Post # 1
My Fiance is in the naval aviation program and left today for training for a month. We recently moved to a new town where I don’t know anyone yet, and though I have a part time job, it isn’t one where I work with coworkers often. I have a few hobbies but nothing very time consuming, so I’m looking for some ideas for what I can do to make the time go by! It’s hard with him being gone and I’m a little down. What are your time-consuming hobbies? Any ideas are appreciated!
Post # 2
radem: Instead of further isolating yourself with a hobby, why not find some volunteer work to do? You can meet new people at the same time.
Post # 3
I waste days away reading a good book. If you like urban fantasy, some of those series have 15+ books in them.
If you live in an area for it, hiking is a fun hobby, can take a bunch of time, and is really good exercise!
Also, if you like to cook, try something fun and time-consuming. Prep can take forever, and the added benefit would be you could invite co-workers (or other people you’d like to know better) over for a mini dinner party.
Post # 4
You could also look at classes at a community college. I took a playwriting class at one point because I just didn’t want to be at home. It was a lot of fun!
Post # 5
radem: Join a gym or yoga studio or a crossfit box or running club. I agree with Juli dont isolate yourself more, go meet people!
Post # 6
I was once given a GREAT advice, that I’m sure someone took from some Pinterest post LOL. I now live my life this way, because it suits my personality.
Find 3 hobbies you love:
(1) To make you money
(2) To keep you healthy and in shape
(3) To let yourself be creative with
Post # 7
radem: I second the volunteering thing. If you are lucky enough that you only have to work part time, you could give back to the community or whatever “cause” you are interested in. They have ALL kinds of things. In the past I have helped animal shelters, done doggie transport, taught adult literacy, and helped in parks collecting seeds, clearing trails, and cleaning up trails. And I work full time. Are you interesting in helping kids? The elderly? Nature? Animals? Homeless?
Post # 8
My fiance was accepted into an incubator program for a new company he started, only a couple months after we got engaged. He moved to California for three months and I stayed in Texas. I took up ceramics, and I really enjoy it. It’s therapeutic and I have met some really nice people through my class.
I’m now on my fifth 8-week session, and I am making tiny pots and turning them into candles and giving them out as wedding favors.
Post # 9
I got a sewing machine as a wedding gift, and I’m really looking forward to taking some lessons at a sewing shop in town. My mom quilts and has made several friends through her local sewing shop. I’m hoping that happens for me too!
And I second the suggestions about volunteering and joining a gym. I always volunteer on political campaigns when it’s an election year, and those are great fun (if you’re into politics) and can eat up as much time as you have to give.
Post # 10
Quilting is great and addictive! So is knitting. There are really cute felt sewing patterns out there, I feel like all you have to do is open up pinterest for some creative inspiration!
Post # 11
I just love cross stitching! It’s an inexpensive hobby, unless you want to frame your work 🙂 it is easy to do, and the results are usually stunning.
Post # 12
Latch hook is super time consuming as well!
Post # 14
I second what many have said already about volunteering, getting out in the community and meeting people, and crafts. Another option, if you want something that will take HOURS, but is cost efficient, is paint-by-numbers! Any Michael’s/JoAnn’s/Hobby Lobby will have some. I got one in January and paint maybe 3 hrs/week while watching shows and I’m only 2/3 done. It cost about $15. I will say that if you do that, upgrade a little by buying some nice and TINY paintbrushes… the one that came with the kit was terrible!
Post # 15
Thank you for all your suggestions!! I’ll look into them!