Her website’s tagline is ‘Where Hobbies Meet Obsessions’ and provides a wealth of information from how to find a hobby, to interviews with experts and loads of other inspirational and motivational information to get you off the couch and enjoying life.
I actually took Rev’s ‘Hobsessment’ to help you create your bucket list and find hobbies that may interest you. It was fun and informative! Why not give it a try!
You can read her bio and find how to follow her on social media at the end of the article.
In her article, Rev writes about making the huge decision to change careers from a well-paid executive role to something that ‘brings her joy, peace and contentment’. You can read what that is in her article below.
I remember the day it happened just like it was yesterday instead of five years ago.
My boss told me she was leaving and wanted me to take her place.
“Her place” was powerful, influential and demanding.
I had been working hard for years only to be promoted into positions that I didn’t like.
The paychecks grew while my interest dwindled.
As I climbed higher up the ladder, I came to despise the tasks that went along with it.
But it wasn’t just the work. It was the constant realization that no matter how many hours I put in, I really wasn’t making a meaningful impact. Sadly, it’s very typical in a large, bureaucratic environment.
I just kept thinking, “Is this it? Is this all there is to life? Is this what midlife means?”
And now here I was faced with a decision of moving right on up another miserable step but instead I did what very few would in a shaky economy.
I turned it down.
Was this a midlife crisis?
But it was the beginning of my journey to find work that would bring joy, peace, and contentment during the second half of my life.
And that, I found, was the most important thing to me.
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“Don’t you have to work for a company, get promoted, and make a six-figure income to be considered successful?” the nagging little voice in my head would say. Shut up!
I needed change. Major change.
I tried a couple other positions in the organization but was unable to find the joy I was searching. I took a job I knew would end and when it did, I was ok. Actually, better than ok. I was relieved.
So, now what?
Next came the most important decision. Be employed by someone else or go out on my own? I chose the entrepreneurial route.
I will add that I have an incredibly supportive husband who has encouraged me every step of the way which, consequently, made the decision of taking the first step out there on my own so much easier.
I eventually landed on creating a website and blog as my business adventure. Throwing my thoughts and ideas out there seemed so very freeing.
But what would I write about?
What would I contribute to an already crowded web?
I decided to seek out the one thing that I never allowed my busy self to do.
Have a hobby.
And not just any hobby, but one where I could grow and improve my mind, body and spirit.
I might need three hobbies.
I had neglected caring for myself while giving my all to “the man” so I decided that this would be a fantastic opportunity to not only find activities to better myself but also try to help as many others who had walked in my high heels do the same.
That’s how Hobsess.com was created.
Hobsess.com is a place for exploring new hobbies, interviewing experts to inspire beginners and a collection of ideas to move a hobby into business. The perfect resource for midlife explorers, experts and entrepreneurs.
I was the first explorer.
My first hobby was website design. I have always been interested in technology and making it work as a necessary tool.
But can you teach an old brain new tech tricks? Oh, yes, you can.
I’m not going to lie.
It’s hard for an extrovert to be confined to the computer for hours at a time but the bright spots have been the many online friends and groups I have found. I also go out to craft fairs, festivals, networking events, etc. to socialize.
I am still learning and loving it.
My new hobbies currently are walking, meditation and yoga but I intend to try as many activities as possible before I get off the planet.
I cringe when I think back to what my life would be like now if I had said yes to the unwelcomed opportunity.
And I do think about my former over-worked, over-stressed colleagues occasionally as I’m out in the boat on the lake in the middle of the week. Nothing can compare.
Getting my time back to spend it how I want is a sweet reward for ignoring the nagging voice in my head.
Every day, I become more confident that this change was the right decision for me.
I learned a valuable lesson here in midlife.
Life is short and we have to cram as much fun, adventure and joy in as we can. No one can do that for you, except you.
Rev Crouse is a midlife blogger at Hobsess.com. She is the Hobby Queen and writes about hobbies to explore, interviews hobby experts, teaches how to make money from your hobby and highlights just how awesome life is during the second half.
Get your bucket list ready or go to Hobsess.com and create one.
Aren’t you ready to begin your adventure?