I have lots of hobbies that I enjoy; crocheting, reading, socialising, etc.
Sometimes I burn my candle at both ends a bit too much. I make too many commitments, spend all weekend partying or with other people, having a good time but neglecting my soul a little.
When I feel like this I like to potter about in my Doing Stuff Room. Its our spare room with my stuff in it. My sewing machine, my telescope, wool stash, desk, beads, pictures, paints, books, jewellery and other such stuff. It also is the room where we store the ironing board and clothes airer, so it gets filled up pretty quickly with piles of clothes.
I must confess, I don’t actually do very much in my Doing Stuff Room. I take things out and ‘do them’ in the living room. I like having this space as my own though. I like tidying this room up. Once the piles of clothes have been put away and the clothes hangers taken down, I take massive amounts of delight in just being around my things ( I like to refer to my belongings as my ‘thing’s’. They are things. Not only that, they are things that I do things with. I re-arrange my piles of things, find new homes for trinkets, open memory boxes and look through the contents, smiling at memories and times gone by. I have a selection of non fiction books in this room, and I enjoy flipping through them, puzzling over macrame instruction before being blown away by the wonders of the universe. I remind myself that I like reiki, and I laugh at notes and poems that I scrawled in my notebook.
Ahhh. I feel happy just thinking about it. Pottering about with these things provides the grounding that I need sometimes. My things illustrate the very foundation of me. I would always say that I’m not a very materialistic person, but more in the sense that I don’t need/want the latest, most fashionable novelties. The materialistic things that I do have and cherish I have built up over the years, they provide a platform for creativity, exploration and fun… as well as keep me occupied. They remind me that I’m curious and active, and make me happy to be me, and happy to be interested in life.