Friday 5: Hobbies I Have

For this weeks Friday 5 I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into my personal life by sharing some of my favorite hobbies. I define a hobby as something that is life-giving and rejuvenating for me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I'll save my spiritual "hobbies" or disciplines for another post and share my other ones today.  

1. Coffee

The husband and I are self-proclaimed coffee connoisseurs. The world of coffee is a slippery slope when you get into it. We now roast on our own coffee at home with a hot air popcorn popper (more on that later). The Chemex is our apparatus of choice and makes the smoothest, least bitter cup of coffee you will ever have in your life. It could probably even make Folgers taste like a gourmet cup of joe.

We like trying new roasts, devices for coffee and exploring cafés (which makes living in Europe a dream come true for us).

2. Sketching

This is a hobby I share with you all on here on occasion. As a little girl, I've always been a big fan of handwriting and spelling (two things Jordan reminds me are all but obsolete in this digital world). I've never taken any class or had professional teaching.

Now, I can't draw people or paint for anything. But I love words and letters. And I've always been a big fan of quotes (any women my age remember Every dramatic middle school girl's dream website!). Getting to sketch is therapeutic for me. Even though I'm a perfectionist and can overanalyze it, it's a form of art I love to share with the world.

3. Baking

Again, it's no secret that I love to bake. For Christmas presents as an elementary school girl, my family would buy me cookbooks and cooking supplies. And I stinking loved it. I'm not sure where I got this desire to bake but I think I enjoy it because it's tangible. I like to see quick results on things I do. Being in a career where that's not typically reality, baking is a great outlet to feel that tangible outcome.

There's so much room for creativity in baking–trying out new recipes, making your own modifications and then getting to share it with others.

4. Reading

I've gone in phases of enjoying to read. I still love a good movie or TV show, but it's so enjoyable to curl up with a book and get lost in it–both fiction and non-fiction. And it's a hobby I enjoy year-round–whether I'm laying out by the pool or curled up in a sweater under a blanket watching the snow fall (which I had plenty of days to do that this winter in Ohio).

My favorite genres are Christian fiction or Christian living books. I'll share some books that have had a profound impact on my life in another Friday 5.

5. Yoga

Last summer when we returned from Slovenia, I wanted to try a new workout. There was a Groupon for a local studio so I tried it out. And I've been hooked ever since. I'll admit there is a new-agey feel to what some of the instructors say but I'm there for the workout, and I love it.

It's funny because I've never been a very flexible person so I always ruled yoga out, thinking it would be too challenging. But it's exactly what this tight-muscled girl needed! It's fun to watch yourself improve and be able to do poses you couldn't before. Yoga is good "me time" that I take two to three times each week.

What are hobbies that give you life?