New Year, New Hobby

Whenever the New Year rolls right past our dizzy and soon-to-be-hungover selves at 12am, January 1st, everyone seems to have the highest hopes for the year ahead and a list of resolutions already written in their head or the Notes app. on their iPhones.  I, on the other hand, find this “resolution” tradition quite silly and almost always ineffective.  Instead of making a resolution for something we should’ve already been doing or done, and which only lasts for (at the most) a month, we should start a new tradition of doing something much more practical and doable.  My suggestion is quite simple, easy, and won’t leave you overly disappointed after realizing you kept up with the typical resolution you made for no more than a week.  Instead, try to view the New Year as a chance to push the past year’s baggage aside and try a new hobby.  Beginning something new can be really exciting, motivating, and stress relieving.  Even better is that if you aren’t good at this new “thing” or completely give it up after 2 days, you won’t feel the usual guilt from dropping yet another new years resolution.

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I started a little early on my most recent hobby/resolution because I desperately needed a stress reliever after the hell that my final exams put me through.  I decided to start playing guitar again, after a long hiatus of waiting for my hands to grow big enough to use a normal-sized guitar.  It’s been great to get back into music and especially nice to be able to practice with my guitar-loving dad.  I’m glad that it’s taken the place of a New Year’s resolution and given me something to put my mind and energy into without the pressure and constant nagging that comes along with a typical resolution.  If picking up a musical instrument doesn’t sound as appealing to you, check out a few of my other suggestions for new hobbies to get into right below!

1. Yoga: I’ve been attending Yoga every now and then at school and it truly does heal both the mind and body.

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2. Crafting: Use Pinterest as an idea starter (bracelets, dream catchers, etc…)

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3. Writing: It can be so therapeutic as well as exciting to write about anything your heart desires- and who knows, you may discover a new talent!

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4. Drawing/Painting

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5. Learn to cook

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…so you can cook a delish breakfast like this

6. A new sport that doesn’t require a team: Paddleboarding/Surfing, Golf, Snowboarding, etc…

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7. Explore the dream world by starting a dream journal and/or try out lucid dreaming

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8. Reading: You may think this is the lamest hobby ever, but if you don’t already, you should start reading.

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9. If you’re still struggling to figure out a hobby that’s the best fit, I’ll cast all judgments aside if you feel the need to resort to the most universally feasible hobby there is…Netflix

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