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How to Start a New Hobby – And to Stick With It

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One of the many things a good portion of the population struggles with is getting out of bed every morning. Another thing a lot of people have issues struggling with is separating work away from your life outside of work – the life work balance. Working in the veterinary field personally means I really struggle to find ways to separate out my work/life balance since I typically bring work home with me.

The way I’ve mastered this is by keeping my life outside of work enriching through hobbies. My hobbies keep me sane throughout the week and help me unwind and recharge on the weekends before I have to go back to work on Mondays and start the daily grind all over again. But sometimes it’s hard finding a hobby you like, and then sticking with it. So here’s some tips.

Buy/Borrow Your Equipment

Every hobby has it’s equipment. For example, if you’re into equestrian sports you’ll need a horse, a saddle, a bit, etc. If your hobby is writing then your hobby probably only includes a pencil and a piece of paper. What hobby you’re deciding on is going to depend heavily on two things — time and money, the epitome of every crossroad problem in the universe. If you don’t have a lot of time and money, then your hobby should probably be one that’s going to be something you can do pretty consistently in a short amount of time and cheaply, like writing/knitting/reading. These hobbies are going to be affordable options and are going to be something you can pick up and set down as you go.

If you have more time and money to focus on your hobby, you may go for something a little bit more bigger, such as boating or kayaking. These hobbies are going to include more high dollar items and may not be actitivties you can do on the fly without planning ahead of time.

Which reminds me…

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Budget For Your Hobbies

If you’re not budgeting for your hobbies, then you’re going to run into some problems pretty early on. You want to make sure your hobbies are something that isn’t going to end up taking away your basic needs — food, shelter, and clothing should always come first before a lavish hobby.

One of the best ways of doing this is putting aside some extra money specifically for the hobby of your choice. If you do not have extra money to spare, you may want to look at ways to create income passively or by picking up a gig in your spare time like delivering through DoorDash.

Make Time For Your Hobbies

You may have issues finding the time for you to work on your hobbies. This is normal, as many adults have issues finding time to work on the things they enjoy outside of their jobs. Most hobbies are going to require at least some time and dedication to them, so once again this is going to depend on how much time you want to put towards your new hobby.

One of the best times to work on the hobbies is early in the morning or late in the evening, when the rest of the world is asleep or is about to wake up. These times could be the only time you have to yourself, and you should use up that time wisely by focusing on your hobby. Put away a couple of hours each week towards your hobby, because to become better at anything you’re going to need to practice, and practice makes perfect.

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Research Your Hobby

Research your hobby as much as possible. Google different ways to do things. Look up Youtube videos. Talk to your friends and family about your hobby and see who else shares the same interests as you. The best way to become better at something is through learning and research, so don’t stop learning as much as you possibly can!

Have Fun

Your hobby should not feel like work. Your hobbies should be fun and relaxing. They should be stress reducing. If you find yourself no longer enjoying your hobby, then maybe it’s time to switch it up and try something new. There are so many things in this world for you to learn and work on, the possibilities are endless!

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What do you think about my list? What are some hobbies you enjoy? How long have you been working on those hobbies? If you like what I have to say, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog!

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