5 Awesome Hobbies You Can Develop In 2020
Updated: Jan 4
With so much time on our hands, we have the opportunity to explore so many new things; to expand our horizons more that we have before. Art and expression is not only the best way to do that but also a great way to channel our emotions, make something meaningful, and have a way to remember this time! Keeping that in mind, we’ve curated a list of five great new skills and hobbies you can take up in the next few months - along with resources to help you.
Get a Workout In and Learn at the Same Time with Danceworx Before quarantine, getting regular movement was easy - walking around your neighbourhood, playing some sort of sport, going to the gym. However, being home-bound has made that far harder - but not impossible. One of the most fun ways to keep yourself active during quarantine is through dance - a great way to improve your flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance! It helps you not only become more graceful but far stronger and more agile as well. Health benefits even include a stronger heart, lungs and bones.
For those who tend to procrastinate exercising, we can’t think of anything better. Not only is it a work out but it’s also fun, and a wonderful way to meet new people. Danceworx is renowned organisation teaching several forms of contemporary dance through online classes, and having attended them myself, I couldn’t recommend them strongly enough. So put on your game face, and get ready to become a stronger, more graceful, and more confident version of yourself!
Keep Up With the Latest Trends With TintofMint
In the previous century, making one’s own clothes was common. Even now, we all have that special item of clothing our grandparents hand-stitched for us - so why don’t we make ourself some clothes too? Making your own clothes gives you the satisfaction of creating something yourself, a way to occupy your time, as well as a wonderful new wardrobe staple! This meditative activity can be done both with a sewing machine or by hand, and is a great way to use up scrap fabrics or reuse old clothes lying around the house. With YouTube channels like TintofMint offering detailed tutorials and also design templates for a small price, you can soon be well on your way to creating an entire selection of clothes, scrunchies, and decorative pieces made by hand. An added bonus - it’s incredibly sustainable, and far friendlier to the environment.
Fluid Art with Sakshi Lunkad
We’ve all seen those relaxing videos of paints being poured on top of one another to form gorgeous backgrounds - it’s virtually impossible for me to go a day without coming across one.
What if I told you that you could make them as well? That by pouring runny abstract paints atop one another, you could be producing your own abstract masterpiece?
Well, Sakshi Lunkad is an artist teaching just that through her fluid art and alcohol ink art workshops, complete with tutorials on zoom and all materials safely (and hygienically!) delivered to your doorstep!
This art form isn’t very difficult, and the possibilities are endless, with no piece looking the same. Moreover, you need no prior experience to try it out! Soon, your house can be filled up with gorgeous tiles, coaters, and clocks decorated by you.
Origami With Jo Nakashima As children, you probably did some form of origami, the art of paper folding - whether you made a paper-plane, a bird, or a flower. However, what we often fail to realise is that origami is far more than these simple art projects. By manipulating a piece of paper, you can somehow make virtually anything; animals, plants, patterns - the list goes on. It’s a great way of releasing your stress and calming down while also creating something new! Jo Nakashima is an origami artist with over a decade of experience, and all his tutorials are available for free, along with detailed diagrams, on his YouTube channel. By knowing a few basic folds, you can now make virtually anything, simply with a piece of paper and your hands!
Express Yourself on Paper with Sweta Samota
One of the best ways to open up your mind is through words. By telling stories, we push ourselves to think outside the box, come up with new worlds, new characters, and new ideas. It can, however, often be confusing to figure out how to simply get started, and that’s where author Sweta Samota comes in!
As a novelist with a multiple times best seller on Amazon, and a writer of five novels, she knows what she’s talking about. Her course on writing a best selling story will not only give you the basics on how to start, but teach you how to write a compelling story that communicates strongly with an audience.
We’ve all procrastinated learning something new this quarantine but with our list of activities and resources, there’s no more room for excuses! So find something you love, and let the creativity flow.
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Tishya Doraiswamy, Content Writer @ Skyshot Media