When I was in high school and college, I remember feeling bored. The world was wide open with possibilities of creating and recreating myself. Yet, everything good in life seemed to be ahead of me. I was always waiting for that good part.
This past year living in NYC was a challenge. Even though we feel fulfilled in our careers, we had a hard time drawing boundaries between work and life. Since travel, our hobby, became our work, it almost became impossible to distinguish where to draw the line.
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Last updated: September 1, 2022
101 Hobbies to Start in 2023 - Listed By Types of Hobbies
We also got swept up in the busyness of NYC. One day we made it a goal to put an end to our workaholism and take the evening off. After realizing we didn’t know how else to fill our time, we went right back to work.
The Benefits of Hobbies
A few reasons I want to find some new hobbies next year:
- To play and relax – We need to find hobbies that can make us zero money and that might possibly bore everyone. haha It needs to be something that we love to do for ourselves and not for content creation, which has weirdly become a prevalent part of the current human experience. If you don’t post it, did it really happen?
- To sharpen my mind – I have such terrible memory now and may well be on my way to having early onset Alzheimer’s (it’s in the family and it freaks me out).
- For personal growth, enrichment and emotional health – something I’m constantly needing work on.
- For better physical health – we already rock climb, but I think we need some activiities with cardio.
Other benefits include:
- Learning a useful skill
- Socializing and making new friends
- Making extra money
Also, with our blog, you may already know we’re all about exploring our hometowns and greater backyards. We firmly believe that adventure starts within yourself by cultivating a spirit of adventure. Many of these can be done at home, and how much more local can you get? ;)
“Find three hobbies you love: one to earn money, one to stay in shape, and one that allows you to be creative.” And if there were a fourth, we’d add one to make the world a better place. Which of these would you like to do next year?
Skiing or Snowboarding
We thought we knew what we were doing, but lessons can help so much!
You can become a full-fledged equestrian or do it for fun while traveling. We’ve done it a couple of times on trips but it’s not our favorite thing to do since it’s hard to shoot photos when you’re riding.
Martial Arts or Kickboxing
Parkour / Ninja Warrior
Jacob used to run a 10k every year with his dad until his knees got worse. It’s a great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally. We still have friends who travel all over for marathons and ultras.
Swimming is the best exercise especially as you get older. It’s less stress of your joints.
Join a Sports League
Learn to Fly a Plane
Check out the local airport to take lessons. Jacob took his first lesson in Las Vegas.
We’ve never entertained the idea of sailing full time since I get seasick, but we’re visiting some of our sailing friends this year. We’ll see if they change our minds.
We started taking hip hop classes last year, but after a few lessons, our teacher had to leave the city. Maybe next we’ll try salsa, ballroom, belly dancing, or even pole dancing.
We both grew up playing the piano but lost a lot of what we learned. We still bring our books around with the intention to start practicing again.
If you want to take your singing to the next level, consider getting voice lessons.
Try your hand at writing your very own music. When you’re comfortable, you can even try performing it at local open mics.
Other Creative Hobbies
Street art has gotten popular over the years. Now there are classes.
It’s a great way to get over the fear of what people think.
With a little bit of practice, you can do some impressive tricks.
Release your inner barista by whipping up some latte art. If you don’t succeed, you can sip up your messy creation. We have a couple friends who are super into coffee and they’ve tried teaching us. It’s hard! Here’s a great book for inspiration.
Videography / Filmmaking
Cross-Stitching / Embroidery
Knitting / Crocheting
I go through weird intense phases where I knit and crochet all day every day.
Food & Cooking Hobbies
Brew Your Own Beer
If you love dressing up, try cosplaying.
If only I had a team of professors… I used to love going to Trivia Night. Even if you don’t win, at least you learn some random useless facts.
Get a New Pet
Enrichment & Miscellaneous
This is a great way to do something social and help you reach your reading goals.
If you spend a lot of time at home, this is a great way to personalize your space.
Bullet journaling is a nice way to keep records of your day-to-day without the pressure of writing. This is my latest hobby and I’ve really been enjoying it. After doing a bunch of research, I decided to use this bullet journal and picked up these pens and markers (they don’t bleed through the paper).
Learn a New Language
Learn How to Code
You can learn to code or design websites.
Learn Sign Language
Learn to Write with Non-Dominant Hand
I’ve always wanted to be ambidextrous. Practice writing or daily tasks with your non-dominate hand.
I started using a meditation app to help me sleep. It’s become a great habit that I’ll continue next year.
Minimalism / Declutter
We started regularly decluttering after we started moving every year. It’s been incredibly freeing. I love that Marie Kondo-ing is a thing. Here’s a great documentary to check out if you’re interested in minimalism.
Pick something you care about and find a way to get involved with a local organization.
Favorite Quotes on Hobbies
If you need a few more words of motivation to pick up a hobby next year, here are some more quotes I loved.
- “I can never read all the books I want; be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.” – Steven Johnson
- Always find time for things that make you happy to be alive. – Unknown
Do you have any hobbies? What types of hobbies have you had in the past?
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