Thursday, May 7, 2015

4. She Has Eclectic Hobbies

A proper mountain woman has ECLECTIC HOBBIES.

Hobbies make you interesting, happy, and give your life dimension. My advice to everyone is to try new hobbies often, and try them all! Stick with the ones you are good at and do your best to hone specific skill sets and become a master. Having an eclectic hobby gives depth to who you are, it will enrich your life and interaction with others, and add flavor to your life story.

I think hobbies should be something you prioritize and make time for, no matter what stage of life you are in... the benefits are astronomical.

Here's a list of eclectic hobbies for you to try:
perfecting a chicken pot pie
specific gardening - for butterflies, hummingbirds, or herbal teas
memorizing names of trees
writing a children's book
music classes - banjo, guitar, or the organ
collecting porcelain cats from flea markets and garage sells
canoe carpentry
basket weaving
panning for gold
making perfume
cross stitch or embroidery
speed walking
bee keeping
putting ships in bottles
rock hounding
sea glass hunting
book making
ceramic pottery
belly dancing
watercolor painting
cross country skiing
disco roller skating
perfecting bread baking - sourdough, marble, rye, etc.
bird watching
coyote hunting
soap making
dumpster diving
becoming a master gardener
trying your hand at stain glass window making
watching old movies
candle making
fly fishing
furniture building
learning to make sushi
pinning insects
being skilled at hand puppet shadows
producing a podcast

 "A human being [proper mountain woman] should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-Robert A Heinlein

PS. Some great thoughts on why hobbies are good and other posts on defining proper mountain women.

PSS. I thought that this illustration was pertinent for this post.

PMS. An old blog post rant about boring girls who are just "sweet and kind".


  1. I love that quote. I want to start with the first one and work my way down the list. Mostly because I LOVE chicken pot pie.

  2. ALso, this isn't devon commenting. As if the chicken pot pie didn't give it away.

    1. Oh, I didn't think it was Devon, even for a second.


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