How to be a Recreational Hobbyist

About two months ago, I decided to start a blog. But I know myself. I am the queen of starting a different hobby & moving on to something new within a few months. For two months, I mulled over what the hell I would write a blog about. I’m not interesting or do anything special to warrant any kind of “lifestyle blog.” I work full-time. I’m a mom & there a billion parenting & mom blogs out there. So what am I good at?

Then it hit me. I hobby recreationally. Every so often, when the motivation hits me, I decide I want to try something new. Spice up my life a bit. For example, I told everyone I wanted those adult coloring books for Christmas. I ended up getting some awesome coloring books, like Game of Thrones & Van Gogh. I got the recommended Prismacolor colored pencils set too. I posted a pic of the coloring books & pencils to Instagram, informing everyone through hashtags of how excited I was to start a new hobby. I colored some pictures and a month later, I abandoned it. A year later, those coloring books are still in the same spot I left them in my office.

So I’m taking my recreational hobbying to a new level. I am going to try a different hobby every month & blog about my experience. Maybe I will find something along the way I can stick with (that something will be this blog!) Nothing is off-limits, everything from magic tricks to quilting and even whittling.

The first hobby for my blog is cross stitching. I should have started with something a little easier, but this hobby was the catalyst behind my blog idea. When I first mentioned to my family that I was going to learn to cross stitch, I got laughs and rolling eyes. They know the routine.

I will post updates about how well or not well I’m doing, whether I enjoy it and helpful blogs or sites I used to assist me in the process. As I work through my hobby, my next posts are about the only hobbies I have stuck with over the years: reading, video & tabletop gaming.

Steps to becoming a Recreational Hobbyist:

  1. See something on Pinterest or anywhere on the internet you interested in trying;
  2. Declare to anyone who will listen that you’ve found a recent hobby;
  3. Try out your hobby;
  4. You realize that you are not: crafty, creative, or a skilled woodworker, knitter, crocheter, etc;
  5. Abandon recent hobby;
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 until you find something you love or are good at.

8 Comments on “How to be a Recreational Hobbyist

  1. HI! Thanks for following my blog on diet, exercise and living past 100. I am enjoying my visit to yours. I am a lifelong card player, so I can relate to you as a game player. Best of luck with your new blog!

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  2. I do this!! I just tried millinery for the first time. I mean… what? I even have the prismacolors (although I do use them)!

    I’m excited to see how you get on with the cross-stitching. I’m hopeless with a needle and thread, but I always see people do up great designs and think it would be fun to try. Maybe I’ll give it a go once I’ve finally mastered the art of the dreamcatcher….

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  3. I hope you do complete a small cross stitch project and enjoy it. Cross stitch either quickly becomes an addiction or it doesn’t lol. I started more than 20 years ago with a small card kit and I’ve cross stitching daily ever since.

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