Starting A New Hobby

Taking up a new activity or sport can be incredibly rewarding. At the same time, starting something new can also be intimidating and short-lived. If you can find like-minded people in your area, an outside pursuit can also be a great way to meet new people and experience new adventures, whether that’s taking on a new trail or going to a knitting convention.

Hobbies often provide a creative outlet that you might not get in your everyday life. They allow you to do something that’s just for you, that can help you forget your daily problems, unwind after a hard day and give you a lot of pleasure. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, here are some tips to get you started.

Make A List
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Go crazy!  Write down all the activities you’ve ever wanted to explore on a piece of paper. Don’t limit yourself or think about whether or not they’re actually possible – we’ll get to that later. Just have fun and welcome the possibilities! Once you have your list, go back through and begin circling anything that stands out to you. Notice any patterns that may develop.

Visualize The End Result

To narrow down your list ask yourself “what do you want to accomplish with this new hobby?” Do you want to be more active and get more exercise? Are you wanting to get more creative this year? Wishing to read more? Looking to meet new people? Target what is most important to you.

Be Realistic
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It’s daunting if you decide to wake up at 5:00 am and run 10 km’s every day as your first goal – it takes baby steps! Setting an unrealistic expectation will just lead to discouragement and ultimately quitting your new hobby. Determine what is realistic for your circumstances. Perhaps that means scheduling a time every week to take a tennis lesson at the West Shore Tennis Club, setting aside an few hours a week to take an online class at Royal Roads University, or commit to scrap-booking on Saturday afternoons. Be intentional with your time and schedule them in your planner.

Find A Friend

Ask around to see if any of your friends are interested in the same activity.  Trying new things with a pal can make it a lot less intimidating.  You’ll also have someone holding you accountable and making sure you show up on time!

Community Living
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Pacific Landing’s oceanfront community is purpose built to allow residents to live an active and engaged lifestyle. With direct access to over 500 acres of walking trails, the Esquimalt Lagoon and a community garden, there are plenty of opportunities to take up a new hobby. You can bird watch from your home or around the site while living in the middle of a Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Try kayaking out on the lagoon for some peace and fresh air or explore the neighboring growth forest. Pacific Landing is perfect for folks who like to enjoy the outdoors in a beautifully scenic setting. Register today to discover your new waterfront community.

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