“How do you keep balance in your life?”
A friend asked me this recently, not necessarily looking for advice, but asking more out of curiosity. She laughed at my answer of: “Well, I look at my priorities, and I examine what I can do—and, well, I quit choir this semester.”
After rambling about work, school, homework and meetings, I finally came to the conclusion that balance is creating time for myself, creating time to do something that I love. For others, this could mean reading a book, painting or going to a movie. For me? It’s baking.
Taking Time for a Hobby
In talking with college students, you’ll realize that it’s hard to keep a hobby in college. Even if you carve out one hour a week to do something for yourself, your to-do list will creep up in your mind and keep you from enjoying that hour. With baking, this becomes even more of a challenge. Not many desserts or pastries take less than an hour, so that means I’m carving out two, three, even four hours instead of just one. But, the result is worth it. After a day of baking, I feel accomplished, relaxed and usually generous, considering I shouldn’t eat all the goodies I’m baking.
Taking the time to develop a hobby not only serves for your well-being, but it makes you a well-rounded individual. Instead of focusing on your perfect GPA, you now have interests that cater to a more complex and refined character. It allows you to meet other people and create conversations in the workplace about life other than work. Some hobbies even turn into a career.
Hobbies, entertainment and relaxation are especially important in a college student’s life. Keeping a hobby has many benefits, and a hobby like baking especially makes other people happy.
Examples of Work
See below for some more baking treats I’ve made in the past: