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.
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!
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?!