Updated: Jun 3
Vario Account Executive Keely Simpson explains why it’s so important to make time for your hobbies.
Work plays an important role in many of our lives. Often so much so that we forget to be ourselves every now and again. For many of us, we need an outlet to enable us to switch off from current events, as well as the often negative vibe of society.
How do you go about this?
Ask yourself this:
What are you passionate about? What makes you happy?
There are endless possibilities. Maybe you’re a keen golfer or maybe you just enjoy a good book or movie, perhaps gardening is your thing. It may only be once a week or once a month but if it gives you something to look forward to and puts a smile on your face, do it.
I have always enjoyed being creative. There have been many hobbies I have picked up over the years including baking, cake decorating, sewing but a few years ago, I had booked a trip to New York and knew I needed to take a good camera with me. There began my passion for photography. It also encourages my love of travel and exploring new places. It also means I have memories I can look back on and even give to family and friends.
Recently, I have started to take photos at parties and events as well as working on a book with my Dad. All this means I can improve doing what I love.
Even in these uncertain and scary times, I find I can go back through photos I have taken and learn how to better edit them or how I can use my camera in different ways to get different effects.
Finding a good outlet from your working life has so many benefits. Hobbies and passions build confidence. They focus your mind away from the day to day; even for a short time.
They give us a chance for personal development and give us something new to talk about. Maybe meet new people, see new places. It even gives us quality time with family and friends.
Vario Rosemary Hort certainly makes the most of her free time as a freelancing professional:
“My hobbies are absolutely vital in my life. I dance. On a personal level dancing relieves stress and tension (many a dance floor was stamped on after a long day!) and is such a good form of exercise and fun (at one point I was dancing at least 5 nights a week with shows on a weekend!). It is very social – you meet some great people! It is also rewarding to learn a new skill, challenge yourself and improve.”
“Hobbies also benefit us on a professional level. They give us that well needed mind-break from our work – forcing that ever so important work-life balance. This can often make us more focused when we return. We can also learn invaluable skills that we can take back into the workplace. For example my on-stage dancing busted through my fear of presenting in front of an audience, boosted my confidence and greatly enhanced my public speaking and presentation skills.” Rosemary concludes.
Baking with your kids. Sports in the garden. Upcycling that old piece of furniture. Whatever it may be; it is never to late to find a new pursuit to make you smile.
This article was contributed by Keely Simpson.
The leading global provider of flexible law firm-led solutions. Complementing the world-class services of Pinsent Masons, Vario builds flexible legal solutions tailored to specific business requirements and fulfilling the needs of a modern freelance community.