Finding Yourself a Hobby
With our lives being so busy due to work, family and other commitments, it can be a challenge to find time for ourselves. Finding a hobby is often just what you need. Don’t think that just because you even get into retirement that you are let off the hook. Many people say they have never been busier than ever when they retire – so be forewarned! It is so incredibly important to make a little space in your schedule to do something just for you. That is where a hobby comes in and is helpful for that reason. We are going to take a look at some hobbies that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Finding a hobby that suits is key.
Whether you have an outdoor space to use or not, one of the great all time hobbies is gardening. There are many benefits to getting your green fingers, but one of the best ones is that it is something you can do from the comfort of your own home and you learn what you’re doing over time. That is a great benefit to any hobby, the ability to pick it up as go along rather than needing to learn it first and then get practicing. Over time you will discover plants that are easier to grow and how rewarding that is.I love my garden and seeing what new things are budding or sprouting brings me immense joy.
With so many options open to you when it comes to starting your gardening hobby, there are some things you might want to look into. For the more traditional method you will need to think about the type of plants, fruits or vegetables that you want to grow and get yourself either some land or growing pots. Whereas if you would like to try growing plants in a different way via sand, gravel or liquid indoors then you should get your hands on hydroponic supplies Below are some of the things you might want to grow using the former
- Plants – Hydrangea, Sunflowers, and Pansies
- Vegetables – Peas, Runner Beans, and Potatoes
- Fruits – Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Apples
- Herbs – Basil, Mint, and Rosemary
Arts & Crafts
If you are looking for a hobby that takes time to learn and develop then maybe you should look into the arts and crafts side of life. Now, before we go on it is important to point out that you don’t have to good at drawing or other art in order to enjoy the process. Many people put themselves off getting involved in the arts because of a perceived lack of ability. Like most skills, it takes time to develop, but the aim here is to have a hobby that gives you time away from the pressures of modern life. A restful break for your mind if you will.
Arts and crafts cover a broad range of subjects so let’s drill down a little bit further. For starters, you have the classics of drawing and painting. To get you moving in this direction, check out an online tutorial so that you can get some ideas on how to improve your work. If you’re lucky enough to be someone who has a natural gift for drawing then see how you can enhance that skill and enjoy it. However, this won’t be for everyone so for those of you out there looking for some at home crafts to be doing; you should look on websites like Etsy for origami based projects that guide you through building a lampshade or little creatures.
You could include handcrafted cards. Although they are sent out a great deal less many people say they gain pleasure from receiving them as do those who make them. They do give your creative juices a good boost. I have resources on hand so that I may make a card for any occasion to send off. Ah – I must just check if any are for sale at the moment online (only a crafter would understand the “looking for resources bug!”)
My husband spent a great deal of time on projects with leather involved. He found it very relaxing and had many completed projects to show for it. The cost of leather was very pricey – plus there are a number of tools required. Stencils are also needed for different patterns you might need to put on your patterns and designs. Some of what he made were belts, bags, purses, wallets and little pocket knife holders. You can make other craft items and add bits of leather to give the item – a good finish.
My husband who is now retired works diligently sitting at his bench. Projects come and go in the woodwork side of things. He has shelves set up at the back of his bench so that he can just reach for everyday items to help conjure up something interesting. There is a high reward in choosing this as your hobby. The mind boggles at what you can create for both everyday use and gifts. Here are some:
- Garden ornaments
- Benches and stools
- Shelving including ladders and cupboards.
- Handmade games
- Items around the house that are helpful ie armchair drink holders, chopping boards, fruit bowls, pull-out space saver shelving.
- Re-vitalise old vintage furniture with bits and pieces added.
- Projects that help animals – bird feeders, hen houses, etc.
You will find that more than woodwork ensues at a bench or in your area reserved for “spreading things out”. There will be the oiling, painting, sanding and all things related to wood. I’ve helped my husband on occasion so it’s projects that you can both do together at times if this works for you.
Working with Fabric
For those who don’t do dress-making as everyday work this is a pleasure to do and so rewarding. When you are a beginner you can start on simple sewing projects. Many can take just 10 to 20 minutes.
Here are just a few of the starter projects you can work on making:
- Appliance covers
- Pockets over your lounge chairs, beside your bed or behind cupboards and wardrobe doors
- Purse and make-up bags
- Pillow cases
Working with Yarns
Finding a hobby working with yarns conjours up ideas of macrame or rope work. Or maybe knitting and crochet. Don’t over-look any of these. I re-call not being motivated to trying a hobby once – but did it anyway and found I did like it. Once you learn and can see how easily a hobby can become part of your world and relaxing at that you will be on a winner. To me – working with yarns is for any age level and male or female.
The avenue of reading opens up the “highest” possibilities. From historical times there are some who gained their main education through reading. But when it comes to a hobby you have a myriad of possibilities to take time out and enjoy every possible topic that you may think of. While not a “practical” hobby it certainly joins the list as one that ensures you will take time out from your every day commitments. Like finding a hobby just for you – you will find a book that suits your taste.
Final thoughts on finding a hobby just for you
Often I have heard people say that a hobby started out as just that and became a passion. Even some later it became a business. But you don’t need to plan for it to be so. Finding a way to take your downtime and turn it into something practical and fulfilling is a great way to live and will reap rewards for you mentally for years to come.
I have covered a few ideas here – but don’t let that just be your stopping off point to finding a hobby that suits just you. You can become as specialised in what you like. You never know – but you might be sending me images next of your new accomplishment!
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.