“No man is really happy or safe without a hobby” William Osler
Yea, it sounds kinda dramatic, but after what we went through in 2020, it makes complete sense. If you didn’t have a hobby or passion to distract you from all that went on in 2020, you probably had a much harder time coping than someone who did have a hobby.
Hobbies allow us a place to go to get away from it all. We are able to lose ourselves and do something we like or even love. They give us release, relaxation, and often times a way to relate and connect with other like-minded people.
I’ll be honest if you’re not a self-aware person it may take some work for you to figure out your hobby. And even if you are self-aware, you will still need to experiment and try a couple of things to determine where and how you like to spend your energy.
Here are a couple of questions to consider:
- What are my fondest memories of my childhood?
- What was I doing during those times and how did I feel?
- Were there any subjects in school that really excited me?
- Was there I job where I like what I was doing?
- What do I like to do to relax?
- What activities stimulate me mentally, where I find myself going down a rabbit hole and getting lost?
These are just a start, but the only way to determine what you like to do is to just start doing stuff.
And keep in mind that nothing is permanent.
A couple of years ago, I really got into playing The Sims 4. I absolutely loved it. Nowadays, I may look at a video or two, but it’s not my main focus anymore.
And that’s okay!!
5 simple guidelines on how to successfully start your hobby:
- Make a decision and commit to sticking with it
This is a big one!! It really comes down to your belief about picking up this hobby. But in order to see the benefits of having a hobby, you have to commit to sticking with it and being okay with trying it out.
- Set Some S.M.A.R.T. Goals
My mom always without a vision the people perish (I think it’s Bible verse, actually, lol). In other words, without a goal, you won’t know where you’re going. The same applies to your hobby. You have to know your WHY or you’re just going fall off the bandwagon.
It’s better to have an intrinsic (inner meaning), but an external reason is also a great motivator.
- Find a Friend ( or mentor/coach) for accountability
Whew! Yes! Accountability is key. I’m sure there are times where we’ve all decided we wanted to do something, only for life to get in the way. Let me tell you…having someone in your corner makes it a heck of a lot easier to stick with it. Friends are cool, but a COACH is so much better.
I hired my 1st ever business, career, and life coach last year (2020), and boy, did I see the change. And so did everyone else. Coaches want to see you win and the best coaches have systems in place to help keep you on track and accountable.
- Remove the pressure of perfect (Done is Better Than Perfect)
This is my current and forever motto. In one of the courses I recently purchased, Voice Memo to Demo, Kris Bradley says “Perfection is procrastination disguised as productivity.” And the only way to beat procrastination is by taking action!
I’ve been experiencing this in my life. When I let go of perfection and just started taking action, I was able to get a better gauge of where I was going, how I doing, and where I wanted to go.
Then I create systems, make adjustments, and start to really see progress!
- Go for it Full Steam and have FUN!
This one’s pretty simple. The most important part is to have fun, because even when things get challenging you’ll be able to remember your “why”, the good times, and push through.
Alright, we’ve made it this!
So if you didn’t know, I’m a singer, songwriter, producer, and a singing coach. It just wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t make my case on why SINGING is one of the best hobbies to start.
5 Reasons why singing is a great hobby to start:
- It’s FREE to start (you don’t have to buy equipment)
Yep! All need is your voice.
- You’re probably already doing it
I know you are…in the shower, the car, the kitchen, your head, while doing chores, and anywhere else you might happen to be when a tune playing or even it’s not. Music is inside of all of us and singing is as natural as talking. Just take a peek into a preschool or daycare or even into your own childhood. You’ll catch children and yourself singing all types of nursery rhymes. Heck, even babies coo and caw while playing with their toes 🥰
- You literally sing your blues away
No for real…it’s been scientifically proven that singing can improve your mood. Of course, that’s if you’re singing a happy song or even if you’re just humming a random tune. All those frequencies and vibrations can lift your mood and make you feel better.
- Singing can improve your breathing, posture, and focus
This is where putting in effort and commitment to singing comes into play. When you’re actively singing you engage your core much differently than if you’re casually singing a song from the radio.
In order to get the best sound you have to engage your core (breathe and expand your diaphragm), sit or stand straight, and focus on what notes and words you want to sing.
After much practice, it starts to become second nature, but even professional singers need reminders, especially after a not so great performance.
- It’s one of the gateways to creative expression
I am BIG on the power of creative expression and gaining the confidence to sing is just the start. It allows you to express yourself and communicate what you are feeling and thinking.
Whether you choose singing or another hobby, I hoped this helped and inspired you to start finding and pursuing a passion!
If you are looking to pick up singing as a hobby, I’d love to be your coach and accountability partner. I offer a FREE 30-minute lesson, so you can get started on your hobby today!!