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- Do you have a hobby? If so, what is it? I have two main hobbies, and those are writing and singing. I suppose you could just put them together and say my hobby is songwriting. But I love words and story-telling. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a writer (still do) and so I created a story about my cats, my stuffed animals, and I traveling across the country and what we encountered along the way. But in the book, once we got home to California, I didn’t quite know how to end the book. But it would be cool to come up with an ending as an adult. In my little kid mind, I was convinced I would be a published author and beat the odds. I miss that without-a-doubt belief in myself.
- How did you discover your interest in your hobby? Well, I grew up as an only child, and my parents worked a lot. I had my nanny/second mom with me, but I didn’t always have other kids around, so I kind of learned how to self-entertain. I made up a lot of stories in my mind, and I could escape to a world created by my imagination. Sometimes I would write these things down. I think the first short story I wrote was in elementary school when there was a creative writing contest being held. (The drawings are hilarious by the way.) I wish I knew where it was at the moment. But that was around the time I really started writing. I was always an avid reader. You would never find me without a book in hand.
- Do you find having a hobby helps with maintaining your mental wellness? How so? Definitely. I feel like I would crack without music or writing. My first semester of nursing school, I was 100% school, and I wound up unhappy and wanting to quit nursing. I found out that it was because I didn’t have any outlets, and I wasn’t practicing self-care. So now, it is vital to take the time to blog and/or sing every single day. Blogging is therapy to me because I get to let my thoughts out and make sense of them as I write.
- Where do you find materials for staying active with your hobby? Fortunately, my dad is a musician, so I grew up having a room in the house dedicated solely to music. So I had access to a piano, and a keyboard with fun sound effects. We also had a karaoke set-up. As for writing, I used to use journals for my short-stories and longer stories. Most of the time, the stories were created in my head, and they stayed there. Creating, acting them out- that was equally fun.
- Have you ever considered monetizing your hobby? Or if you already do, do you still enjoy it as a hobby? There was a year where I dropped everything, took music classes, and just focused on singing. I did learn and improve a ton during that time. The reality is, though, I have ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness that requires frequent medical treatment, things like chemotherapy, and lots of medications. I couldn’t afford NOT to have health insurance, and I hated that I was in my twenties, a college grad, and still depending on my parents for help. It made me feel like I’d failed. So I knew I needed a full-time job in the long-term, and one that would also be fulfilling. As of now, I have this idea that I can work as a nurse 3 days a week, recover for a day, and then spend the other 3 days honing my musical skills. The goal IS to eventually get paid- to sing at weddings, or join a band and travel, or who knows? But I‘d also be perfectly content singing for free as long as people are listening. I haven’t given up on that dream, and as I like to say, we can be more than one thing.