So, since having a baby (and probably before if I'm going to be honest), at night I usually just plop in front of the TV for a couple hours, zone out and get nothing done. Sure some nights there are shows that are favorites and it's completely entertaining. But most nights it really is mostly boring and I go to bed feeling completely zoned out and like I haven't added anything to my life by the hours and hours of TV I have watched.
There are so many things I want to learn and take the time to do that can't be done during the day while I'm with Quinn. There is also a need to have "me" time that for some reason isn't usually fulfilled by just watching TV. I feel like I'm just wasting precious time watching TV all night. While it's not like my personality to be GO GO GO all the time, I'd really like to carve out some time most nights to start to work on learning things and getting things accomplished so that I look back and am proud of how I spent my time. I was going to wait until the New Year to make this a New Years Resolution but I've realized I want to start now. Here are the things I'm looking forward to starting or learning:
1. Crocheting/Knitting - With a baby on the way, I'd really love to make something for the little one. It's so much fun for me to make things for people I love. So I am drawn to making gifts for others as well! I also have realized that I am a pretty quick learner when it comes to this kind of thing and I need to take advantage of it. I just taught myself to crochet and I've known how to knit for a couple years. I have tons of yarn that is beautiful and begging to be used.
2. Quilting- My mom is so incredibly talented as a seamstress. She can pretty much sew anything and make it look perfect. She has been quilting for decades and is also in a quilting bee. It is really important to me that I take the time to learn this craft from her. I know that I will always be grateful to have taken the time to spend with her and learn from her. And hopefully one day I can pass it on to my children if they are interested.
3. House Decor- I have a list of projects that need to be done around the house to "finish" it. It includes MANY photos that need to be hung all around the house.
4. Exercise- Although I'm not trying to go start a new running routine while pregnant, getting out of the house to go to the gym and literally walk on the treadmill in peace sounds like GREAT me time. I'd like to make this a priority!!
Those are just some things that have been floating around in my head that I desire to learn and do! I'm going to try and document what I make so that I can look back and see how I have spent my time! As of now, I just have a crocheted square that is done because the yarn ran out while I was teaching myself how to crochet. I think I have my next projects in mind but they are Christmas gifts so they won't be shown for a good while! :)
What other things should I take the time to do in the evenings that will feel like me time? Any ideas of what you find interesting or fulfilling??