January is all about the new. Between resolutions, a new semester of school and a pile of gadgets from a fruitful holiday season, there’s no better time to take up a new hobby. You’ll have plenty of time to improve what you want to improve, but it’s important to do something that makes you feel good. Here are our favorite ideas for new hobbies for a new year.
You SampleHouse fans are already a pretty crafty bunch. Your hot glue gun probably has more frequent flier miles than a big-shot CEO, and your life is covered in glitter. But crafting has so many different areas, there’s bound to be something you haven’t tried yet. If you’re an expert when it comes to burlap wreaths, it’s time to switch gears. Try your hand at crocheting, scrapbooking or floristry. Do you have a sewing machine but haven’t moved beyond the basics? Find a class, pack up that machine and become an embroidery master for 2015. Bonus: You can make all your 2015 Christmas presents at home and avoid the mall completely. Visit our DIY board on Pinterest for more craft ideas!
The stars have been capturing imaginations for centuries. Whether you live in the heart of the city or you’re more of a country mouse, you have access to unlimited celestial learning. With a bit of research and a bit of investment in a high-quality telescope, you can unlock a new passion just by looking up. Bonus: What a great reason to turn the TV off and to get out of the house for a while.
Learning a new language certainly won’t happen overnight, but it’s a lot easier today than it was 20 years ago. During the course of the year, you could open yourself up to an entirely new world of communication, and it’s a great excuse to plan a trip to a foreign country (hint, hint). Bonus: For many employers, becoming bilingual is a raise-worthy accomplishment.
Learn to Play an Instrument
If your days in middle school band were more than just a few years ago, chances are this idea is a bit daunting. But the perks of a musical brain (especially as we age) are too beneficial to ignore. If you played as a preteen, you’re already ahead of the game. You can pick up almost any instrument at a secondhand music store and teach yourself the basics. Play a few lines for the dog each day and you’re sure to have a sharper, quicker mind by this time next year. Bonus: We promise you don’t have to play in front of your entire school this time around.