Hobbies – Pastimes Or Addictions!

Hobbies are considered to be the pastimes in which a person feels satisfaction and enjoyment. It can even turn into a habit if prolonged. Some hobbies are also transformed into business ventures and professions. Here we take a look at some of the most common hobbies:

Reading books

People with intellectual and educational mindset will always be found to answer this when asked about their hobby. They find pleasure in reading books and the books may vary from story to poetry, from novel to magazine and from Hindi to English. In fact, there are some bookworms who spend their complete pocket money in buying books.

Music

Some people are music lovers and find solace in listening to music in their leisure time. Their music love can range from jazz to bass to rock to contemporary to classical and even to fusion. You should not be amazed if you find a room full of CDs and music DVDs in the houses of these music addicts.

Collection

Collection is a hobby which requires a lot of patience. Some people collect coins of different nations while some gather stamps. Some are interested in collecting specific items of their interest like kites, sports cars, bikes and even some weird articles also. This hobby generally results in an exhibition where the general public gets an opportunity to see the wonders at one place.

Games

Games consist of a whole gamut of hobbies comprising of video games or indoor games or outdoor games. Some people are so addicted to games that they are in constant search of games that have recently entered the market. It may include video games, indoor games and even puzzle games.

Outdoor recreation

It may sound unusual but some people like kite watching and bird watching in their spare time. They observe each and every minute action carefully and are amazed by this.

Creative hobbies

Hobbies like craftwork, painting, gardening, photography and artistry come in the category of creative hobbies which require creativity and imagination and result in some finished product. They have the potential to be transformed into a small venture.

Smoking

It is more of an addiction than a hobby. It contains nicotine which makes the person addicted to smoke and eventually it turns into a habit.

Whatever be the hobby, it should be a good and healthy one. Moreover, it would be better if it can be converted into profession or business.

Creative Careers – Take Your Interest To The Next Level

Women all over the map are living out their creative dreams through their careers! Creative, business-savvy women have learned that creative business ventures are the perfect way to excel in the job of their dreams. You, too, can find a creative outlet, and you too, can build your own creative career.

Pinpoint That Passion

No matter what your personal flair involves, may it be writing, art, design, dance, or even making birdhouses, you can take your interests to the next level. You can create a dream job for yourself by following your passions and your interests.

The first and most important thing is to discover your creative outlet. Searching for a fitting artistic endeavor can be a lot of fun. Perhaps you aren’t quite ready to make that hobby a career? That’s okay. Build your skills and knowledge about your interest. Be ready for a challenge as you follow your passion and live out your creative energies.

According to research done at the University of Salford, “Being creative can improve mood, and self-esteem, as well as improving mental agility.” I experience this firsthand, as I venture into something creative: my stress drifts away. Whether it’s writing, dancing, or yoga: taking time for a creative outlet helps me feel more like me!

The Secret?

The secret is to create your own “creative bliss.” That is, create your own reality. By taking your interest to the next level, you too can refuse to settle in a “job” and create a professional career and business for yourself!

Even if you’re not ready to create the career of your dreams, it’s never too late to invest some time into your creative interests. Making time for the things that foster self-expression can be fun and healthy. I recommend that you start your creative interest as a hobby, giving yourself time to develop solid products or services.

Look Before You Leap

Other things to ask yourself, before jumping into your “creative career:”

* Do I have the discipline and motivation to get this done on my own everyday?

* Could I find a business partner who has similar interests but varied skills?

* How much financial investment am I looking at?

* Am I ready to fully market this business and myself?

Most importantly, remember this: it’s never too late to begin the transformation from creative hobby to creative career! Dream big, work hard, and most importantly– enjoy the process!

Arts Crafts Hobby – Decorative Rug-Making in 5 Easy Steps

When I got started as a custom rug maker, I admit I was in it for the money and a much
needed career change. Since then I’ve had decorative rugs featured in Designer
Showcase Homes, Corporate Headquarters of numerous Fortune 500 Companies, and
even a Generals office in the Pentagon. It’s been a great ride. But what if you don’t care
about all that, maybe you don’t want a career change? What if you’re just looking for a
creatively rewarding hobby that’ll blow the socks off your friends or family? Here’s a quick
guide to decorative rug making in 5 easy steps.

Step One – Learn the Basics: What’s the best approach to learning how to make a rug?

Do some research, identify the different techniques used for rug making. You’ll find basic
teaching guides for latch-hook rug making kits that that will tickle Granny Smith’s fancy.
If the antiquated Latch Hook rug-making techniques make you *yawn*, then keep your
eyes open for more comprehensive custom rug fabrication programs that are designed
for more serious hobbyists and entrepreneurs. Hint: Google ‘rug making’.

Step Two – Invest in Your Education: Identify an investment level that you’re
comfortable with.

Some hobbies require a larger investment than others. If you want a
very low budget entry point, then Latch Hook rug-making with grandma is definitely the
way to go – expect a measly investment of 50-100 dollars. On the other hand, a more
specialized custom rug training program will cost 1,000 – 10,000 dollars, tools and
equipment included.

Step Three – Create Your Studio: Create a space for your new studio / workroom.

A garage-like workshop with a 4 x 8 table is fine for a hobbyist. The table top should line up with your hips, not too high or too low. I like to add some splashes of color in my work-
space. I make cool and colorful samples and hang them on the walls. It’s fun to let those
creative juices flow. Make your studio a fun place to come too and practice your hobby.

Step Four – Have fun with your rug designs: Fill up your home with your new creations.

Give them away to your friends and family. Identify themes to play with; what are your
interests? There are countless attractive themes like – animal print rugs, abstract designs,
company logos or heck, even a Star Wars Yoda Rug! Replicating a design into a rug is
easy once you learn the tricks.

Step Five – Brace Yourself: Prepare for the WOW! comments coming from friends and family when they see what you’re doing.

The questions will come: ‘Where did you get this rug? You made this? Wow what talent you have… You’re so talented… this is amazing, I had no idea you could make a rug like this…”. I am not making this stuff up, it will happen.

Decorative rug making is one of those fun and creative hobbies that has the potential to
uplift your spirits because it’s so rewarding. You’re actually producing something from
start to finish. It does take some practice, but the steps are manageable and relatively
easy to learn. Give it about 30 days of practice and you’ll be well on your way to a
enjoying a fun hobby.