Photography – Grandparents & Grandkids (Empowerment through Hobbies)

(Inside: Why hobbies empower you.)


Hobbies empower us.


They build our confidence and improve our self-esteem.  Hobbies also provide us with a creative outlet and way to reduce our stress.

But, as moms, we can feel like we shouldn’t pursue our hobbies. Yes, we don’t have the same time as our retired neighbor, but keeping our hobbies at a low simmer is good for us – and our kids.

Because our actions always speak louder than words. For example, my kids watch me teach myself how to be a better photographer and Photoshop user.  I’m actively showing them this life-long skill: If they want to learn to do something – they can teach it to themselves. I’m empowering myself by building confidence in my ability and giving myself a stress reliever, but also, I’m empowering my crew to read instructions, search for how-to videos online and become self-sufficient, life-long learners.

That skill-set…they can take anywhere.

So, go ahead make room for your hobby. You kids will learn good things from watching you. 
My Hobby: Photography


We drove all the way down to visit my parents, sister and her family.

We’ve been fishing, searching streams for frogs and crawdads, shooting bb guns (a talent my oldest didn’t realize he had), shooting bows and arrows, playing board games, playing at parks, reading and watching movies.  Good food.  Good company. This small town and these people…it has all been good for our souls.

My dad even cleaned out my car for me yesterday.  He had to use one of those handheld power saws to cut out the tootsie rolls that had melted and harden on to our carpet. Best dad ever.

There is just no one else in the world like family and I can’t wait to come back.

“So eat up all the tootsie rolls you want in our car, boys.  We will just drive down and see Papa.”


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