Post # 1
I kind of feel stuck … Once I was a full time student, and spent my spare time working, studying and partying. Then I graduated with my nursing degree, and spent 3 years working an average of 60 hours per week, and spent my spare time cooking, cleaning, and dating. Then I got engaged, cut back to 40 hours a week, and spent my spare time wedding planning … Now I am a newlywed, and work less than I ever have (about 30 hours a week), don’t NEED to work any more than that financially, but I am bored. I have framed by hair flower, and the bout, I have have finished the albums, thank-you cards are long done, and I know Christmas cards will take me a day max.
I cook, clean, take care of the dog and cat, and even after everything is done I have way too much spare time on my hands. I am slowly finishing and decorating the house, but me and DH do that together and he works twice as much as I do, so when he is working and I am off I can’t fall back on that.
I need a hobby … but how do you get a hobby? It feels weird and artificial to just up and say I am going to take up _____ (fill in the blank).
I have bought a few scrapbook kits, and I have the basic supplies, but I don’t find it very fun …
Help me find a hobby!
Post # 3
Hmm… do you like to volunteer? Maybe contact a local hospital… wait a second – just remembered you are a nurse. Scratch that.
Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to try? Something outdoorsy or athletic, perhaps?
Are you wanting something to do at home? or outside the home?
Join a choir, take dance lessons – any city colleges that have courses you could look through? There’s all sorts of stuff – flower arranging, calligraphy, drawing/art, pottery. It sounds like you are kind of crafty – maybe a local art supply store is having classes.
As for me – I’ve always wanted to take up cake decorating… that’s what I’d do, in your shoes! 🙂
Post # 4
I work out a lot…..4-5 days a week…that’ll take out at least an hour or 2 a day, and keep you healthy
Post # 5
I am thinking of looking into taking clases at the college – the issue it that with shift work it is a guarantee I will have to miss them now and again and I always feel bad about it.
I am totally open to doing something outside the home, other than the shift work issue, I always feel bad when I miss club meetings and such, but it is unavoidable really!
Post # 6
If I had free times, I would enjoy working out more frequently. I already work out 2-3 times a week, but would love to be able to go to the gym, hike, run on the beach everyday. You could try training for a marathon or something.
Post # 7
I just started making jewelry! It is so fun!!
Post # 8
You could check out a new hobby every week and write a blog about it.
Post # 9
@tksjewelry: That could be a crazy expensive prospect … because each hobby has tools/supplies that are needed … I am going to consider your suggestion though …
Post # 10
Try baking or cooking new things. I also like to make holiday wreaths, which seems to take me a couple days to get through anyhow. Check out some library books on learning new things, like Photoshop, HTML, knitting, a new cooking technique, cake decorating, sewing, photography, a new language, sign language, etc. Maybe train for a 5K or something longer? And I love using spare time to blog, so whatever you end up doing, write a blog about it and that’ll increase the time it takes! Good luck finding something you can really dive into!
Post # 11
I recently went to a painting class at Painting with a Twist (paintingwithatwist.com) and I loved it! And mind you, I have zero artistic talent unless you count photograpy or scrapbooking. I’m planning on going back.
Post # 12
What about training for a 10km run, or a 1/2 marathon or marathon? Its something that requires a fair bit of focus, and the more time you spend on it (not just running, but educating yourself about physiology, anatomy, shoes, diet, etc) the more rewarding it is. I trained for a 1/2 marathon when i had just finished university, moved to a new city, and was only working 35 hrs/wk. It was a great way to focus my energy, and frankly, my boredom. if i realised i’d been web surfing or watching tv for more than an hour or two, i’d head out for a run.
Bonus: if you join a running group, you get to meet new friends who are usually like-minded.
Post # 13
Things I do in my spare time: Sing in a choir (geared towards people in their 20s and 30s), workout, and try to keep up with a book club. I also used to play in a kickball league, but that sort of fizzled out
Things I wish I could do if I had more time: learn to play the guitar, go to trivia nights, take some improv classes. Perhaps also a cake decorating class.
So, there are some ideas! You could look on meetup.com to check out what people are doing in your area. And they have everything on there – Kayak groups, yoga groups, even people who get together to practice their conversational French.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t count Scrapbooking out just yet. When I first tried it I didn’t find it much fun either, but it took my mind off things for a while and I got to remember great trips or events as I was doing it. Then I found Digital Scrapbooking… most of my pictures were in digital format anyway, so this was much easier, and the books come out amazing!
I made a personalized recipie book for my brother and sister with all of our favourite recipies and pictures from when we were growing up. I am also going to be making the guest book for our wedding with pictures of my fiance and I. I love being able to look back at picture and see all of the creative things I was able to do with it!
Check out Creative Memories (I’m not a consultant and I don’t work for them, just love the product!)
Post # 15
Learn something new – I’ve always found that to be the most satisfying. Some hobbies to be atre a bit ‘useless’ – as in, I want to get something out of whatever I spend hours and hours on.
Honestly, take up a course in something that interest you, be it flower arranging or Spanish speaking.
Post # 16
what about good old reading? it’s relaxing, you don’t even have to leave your house, and if you get books in the library it doesn’t cost anything. and it makes you smarter!