So, give me a list of your hobbies. Maybe something will jump start my interest.
What I have so far:
Would like to take a cooking class.
I'm going to start working out again, but at work so no cost. (This doesn't help me meet new people of course, but will help me feel better) Can't afford a gym membership right now.
Going back to officiating a sport this summer. (that's more for $$ than for a hobby, but at least I'll get out and around people more)
After that, I'm kind of stuck at what I would like to do.
WH says marriage is over: May 15, 2009.
EA#2 July 20, 2009. Legally sep: Aug 16, 2009. DIVORCED!!!! Signed Nov 23, final Dec 24, 2010, adultery listed.
-Reading (I gobble books up at a rate of 2-3 per week)
-Cooking / Baking
-Playing guitar (I suck, but its fun)
This year, I've added:
-wire wrapped jewelry making
I'm also going to try (again) my version of the Couch-to-5K in an effort to try jogging again. I need to sit less and move more.
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-playing mandolin, alone and in a band
-spending more quality time with the kids doing activities
-reading. I have read about a book a week for the past few month
-writing a book proposal about my brewery business
-spending time researching my next career
-focusing on finances. yes, getting out of debt is a hobby for me
-participating in ballet with the kids. I have been a non-dancing role in 4 performances now
and at least one new one:
-motorcycles. I got my first, took the course, and have become enthralled with all things two-wheeled
-travel, on the motorcycle, and camping
I hope to add gardening this summer by adding a raised plot and getting the kids involved
I hike/birdwatch on nature trails -- also a hobby where you can meet people through groups and is pretty inexpensive -- binoculars and a bird book are all you need.
I read a lot -- use my library card for this!
I took up painting -- acrylic on canvas. Pretty inexpensive as you can find great deals online.
As for cooking -- you can definitely take a class, which gets you out meeting people -- but if money is an issue, you can also teach yourself stuff through youtube videos, how-to courses from the library (The Great Courses has some good ones), and cookbooks that teach you how to cook (like anything from Mark Bittman or Cook's Country.)
If you live near a university, there are always tons of relatively cheap things going on -- film festivals, movies, drag shows, planetarium shows, etc.
I do yoga -- I take one class per week through work, and then do DVDs other days during the week.
What interests you? Your library and other places (nature center, universities, rec departments) can be great resources for low- to no-cost activities!
Married: 11 years, no kids
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. -Michelangelo
Your library and other places (nature center, universities, rec departments) can be great resources for low- to no-cost activities!
Having said that, I have recently studied:
In the past, I have done home brewing, woodwork, bicycling, and home rehabbing/carpentry.
Most of these have groups of participants you can do meetups with. I only go to Ham Radio clubs at this point, but maybe by Summer I'll actually get beyond "study" and actually do some real-life camping.
I used to do triathons. I should try to get back into that. I did a half ironman once.
I joined a hiking meetup for a bit. I want to get back into that.
I pulled out my guitar and I am excited to poorly play it again.
It is hard to do much of anything with a toddler. These are all things I did when I was single and childless.
Yep, I know there are some cheaper things through the town/library. For the most part though, I look at those offered, and nothing seems to peak my interest. That's why I thought I'd see what others are into so maybe something would make me go oh yeah! I'd love that!
"For whatever we lose, like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find in the sea" ee cummings
Once upon a time I did a lot of singing. At one point I was performing somewhere every weekend. While I don't think I want to return to that level, getting out once in a while and being onstage again would be fun.
My dulcimer should be arriving any day now and I'm anxious to learn to play it. And I'd like to be able, once I get my own place, to learn to garden.
Divorce final 2/10/14.
Throw me to the wolves and I'll return leading the pack.
Bird watching / Bird Language / really an extension of tracking especially the language part. Also animal communication.
Card making - was a stampin up demonstrator for a while for fun not for business. What a blast. Included rubber stamping, also mini scrapbook making.
Pen and colored ink sketching in plein air. Super fun, hard to do, but I now have a sketch book full of sweet little paintings i've done. I love to look at it.
Horses - just connected with a neighbor who as 18 arabians. It's been a long time since I cared for horses, but I go over and groom a horse or two every couple of weeks. The smell is divine.
All my hobbies make me forget the world of little and big problems. They use a different part of my brain and get me into the 'flow'. It is a huge part of me realizing that life is a good thing, they had to my happiness and resilience in the face of stress tremendously.
[This message edited by InnerLight at 4:00 PM, February 2nd (Sunday)]
I read a lot. I also have a platonic male friend that I meet up with at least once per week for supper.
In the summer, I do a lot of house and yard work.
I work out 5 days a week at the Y: Spinning, yoga and weight lifting classes.
I also knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch and bead. You can do these with others--I go to a knitting group at my local library once a week. There are also meetups for crafters.
I like to read too, but I've looked into book groups and most fill up quickly.
Recently I've been having thoughts of beer brewing, bread baking and soap making. Just what I need=more hobbies
In the past I've done ceramics, taken cooking courses, dance lessons
[This message edited by Sad in AZ at 4:46 PM, February 2nd (Sunday)]
I knit, read, bake and collect recipes
Together 15 years, married 7, 1 child, age 7.
WH: 37 y.o., EA/PA since March
OW: 26, 1 child (not WH's)
Me: 34, BS
Separated Nov. 16, 2013
Does a wedding anniversary still count if you are separated?
I also do:
yoga - once or twice a week
Barre exercise class through town rec dept so it's cheap
things on my to-do list but haven't done them...yet: