Kelly Talks Healthy Hobbies Beyond Fitness & a Link Up!


Today we have the last featured post in the Healthy Living Tuesdays series for October,“Healthy Hobbies Beyond Fitness”  And now it’s last Tuesday of the month – do you know what that means? It’s LINK UP DAY!!

One of the things I love most about our HLT series is the open-invitation to participate.  The last Tuesday of each month we host a link up, asking for your posts on the featured topic of the month.  Participating is a great challenge: How will you make your post stand out in a community of bloggers writing under the same theme?  Plus, the link up is an awesome way to promote your greatest content!

The previous Tuesdays of this month we’ve been showing off some of our members own posts on the subject.  Be sure to look back at their posts if you haven’t seen them already.  It’s a great way to find new bloggers to read and get to know your fellow HLB Members.  [If you’re interested in writing for future Healthy Living Tuesday featured posts, drop us an email]

If you’ve already written a post under the “Healthy Hobbies Beyond Fitness” topic, link it up following today’s featured post. If you haven’t yet, you have a few weeks before the link up closes!  That’s a lot of house keeping from me, I’ll turn it over to today’s featured blogger for more on this month’s topic. Happy Blogging! – Heather


When I got the email asking me to be part of the Healthy Hobbies series on HLB, I was very excited to share my thoughts. Having hobbies and doing things for myself has always been a key part to keeping my sanity in the busier times of life.  Being able to come home from a busy and stressful day at work to a knitting project, photos to edit, some cookies to bake, or even a video game, has been a great part of keeping my brain and body healthy and happy.

Probably my biggest hobby I have at the moment is knitting. I knit things for myself, and gifts for others. Sometimes I knit things that don’t have places to go yet….one of my favorite things to knit are adorable tiny baby hats, which often times get saved until I have someone to gift them to.  I knit because I like pretty yarn, and because I like keeping my hands busy while I’m watching television shows in the evening.  The knitting projects that I’ve been doing seem to take just enough brain power to keep my interest, but not too much that I get frustrated easily and it ends up a source of stress instead of a fun activity.

Art in general really has been a great stress reliever for me. Photography, painting, drawing, my favorite form of art changes as I change, but art in general has been a constant for me.  Most recently Project Life has been added to my art rotation.  I started at the beginning of this year and I really look forward to doing it each week.  It has also helped minimize the clutter and (for lack of a better word) crap and things that I decided I want to keep from vacations, outings, every day events. My new rule is that either I keep it to go into my Project Life layout, or it goes in the garbage.  (Hopefully one day I will have time to catch up on the backlog of “things” I have saved from previous vacations and events and put them in binders!)

I have other hobbies that are much less involved, too.  Playing video games, watching tv shows, painting my nails, and blog reading to name a few.  Hobbies that I love, and enjoy, and make time for in my day.

Hobbies are absolutely a part of healthy living.  To keep my body and mind happy I need more than just proper nutrition and exercise. Everyone has different hobbies, but the thing they all have in common is that they give your mind a break – or at least give it a different direction..  More than anything else, hobbies give you enjoyment and happiness, things that are essential to be a happy and healthy person.

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