What I do when I’m not writing or reading

I do exercise. For me, nothing beats a good run and weight lifting or Yoga class to blow off steam. I exercise as regularly as I write and read. Sometimes even more often. 

I go have some quality time with my husband. Being married to a sound engineer/guitarist/producer means less time to actually talk with each other. His work can take a full whole month (sometimes even months!) of overtime recording/mixing/mastering and whatnot. Being able to get away from all that and be there just the two of us is always a thing I look forward to. 

Reading Keri Smith’s books. Most of her book is instructing the readers to do stuff. So it’s not actually reading a book like we read novels, but it’s more like doing research, explore new ideas, train the creativity muscle and always think outside the box. I like it a lot, because I find it refreshing and inspiring. 

Do nothing. This is also one of my favorite thing. The key to be able to move on with the hectic daily life is to go back to oneself. I’m using this time to re-trace everything; if I’m on the right track or not, should I be doing more community work, etc. But most importantly, I just enjoy the serenity of it. Giving my body a chance to fully pause all kinds of activity and surrender to nature and time. 


Author: Maria Ambarastuti

A wife, a worker, a dreamer. trying to live her life to the fullest and continue to search for ways to enrich life. drop me an email for further chats: m.ambarastuti@gmail.com

3 thoughts on “What I do when I’m not writing or reading”

  1. I love doing nothing, too! It’s hard to do nothing. I just started doing a bus commute (two hours one way) and while there is wifi on the bus, I’ve decided to use that time to stare out of the window. I agree it’s important to pause fully.

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    1. I can totally relate to that! And have you ever found a moment of ‘epiphany’ while you’re actually doing nothing? I have and it has changed my life.


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