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Are you missing the days when you could engage in activities that energize you? Has it been so long that you’re not sure what your personal passion is anymore?

You invest so much time in your kids and your family that you forget to invest in yourself. It’s time to reconnect with your interests, and your passions.

I wanted to create a list of activities that I hope will inspire you to try and help you reclaim your passion.

There is something of every mom on this list. Some are quick and easy; others are more involved. Some can be a business opportunity too.

Note: A few of these ideas for best post-COVID. For those, I’ve put an asterisk * next to it. When the time comes (hopefully soon), take the opportunity to try it. Many on the list can be done virtually.

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Creative

Creative activities are always fun, and you don’t need an artistic bone in your body to do it. It’s all about expression and exploration. Or it can simply be a way to escape the daily chaos.

  • Family memories book.
  • Sewing: Make your own clothing and/or accessories.
  • Adult coloring book: Make your own or color in one.
  • Drawing/Sketching.
  • Soap making and bath bombs.
  • Make your own natural skin care products.
  • Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Jewelry making.
  • Soy candle making.
  • Knotting: macrame, paracord bracelets.
  • Create living wall art (framed plants/vertical garden)
  • Create a vision board (what do you want to achieve?)
  • Furniture refinishing.
  • Furniture/ Décor Upcycling (transform into something unique)
  • Thrifting and Flipping (Buy and resell)
  • Flower arranging.
  • Photography.
  • Journal or Free Write.
  • Gratitude Journal.
  • Art/Crafts.
  • Mixed media art, Collage.
  • Sculpture: Clay, wire, wood, soapstone, mixed media.
  • No-Kiln Pottery.
  • Woodworking: Whittling, engraving).
  • Leatherwork (wallets, bracelets, clutches, tags, etc).
  • Gourmet Baking.
  • Candy/Chocolates making.
  • Hand lettering, Calligraphy.
  • Genealogy – Discover your heritage.
  • Fermenting (Veggies, Kombucha).
  • Molecular gastronomy.

Personal Development

Why not build your skills, self-confidence, and productivity? Discover what you can do with these personal development activities.

  • Writing (poetry, short stories, fiction, or nonfiction).
  • Bullet Journal.
  • Listen to podcasts.
  • Watch tutorials on YouTube.
  • Read a book or listen to an Audio book.
  • Learn about investing.
  • Start a side business.
  • Brain games (Crossword, Sudoku, Card games, Mazes).
  • Take a class online.
  • Watch documentaries.
  • Learn about Astronomy.
  • Learn about your local history.
  • Distance learning (online college/University degree).
  • Mentoring – Share your experience.
  • Learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Learn to play Chess.
  • Model building, Dioramas.
  • Discover new music genres.
  • Read/Learn about different cultures.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Public speaking/Toastmasters*
  • Learn to Code.
  • Make a life plan.
  • DIY (anything).

Social

If you’re the more extroverted type, these are some good suggestions to social hobbies.

  • Start a book club.
  • Create a Goodreads account. Read and/or leave reviews. Discover new books.
  • Vision board project.
  • Group Art/Craft projects.
  • Group Cooking classes (Cheesemaking, Sushi, etc.) *
  •  Winemaking
  • Board games/ Trivia games*
  •  Puzzles. 
  • Theatre and comedy (stand-up) *
  • Gaming: Video games (online challenges/competitions/VR).
  • Sports (Tennis, Squash, slow pitch, soccer) *
  • Billiards*
  • Volunteer for your favorite charity*
  • Make meals or care packages for those in need.
  • Start a neighborhood cleanup club.
  • Start a community garden.
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Health & Wellness

Activities that move your body and relax your mind can help you unplug from the day-to-day are always a good idea. Which one is your favorite?

  • Fishing
  • Gardening (flowers, veggies, or herbs).
  • Kayaking/Canoeing.
  • Aerobics.
  • Yoga.
  • Weightlifting, weight training.
  • Cross fit.
  • Zumba.
  • Dancing (any style including belly dance or burlesque).
  • Swimming
  • Biking (indoors or outdoors).
  • Hiking.
  • Kick Boxing.
  • Martial Arts/Self-Defense.
  • Tai Chi.
  • Fitness gaming.
  • Bowling.
  • Dog walking.

Organization & Productivity

  • Declutter your closet.
  • Refine your wardrobe or create a capsule wardrobe.
  • Create a functional beauty station.
  • Create a command station (family hub).
  • Organize family photos (albums or digitize).
  • Junk Drawer Challenge (example: clear a junk drawer a week).
  • Build a mini library.

There are so many interesting activities to choose from and you probably can’t do them all. Pick one favorite from each category, then narrow it down to one that you want to start first. 

I wrote a post all about how to start a passion project that might be helpful to you before you start. Lots of good tips and steps to starting a passion project easier when you’re a busy mom.

What is your passion project? Have other great ideas not listed here? Would love to hear about it, please share in the comments.

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