What Do a Magician, Drummer, and Journalist Have in Common? Me, Apparently.
My past and current hobby list is extensive and quite funny. I am sharing the ghosts of my hobbies past and present to entertain you and possibly inspire you to try something weird and fun.
I don’t have relationship baggage. I have hobby baggage.
These two sentences are hilarious because they so accurately describe me it hurts. The woman I am today is the result of so many attempted hobbies.
While I am proud of the successes I’ve had, I am also proud to share that I have failed. And I have failed a lot.
I was straight-up BAD at some things, I gave up on hobbies where I showed real potential, and some passions were once Fulfillers that became Double Agents. (If you don’t understand the reference, it’s explained here.)
Through failures and missteps, I have only grown (…well, and lost some birthday money here and there for the endeavors).
When I look back on my childhood, I tend to place the order of events by hobby. I will admit I have a terrible memory, but I do remember all of my experiences with hobbies in a really detailed way. Each carry a story, a clear image in my mind, and a unique feeling.
I feel in my bones the adrenaline of fiercely running down a soccer field or the perplexing excitement that came with choosing scrapbook stickers from A.C. Moore or the sense of cohesion and pride that came during theatre performances.
Not only have my hobbies allowed me to feel truly present, but they are my history, and some are quite HILARIOUS to reflect on. Honestly, God bless my parents for rarely shooting me down. 😂
So, let’s get into it; the ghosts of my hobbies past and present. Here is the inside scoop of what has made the Ace, the Ace.
JUST A SEC! Before I present my hobby list, I want to get you involved. In the spirit of looking at hobbies gone by, I want to see the hobbies of YOUR past.
We all have hobby skeletons in the closet somewhere. Was it collecting Pokémon cards or creating puppet shows? (I am guilty and guilty.) Let’s see ‘em!
Awkward teen years, horrifying outfits, embarrassing decisions; I want it ALL.
Once you’ve read this post and remembered some of the ghosts of your hobbies past, I want you to share a past photo of yourself partaking in a hobby or a picture of the hobby materials you still have for no good reason.
Post it on Instagram and use the #HobbiesGoneBy and tag me, @MsAceofTrades. Make sure you are following the account, and for 3 BONUS entries, subscribe to the blog!
Not only will your followers and I enjoy the blast from the past, but it will also enter you in for a special surprise *smirk*. Look to the blog's Instagram for more details!
MY HOBBY LIST
Below you will find the Hobby Inspiration List that is found in the Find Your Ace Assessment & Plan. You’ll notice that I have gone through the list and identified all of the items that are, or once were, hobbies of mine.
I know, I know. Some need explaining.
1. Balloon Twisting
Let’s start with balloon twisting since it’s located towards the beginning of the list.
At the age of 9, I legitimately went to a Party City and purchased a balloon pump with accompanying twisting balloons when I was inspired by a clown at an Easter brunch.
This stint was pretty short lived as I picked it up every so often for like a year. I do not have photographic evidence, but I can still make a balloon dog and a sword if you’re interested.
2. My Magician Stage
You’ll also notice I once dabbled in Magic Tricks. This is not a lie.
When I was 10, I got a magic kit for Christmas, and I was HOOKED. My dad helped me learn some tricks, and I even remember watching the included disk set for hours, trying to understand the magicians’ tricks.
This blog is not called the Ace of Magic so that too fizzled out.
3. Lady Drummer
One hobby I do want to note is that I actually played the drums on and off for a couple years.
I started around second grade when I thought I was destined to be a kickass female drummer. And while I was the most kickass 2nd grader, I struggled a lot.
It’s not that I sucked, I just put WAY too much pressure on myself to be a beast right off the bat.
Playing the instrument wasn’t a natural gift; it was going to be a learned behavior, and I couldn’t handle it. I remember doing my lesson homework in the basement and just crying because I could not get the combinations.
I had a beautiful silver 8-piece drum set that I cherished until I totally resented it. If I had to name the one hobby that I regret not pursuing, it is without a doubt playing the drums.
Imagine Ace killin’ it at a dive-y college bar in State College. That would have been so rad.
If anyone knows someone trying to get a set of drums off their hands, hmu. Lol, in my DREAMS.
4. Chef Ace
The last hobby I’d like to share my story about is cooking. Cooking has been a hobby of mine since I can remember. When I was a toddler, I would pretend to host cooking shows with the utensils my mother would give me and cook coasters like they were pancakes.
By 2nd grade, I watched Food Network endlessly. I was enthralled by Rachel Ray and I even watched Sandra Lee’s “Cocktail Time!” that went WAY over my head. Cue: “2 shots of vodka…”
I always found cooking fascinating, but I only found confidence with it recently. And with that, it has become such a fulfilling outlet for me. Especially with the Q.
I think that is what can be so amazing about hobbies. Some will be there for a moment, and others will be there forever, perhaps. Hobbies that come back after years away, or that have stayed throughout your life, can evolve over time.
When I found out I needed to go gluten free my freshman year of college, I found a renewed spirit in my passion for cooking. Today, it is hands down one of my favorite things to do. I feel connected to all my senses, and I feel present in a moment.
That’s what hobbies can do for you.
If you’d like to hear more about my hobby trials, let me know in the comments, shoot me a message on the contact page, or reach out to me on social.
As I mentioned under the “Get Involved” section, go ahead and share your #HobbiesGoneBy by posting a photo to Instagram. Be sure to tag @MsAceofTrades.
I think it’s fun to reflect on your hobby portfolio, and you might even find it informative of your previous passions or charisma for trying new things.
Because, at the end of the day, it’s all about personal wellness and finding fulfillment.
Although I am not an expert of all my previous hobbies, I do have a story to tell. What's yours?