Dreaming about the changes you're going to make to the garden this year? I am - the ideas have been on the backburner of my brain for a few months, but I planned what I wanted to get done in the garden this year way back last fall!
And I don't have to apologize for being a crazy, obsessed gardener because having a creative hobby is good for my brain and my health! (Maybe I just feel a little defensive...) I could have told you this all along, but it is validating when Psychology Today says:
"evidence increases that the arts, crafts and other recreational activities we pursue for pure fun may have significant, if hidden, impact on our professional skills and accomplishments as well as other areas of our lives."
In short, this article reports that creative hobbies reduce stress, exercise imaginative skills that come in handy in the workplace, provide a learning benefit and help cultivate our personal creativity. And most importantly perhaps, they take us out of the "passive role of receivers" of art and put us in the active role of contributing to the "creative capital of society at large."