Isn’t it just amazing how some people manage to turn their hobby into their profession?
Honestly it makes me quite jealous at times. Then again, what if your hobbies are of the kind that would never generate a lucrative income? Or you have so many different interests that you wouldn’t really know which direction to go, if you’d want to aim for a professional career.
Of course it also depends greatly on the type of hobby.
Some activities are purely designed for relaxation purposes and shouldn’t be thought of as work at all.
In the end a hobby is supposed to be enjoyed, otherwise, why do it at all, right?
For me personally hobbies are a tricky thing.
There are so many different things I’d like to do, new things I’d like to learn, interests I’d like to explore. Narrowing it down to only a handful provides already the first really big challenge.
The second and probably even greater factor is time⏰.
Between working full-time and managing a family household (you can read up on more details about that here) there is very little room left for anything else.
So how does one manage to incorporate non-work-related activities into such a busy life?
It all comes down to planning, the proper scheduling and of course thinking a bit outside the box.
I work mostly evenings and nights, due to my profession as a bartender. Like many of you that work Monday through Friday from nine to five can imagine, weekends are the busiest in my line of work. When I am at home, I like to procrastinate, relax and spend time with the kids.
After I have slept through the whole morning and into the afternoon.
The thoughts of wanting to go to the gym, jogging in the park or taking a hike through the forest rarely cross my mind at that point.
On the other hand, my job has the advantage that I am constantly physically active and don’t really need to pursue activities that are focused on fitness and exercise.
The downside is that the working hours don’t fit into a daytime oriented society. Things like going to the bank or even just to the hair dresser often come with the sacrifice of sleep and rest.
This sadly also applies to hobbies.
This is where ‘thinking outside of the box’ comes into play.
For me the urge to be creative is as strong a force as the need for sleep and so I had to come up with a plan.
What if I would schedule my hobbies into my work hours?
Now some might think that is not possible or even outright wrong, because when you are at work you are supposed to do your work, right?
Surely, if you work in an office or at a construction site or in a hair salon, that is most definitely the case, but then you’d have the weekend off.
From Wednesday through Saturday I work in a busy buzzing nightclub. I am fully committed to my job. I have been doing it for a very long time and yes, I dare say I do it rather well.
However, the earlier half of the week, which includes Mondays, Tuesdays as well as every second Sunday, I have between ten and fourteen hour shifts in a small pub.
Those are my hobby-days.
Naturally I serve my customers always with a smile and naturally they are the same customers every day. I clean the bar, I prepare the orders, I fulfill my duties like a good employee should. So what do I do with the other nine to thirteen hours?
I knit, I craft, I crochet, I read and I study up on whatever new skill or knowledge I want to make my own next.
The regular clientele loves it and it provides good conversation topics at times. I have even gotten requests for projects, including a woolen cardigan I am working on at the moment. You can follow the stagnating process here, if you like.
It is the perfect place for these kind of hobbies. Peaceful and calm long days and no bigger distractions than the occasional order for a pint of beer or a tonic and gin.
Here are some of the projects I have finished within the last year:
A shirt-dress, perfect for putting on top of a summer dress for the cooler evenings.
A tube scarf that also functions as a sweater.
And my latest crafting project, which I made for an event a couple of months back at the end of March. Two different headpieces, one smaller, one larger.
If you have a passion or two or three, make the time, get creative! You might regret all those lost opportunities, if you don’t.