Friday, November 23, 2007

Enjoy Enriching Hobbies

Last time I began a three part look at what to do to get through dry times in your writing. Today I want to focus on the importance of engaging in some enriching hobbies. Eclipsing the sole motivation of improving your writing, hobbies are vital for personal health. One thing that all high-impact people recognize is the need to live a balanced life, and developing and enjoying a hobby or two is a key part of that equation.

One of my weekly hobbies is weight-lifting. Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to lift weights. I have been a bit of a gym rat for 15 years, and I am probably more addicted to it than ever. Three times a week or more I head over to Fit For Life to work off some of the stresses of the day and to push my body to its limits. Every time I leave, I walk out those doors with sharpened mental focus, increased energy and a renewed confidence for the next task that comes my way. (If you are looking to add physical fitness to your schedule, call Fit For Life and ask for King Hoover. You'll not find a better health architect!)

Two of my favorite seasonal hobbies are deer and duck hunting. I love escaping the maddening grip of the city to soak up the sounds and smells of nature. Add to that the fellowship of lifelong friends and family, along with the thrill of the hunt, and you can begin to see why I love November. Just a few weeks ago, I got together with my Dad, a couple cousins and two of my closest friends on this planet. In addition to having a side-splitting good time, I managed to bring this guy home on Saturday...


...And this guy on Sunday!

(Yes, that's a 7 point followed by an 8 point!)

I realize this probably is not for everyone, so here's your chance to provide some other examples. What hobbies do you engage in to reset your mental balance?

10 comments:

Nathan, Shelly & Kaleigh said...

Wow, good job on the deer! I'm sure Rebekah was proud. My only regular hobby is reading, mostly fiction. Seasonal include water skiing & snow skiing. I wish exercising was one of my hobbies! I like your blog, it is very thought provoking.
-Shelly

Doug McPherson said...

Thank you very much!

Amy said...

Cooking! But I have yet to cook with deer meat. Allen isn't a big hunter =)

Emily said...

I would say definitely shopping, which is kinda like hunting.

Looks like y'all will have a full freezer!

BeechNut said...

Definitely FLYING!! 'Nuff said

andy said...

hey doug, i guess you had to do better at hunting once in your life. you already know what my hobbies are. don't forget to bring your famous deer jerky next time you come to magnolia.

Daniel McPherson said...
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Daniel McPherson said...

I like to get up at 5 a.m., head over to Starbucks and grab a Grande Sumatra. Then I like to work on a paper or some book that I'll never finish writing. Or read, that's good too.

Really don't know how I actually enjoy working on papers, but I think its because when I finish them before I head to work, I feel like I've accomplished a lot.

BeechNut said...

Oh, in addition to flying, I also enjoy test crashing small foreign automobiles!

beckymcp said...

My absolute favorite hobby is to plan all the details of an awesome trip and then actually go on it. Throw in a challenging hike and a great book to read going and coming, and I'm in hobby heaven!