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How To Choose (And Stick With) a Hobby

January 3rd, 2021

I consider myself a serial hobbyist. Over the years, I’ve tried many different ones, including sewing, baking, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, jewelry-making, even soap-making. While it’s difficult to stay motivated to create during every moment of free time, it gives my mental health an undeniable boost. 

Hobbies are a great way to pass time, and to lend structure to the days if you don’t work. However, jumping straight into a hobby can be intimidating. Some, like knitting, require learning some basics to get started. Others, like jewelry-making, can get expensive quickly, depending on the type of materials you buy. The expense and learning curve can turn these hobbies into a chore rather than something relaxing, but there so many hobbies and resources out there you’re bound to find one that fits. Here’s how to find the craft that’s right for you. 

The first thing to understand is that you probably won’t be good at whatever you choose right away. Give yourself permission to fail a few times until you get the hang of it! It’s easy to look at social media and judge yourself, but it’s important to remember that person was a beginner once, too. If you only focus on being able to produce crafts good enough to sell, you’ll likely end up disappointed. Instead, think about the skills you hope to learn from crafting.

Another thing to think about is how much you really want to put into your hobby. Money isn’t the only thing you’ll spend—you also have to spend time and attention. However, it’s up to you to figure out how valuable each of those things are to you, and what you’re willing to give.

If you’re not sure which craft will suit you, try consulting the internet for ideas. Sites like Pinterest and YouTube can give you a decent idea of the steps involved in, say, crocheting a hat. You’ll also be able to find detailed tutorials for all levels of projects. You can also search for easy crafts if you don’t have much experience. Things like embroidery or making clay crafts are surprisingly simple and don’t require tons of expensive materials.

Once you’ve found something that piques your interest, you can gather your materials. There are plenty of stores (as well as good old Amazon) that sell kits for specific projects. This can be a great way to learn whether you like a hobby, although it can be more expensive than buying separate components. 

After you get materials, you’re all set! Remember that you might not be a master right away, but don’t forget to look up tutorials or ask for help if you get stuck. Most of all, remember to have fun!

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