Hobbies Outside of Writing

Lots of people have asked me what do I do when I'm not writing clean romantic suspense novels full of martial arts, disguises, and strong female protagonists. Or other stories like my clean (sweet) chocolate rom-com set in Switzerland. Well, I thought I'd let you in on my little secret. My life is not full of writing, although some days I wish it were.

First off I have a family. I am a wife to a brilliant scientist. I am a work-from-home mom to three beautiful kids who keep me humble, teach me patience, and long suffering.

Second, I am active in my church. I volunteer to co-teach at religion class to 8-9 teenagers at 5:45am every day that there is high school.

Third, I'm involved in my community.

So what does this look like? I'm not particularly busy, thankfully. My weekday starts at 5am. I wake up, pray, mediate, and read from the scriptures. I get dressed in appropriate clothes and attend or teach the class for about fifty minutes where we try to help teenagers appreciate the Gospel. Help them to make better decisions for their lives and help them make spiritual goals. Then when they leave my house, I help my kids get off to school.

Then I exercise and listen to inspiring messages, audio books or music. Exercise is important for my mental health, physical health and to help jump start my creativity. It's a discipline. I started exercising when I was in high school. A friend of my mother's who was a refugee from Cambodia wanted to go for a walk, but she had two kids and two strollers (not one giant one people have today). So my mom said I'd go with her. So I did. She told me about her life in Cambodia, escaping the Khmer Rouge and her life as a refugee. Those walks were interesting, gave me perspective I needed as a 15 year old. Our friendship deepened and she also helped me establish the habit of exercise for which I am so grateful.

My son is pursuing a black belt in Tang So Doo for the last four years. Our evenings are full of classes.

I also like to sew. In the summers when my kids are home I do things like reupholster chairs, oil paint landscapes and portraits, and draw. This summer, the kids want to learn how to quilt. A friend of ours gave us a bunch of quilting fabric to make quilts this summer. I'm excited about that.

I love doing home improvement projects. I paint interiors, fixed the washing machine with a soldering gun (yup, proud of that one, if you want to see pics, I have them), paint furniture, garden, and try to teach these things to my kids.

I also volunteer at my kids schools, be on a committee for HOA. I feel really normal.  That's me in a nutshell. I might be able to think of other stuff later.

What hobbies do you have? How do you spend your time?


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