Most of the blogs I read are quilting blogs, but I love The Happiness Project. (I even bought the book!) I thought what Gretchen had to say recently about passion was especially relevant to me:
“A passion gives you a reason to keep learning and to work toward mastery. It can often give you a reason to have the new experiences so key to happiness. It gives you something in common with other people, and so fosters social bonds. It gives you purpose. It often has a satisfying physical aspect—rock-climbing, fly-fishing, knitting, smelling. It gives meaningful structure to your time. It makes the world a richer place. When you’re in pain, it can be a refuge, a distraction, a solace.”
Sometimes I feel guilty about “wasting” time quilting. I have to keep reminding myself that doing something I love is not a waste! In fact, it helps dissipate some of the stress of being a working mom, and that is not to be discounted.