The Writing Life

A few blog posts ago, I mentioned that one can turn some hobbies into a full-blown career. One hobby I think that could fall under that is writing.

I used to write for and then edit school or campus papers while I was in high school and then while at university. But before all that, I used to write my thoughts down in a diary since I was about 8 or 9 years old. I also loved writing letters to friends in another part of town and relatives who were based in another country. This was back then when all the letters were sent through snail mail. I never knew that something I just bode my time by was something that could lead me to helping out campus papers while at school. And when I finished university, all my job offers were on writing.

Now for those who have gone on to publish their own newspapers or publish their own blogs online, writing is a key part there. And those who have been trained in writing by taking a course or by experience can have great opportunities at hand. Those who have the need for writers can tap them and reach out to them. And this is so convenient now because this can be done online. For instance, if you have a writing need you can easily access a pool of writers online and get nothing less than a professional writing service. And I’ve even heard that even university students who struggle with their school paper work now ย access some writing help online. I am sure that being able to do so is much appreciated by them.

Writing is something then that one can enjoy doing and then work on improving. And when it is further taken to the next level after just being a hobby, it can serve not just the personal joy of the writer but it can also benefit many others.

Christmas Thoughts & Decorating

I know it’s not yet officially the Christmas season but in a few more days, the month of September will begin. And since this coming new month ends with “ber”, just like the month of December, I can’t help but begin to think Christmas thoughts.

The coming of Christmas makes me think about the love of God for me and the world. We associate Christmas time with giving and gratitude because we know that thousands of years ago, a generous gift was given to us all — the Son of God. That gift has made it all possible for us to gain new life now and a much better life beyond.

Other thoughts that come with Christmas is, of course, decorating! Images of the nativity scene, Christmas trees, Christmas lanterns and that bulky guy we call Santa come to mind. As for me, I do enjoy decorating but I’ve always preferred what is simple. You could say I am an advocate of the “less is more” principle. But this doesn’t mean I would not go for decorations come Christmas time. They simply add to a festive atmosphere.

I also love the idea of just adding “touches of the season” on what we already have at our homes. Check out the photo below. I love this idea of just adding a Christmas look on the mirror. The added bonus is that every time you check your face or hair that day in front of the mirror, you are reminded of the celebration in the air called Christmas. You could then end up adding a smile on your look for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Of Hobbies and New Careers

Sometimes, our hobbies can blossom into part-time work or even a full-time career. And I think this can be really good. After all, isn’t it said that when you love what you do, it’s like you never have to work at all for the rest of your life. And hobbies are something we enjoy doing.

Some hobbies that can lead you towards some earning include: photography, singing, playing musical instruments, writing or blogging , painting, drawing, cooking. And I am sure you can even think of more.

There is even a great advantage now that we can all easily connect through the internet. It’s easier to find some gigs like in the fields of writing and of course, blogging and even for photography. In the field of photography for instance, there are sites where you can upload your photos and sell them there. Isn’t that cool?

I also have to add that of course, as a hobby of ours become interesting enough for others (enough for them to pay for our performance, service or product), we need to take it to another level. We aim to develop it more as a skill ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are reading this and you are in the midst of a career slump, faint not. Take stock of your hobbies and skills. Maybe there’s a new career path waiting for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you love taking photos like this? It can become more than a hobby.

Note: This post is also linked with Water World Wednesday.