Someone who took my reader survey (hi, whoever you are!) requested a post about my hobbies and it got me thinking…do I have any?? Practically all of my free time is spent with Dave and Charlie or working on my business or this blog, and the miscellaneous things I love doing often feed right into the blog (writing, outfit planning, curating our house, etc.). In a nutshell, blogging is definitely my biggest hobby, but since you already know by now (hopefully!) that I love blogging, I wanted to stretch myself and try to come up with some other answers. I’m often tempted to feel like it’s indulgent, and maybe even a little selfish, to want to do something that’s just for me and doesn’t have a “purpose,” but in reality, I know that a person’s hobbies are one of the many things that make someone interesting and compelling. I love talking to/reading about the unique interests my friends have (like Rachel‘s passion for cooking, Maghon‘s love for supporting UNC sports, and Morgan’s talent for painting, to name a few) so I hope reading about a few of my other hobbies in today’s post is fun…and I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments!
Traveling: Growing up abroad, travel has been part of my family’s culture for as long as I can remember. Everything from planning and researching a trip, to packing, to the adventure itself is so life-giving to me, and I hope that never changes! My absolute favorite weekend activity is exploring the area where we live–drop me off in a neighborhood I’ve never explored before and hand me an iced coffee and I’d be content to wander around all afternoon. In a sense, I feel like that can fall under the “traveling” cap too, because it’s essentially the same thing we love doing when on trips to new places.
Reading: I can’t tell you how glad I am that reading has become part of my daily routine again after a few years-long hiatus. It was, hands down, my favorite hobby as a kid, and picking up a book or wandering through the library never fails to bring back that childlike joy. (In case you’re interested, my favorite book of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I’ve re-read every summer since I was 13!)
Planning parties: This hobby is well-documented :) I have so much fun taking advantage of opportunities to host people and show them how much we love and value them through a thoughtfully planned gathering. Don’t get me wrong, I keep it REALLY simple compared to what I see all the time on the internet, but I love coming up with just a few sweet details to include when we have people over. Take a peek at a few of my favorite past parties here: Charlie’s baptism party, Dave’s Irish birthday dinner, and my 23rd birthday cocktail party (#throwback!).
Watching classic movies: I mentioned this in a “five facts” Instagram Story a few weeks ago and it elicited some fun messages, so I thought it would be worth mentioning here too! I am annoyingly picky about movies–I can’t handle anything scary or too sad, and I don’t like watching anything remotely raunchy. Since that doesn’t leave too terribly many movies to choose from that both Dave and I will enjoy watching together, our go-to has become classic movies and we LOVE them! It is so much fun to discover gems together and there are so many on our list that we want to see. A few of our shared favorites: Roman Holiday, Sabrina, How to Steal a Million (really, anything with Audrey Hepburn–we love her!), Casablanca, and The Sound of Music.
I hope this post isn’t too boring, because I doubt any of these are very surprising to longtime readers! In an effort to share something you actually may not know, Dave’s hobbies include skiing (both snow and water), camping, golfing, and playing beach volleyball, and Charlie’s include swinging, dancing, and going to the library :) Now I want to hear some of yours!