my day goes like this (generally.  during the week.)

  • 5 a.m. wake up
  • 6 a.m. workout
  • 7-8:15 shower, dress, make lunches, breakfast, wake girls and out the door by 8:15
  • 8:30-5:30 work
  • 1-2 p.m. lunch, which is usually errands, read or Adoration if I am super lucky
  • 5:30 pick up girls
  • 6-7:30 Get dinner ready, wind down, miscellaneous stuff (fastest time of the day)
  • 7:30-9:30 kids showered, clean up and bed
  • 9:30 pass out and Repeat the next day

My blogging time generally comes in my morning quiet time, 15 minutes or so before and after the gym and on weekends.

My photos and editing are also on the weekends.

Sewing.  Weekends or maybe in between that dinner prep and serve time.

These are the things I enjoy doing; I can lose myself in them for hours (given the opportunity) and they bring me peace and satisfaction.  They also take me away from my family and doing the things that are necessary to keep my family healthy and happy.  It’s a balance.  Currently my approach is fit it in where I can and try not to sweat it. The days are gone where I’m willing to sacrifice sleep and I hung up my “supercape” long ago.

What about you?  So when do YOU fit in time for hobbies?  There is a time for everything, right?

Ecclesiastes 3 3:15

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every [a]event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

He has made everything [b]appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart,[c]yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is thegift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should [d]fear Him.15 That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

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