In the summertime, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the flowers and trees are in full bloom. Days are longer, giving you more time to enjoy simple pleasures. If you need something to do this coming summer, consider taking up a new hobby, like one of these nine:
Collecting can be a thrilling hobby, though only collectors truly understand how anyone can be passionate about it. Collecting unique coins, custom postage stamps, decorative plates, garden gnomes or dolls can be enjoyable and a project you can do on your own, with friends or with family. It’s exciting to find that one item missing from your collection.
Do you have an old car or motorbike? Brush up on your mechanical skills and attempt to fix it. You can have fun tinkering around all summer and you may repair it. You’ll find mechanics is a relaxing activity that takes your mind off the pressure of work and home life. Plus, you can acquire skills that come in handy if your vehicle breaks down.
Do-It-Yourself Home improvements
No doubt your home has some repairs it needs done and you can think of a few ways to improve its appearance. Carpentry is one skill you learn while making home improvements. You may find you’re a skilled plumber, electrician, metalsmith or landscaper once you try it.
Martial arts are more than a hobby — they’re a great way to get in shape. Some people have a natural aptitude for martial arts, but they never know until they take classes. If you want to spend time out of the house and work on your body, take up martial arts. Who knows, perhaps by the time the next summer rolls around, you’ll have that beach body you dreamed of.
Photography is a hobby ideal for creative types. This is a hobby you can actually turn into a money-making opportunity. For example, people always need professional stock photos. All you need is a sharp eye and a good camera, and you’re ready to go.
Growing your own food is one of the joys of starting a garden. Discover your green thumb this summer. There are many plants you can grow over the summer and into the fall — and they’ll make a tasty addition to your meals. Consider planting bushes and doing some simple landscaping to improve your home’s curb appeal. You can also start your own flower or herb garden. Gardening is relaxing and it’s a great social activity, too.
All kids love art, but most give up their passion when they get older. If you wish you could have become an artist, the summer is the perfect time to get back into it. Break out those old paints and pencils, and practice drawing, painting, chalking, coloring or even doing street art. Art is expression in many forms and it may be just what you need.
Fishing and Camping
There’s nothing like getting out into the middle of nowhere and depending on your wits for survival. If you’re not that extreme, spend some time fishing and camping with friends and family. It’s a great way to get fresh air, exercise and some relaxation time.
Consider picking up your pen and jotting down some notes in a diary, writing poetry, working on a novel or writing a tutorial that could benefit others. If you have a way with words, you can turn it into an income source. If you have nothing to do over the summer, try writing something.
About the Author: A devoted stamp collector, blogger Jackie Rumstein knows the value of a good hobby for children and adults alike.