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Another of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to start a new hobby. So that’s your big project for today. Decide on a hobby you wish to pursue, and find out how to start making it happen (and if you can start making it happen today, do it!) You may need to buy some supplies, you may need to sign up for a community college course, you may find that there are teaching classes available at your local library or even local craft shops. You can learn to do a lot of things by watching instructional YouTube videos, some things are best learned from a book, and some things you can just pick up and tinker with until you gradually develop more skill.
My apologies again for another link heavy article. I originally posted just a list and then decided that that was ineffective and that if something on it grabbed your interest you should have information on both how and why to pursue it. So, my posts may not be the prettiest blog posts out there, but they’re thorough and informative 🙂
Ultimately what new hobby interests you is up to you, but here’s a list of ideas for inspiration:
- Attend Auctions. I’ve only ever been to one auction in my life and I was 7. I still love the piece of wall art my parents bought, so while it was pretty boring for a 7 year old, something good came from it. I imagine as an adult with potential money to spend or just an interest in seeing the curiosities of what people have owned would make it much more interesting. Finding Home Farms has a handy 10 Step Guide to walk you through the auction process from finding an auction to going home with your purchase.
- Build a Go-Kart. Whether you’re looking for a parent/child bonding project or you’re just a kid at heart, Go-Karts seem to appeal to those who like a little bit of adventure and sense of accomplishment with their fun. Personally the closest I’ll ever get is playing Mario Kart on the Wii because I’m sure real races frown on throwing turtle shells at your opponents, but you can buy kits that have everything you need to make a Kart, buy parts individually, or even buy one ready made if you’re not interested in building and just want to get straight to using it.
- Build Things Out of Legos. Lego sells a whole line of really fun building kits, and if you’re really good with visualizing things and putting them together it has become all the rage to make elaborate projects out of legos. This is another one of those fun hobbies you can either take up for the child within you or share bonding with your own kids. And may I just say that the Lego Millennium Falcon is amazing!
- Do Crossword Puzzles. When I was working graveyard shifts at a call center I did the Denver Post crossword puzzle every day and got really good at them. They’re a fun challenge, convenient to do anywhere, an inexpensive hobby, and can keep your brain occupied for hours. Even doing one a week can help keep your mind sharp, and they have a slew of benefits to both health and personal development, including preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s, improving your verbal skills, sharpening your problem solving skills, improving your pattern recognition, and even lowering your stress levels like a form of meditation.
- Do Jigsaw Puzzles. They’re great for your brain. Benefits of doing jigsaws include reduced chance of Alzheimer’s and even longer life-span. They help prevent dementia and memory loss, produce dopamine, increase your concentration, alertness, and creativity. They even have physical benefits like lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and breath rate. Also, like crossword puzzles, they put you into a mental state very similar to meditation and are great for reducing stress. There are lots of really pretty ones out there too, and there are puzzles appropriate for all ages no matter how young.
- Do Sudoku. Yet another puzzle hobby that has great health benefits, except with numbers instead of words or pictures. Sudoku is a great brain exercise that improves your memory, sharpens your logical thinking, stimulates your minds, reduces the possibility of Alzheimer’s, helps you adapt to doing things quickly and improves your concentration. It’s another great option for a hobby that can be done anywhere.
- Enter Billiards/Pool Tournaments. Or just learn to play for fun. Playing pool can be a great way to meet people. It also improves hand/eye coordination, and is fun enough to not realize you’re having to use geometry to play. If you’re someone who enjoys going out for an occasional drink, or has friends that do, it can also give you something to do at a bar other that drinking so you can have fun and moderate your drinking, moderate your spending, or be the designated driver.
- Enter Darts Tournaments. Or just learn to play for fun, or even at home. Like pool, playing darts can be an awesome way to meet people, improves hand/eye coordination, and gives you something to do at a bar besides drinking so that you can either moderate your drinking (and moderate your spending) or be the designated driver, and still have a good time.
- Get an Amateur (Ham) Radio License. The original internet, Ham radio lets you talk to people all over the world, but you need a license to operate one legally. Ham radio is a great hobby for tech fans and science buffs. You can run Ham radios on battery or generator power so they are extremely handy in weather emergencies, most operators take it very seriously so you will be interacting with skilled people, operators exchange postcards with each other from all around the world, and you can even do awesome things like bounce your signal off of the moon. You may also get the opportunity to chat with some celebrities that are amateur radio loyalists. Remember Art Bell? Yeah, I’ve talked to him on Ham Radio. It felt more personal and special than talking on the air.
- Get an Aquarium. Fish are living creatures too, so only do this if you’re going to be dedicated to maintaining it, but fish make great pets for smaller homes and rentals. They don’t need to be walked or brushed or have their litter boxes scooped. They won’t throw up on your rug or bed. They aren’t going to make your neighbors complain about the noise of a barking dog in the backyard. They don’t have fur to be allergic to or have to vacuum up. They don’t have separation anxiety from being left home alone and can be set up with an automatic feeder when you have to travel. Watching fish is well known to be a calming and tranquil experience that will lower your stress. The aquarium can be a beautiful decoration piece in your home. And there are types of fish that will interact with you and can be trained to do tricks.
- Get a Penpal. We’ve lost the art of personal correspondence. With all of this internet and all these different sites out there that advertise themselves as ways to make new friends we really just end up with a lot of disguised sites that people use to sell drugs, have casual sex, or offer prostitution. Through all this social networking what we really end up with is a way to like our real friends less when they say things behind a screen that they’d never say in person, or a bunch of pseudo interactions that don’t actually offer any real meaningful connection as people are just hitting like buttons or devising the best way to get likes ourselves. It’s a lot of containing yourself in a little world of narcissism of trying to see what everyone thinks of you and how everything they do or don’t do affects you, and that’s not what it’s supposed to be about . I support getting back to basics and developing a friendship with someone based entirely on your conversations and the things that are important to the two of you that you actually sit down and write letters about them and feel a true connection when you get back a response specifically for you that’s more than 140 characters.
- Get Your Pilot’s License. Who knew there were so many things to fly? Not me, I like it on the ground. But you can choose to become a pilot of airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloon, or airships. I can understand the appeal of having so much freedom, and if the air is for you this is one hobby that could eventually turn lucrative.
- Go Antiquing. There are lots of reasons to enjoy antiquing. Maybe you just like old fashioned styles and will enjoy shopping and window shopping. Maybe you’re great at fixing things up and can refinish or reupholster or rewire something you find cheap and enjoy the project, then either keep it if you love the piece, or resell it so you can make a profit and also still have room to keep working on additional finds. Maybe you just watch a lot of Antiques Roadshow and are really good at spotting a bargain that you can turn a profit on or that might even belong in a museum.
- Go Geocaching. Geocaching was all the rage among active, healthy people for a good while. It was like a more exclusive, less intrusive version of Pokemon Go. Geocaching advertises itself as the world’s largest treasure hunt. You can play for free, or get a paid membership that gives you extra features I know nothing about cause I don’t pay for stuff. You use either the website or the app (available on both iPhone and Android) to pick a geocache and go find it. Once you do you sign and date a logbook and then rehide the geocache where you found it, and tell people about your experience with it online. So. Sort of a choose your own mini adventure.
- Go People Watching. Can be done anytime, anywhere. You just go somewhere public and watch strangers. See what they do, listen to their interactions, and try to come up with a story about their life that fits what you learn about them from your observances. Can be done alone or with a friend.
- Go To Car Shows. I am NOT a car enthusiast, so I don’t have much of a grasp of what happens at these things, but if cars are your jam there are all kinds of car shows and clubs and rallies and auto shows where you can socialize with other car buffs and checkout vintage models, exotic cars, hot rods, or new up and coming models.
- Go To Poetry Readings. Read or listen to poetry. Drink some coffee, be artsy. The idea is that poetry takes on different life and different meaning according to who is reading it and how the emphasize things or the emotion they put into it based on their own experiences.
- Have a Weekly Family Night.
- Host Regularly Scheduled Dinner Parties.
- Host Regularly Scheduled Game Nights. (Board, Card, or Video.)
- Host Regularly Scheduled Movie Nights.
- Join a Bible Study Group.
- Join a Bingo Club.
- Join a Book Club.
- Join a Bowling League.
- Join a Choir
- Join a Church Group
- Join an Exercise Class (Aerobics, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Step, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Zumba)
- Join a Roller Derby
- Join a Sports League (They do have them for adults too!)
- Learn About Your Cultural Heritage and how to make Arts and Food Representing It
- Learn Another Language
- Learn Archery
- Learn Beading
- Learn Calligraphy
- Learn Flower Pressing
- Learn Gymnastics
- Learn HTML
- Learn Jewelry Making
- Learn Macrame
- Learn Magic Tricks
- Learn Metal Working
- Learn Morse Code
- Learn Needlepoint
- Learn Origami
- Learn Raku
- Learn Rock Climbing
- Learn To Blow Glass
- Learn To Crochet
- Learn To Cross-Stitch
- Learn To Embroider
- Learn To Figure Skate
- Learn to Horseback Ride
- Learn To Juggle
- Learn To Knit
- Learn To Latch-Hook
- Learn To Make Balloon Animals
- Learn To Make Candles
- Learn To Make Flower Arrangements
- Learn To Make Lace
- Learn To Make Paper
- Learn To Make Potpourri
- Learn To Make Soap
- Learn To Make Stained Glass
- Learnt To Play a Card Game and Host Games On a Regular Schedule (Bridge, Euchre, Gin, Hearts, Poker, Spades)
- Learn To Play An Instrument
- Learn To Play Chess
- Learn to Play Mahjong
- Learn To Quilt
- Learn To Sail
- Learn To Scrapbook
- Learn To Sculpt
- Learn To Sew
- Learn To Skate
- Learn To Ski (Cross Country or Downhill)
- Learn to Snow Board
- Learn to Surf
- Learn to Tie Dye
- Learn Topiary Art
- Learn to Weave
- Learn Web-Design
- Learn Wood-Carving
- Learn Woodworking
- Learn to Work on Cars
- Make Model Cars (or other models, I know someone who made a Starship Enterprise)
- Make Mosaics
- Make Your Own Beer
- Paint (Acrylics, Oils, Watercolor.. Paint By Number)
- Play Disc-Golf
- Research Your Family’s Genealogy
- Sing Karaoke
- Start Bicycling
- Start a Blog
- Star a Bucket List
- Start Camping
- Start a Coin Collection
- Start a Community Garden
- Start a Garden of Your Own (Flowers, Herbs, Succulents, Vegetables, Water)
- Start a Vinyl Record Collection
- Start Hiking
- Start Jogging
- Start a Post Card Collection
- Start Running
- Start a Shell Collection
- Start a Tabletop Game, Role Playing Game, or Dungeons & Dragons Group
- Start a Stamp Collection
- Start a Stone Collection
- Start Swimming
- Take Acting Lessons
- Take an Art Appreciation Course
- Take a Bartending Course
- Take a Ceramics Class
- Take Cooking Classes
- Take Dance Lessons (Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Country Line, Exotic, Latin, Pole, Square, Tap)
- Take Drawing Lessons
- Take Improv Lessons
- Take a Martial Arts Class
- Take a Music Appreciation Course
- Take a Parkour Class
- Take a Photography Class
- Take a Pottery Class
- Take Up Amateur Astronomy
- Take Up Beekeeping
- Take Up Birding/Bird Watching
- Take Up Cosplay
- Take Up Ghost Hunting
- Take Up Golfing
- Take Up LARPing
- Take Up Laser Tag
- Take Up Metal Detecting
- Take Up Paintball
- Take Up Table Tennis/Ping-Pong
- Take Up Tennis
- Take Up Weight Lifting
- Take Up Whittling
- Take Yoga Classes
- Volunteer Somewhere On a Regular Basis
- Write a Memoir
- Write Poetry
- Write Short Stories
So pick a hobby that appeals to you and start learning how to make it happen! Other than that, today’s small list of tasks are:
Give Yourself a Facial Cleanse. I’m gonna keep saying it. When we look better, we feel better. But also, when we’re cleaner we feel better, and our face collects a ton of crud. It’s the body part we never cover up so it gets all of the dirt and sweat and elements that we’re exposed to and can get clogged pores or dry skin or oily skin or acne or rashes or any number of things that just make your skin unhappy. You can of course buy yourself a pre-made facial cleanser, there are many out there for all different skin types, but we’re also going to encourage one that you probably already have everything you need to accomplish, that’s natural and will benefit your skin regardless of type.
This Olive Oil Face Cleanser recipe comes courtesy of Reader’s Digest, where they explain that Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer, but also that its antioxidants and healthy fats reduce free radicals, which can relieve irritated or sunburnt skin. It lightens dark spots, kills bacteria, and makes your skin smooth and clear. Our previous reading has told us using olive oil as a cleanser dates back into ancient history where it was widely used by Egyptians and presumably the Greeks and Romans who would have brought the practice to them. This cleanser is good for both genders and is used as a night cream. You just mix 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup water. Rub it on your face and leave it there over night. It’s probably a safe idea to put a towel over your pillow tonight 🙂
Clean Out Your Car! Car’s can easily collect a lot of junk between fast food containers and junk mail and receipts and gym bags and kids spilling goldfish crackers. Give your car some love today and clean it out. If it’s trash or recyclable dispose of it properly. If it belongs in the house get it in there (and put where it belongs so you don’t have to worry about it a second time.) Don’t forget to clean out the trunk, center console, glove box, drink holders, ash trays, side or seat pockets, and any other secret nooks and crannies that may be hiding junk. Vacuum out the interior, if it’s warm enough you won’t have to worry about the hot water and cold air shattering your glass take it to the car wash, and make sure it’s ready for winter elements. Are the tires in good shape and safe for slick roads? Do they have enough air in them? Do you have windshield deicer in your washer fluid? Do you have emergency supplies ready in your trunk for the event of a break down or getting stuck in snow? Do you have your registration and current proof of insurance put away in the glove box where they’re easy to find if you need them? When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wipers? Do you need to top off your coolant? Is your spare tire in travel worthy shape? Roadside emergencies are the worst, but they’re not nearly as bad if you’re prepared for them.
Do some lower-body bodyweight exercises.
Do 10 lunges (one for each leg counts as one).
Do 10 Side Lunges (one for each leg counts as one).
Do 15 Squats.
1st Month, 250 lbs, Squat as well as I could manage post-ankle surgery
Do 5 Squat Jumps.
TRY to do 5 Single Leg Squats (one for each leg counts as one).
They’re hard to do. Prepare to laugh at yourself and unless you’re already in pretty good shape don’t expect to be successful at all 5. The important thing is to try, because that’s how you’ll eventually succeed. But don’t hurt yourself either, try them next to something you can grab on to if you lose your balance.
Listen to a guided meditation or subliminal track to help you detox. Drink some water after you do. At least a whole 8oz. Even if you don’t buy into the idea of detoxes, the guided meditation will help you relax, and the subliminal tracks put me to sleep every single time.
A word about music: We include songs for a reason. Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much. Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason. If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
Album:I Love the 70’s – 1972