Don’t let your work become your hobby

Photo of a pair of skates

Every web designer needs a hobby. I have long known this deep down, but I haven’t had any hobbies for years. Work is constantly on my mind. I think about my project work, my blog posts to clients, my blog posts here, my workflows, setting up automation, training, client communication, deadlines, etc. It never ends. I don’t find it sad or empty but for a long time, I’ve felt like something was missing. If someone were to ask me what hobbies I enjoy, my honest answer would be web design. And coffee.

As a kid, drawing and art projects were my main hobbies. I also was a skater, played softball, basketball and believe it or not, bowled. Hey, it was the 70’s and we didn’t have smartphones, computers or social media. The biggest distraction in life was a phone with a cord on it in the kitchen.

When my son was growing up, my hobbies were all related to him. Baseball scorekeeping, volunteering on the board of everything from preschool to the Little League. We did family bike rides and saw a few movies, but again, nothing was really a hobby for me.

A few weeks ago, my BNI group hosted an adult roller skating night at one of the only rinks in our area. I had driven by it for years but never went in. I was instantly taken back to my childhood and the love I had for skating. I laced up and timidly hit the rink. OMG. What happened to me? This was so hard. Everything hurt. Still, I had a huge grin on my face as I skated to Boogie Oogie Oogie. I was hooked.

This week, I got my own skates, wrist pads and like a true self-employed freelancer, schedule 12 weeks of skating nights on my calendar. I’m thrilled to hit the rink and forget about work, just for that hour that I’m skating. I feel rejuvenated!

Work is my passion, but that’s not a hobby. It’s a job. I didn’t know what I was missing until I laced up a pair of roller skates and left my work behind for just a little while.

What hobbies do you have?

RESOURCES: Everyday Power – 7 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter and More Productive

About WebCami

Cami MacNamara has been designing websites since 2002 from her home office in Seattle, Washington. Her career started as a way to be a stay-at-home mom. Certification soon followed and persistence paid off. Cami has designed 500+ websites and wants to share what she learned along the way. Look for her at WordCamp Seattle. Follow: / Twitter / Instagram