The best part about hobbies is that you can choose to be fickle with them. You can take on a variety of activities, and see which work best for you, and drop the ones that don’t without any guilt. And you always walk away with different life experiences. Our hobbies are extensions of our personalities. In 2017, choose to enrich your personality with an infusion of fun hobbies!
Crafting has definitely moved up in the world of trends, it’s no longer just viewed as a grandma hobby. And this is mostly because, with accessories and decorative items being so expensive, who has the money to buy pre-made décor? You can save money, work with your hands, create a killer Pinterest board and beautify your surroundings all in one go, so we think this hobby is a must-try!
There are many different forms of crafting. You can choose whichever one you
find the most appealing! You can try cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, calligraphy, bullet journaling, pottery, origami, flower arrangement, jewellery making and water-colouring to name a few!
Let your artistic spirit come out, and get crafty for 2017.
Pick Up an Instrument
Learning how to play a musical instrument not only gets you major points socially, but improves your cognitive function and ability to retain information. Your coordination gets better, you are more aware of your muscles and you look really cool too!
So what are you waiting for? Invest in your favourite musical instrument (Be creative! You can pick up an instrument that you had always wished you could play or something really cool and different like the cello or the recorder maybe?)
You don’t have to spend a lot of money either. Big fancy music stores have high-end brands that are only suited for more seasoned musicians. Beginners should look for deals on second hand instruments, or lesser known brands so that if you get bored or give up half-way you don’t suffer a tremendous financial loss. Just a friendly tip though, if you are planning on learning an instrument like the drums, make sure you sound-proof your room and alert the neighbours beforehand. Happy playing!
Most of us shirk away from responsibility. Often in our society, we end up asking our parents, grandparents or cousins for help sharing responsibility for things we should primarily be taking care of ourselves. If you don’t yet have children, take up a pet project that will help you gain a sense of responsibility. Even if you do have kids, a pet project can help you focus your energy, give you a sense of ownership (it’s all yours and you don’t have to share it with anyone!) and ultimately help you relax at the end of the day!
What is a pet project you ask? Well it could be a real pet, like a kitten, a gerbil, a puppy or if you want to start small, a goldfish or a little turtle! If you feel like you’re way too busy to take care of an animal all by yourself, adopt a plant! Water it, nurture it and help it grow. If at the end of the month it’s not dead, reward yourself for being responsible! It gives you something to look forward to, so why not!
Document Your Thoughts!
Try starting a blog or a journal. It’s a great way to keep your thoughts organized and also to create memories as you live day by day. If you feel like you can’t commit to writing pages every-day or if writing really isn’t your thing, try collecting thoughts or dreams instead. You can jot down a random thought that enters your mind now and then in a small diary, or keep track of whatever you dream about in a book that you keep on your bedside.
Blogs don’t have to be personal. You can write about any topic under the sun that interests you. It can also be a picture blog, or a video blog. Choose the option that you feel suits your personality the best. You will definitely be happy at the end of the year, when you have tangible access to your best and worst moments throughout the year, so you can evaluate them and figure out your next step from that moment onwards.
Learn a new skill. You don’t have to invest in expensive classes for this, a YouTube tutorial would suffice. Learn how to do better makeup, or hairstyles. Learn how to cook or bake. If you feel like you should get into shape this year, learn a few dance moves, or join a yoga class. Start running in a group or take up cycling instead. Learn how to swim. The possibilities are endless if you’re open to exploring, and no matter what you will walk away having learned something new at the end!
Make this New Year all about self-improvement. Hobbies are a great way to meet likeminded people, and they add a couple of cool lines on your resume as well, so expand your mindset and start learning!