Summer is a great time to refresh and renew your mind. If you feel stuck in your routine and want to shake things up a little, why not challenge yourself to learn a new skill or two? Read on for five new hobbies you should pick up this summer, and take inspiration from these ideas. You may discover a few hidden talents!
There are many different types of journals, like simple blank diaries, bullet journals, and art journals. Try a few creative methods to find what works best for you. Some people prefer a lined composition notebook with a plain black pen, while others doodle through dot-grid journals. Find your favorite way to express your thoughts on paper and unleash your creativity between those pages.
You may already know the basics, but challenge yourself! Try a new cooking style, elevate a dish you already love, or dive into a cultural dish you’ve never attempted. Pull out a recipe that looks tasty but tricky, and spend some time learning totally new techniques.
There are a million books, blogs, and videos out there brimming with DIY ideas. Even a simple T-shirt can be a canvas for painting, doodling, or cutting up wherever you please. You may find yourself honing your sewing skills, which will inevitably come in handy if you want to create your own garments.
Working with yarn comes with a learning curve, but knitting is ultimately a combination of two simple stitches: knit and purl. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can create anything from baby booties to a gorgeous sweater. Knitting is a safe place to make mistakes; nobody cares if you drop a stitch, and a wonky scarf isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it can actually be quite charming!
Start a little herb garden by your kitchen window. Plant herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil, and cilantro; that way, when you’re cooking (see above), you can use fresh herbs you grew yourself! If you’re feeling adventurous, start a vegetable garden too. Soon, you’ll be making salads packed with goodies like homegrown spinach and tomatoes.
The most rewarding hobbies are the ones that create a finished product at the end. There’s nothing quite like showing off a Wagyu roast or a pair of socks and saying, “I made this!” These are only five new hobbies you should pick up this summer; think of more and kick-start your creative brain!