Things I would like to do more of

In terms of my hobbies and interests, I feel like things have turned pretty static. Although for some people, it’s totally fine to have a select few hobbies that they rarely stray from throughout their entire life is absolutely fine, for me, I feel like I’m in a place now where I need to expand and broaden my hobby related horizons a little bit. Of course reading will always be my biggest and number 1 hobby, nothing will ever take that away from me (I hope) and despite making some money from blogging now, I still more or less consider it a elaborate and time-consuming interest of mine. I love Yoga and watching films and TV shows but that’s more or less where my hobbying ends. Blogging, reading, TV and Yoga. It’s not a very diverse list is it?

So I’ve compiled a little list of things I would really like to do more of or get into completely from scratch. I need something new to sink my teeth into, something new to learn, embrace and immerse myself in. We’re always evolving and our tastes will change and I feel like I need to get my hands dirty with a brand new hobby or at least expand on something I enjoy and have dabbled in before.

Gaming

I have two issues with this one. 1) It conflicts greatly with my need to feel productive 24/7 (which I touched on in this post). I struggle massively doing anything which doesn’t get me further in terms of work or blogging. Although I know deep down that pointless, unproductive activities are good for the soul and crucial to help you switch off. My second issue is money. Games are bloody expensive. But I suppose there’s ways around that like borrowing games or buying them second hand. I’d love to do more gaming because when I’m into it, I’m really into it. If you have any horror type game recommendations for the PS3 or PS4, please leave them in the comments!

Colouring 

I didn’t buy into the colouring book phase when it came out a few years ago. I bought a small one and tried it but the book was too damn small and annoying that it didn’t relax me in the slightest, it just made me irritaed. So my first experience with an adult colouring book wasn’t a good one. But I’ve heard it can be really beneficial to mental health and have a calming effect on a lot of people. I know colouring isn’t for everyone but I’d like to give it another go soon. Especially as I have an absolutely stunning, brand new, adult colouring book which Ryman Stationery kindly sent me last year.

Gardening / growing things

I say things because I’m not quite sure what I want to grow yet and what’s possible to grow in my garden but I would absolutely love to learn a bit more about gardening and just spend more time tending to things in the garden when the weather is a bit warmer. I can imagine a huge sense of satisfaction when looking after plants and flowers, watching them bloom and grow. I grew some tomatoes once which worked but other than that, I haven’t ventured into vegetable growing anymore and I’d like to try that this year with some herbs and veggies. I love Lisa’s Notebook‘s posts about gardening, which you can find on her blog here!

Watch movies on my own

I consider movie watching a solid hobby albeit one of different degrees to different people. I’ve always loved watching movies but I really, really struggle to watch a movie on my own. Ain’t that weird? A TV show which I love I’m absolutely fine with. Probably because I know I only have to commit 45 minutes – an hour tops – of my time to one episode. And I can always watch more if I want to. But I dunno, an entire movie seems like an awfully big commitment when (back to my issue about productivity again – we’re always coming back here) I could be doing something else. But there are plenty of movies I want to watch that my partner or my mum don’t so why don’t I just watch them the heck on my own?!

What are some new or old hobbies you’d like to pick up this year? Anything you used to love doing but don’t anymore but would like to try again? Do you have any game or movie recommendations for me? Let me know!

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81 thoughts on “Things I would like to do more of

  1. I used to do cross-stitch which takes a lot of time too, and play Criminal Case (a FB game) but I’ve traded that time for reading. I hope to do a little of both in my next holiday again though :-). I’m sorry but can’t help you with gaming at all, or movies because I haven’t seen any recent ones. I heard Wonder is good though 😉

    • I used to cross stitch too! I did a few and really enjoyed it. Might be worth thinking about taking that up again. I also used to play Criminal Case as well! I don’t know why I stopped xxx

  2. I can’t even remember the last time I watched a movie on my own, I adore doing that so much – gonna try and do so this weekend now you’ve given me the idea. I have tons of my Netflix list I want to watch. Gardening and growing things is something I really enjoy doing to babe, I get that from my Grandparents LOL! Also, I haven’t fallen in love with a game since the Life is Strange series, I really want to have that feeling again. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  3. Great post Jenny! Nice to hear other people’s hobbies and interests. I love playing tennis (and play it regularly). I used to absolutely love my PS2 and PS3 but I haven’t played it in years! I found a few good gaming apps for my iPhone I liked and got hooked on for a few weeks haha! Rollercoaster Tycoon was a personal fave xx.

  4. Lovely post! It is so important to do things just for yourself. I really want to start developing myself more but I am still undecided how to. I always want to be a writer so I think I will start to write some fiction, I just don’t know where to begin. I’m also practicing my German a lot more.

  5. Firstly, thank you so much for the shoutout on the gardening posts, that’s so lovely of you! I do find grubbing around in the dirt very relaxing. And it can be extremely productive too, whether you grow flowers or fruit/veg, or just redesign your patch/window box – so that might assuage some of your “go girl” tendencies and need to be productive? Ironically, since blogging and freelancing I’ve had less time for my garden but I’ve been doing some colouring with Flora so I can recommend that as a hobby – I shall look forward to seeing some of your Ryman creations in due course 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  6. I’m using this year to find my way back to my art. It was something I used to do all the time and said I’d never give up. I’d also love to start my own little garden this spring. As for a game suggestion, my favorite game to play on PS4 is Life is Strange. They also have a prequel called Life is Strange: Before the Storm which is releasing it’s “Farewell” episode next week!

  7. I have that exact same coloring book! I still haven’t finished it and have so many others to work on. It’s hard to have hobbies and keep up with reading, but once I started listening to audiobooks, it helped. Multitasking is awesome. 💜 Gardening is amazing (hard work) but so rewarding.

    I love playing games with my kids too and watching movies. I think if you just get into something you enjoy, it’ll feel great.

    We truly are lucky to have so many forms of entertainment. 😉 Hope you find some things to enjoy!

  8. I absolutely love coloring when I’m stressed! I’m huge on reading, and love playing on my Nintendo switch but not obsessively (lately anyways). I recently started learning to sew (taking classes with my mom) and I’m huge into decorative planning 😁 so many hobbies lol oh and I’m also learning to cook 😂😂😂

  9. Colouring is such a relaxing hobby! I love adult colouring books and they provide such a sense of achievement. Love this post!

    chloewritessometimes.wordpress.com

  10. I loved this post! I’m in the same boat myself. I write and I watch tv shows and movies. I wanted to try new things but, like you, I need to be productive at all times. So I decided to learn new skills instead so I don’t feel like I’m wasting time as much. This year I want to learn how to play the guitar. I don’t want to be Ed Sheeran or anything, just the basics will do for now. I really want to get back into colouring books as well though. It used to be so calming. I could sit there for hours.

  11. I completely get you on the gaming front! My friends are all big big gamers but unless I’m doing something else at the same time, it can feel like such a waste of time even though it’s not. I started listening to audiobooks while I play games that need me to grind for ages and that helps!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. ❤

  12. For me hobbies are more things that I’d rather get back into rather than expand. I blog and love cooking (obviously) and there’s the standard stuff like watching TV and I run but I’m really into high fashion. I have every issue of Vogue since September 2008 (so excited for our 10 year anniversary) and I’ve been collecting other magazines for years too. I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually read one though. I few of my favourites have had editorial changes in the last year or two which put me off reading them for a while then I fell out of the habit. And it’s something I’ve loved since I was 13. It’s a mini goal of mine to start reading them again and at least flick through some of the ones I’ve missed x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  13. This is such a great post and I find that as I get older I shift away from my all time fave hobbies! I agree with you as reading with always be my fave hobby but I find I’m slowly getting into colouring books aswell and really enjoying it!

    Ayse Merve x

  14. I am a complete sucker for games! They take up a lot of my time but honestly, I’m okay with it because I realised that they relieve so much of my stress when I really get into a game! I adored Beyond two souls, it was a favourite of mine! I don’t know many horror games, but I’ve been replaying Persona 5 and honestly it’s even helped me become more productive when I’m doing other things! xx

  15. These sound like really relaxing hobbies Jenny 💖. I love Lisa’s gardening posts too, she has like the most beautiful garden! 😄 I like the sound of watching films on your own as you can then see exactly what you like ☺️. Although I do like to discuss it afterwards so normally just wait to watch it with someone else. Hope you have a lovely month with lots of time for hobbies! 💖😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  16. I’d like to get into scrapbooking and get back into art in general. I used to draw a lot, and don’t anymore, I also love taking photos so have a huge amount of them that I would like to nicely put in albums 🙂 other than that my two main hobbies (dance, since the age of 5 and blogging since 2 years now) already take up a good chunk of my time so don’t thing I have room for anything else lol

    Perrine

  17. I have three solid hobbies that I’ve been doing since 10/11 years old, drawing/painting, writing and reading. My problem that I hate is that when I try something else, or look into a new hobbie I seem to lose interest instead of trying it I have already mentally told myself it wouldn’t last long so there’s no point in wasting my time, which sucks because they are so many things I would like to go back and atleast try, hopefully one day I will. Good luck on gaining a few new hobbies from your list, colouring books is something I’m currently itching towards and because it’s arty and I’ve been told it can be therapeutic I’m interested in doing it. Great post.

  18. Gardening is a pretty good hobby. I’m not the best gardener in the world but I enjoy it. Last year we had over 30 sunflowers in the garden. This year, I’m going to grown some flowers to attract bees and butterflies. I also like knitting. I sound really old now haha x

  19. My first hobby is actually writing, which is why I have a blog in the first place- but one of my other major hobbies is hand lettering and calligraphy! Kind of like coloring but a little more artsy I guess? I’m not that good at drawing so I stuck to pretty looking words haha!!

    Lovely post 😉

  20. I’d really like to start playing the Sims again, and I also want to watch more films, both older things and at the cinema. I also love just listening to music, while doing nothing else, and really focusing on the lyrics.
    Amy xxx

  21. Gaming:
    I’m an avid gamer and currently into Call of Duty (all of them). When I first time watching my brother play it i’m like, “this game is not for me..” because it was too gut-wrenching but now that I got the hang of it, I am loving it! But I’m still a huge fan of adventure RPG like Harry Potter or Tomb Raider (boooringggg 😅) and yes game is so expensive especially PS4 games.

    Coloring:
    I used to color a lot but now I enjoy pixel coloring app on my phone called UNICORN. Maybe I should coloring again but not on my phone but on the book haha. I kinda miss it.

    I used to do scrapbooking when I finished high schoo and I feel like I want to start scrapbooking or writing journal again.

  22. I really want to get back into colouring whilst listening to audiobooks so I can combine two of my hobbies! I also want to get back into gaming – I miss it! You should definitely start watching those films on your own, you can always watch them in halves so you don’t feel unproductive xx

    • I do tend to watch films in halves! Long films I really struggle with. I just want to do more stuff on my own and not have to rely on anyone else, like my boyfriend, to have hobbies you know?! xxx

      • Yeah, I definitely get that! My boyfriend spends most of his free time gaming and whilst I love that, I’m a bit burnt out of that at the moment! So I’m having to find things to do by myself too! Xxx

  23. My husband and I like outdoor activities like hiking but we are admittedly fair-weather enthusiasts! So, while it’s still a bit chilly I want to start re-purposing clothes and furniture! I like the idea of being a little more crafty!

  24. In the spring I love to do more planting and general garden maintenance as I have a really big back garden. I dread it at the start but after a long day in the sun in my garden my soul is soothed!

  25. I have the exact same colouring book as in your image! And I love it! 😊 But I haven’t really been colouring at all, so now this is something I would also like to do more of. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. If you’re looking for horror style games then check out Dead Space and Dead Space 2. They were released for the PS3 a couple years ago and they’re phenomenal games.

    Dead Space is kind of like mixing 1979’s Alien and 82’s The Thing with a little Event Horizon in there. Play it with the lights out and the sound way up because the atmosphere alone will put you on edge.

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