10 Relaxing Activities That Help Me Cope With Lupus

These are things that make me happy!

Here are some of my favorite hobbies that make me happy (besides spending time with my lovely twin girls and my hubby, of cause).

1. Painting.

I've never taken any painting class.  I only learned from observations.  I love drawing and some day, I might take a real art class.

thai floating market

"Floating Market" I painted this picture with acrylic on my bathroom door.  Notice a door nob on your right?  We're debating whether to take the door with us when we move to a new place.

"My Thai Village Life"  This was my first painting on canvas I painted in 1996.

"Japanese Lilies"  I painted these lilies right of my back porch.  My husband planted them so I painted them for his birthday.  I think it was an oil painting. The painting might be tucking away somewhere.

2. Knitting (see my knitting gallery)

I taught myself to knit from a knitting kit I bought from a craft store.  I needed a break from my college work and I was looking for something relaxing.  I've always loved the way the knitted fabrics look.  I loved it even more after I found out that I could make so many different textures and designs.  I learned very quick and wasn't satisfy with the beginner level, so I bought a Vogue Knitting Magazine and started my first sweather from the Intermediate level.  So far, I've knitted too may sweather and bought too much yarn (but never enough).  Now many years later, I am having my own knitting website!

3. Reading.

Here are some of my favorite book I've read. 

 "Reading Lolita in Tehran" It's a non-fiction story of a professor who had to secretly meet with her favorite group of students to learn the literatures that were banned in Iran during the revolution.
Most of the books I read are from Oprah's book club.  I just love Oprah Winphrey.  She is my idol!  And I think she choose the right books to read too.

 "Daughter of Fortune"  I love this book!  I'll read it again.  It's about love and courage.  It's exciting and full of adventure.  I didn't want to put the book down.

 "A Find Balance" It you think your life is hard read this book.  You'll feel very fortunate!  I cried so many times.  It's a story of an uncle and nephew who struggled to make a decent living but had to face all these awful events.  The novel sets scene  in india during the revolution.  It will make your heart weep.

 "Life Of Pi"  This is not one of the book club book.  A friend of mine lent it to me.  It is a fun book to read.  It made me think the story was real after I read it.

 "House of Sand and Fog" I thought this book was good.  I saw the movie too.  This is another sad story.  I think most novels are sad.

 "A Map of the World"  I saw this on the movie too!  I like both the book and the movie.  It's about a school nurse in Raisin, Wisconsin who got accused of molasting a school boy.

"On Gold Mountain"  I picked this book up from a Smithsonial Musseum after finished touring an exhibition on this pioneer Chinese family who were one of the earliest immigrants that migrated to America to look for better future.  This was a success story and happy ending!

flower note card

4. Photographing.

You can see some of my photos I took and made it to note cards (see sample above) for my neighbor hood fund raise Here.

5. Cooking.

I enjoy cooking as much as eating.  I love to experiment new recipes.  I also created a little section on Easy Food Recipes on this site.

6. Singing and listening to musics.

I like to sing Karaoke.  I like mostly country music but I also enjoy pop music as well.  I created a relaxing music video that I think it might help other people as well. (see video below)

7. Walking and Hiking.

My husband and I like to hike in a forrest or state park.  My problem is I can't hike very far due to my leg pain.  So, I would hike and rest then hike and rest again.  My right leg is worse than the left one because it is shorter due to the polio.  I was told that I had polio when I was two.  The doctor thought that I would die if my parent weren't take me to the hospital right away.  I wear lifted sneakers when I hike.  they help a lot.

8. Taking a nice warm bath.

This is a good way to relax.  Pour a lot of aromatic bubble bath and light up those candles!  I like to have a glass of wine with it even though my doctor says I shouldn't drink!

9. Meditation.
 Just close my eyes and listen to nothing will relax me a whole lot.  I know people who go to seminar class to do nothing but breath.  Sounds like a winner to me.

10. Creating Website and blog.

I love to write and tell story.  This helps me release some of my tension.  Everyday, I will check my knitting site and think about project I can knit and write about.

And there you have it.  Now you know what I spend my time doing when I don't look after my girls.

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