We’re all super busy. There’s no disputing that. Our culture is one of hustle, back-to-back meetings, packed social schedules and not nearly enough downtime. But so many of us dream of doing something creative. Read on for five easy ways to pick up a new hobby, to help you get inspired.

1. Remember your passions.

Think about the activities you’ve loved in the past — even if you only tried them once, or they’re long in the rear view. Did you love gardening with your grandma as a kid? Did you enjoy watercolour painting in art class in high school but haven’t thought about it since? Your personal history can give you clues as to what hobbies you
might find satisfying now.

2. Join a class or club to get started.

You might know what you want to try but really have no idea where to start. This can feel intimidating. Joining a class or a club will allow you to meet people who are already into the hobby, so you’ll have be able to ask questions, learn tips and tricks, and share your successes.

3. Experiment and be ready to make mistakes.

Don’t be afraid to try a bunch of things, and don’t expect to be good at every new activity you try. It’s really not about talent; it’s about enjoyment and fulfillment. If you love something, it doesn’t matter if you’re good at it. And remember, every master was once a beginner.

4. Dive into online resources.

The internet is a treasure trove of online courses, tutorial videos, forums and more. Many course platforms (like Skillshare and Udemy) offer courses in painting, sketching, cartooning and more. Looking for fibre arts? The internet is full of knitting and crocheting instructionals. Want to try your hand at a new instrument or a new language? You can take online classes or follow online modules.

5. Check out the live events and demos in your community.

Many communities offer free programming at recreation centres and libraries, or at colleges and universities in the area. Look to see if there are any open courses or lecture series upcoming in a subject area that interests you. You’ll listen and learn from an expert pertaining to your interest, and you’ll probably meet people who are equally intrigued by your chosen hobby.

Popular
hobbies to
consider

Photography

Drawing,
painting or
sketching

Cooking

Sewing or Knitting

Woodworking

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