The old adage rings ever true: “Find three hobbies you love — one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to express your creativity.” To achieve a sense of fulfilment, we must find activities to participate in outside of our careers and home lives. But, finding the time and energy for three separate hobbies can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, as the new year kicks into full swing, we should all be mindful of allowing ourselves a little downtime. Hey, maybe you will get lucky and find a creative hobby that you love doing that also fills your pockets with some extra cash!
These kinds of hobbies are usually the easiest to start and the quickest to be forgotten. Expressing your creative side, in whatever form it manifests, is vital. 2019 has a lot to offer creative enthusiasts. So, do not fret if you aren’t in touch with your emotions — there are always surprising pathways to self-awareness.
Bullet journaling was the creative hobby for 2018. Pinterest boards were littered with journal prompts and how-to guides. This expressive hobby is so much fun, we declare it officially past trendy fad stage. Bullet journaling is the new way to organise your life, in the most creative way possible. While it does take dedication, the rewards are ample. Our favourite way to bullet journal is with inky doodles and colour charts. If paint is your medium of choice, we recommend using watercolours to decorate the pages of your organiser. For those of you unfamiliar with the bullet journal, visit your nearest Exclusive Books store or their online shop to find a range of helpful guides.
We know that gardening may not be everyone’s first choice of creative past time. Bu,t believe us, it’s worth giving a shot. The latest gardening hobby trend is growing your own avocado tree (don’t blame the millennial fetish — avo’s are ridiculously expensive.) With the water crisis becoming our new reality, more gardeners are also turning to uprooting their gardens in favour of succulent plants. Consider nurturing a potted cactus to begin your venture into full scale gardening. Apartment dwellers, fear not. Urban gardening is a major trend that is likely to expand in 2019, as eco-friendly city living is the new norm.
Photography doubles as a creative and money-making hobby. Whether you snap great visuals on your smartphone, or are invested in buying yourself the best DSLR model, this is a wonderful way to pass your time. Being a good photographer means learning to balance your creativity with the analytic principles of composition. This may take years of practice to perfect, so get snapping. Once you have mastered the skill, advertise your talents on social media networks. What started out as a hobby may turn into a full-time job.
T-shirts never go out of style. Designing and printing your own brand of quirky tees has also never been easier. To start, grab an old t-shirt from your closet. Play around with adding appliques, cutting and dying the fabric. Alternatively, sketch your ideas or invest in computerised design software to help you map out your creative musings. Visit the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg to truly understand the versatility and range of fabrics out there. Make sure to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. The staff at Moosa’s Fabrics on the second floor of the Plaza are always willing to advise newbie clothing makers.
Park Runs take place all around the city. These events are safe, well-organised and competitively friendly. People of all fitness levels and ages are welcome to participate. If gym really isn’t your cup of tea (or coffee), and you are in dire need of a little Joburg sunshine, sign up to your nearest park run. Rope in a bunch of your friends to join you. If you are more of a lone wolf, create a park run playlist to keep you motivated along the way. Making playlists may become a hobby of its own. Music lovers will attest that there should be one for every occasion.
Even though we have no seas or beaches in Joburg, many of us love the water. Instead of spending hours lounging in the pool, push yourself to learn a new skill. The Urban Dive Centre in Northcliff offers scuba diving lessons. They will start you out in the heated pool at their premises, before moving you on to open water training. After acquiring your diver certification, sign up for one of their many diving trips on offer. They even have an underwater photography course! You’ll be the ultimate triple threat hobbyist with your creative underwater photography portfolio.
Do you have any great hobbies? Tell us about them!