Take Up a Hobby For a Joyful Life

Photography was my hobby before Joe and I became a couple. Then after our wedding things changed. Joe watched a lot of TV and wanted me to do what he was doing – so I watched a lot of TV with him.

Then when he passed I had trouble figuring out who I was as a single person. One day while cleaning out my closet, I came across my film camera and decided to get back into photography. The first thing I did was upgrade my camera to a Cannon EOS Rebel Xsi.

I dove into figuring out how to use it and began taking pictures everywhere. It gets me out of the house, seeing various places in Ohio, and getting my exercise by walking.

McKinley Monument, Canton, OH
Bonnie Park, Strongsville, OH
Mapleside Farm, Brunswick, OH
Alderfer-Oenslager wildlife sanctuary
Ohio Erie Canal Lock, Independence, OH

Due to car issues, I’ve had to stay in the local area and sometimes be content with photographing the sights in my backyard.

The car issue was resolved last October so I will be able to boldly go farther distances once the weather warms up and this nagging cough is gone.

It was good for me to get back to photography as it makes me look at things from different angles. Coincidentally, I done that at various jobs through out my career – find unique ways to solve problems by viewing them in ways other people don’t see.

I also look at the world around me and think “Oh, that would make a good picture.” You do not want to know how many pictures I have on my computer. It would boggle your mind.

So decide to take up a hobby in order to refresh your mind as you use it in a different way from your normal daily activities. It will help you lead a joyful life.

Mallards joyfully gathering at the park. (March 2020)

Related Resources: OgleOhio my photography blog that I started in 2012 because while one blog is good, two is better.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com