Why these ones?
Birding: because it's a new hobby, it's a chance to learn more about the natural world around me, and it's something I can teach Finley.
Cooking: because it's easy to incorporate into a busy life (we have to eat!), it will help me learn new and healthy recipes to feed myself and my family.
Reading: because it's one of my oldest hobbies. I've always loved reading; I even remember the first "book" I read by myself - "Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume. Yet when I get busy I often let the reading drop. It's easy to read a few pages before bed, and relaxing too.
Skiing: because it's hard to incorporate into my current schedule, so I need to put a special effort into doing it. Because no matter how busy I get as a mom, a wife, a doctor, etc, I need to have a little time that is dedicated to something that gets me revved up! And skiing does that.
And today the last hobby is revealed - blogging! Yes, I resolve to keep up with my blog. But why blog??? It's a good question.
I started blogging almost one year ago. I thought long & hard about starting a blog, and what my goals would be. I couldn't think of a theme, I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to read about my life, and it took me a bear's age to decide on a name. But when I was pregnant, I really felt like I wanted to share some of my experiences, and blogging seemed like a great way to do just that. Now that Finley is here, I have even more I want to share. Since I'm not on Facebook or other social media outlets, a blog was a way of communicating with everyone. I never had the intent of creating a high traffic blog; I just wanted a place that I could post some stories & pictures for the entertainment of my family & friends.
I have to say, though, that it has turned into something more for me. I've always enjoyed writing as a creative outlet, so I really have enjoyed doing the blog. I like to think about different topics or ideas I might blog about, I like taking the photos that will go along with the story. And while it's not exactly a journal, the blog postings about my pregnant and our growing family will become a type of memoir to look back upon.
And lastly, I touched upon communicating. This is my final resolution that I'm going to throw out there. I know I can do better, and this year I will. The blog is one way, but I know I need to pull up my socks when it comes to answering phone calls, emails, and even good ol' fashion letters. In a world where it's so easy to send a quick hello to someone, I don't really have any excuses!