Free Time: One of the Best Things About Living in the Remote Arctic

There are a lot of things I miss about being on a road system (and in Minnesota). I miss my family and lifelong friends. I miss being able to jump in the car, load up the kayak or fishing gear, and meet a friend on the lake. I miss going to concerts and Target.

However, when I’m gone, one of the things I miss most about my little trailer in the arctic is all of the time I have to pursue various hobbies. I don’t have to feel guilty for telling someone, “no, I don’t want to go to the movies, I’d rather stay home and read a book”. I don’t have to waffle over staying home to knit or going out for drinks with friends. Heck, I don’t even have a tv to distract me (and I don’t miss it…usually).

I’ve been able to continue/dedicate more time over the past few months to things that I enjoy:

  1. Reading
  2. Photography
  3. Knitting
  4. Blogging
  5. Cooking/Baking (neither of which I particularly adore, but I’ve challenged myself this year to try making new foods and eating real meals often…and I’ve been doing better!)

I’ve also picked up an entirely new hobby: Quilting. Which I am extremely excited about (and also thankful that my roommate is patient and willing to share her expertise with me)!


As bitter winter creeps in, I’ll spend even less time outdoors and more time curling up and trying to keep myself busy.


Send all of your book and hobby recommendations my way!