Fun hobbies for a better version of you

I've always been someone who wants to learn more. I tend to get bored very easily, and the only thing that excites me is when I step out of the ordinary. I believe, us as humans, are capable of doing so much - but, unfortunately, the comfort zone is (sometimes) an evil best friend that's hard to shake off.

Over the past few years, I've just been exploring and trying new things that I never thought I would even consider in my life - my response used to be "Me? No way! Not my thing". But at the end of the day, if you think about it, we all change! Our likes, dislikes, interests; everything changes and especially as we go through different experiences in life, our priorities change.


Here are a few hobbies that have really been resonating with me:


Creativity:


I've always leaned in on the creative side of things, more than the scientific side. I am my happiest when I tackle this part of me. My favorite hobbies are:

  1. Painting

  2. Pottery

  3. Writing

With painting and pottery, you just learn new tricks that make you see art in a very different way. Since I've been attending a few classes here and there, I've come to appreciate art and even try to understand how a painting has been made.

With writing, I believe it's an art - be it as a journal, or a blog, or even mini stories; words have a way to captivate you and take you to a whole other dimension.


Physical:


Aside from being healthy, we all have to move at least 3 times a week if you can. There are so many physical activities out there that make the experience even more interesting:

  1. Pilates

  2. Cycling

  3. Swimming

  4. Walking

I've tried the gym, but it never really resonated with me - but, what did work for me are functional workouts (hello core exercises on the mat! I see you). It just makes me realize how the physical body is capable of so many things if you just give it the chance!

Cycling has become my new active stress release - what I like about it is how physically lighter I feel when I finish a class. There is nothing better than knowing you've pushed yourself to a (new) limit every time.

Swimming is heaven for me. Not only is it pure bliss when you dip your toes in a cold pool on a hot summer day, but just moving your body so smoothly is, for me, the definition of relaxing.

Walking is extremely therapeutic. Whenever the weather allows it, I love nothing more than to wear my sneakers and go for a walk and look around and see the change in color of the sky.


Spiritual:


In a very fast paced world, we need to learn to sit down, and relax your body and your mind. One of the ways to do that is to meditate.

When meditating, you learn to dive into the deepest part of yourself and start to see things from a different perspective. I really do believe that it is one of the best ways to learn about yourself, and what you want out of this world.

We are all energies, and you attract what you put out there.


Organizing:


I label "organizing" as a hobby only because it takes a lot of work and patience to get there. I've always been a messy girl (super clean, but super messy) - but, I have friends who just brought this side out of me. Now, whenever a room is extremely messy, I start arranging it until I feel it's neat enough to stay there for awhile.

Also, I believe there's nothing more therapeutic than cleaning out your closet or your bathroom cabinet (I tend to work on my closet every year, and my bathroom cabinet every month or so). As lazy as I've been when I was younger, I've come to realize that it is truly a blessing when you're in a room that's so properly organized to your liking, that nothing can interrupt your peace.