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New Year, New Hobbies: List of 10 Fresh Ideas to Kickstart Your Creativity

Hello there honeys! We're so thrilled that you're here, ready to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery. It's absolutely fantastic that you're feeling the itch to dive into new hobbies. There's something so exciting about stepping into the unknown and unearthing new passions, isn't there? So, let's dive right in and see what sparks joy for you!

I consider myself a versatile individual, aptly described as a jack of most trades. I possess an innate curiosity and zest for life that propels me to venture into uncharted territories fearlessly. My adventurous spirit, coupled with an undying love for trying new things, has led me to acquire a diverse set of skills. This journey of self-discovery and learning is ever-continuing, and I relish the thought of expanding my horizons further with each passing day. I have found myself learning skills and abilities I wouldn't have previously even dream of, which is a testament to adaptability, resilience, and willingness to grow.

It's important to step out of your comfort zone to uncover new passions. This act of bravery often leads to personal growth, self-discovery, and the development of new skills. It can open up opportunities you may have never considered and lead to experiences that provide a new perspective.


Our mission in this blog post is to set your spirit on fire with a hanz-picked selection of 10 thrilling hobbies, carefully curated to spark inspiration and ignite a roaring blaze of passion within you. Save our creative hobbies list to refrence anytime.


Roller Skating

Roller skating is a captivating recreational activity with roots dating back to the 18th century. It involves gliding on roller skates, which are shoes fitted with four wheels set in a double line. Different from roller blading in which the wheels are in a straight line down the shoe. This enjoyable pastime offers a unique blend of fun, fitness, and freedom.

Two happy girls roller skating together in a rink
Skate Night! Hanz and Tabi

One of the primary benefits of roller skating is its ability to provide a full-body workout. Engaging nearly every muscle group in the body, it's an excellent form of cardio that improves heart health. It strengthens the lower body muscles, including the calves, thighs, and glutes, while also engaging the arms and core for balance and stability.

Moreover, roller skating is great for improving coordination, agility, and balance. The constant adjustment of body positions when skating strengthens the motor skills and enhances body control. For those seeking to improve their equilibrium, or just add a little extra grace to their movements, roller skating can be a great help.


In addition to the physical benefits, roller skating also contributes to mental well-being. Gliding on skates can foster a sense of freedom and joy, helping to reduce stress and boost mood. The rhythmic motion and concentration required can also be a form of mindful meditation, promoting mental clarity and calmness.


Furthermore, roller skating is a versatile hobby. It can be done indoors in a rink, where you can enjoy music and lights, or outdoors in parks and paths where you can appreciate the beauty of nature. It also offers opportunities for social interaction, as you can skate with friends, join a roller derby team, or even make new friends at the rink.

My love of roller skating actually started at the local skating rink. I spent a good amount of birthdays and rainy afternoons at this rink. After moving out of that area, I took to street skating and have been practicing on outdoor basketball courts and sidewalks. Living in Chicago has proved to have another challenge as city skating holds greater dangers, such as car and bike traffic, other people, and the wretched tactile paving on sidewalks. Just keep those knees bent and don’t be embarrassed to fall.
For beginners looking to start roller skating, here are some tips and resources:
  1. Invest in quality roller skates that provide good support and fit well.

  2. Always wear protective gear including a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.

  3. Start by practicing in a safe, open area to get used to the feel of the skates.

  4. Learn the basics first, like how to stop, turn, and fall safely.

  5. Consider taking a beginner's roller skating class or hire a coach for personal lessons.

  6. Join roller skating communities online for tips and support, such as Roller Skating Association International.

  7. Use YouTube tutorials for free learning resources.


Learn a New Language

Learning a new language as a hobby is a fascinating journey of discovery, rich in unique qualities and offering a plethora of benefits. Embarking on this venture allows you to delve into a new culture, gaining a deep understanding of its nuances, expressions, and idiosyncrasies. This immersive experience offers you a chance to view the world through a different lens, broadening your perspective and enhancing your cultural awareness.


A significant cognitive advantage of learning a new language is the positive impact it has on your brain. It sharpens your cognitive abilities, improves memory, and enhances problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The mental gymnastics involved in learning and using a new language can also delay cognitive decline and improve multitasking abilities.


Moreover, learning a new language can enrich your English language skills as well. It often involves a deep dive into grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary, which inadvertently strengthens your command of your native language. This increased linguistic awareness can enhance your communication skills, both written and verbal, in your primary language.

In today's globalized world, knowing a second language can open up a world of professional opportunities. It broadens your career prospects, enabling you to work in different countries or with diverse communities. It's a valuable skill that can set you apart in a competitive job market.

Lastly, learning a new language can vastly improve your travel experiences. Being able to communicate in the local language can make navigating new places easier, allow for more meaningful interactions with locals, and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the local culture.
Over the past few years, I've dedicated a substantial amount of my time and energy towards mastering the Spanish language. This has involved immersing myself in real-life situations where I can practice and apply my growing knowledge.


Additionally, I've incorporated the use of Duolingo, a free language learning app, into my daily routine. What I truly appreciate about Duolingo is its ability to hold learners accountable for their progress. It encourages you to set aside a little time each day to work on enhancing your language skills, fostering a daily habit that promotes consistent learning and improvement.


More interestingly, learning Spanish through Duolingo has evolved into a social activity for me. I've successfully brought my friends on board, turning our collective language learning journey into a shared experience. We learn together, compete in a friendly manner, and motivate each other to keep moving forward. Learn with me too, here!

This unique approach has not only made the process of learning a new language much more enjoyable, but it has also added a layer of friendly competition. We're inspired by each other's progress, and this mutual encouragement drives us to continually improve and advance in our language proficiency.


If you're interested in learning a new language, consider using resources such as language learning app Duolingo. It provides interactive lessons in multiple languages and is a great tool to kickstart your language learning journey. Additionally, joining language learning communities online can be a great way to gain support and growth in your learning process. These communities often share useful resources, provide feedback, and offer opportunities to practice with fellow learners.

You'd be utterly surprised by the sheer amount of language learning that you can achieve when you really immerse yourself in the culture of the language you are trying to learn. Living and breathing the culture allows you to pick up nuances, idioms, and expressions that you simply can't get from a textbook. It's a truly enriching and rewarding experience on multiple levels.


Hand Knitting

Hand knitting is an engaging hobby that allows you to create unique, handmade items. It's a skill that requires patience and attention to detail, making it a peaceful and meditative activity. The process of transforming yarn into a tangible, beautiful object provides a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Plus, it's a hobby that can be easily picked up and put down, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.

Woman holding a thick, half-finished, hand knitted, blanket around her neck
My Sister with her First Hand Knitted Project
My sister has recently found a fun new pastime: hand knitting! She's really caught on fast, a testament to her dedication and knack for picking up new skills. She not only mastered it quickly, but breezed through her first project with ease. She's super proud of this achievement, and it's truly inspiring to see her dive headfirst into this exciting new craft.

For beginners interested in hand knitting:

  1. Start with basic supplies like your hands and yarn. Choose a medium-weight yarn as it's easier for beginners to work with.

  2. Learn the basics like casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and casting off. You can find tutorials on knitting websites or YouTube.

  3. Start with a simple project like a blanket, scarf or dishcloth. This allows you to practice your stitches without worrying about complex patterns.

  4. Join a knitting group or online community for support and inspiration.

  5. Use resources like "Ravelry" for free patterns and "Knitty" for tutorials and advice.

  6. Don't be discouraged by mistakes. They're part of the learning process.


Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening is a hobby that brings nature indoors, adding life and color to your living spaces. It's not only a therapeutic activity but also enhances the air quality by producing oxygen and removing toxins. The unique benefit of this hobby is that it's not season-dependent and can be enjoyed year-round.


Having your own garden can be an excellent method to supply yourself with a continuous stream of fresh herbs and vegetables. This not only ensures that you have access to healthy, organic produce right at your doorstep, but it also offers a rewarding and therapeutic activity that you can engage in. It can be a wonderful way to connect with nature and learn more about the process of growing your own food, and the taste of homegrown produce is unparalleled.


Smiling young woman holding a big bushel of butterball lettuce just harvested
Hanz Gardening
Are you aware of the fascinating study conducted by the renowned space agency, NASA, that has revealed the impressive capability of indoor plants to significantly improve air quality? The study found that these plants, which can be easily grown and maintained within the confines of your home, possess the remarkable ability to eliminate up to 87% of airborne toxins within a mere 24 hour period. This highlights the vital role that indoor plants can play in creating a healthier, safer living environment.

To incorporate indoor gardening into your lifestyle, you could start with easy-to-care-for houseplants like succulents or snake plants. Place them in areas where you spend a lot of time, like your home office or kitchen, so you can enjoy their presence and remember to care for them. Consider growing herbs on a sunny windowsill for a garden that's both beautiful and practical. You could also set a regular schedule for watering and caring for your plants to make it part of your routine.


Reading

Reading as a hobby is a gateway to countless worlds, ideas, and perspectives. It stimulates the mind, sparks creativity, and broadens horizons. Immersing oneself in a book can bring immense joy, whether it's the thrill of a suspenseful plot, the intellectual pleasure of learning new facts, or the emotional journey of an inspiring biography. Reading also fosters empathy and understanding as readers have the opportunity to see the world through different characters' eyes. The creative potential is boundless as every book opens up new avenues for imagination and thought.


Reading in between bookshelves at the Harold Washington Library
Reading at the Harold Washington
As a child, I loved reading. I couldn't get enough of books. They were my comfort and escape. I remember reading the entire Hunger Games Trilogy during a 16-hour road trip. I loved getting lost in the story. Now, as an adult, I love reading even more. It's not just a hobby, but a daily need. Reading helps me learn, relax, and find joy. So, it's important to make time to read every day and enjoy its many benefits.

For those who are new to reading, here are some recommendations:

  1. Join online reading groups or book clubs: Websites like Goodreads offer a platform for readers to share their thoughts and recommendations.

  2. Use eReading Apps: Apps like Kindle or Apple Books provide a vast library of eBooks and audiobooks.

  3. Enroll in Literature Classes: Websites like Coursera or Khan Academy offer online literature classes that can enhance your understanding of different genres.

  4. Use Reading Tools: Tools like CliffNotes can help beginners understand complex literature.

  5. Follow Book Blogs or Vlogs: Many online influencers provide book recommendations and reviews which can guide your reading choices.

Learn a Musical Instrument

Learning a musical instrument is a hobby worth trying due to its multitude of benefits. It can not only serve as an outlet for self-expression but also improve cognitive abilities, including memory, attention, and problem-solving. It's a way to challenge oneself and develop discipline and patience. Moreover, it can bring joy and satisfaction when you can play your favorite songs or compose your own music. Whether you choose to learn the guitar, piano, violin, or any other instrument, the journey of mastering a musical instrument can certainly enrich your life.


Woman in big sweater and matching beanie playing a baritone ukulele on a chicago street
Busking in Wicker Park, Chicago

Consider a "30-day Instrument Challenge" where you commit to practicing a chosen instrument for at least 20 minutes every day for a month. Track your progress and share your journey on social media to inspire others and hold yourself accountable.
  1. Music Lessons: Many local music stores offer lessons for various instruments, or you can find tutors online through platforms like TakeLessons.

  2. YouTube Tutorials: There are countless free lessons available on YouTube for virtually any instrument you can think of.

  3. Community Bands/Orchestras: Joining a local community band or orchestra can provide a supportive environment to learn and practice.

  4. Online Forums: Websites like Reddit have communities such as /r/LearnMusic where you can ask questions and share your progress.

  5. Apps: Apps like Yousician, Simply Piano, or Fender Play offer interactive lessons for a variety of instruments.

  6. Meetup Groups: Websites like Meetup can help you find local groups of people also learning to play an instrument.


Rock Climbing

Rock climbing, the seventh hobby, is a thrilling activity that offers immense potential for personal growth and relaxation. It is a physically demanding sport that challenges your strength, endurance, agility, and balance. As you climb, you engage and strengthen various muscle groups, enhancing your overall fitness. More than just a physical exercise, rock climbing also tests your problem-solving skills as you figure out the most efficient way to reach the top. This can lead to a boost in self-confidence and resilience. The concentration required during climbing can have a meditative effect, helping you to relax and reduce stress. Whether you're scaling natural rock formations outdoors or artificial rock walls indoors, rock climbing can be a fulfilling and exhilarating hobby.


Tips and Tricks to Get Started

  • Start with indoor rock climbing at a local gym, which often have introductory classes and equipment rental.

  • Wear comfortable and flexible clothing that allows for a full range of motion.

  • Invest in a good pair of climbing shoes for better grip and control.

  • Always prioritize safety. Use safety gears like helmets, harnesses, and carabiners.

  • Learn and practice the basic knots and belaying techniques.

  • Start with easier routes and gradually take on more challenging ones as your confidence and skills improve.

  • Join a rock climbing community or club to learn from more experienced climbers and make the activity more social.

  • Maintain a regular climbing schedule to improve your strength, endurance, and technique.

  • Don't be discouraged by initial difficulties. Persistence and patience are key in rock climbing.


Photography and Editing

Photography and photo editing, the eighth hobby on our list, offers a unique blend of creativity and technical skills. This hobby is all about capturing the world around you through a lens and then using editing tools to enhance or alter the images to your liking or aesthetic. The beauty of photography lies in its ability to make ordinary moments extraordinary, while photo editing allows you to add your artistic touch, making each photo uniquely yours. It's a hobby that not only helps you develop an eye for detail but also encourages you to see beauty in everything around you.


When I first embarked on the journey of pursuing my passion project, my primary focus was on the art of photography. I issued myself a creative challenge - to capture a unique photo each day and share it on Instagram as a visual diary of my journey. Throughout this year, my creativity blossomed immensely as I was consistently pushing my boundaries and exploring new perspectives through the lens. What started as a personal endeavor soon turned into a group activity, as my friends, inspired by my project, joined in on the fun. This not only made the journey more enjoyable but also enriched it with diverse perspectives. It was a year marked by incredible creativity, shared experiences, and personal growth.

Some resources and tools for exploring photography further include:

  1. Photography Classes: There are numerous online platforms such as Coursera or Skillshare that offer comprehensive photography courses for beginners.

  2. Photography Books: Books like "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby, or "Learning to See Creatively" by Bryan Peterson can provide valuable insights.

  3. Photography Blogs and YouTube Channels: Websites like Digital Photography School or YouTube channels like B&H Photo Video provide a wealth of knowledge, tips, and tutorials.

  4. Photo Editing Applications: Applications like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop are powerful tools for enhancing and editing your photographs.

  5. Photography Equipment: Investing in a good camera and accessories can significantly improve the quality of your photos. Websites like B&H Photo Video or Adorama can guide you in choosing the right equipment based on your needs and budget.

  6. Photography Communities: Joining photography communities on platforms like Instagram or 500px can provide inspiration, feedback, and a sense of community.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design, the ninth hobby on our list, is an exciting journey into the world of visual communication. It's all about creating visually stunning and impactful designs that tell a story, convey a message, or evoke emotion. The beauty of graphic design is its ability to challenge you creatively and technically. You'll explore different design principles, learn how to use design software, and develop an eye for aesthetics.


Graphic design can offer a sense of adventure as you explore various design styles and experiment with different tools and techniques. You'll constantly challenge yourself to create designs that are innovative, original, and engaging. This hobby can also help you develop critical skills such as problem-solving, attention to detail, and visual perception, making it an exciting and enriching endeavor.


Whether you're designing a logo, creating a poster, or illustrating a comic book, every project is a new adventure waiting to be explored in the world of graphic design.

For getting started with graphic design, below are a list of some recommended resources:

Websites:

  • Canva: An online design tool with an intuitive interface and plenty of templates. Perfect for beginners.

  • Behance: A platform to showcase and discover creative work. Good for inspiration.

  • Dribbble: A community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects. Great for ideas and trends.

Books:

  • "Graphic Design: The New Basics" by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips: A comprehensive guide to key concepts and techniques in graphic design.

  • "How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World" by Michael Bierut: A monograph, manual and manifesto by one of the world’s leading graphic designers.

Classes:

  • Coursera: Offers many graphic design courses, including ones from top universities.

  • Udemy: Offers a variety of graphic design courses targeted at different skill levels.

  • Skillshare: Offers project-based classes on graphic design.


Do It Yourself Crafts and Trades

As our tenth and final hobby, let's consider DIY or "Do-It-Yourself" activities, with a focus on personal care such as dyeing your own hair or making homemade shampoo. Learning new makeup tricks, how to do your own nails or lash extensions, or This hobby is highly versatile, leaving you open to explore a wide range of projects. It empowers you to take control and be self-sufficient, sparking creativity and innovation. The beauty of DIY is that it encourages a hands-on approach, allowing you to create products tailored to your preferences. From making natural skincare products to experimenting with new hair colors, the possibilities are endless. The DIY hobby not only saves you money but also opens doors to new skills and self-discoveries.

Pursuing personal DIYs such as mending your own clothes or learning to oil pull can offer a multitude of benefits and skills.

Mending your own clothes can help develop precision and patience, and it also promotes sustainability by extending the life of your garments. You'll gain practical skills such as sewing, darning, and patching that can be useful in many scenarios. The sense of accomplishment from repairing a beloved piece of clothing can also boost self-confidence and foster a do-it-yourself mentality.

Learning to oil pull, a traditional oral hygiene practice, can increase your awareness of personal health and wellness. It encourages discipline and consistency, as best results are seen when oil pulling is done regularly. It could also potentially lead to improved oral health, including whiter teeth and healthier gums.

Both of these DIYs can foster a sense of independence and self-reliance, valuable skills in any situation.

I encourage you to take the leap and explore the world of DIY self-care with enthusiasm. This hobby not only allows you to create products tailored to your needs, but also provides a wonderful opportunity to explore your creativity and learn new skills.


Embarking on a new hobby is not just about filling your spare time. It's about expanding your horizons, challenging yourself, and stepping out of your comfort zone. It's about learning new skills, connecting with like-minded people, and most importantly, having fun.

Embarking on these new hobbies is sure to spark your creativity, fuel your passion, and infuse your everyday life with a new sense of vibrancy and fulfillment.

Remember, the best hobby for you is one that you'll enjoy and be able to commit to. Don't be afraid to try out different things and see what you love!


Yong Woman giving a thumbs up while fixing her blue cruiser bike in the background
Fixing the Bike

No matter which hobby you choose, remember that it's the journey that matters, not the destination. So, take that leap, choose something from our creative hobby list, start, and embark on your personal journey of exploration and growth. You might be surprised by what you discover about your abilities and yourself. So, go ahead and dive in. I am confident that this journey will inspire you, ignite your passion, and make your daily life feel more creative. You have nothing to lose and a world of innovation to gain!


As we wrap up, we invite you to try these hobbies while tuning into our specially curated 'Get Shit Done' playlist. Let the rhythm guide your journey into new experiences. Don't hesitate to share your experiences or ask any questions in the comments section. We're excited to hear how you're pushing your boundaries and trying new things. Happy exploring!




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