Why Passions & Hobbies Are So Important

The other day Chris and I were talking about how important it is to find and cultivate something that you’re passionate about.

Lucky individuals gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit turn their passion into a living. And yes, it’s definitely crossed my mind to be one of those people you see on House Hunters International who spend 6 months out of the year in the Caribbean because they can “work from anywhere.”

Still, even if your job might not be your ultimate passion in life, you can still make time to indulge in other hobbies. For me, I will probably never become a horse enthusiast, but I will always find project management, strategy development, and digital programs engaging.

And then when I head home I’ll talk to my little plants in the vegetable garden and whip up something by Eric Ripert (he has some seriously delicious recipes).

Chris on the other hand, spends most of his day doing math. I think even math enthusiasts can get burned out crunching numbers all day. At least projects end, new ones begin, and there’s a cycle that helps break up the routine.

His real passion, of course, is astronomy.

I’m thrilled he’s been able to indulge in his passion. Astronomy has always been something he’s enjoyed, teaching boy scouts at Peaceful Valley about constellations, planets, and distant galaxies. Over the last couple of years what started with a simple kid’s Meade telescope has evolved into two fancy telescopes and DSLR for his new found love of astrophotography.

Here are some of his amazing photos so far:

  • Hello to you and your new little one! :)

    Totally agree about cultivating passions and hobbies whether they are related to your money-making job or not … becoming a mom {having a newborn/infant} brought on whole new challenges in that department for me. It caused me to put some passions/hobbies on hold, to be picked up again later, or it caused priorities and therefor passions to shift altogether. But the fundamental importance of having those outlets has always been a focus for me.

    • Thank you! It’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks around here. ;)

      And yes, figuring out your groove with a new little one is definitely challenging. If the past two weeks are any indication, I’m sure we’ll be making the same adjustments to our priorities as well.

      They say it’s all worth it though, right? Hope you and little Raffa are doing well too. :)