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Celebrate National Hobby Month!

While you’re making your New Year’s resolutions this month, don’t forget about your hobbies! Hobbies sometimes get pushed to the side in our busy schedules, but experts say that hobbies are more important than we might think! Making time for doing something you enjoy can:
  • Help you have a more positive outlook
  • Enhance your creativity
  • Sharpen your focus
  • Boost confidence
  • Increase motivation
Kids and grown-ups can both benefit from having a hobby! Here are some tips for getting started with a hobby:
  • Find out what your hobby is. Or, if you already know, think of related hobbies you may not have tried yet. Try taking this quiz to get matched with an off-the-wall hobby.
  • Resolve to give yourself time to spend on your hobby. Be mindful of how you spend your time and try to make meaningful choices about the tasks you choose in your free time.
  • If you’re having trouble making time, try scheduling a class or workshop to attend. Sometimes it’s easier to have a set time on your schedule.
  • There’s always time for spring cleaning later-- use this time to stock your workshop or craft cabinet. Having supplies on hand makes it easier to fill unexpected free time with an enjoyable hobby.
Keep your hobby going throughout the year by taking advantage of resources online and in your community. Here are some ideas to get you started: Find a way to share your hobby. Some people make their hobbies into careers, but turning your hobby into a money making pursuit can sometimes take the joy out of it. Add some joy to your hobby instead by brainstorming how you can use your hobby for good. Send those scarves you knitted to a homeless shelter in the winter. Temporarily donate your rare collection to a museum. Mentor someone less experienced than you to pass on your knowledge and skills. We’re glad National Hobby Month got us thinking about our hobbies. We’d love to see the things you make, collect, or find! Comment or tell us on Twitter! [thrive_follow_me twitter='@kithub']   sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/jobs/02career.html?_r=0 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/lifestyle/beautiful-skin/11582987/creative-activities-for-adults.html  

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