Friday, July 21, 2017

Five Fun Fridays: Week Four (Hobbies)

Welcome to Week Four of the Fun Series! This week I'll be blogging about my hobbies and also things I like to do when I have free time. I'll also be writing about some of the items I enjoy using during these times, and you'll see some of these in the giveaway, too! Let's get started.

First, I like to write. I have notebooks in almost every room of my house. When inspiration strikes, I want to make sure that I immediately write down my thoughts. If not, I'll forget, and it might be lost forever. I even keep a small notebook in my purse. I am NEVER without a notebook. Writing is both enjoyable and cathartic for me. Plus, not only is writing a hobby, it's my job. You can see some of my work here and here.  The written word is powerful, and we can often convey our thoughts better through writing. I'm going to give you that opportunity if you win the giveaway; a beautiful hard-covered notebook is one of the items featured in the set!

I also like to read. Currently, I'm reading books about other people's battles with depression and other mental health issues. Although I am diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and have my own experience, I want to read about this struggle from others' points of view. I consider this to be research and preparation for the novel that I am going to write. I just finished reading Girl, Interrupted, and I am currently reading Darkness Visible. This is definitely heavy reading. When I need to read something more light-hearted, I like Anne of Green Gables (hello, my redheaded sister!) and The Twilight Series (don't judge!) or magazines. Some of my favorite magazines are Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire (one of these issues is included in the giveaway) and Living (one of these issues is also included in the giveaway.) Also, I just bought a subscription to the poetry magazine Rattle, and I'm looking forward to receiving my first issue! What are your favorite books and magazines?

Next, I like to listen to music. My taste has a wide range. One look at my iPod will tell you that! If I'm in the mood for classical music, I choose Vivaldi. In the contemporary Christian genre, I like Casting Crowns and Mercy Me. As a child of the 80's, this decade is probably my favorite for music; my top artists from that era are Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Poison, and Def Leppard. Now, of course, these artists span other decades as well, but to me, they will always epitomize the glory days of my youth. Moving into the 90's, my favorite artists from that time are Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. Enter 2000 and forward, and my top artist from this era is Linkin Park. (I am, of course, deeply saddened by the tragic death of lead singer Chester Bennington.) I also like Disturbed, Imagine Dragons, Seether, and an occasional old-school Elvis tune. I'd love to hear from you about your favorite artists. Let me know in the comments.

Coloring is something else that brings me pleasure. I have several really nice "grown-up" coloring books and gel pens. It's like therapy at home! It's especially nice when done in combination with listening to my favorite music. And, guess what? The lucky winner of the giveaway will receive one coloring book and a set of gel pens!

When I just want to veg out, I watch Netflix. Currently, my obsessions are The Office, Forensic Files, and (nostalgia) Cheers. It's a nice way to relax and allow myself to escape for a little while. What shows are your favorites right now? 

Another thing I enjoy is exercise. I alternate between step aerobics, yoga, and strength training. When the weather is cool, I like to take walks. Staying fit is important for both my physical and my mental health. What do you do for exercise?

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Samantha Winchester said...

I love to read too!! Just finished a book written by a friend about Buffalo Soldiers post civil war. Anne of Green Gables is and will always be one of my favorites!!

redkitchen said...

Samantha, that sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Russell said...

Wow, I think we're kindred spirits ;) I can't not love someone who's a fan of my dear Anne... And I also have waaaayyyyy too many notebooks! Great post, thanks for sharing all of this with us!

Jenn Goggin said...

The books sounds wonderful. I have been so busy with summer but I need to really make time for myself and to find a good book.

Ngum Abi said...

It's very important to have a note book to record ideas as they come. Nice post

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Cassie Spanner said...

I love to read!! I try to challenge myself every year to read at least 12 books - so 1 per month. I think for the first time this year I'm on track to read more!!

redkitchen said...

Elaine, it does sound like we could be good friends!

Jenn, it is hard to find the time. I read at night before bed, even if it's just for ten minutes.

Ngum, yes, it is!

Cassie, that's a great challenge. I'd love to hear about the books that you've read so far this year.

dani said...

I love how you're doing this series about hobbies. I've been reflecting on getting back into my own hobbies

redkitchen said...

Dani, you should. I'd like to read about your hobbies.

Emily Morton said...

I absolutely love reading. When I was at the height of my depression reading truly saved me!

redkitchen said...

Emily, that's wonderful that reading was so therapeutic for you.

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