When I was in high school and college, I remember feeling bored. The world was wide open and the possibilities of creating and recreating myself were endless, but everything good in life seemed to be ahead of me. I was always waiting for that good part.
Now, I’m no longer preparing myself for the future. Perhaps I’ve already arrived.
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Published: Dec 26, 2018
101 Hobbies to Start in 2019 – Listed By Types of Hobbies
As much as we love our work, lately our work has become a problem. With travel blogging, there isn’t much separation between work and life, and we’ll admit that we’re both workaholics.
We got swept up in the busyness of NYC and only realized recently how much we started to value work more than anything else. One day we made it a goal to take the evening off, and when we realized we didn’t know how to fill our time, we went right back to work.
This might sound simple, but for us, it hasn’t been so easy. We also need something that we love to do for ourselves and not so we can post about it, which is weirdly a prevalent part of the present human experience.
The Benefits of Hobbies
A few reasons I want to find some new hobbies next year:
- To play and relax – We need to find hobbies that can make us zero money and that might possibly bore everyone. haha
- To sharpen my mind – I have such terrible memory now and may well be on my way to having early onset Alzheimer’s (it’s in the family and it freaks me out).
- For personal growth, enrichment and emotional health – something I’m constantly needing work on.
- For better physical health – we already rock climb, but I think we need some activiities with cardio.
Other benefits include:
- Learning a useful skill
- Socializing and making new friends
- Making extra money
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Also, with our blog, you may already know we’re all about exploring our hometowns and greater backyards. We firmly believe that adventure starts within yourself by cultivating a spirit of adventure. Many of these can be done at home. How much more local can you get? 😉
“Find three hobbies you love: one to earn money, one to stay in shape, and one that allows you to be creative.” And if there were a fourth, we’d add one to make the world a better place. Which of these would you like to do next year?
- Rock Climbing
It’s a great way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. Frequenting the local climbing gym has also been one of the best ways for us to make friends as we move from city to city. Here are some beginner climbing tips for getting started.
- Mountain Biking
- Kayaking, Canoeing, or SUP
- Skiing or Snowboarding
We’ve met quite a few people who move to a new city just because of their love of skiing or snowboarding. If you’re worried about the cold, just be sure you have solid winter clothes and you’ll be all set.
- Scuba Diving
- Horse Riding
- Ice Skating
- Martial Arts or Kickboxing
- Parkour / Ninja Warrior
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise especially as you get older since you don’t put as much stress of your joints.
- Join a Sports League
- Learn to Fly a Plane
Check out the local airport to take lessons.
We’ve never entertained the idea of sailing full time since I get seasick, but we’re visiting some of our sailing friends hopefully this year. We’ll see if they change our minds.
The Arts and Creative Hobbies
We started taking hip hop classes last year, but after a few lessons our teacher had to leave the city. Now we need a new teacher! Maybe next we’ll try salsa, ballroom, belly dancing, or even pole dancing.
- Graffiti Art
- Improv Class
Whether you want to perform or not, it’s a great way to get over a fear of what people think about you.
- Latte Art
- Musical Instrument
We both grew up playing piano but lost a lot of what we learned. We still bring our books around with the intention to start practicing again.
- Videography / Filmmaking
- Voice Lessons
If you want to take your singing to the next level, consider getting voice lessons to help you improve. The exercises help so much.
- Writing Music
Try your hand at writing your very own music. When you’re comfortable, you can even try performing it at local open mics.
- Balloon Twisting
- Candle Making
- Cross-Stitching / Embroidery
- Flower Arranging
- Jewelry Making
- Knitting / Crocheting
- Leather Crafting
Food & Cooking Hobbies
- Brew Your Own Beer
- Canning / Pickling / Making Jam
- Coffee Roasting
- Food Styling
I’ve tried urban gardening, but have a black thumb. I’m always jealous of people who can grow anything. Apparently having plants in your home can reduce stress and improve productivity.
- Wine Tasting
If you love dressing up, try cosplaying.
- Trivia Night
If only I had a team of professors… I used to love going to Trivia Night. Even if you don’t win, at least you learn some random and useless facts.
- Get a New Pet
Enrichment & Miscellaneous
- Book Club
This is a great way to do something social and help you reach your reading goals.
- Home Improvement
If you spend a lot of time at home, this is a great hobby to make your space more of your own.
- Keep a Bullet Journal
- Learn a New Language
- Learn How to Code
Learn how to code or web design so you create your own sites or help others do it.
- Learn Sign Language
- Learn to Write with Non-Dominate Hand
I’ve always wanted to be ambidextrous. Practice writing or other daily task with your non-dominate hand.
I started using a meditation app to help me sleep. It’s become a great habit that I’ll continue next year.
- Minimalism / Declutter
- Public Speaking
Pick something you care about and find a way to get involved with a local organization.
Favorite Quotes on Hobbies
If you need a few more words of motivation to pick up a hobby next year, here are some more quotes I loved.
- “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.” – Steven Johnson
- Always find time for things that make you happy to be alive. – Unknown
Do you have any hobbies? What hobbies have you had in the past?
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