Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like your day is going to be a drag? You don’t know what to do, and there’s nothing that sounds fun. This can happen for many reasons: maybe you’re bored with what you’ve been doing, or maybe you just need something new to get excited about. Here are some ways that I find myself getting motivated about starting a hobby.
Make a list of all the hobbies you’ve ever tried, and think about why you stopped. This is helpful to know so that if you do start something new, it won’t be because of an old reason. If your old hobby was knitting but now there are too many yarn scraps laying around your apartment for comfort’s sake, try starting a new hobby, like embroidery.
Are you struggling with motivation? This is a great place to start – ask yourself why you want to do this in the first place! What will it bring into your life that makes it worth doing? If there isn’t anything, maybe now’s not the right time for this particular project.
Try looking up articles on Pinterest or Google about hobbies that sound fun – try having no specific idea of what you’re interested in and seeing where inspiration leads! Let different images inspire other ideas within your mind until one sticks out as something tangible.
Set an amount of money aside each week specifically for buying supplies for your chosen hobby (or deciding if it’s even feasible). Anytime I decide to do something creative, I always feel like it’s going to be expensive and that I’m not capable of doing it. However, this is usually just a thought in my head – there are plenty of ways for things to turn out on the cheaper end too!
For example, maybe you’re thinking about taking up sewing as your new hobby but don’t want to spend all your money buying fabric – try finding some cheap sheets at Walmart or Kmart (in stores) if you can sew drapes instead. This way, every day after work you’ll have one less thing stressing you out because those fabrics won’t cost anything extra; plus, they might come with patterns already printed onto them and save yourself even more time and money!
Or, maybe you’re interested in doing something creative with clay – what about starting a pottery class? It’s fun and exciting to experiment without spending too much money. Plus, if for some reason it isn’t as enjoyable as anticipated (which is always possible), you won’t feel like all of your time or money was wasted because this can happen more often than we think when trying new things!
If the idea of buying supplies every week sounds overwhelming but an amount of money each month still seems fair enough, try setting aside $20 per week instead. This way there will be no excuse not to do anything on those days that just don’t sound interesting; plus, sometimes those uninteresting days turn into really great opportunities to do something fun!
Maybe you thought painting sounded like a great idea until it started raining – why not try crocheting instead? Or, if that sounds boring now (which is totally possible), maybe baking would be the better option. The point of this exercise is trying new things; see what you’re interested in and don’t limit yourself to one thing because there are so many options for how to spend your free time!
If starting with an amount of money set aside each week or month seems too far away, start by setting aside $20 right now. This way when those days come where you just can’t make yourself feel motivated about anything, at least you’ll have some money saved up to go out and buy something fun or to take a class.
If you’re thinking about taking up painting as your new hobby, maybe head to the art store and pick up some paints! You can always find coupons online to help cut costs even more – that way when those uninspired days come around again it’ll be less frustrating knowing that you have a little bit of money saved up for anything if inspiration doesn’t hit right away.
Even though being creative takes time and effort, don’t feel bad about starting small with just one project at a time. This is especially true when you first start out because there will probably be times where things turn out terribly (no matter how experienced you are) but this shouldn’t stop you from practicing until things get better.
Let’s say you’ve been crocheting for a few weeks and want to try knitted projects instead – that doesn’t mean stop the first time something goes wrong! Remember, this is supposed to be fun and it shouldn’t feel like we’re getting graded on every single thing we do; if things don’t go as planned then move forward until they turn out how you originally envisioned them in your head.
Hobbies can take up so much of our time when we get really invested but sometimes taking a break from all the crafting or creating is necessary too. Don’t think about stopping altogether because there will always come times where you have nothing else going on besides spending some quality time with yourself doing what makes us happy – this is what hobbies are all about!
If you’re really passionate and spend a lot of time on your hobby, consider selling some pieces to make back the money that was initially spent so it doesn’t feel like everything was for nothing. This way we’ll be able to take pride in our work knowing we could turn it into something profitable if necessary; plus, there’s always an option to keep any artwork as well just because sometimes those projects can bring us joy even when they aren’t made with the intention of being sold or used commercially.
This might seem obvious but don’t forget – anything worth doing takes practice and effort which means not every project will come out looking perfect at first glance. The point of these hobbies is to enjoy ourselves and to take pride in what we’ve accomplished – if something isn’t perfect that’s okay because it still means you did your best.
If things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, try not to get too frustrated! Take a deep breath and remember this is supposed to be fun; sometimes stepping back from our work for an hour or two can help us see where changes need to be made before moving forward again.
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