Time. For some of us there never seems to be enough hours in the day but for many of us right now, it may seem there are too many hours in the day. If you find yourself struggling to the fill the day with constructive or interesting things to do, I’m here to help.
I’ve been thinking about how times like the current are always great for learning something new. Why not learn a new skill or hobby? While there is nothing wrong with binging Netflix, it can really help being productive to counteract feelings of depression or being stuck in your home. You might need to purchase materials for some of these so do your research before you commit to a huge project.
- Sew (When I finally learn to sew, this adorable pinafore apron will be my first project!)
- Crotchet (I may dig out my crotchet needles from college! This baby blanket project is so sweet!)
- Knit (though I have yet to learn how to knit, these slippers would be so fun to make!)
- Cross stitch (this might be a new hobby I try out soon! Amazon has tons of kits like this!)
- Quilt (A huge hobby to undertake but if you know someone who does it and can help you out, that might make it easier. Think of all the cozy things you could make!
- Woodburning (Woodburning kits are so easy to find on Amazon!)
- Can Your Own Food (up the ante using a pressure canner!)
- Learn to dehydrate food for your own snacks. We have this dehydrator and it’s great!
- Make your own jams and jellies. Once strawberries are in season, I’ll be making my own this summer!
- Perfect your baking skills. I just bought these adorable cookie cutters to make my own cheese crackers. My sons also love to use them with play dough. I just wash them in hot soapy water!
- Learn to fillet fish
- Learn how to make sushi
- Learn to paint with unusual mediums.
- Start a hydroponic garden (indoors). It’s never a bad idea to be able to grow your own food!
- Start a soil based indoor garden from seed and then transfer your seedlings to an outdoor garden once the weather warms up! A neighbour we had did this every year and saved herself so much time and money.
- Build something
- Sculpt with clay
- Learn photography. I bought my first Digital SLR secondhand and it was a great way to try something new without breaking the bank!
- Take an online course (Herbal Academy is currently offering courses at 50% OFF! There is a chance many other institutions are doing discounted courses at this time!) I started their introductory herbal course, it’s wonderful!
Take your new skills a step further a make something for a neighbour or someone in need. You don’t even have to see them to give it to them-just leave it on their doorstep.
It’s never a bad time to learn a new skill that might save you time and money in the future. Think about the Great Depression-an era that produced some incredibly innovative people because they had to learn to live with next to nothing.
What are some new skills or hobbies you’re interested in trying? I’d love to hear from you!
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