Hello lovelies and welcome back to another Monday!
As you all know, this week I will be featuring Pamela who blogs over on StarringPamela. For the first feature, Pamela has written a great post about exploring and trying new things. She worked hard on this post, it’s so inspiring and informative and I encourage you all to read it! I think you’ll be able to take something from it- I sure did. After reading, be sure to check out her blog and give a follow 🙂
Hi everyone! First, thank you Lee for allowing me to guest post on your blog! Second, thank you to everyone who supports Lee and her wonderful blog! I can’t wait to see how Golden Pink Journal changes and I know it’ll be even more amazing than it already is.
As the title suggests, I’m going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to go about trying and exploring new things. This post is by no means intended to be a strict rule book, but rather meant to be a friendly nudge towards encouraging you to find something new to enjoy.
I will focus on hobbies and how to go about finding a way to start working on making that hobby yours! I do hope you’ll find it helpful. So far this has worked for me! I’ve done a range of activities. Such as:
- Competitive swimming and running in school
- Played flute for over 10 years
- Horseback riding as an adult for fun
- Ballet as an adult, as a college elective and for fun
- Creative writing for as long as I can remember
- Film photography as an art elective in college
- Attending musical theatre productions
I could go on but you get the idea. I also left out blogging from my list as I feel that’s something we probably all share or at least know a lot about here. But there’s quite a few others.
Let’s move on!
Step 1: Find Your Interest
You may already have a specific hobby in mind that you want to do and if so, great! You’re pretty much done with step one. It may be a good idea to keep a few other potentials in the back of your mind in case the hobby you have your eye on doesn’t work for you for whatever reason. More on that later.
If you don’t have an idea already, try making a list of what you’re interested in learning. Don’t hold back! I literally want you to take a few minutes with some paper and pen and write the hobbies that have interested you. All these steps are geared towards working towards that one hobby you will eventually start to learn so you can just compare a few potentials as you go. I would say try to keep it to no more than three so you don’t get overwhelmed.
I haven’t necessarily gone by a list of hobbies when I’ve picked one up. I’ve usually had one that I’ve specifically looked into but if you’re unsure you can consider two or three at the same time to decide which is best for you.
Got your idea? Great! Let’s keep going then.
Step 2: Do Your Research
Before you run away because I didn’t tell you to just jump right in, let me explain. I do believe you have to do your research and learn more about the hobby you want to do in order to be successful and stick with it long term.
Here is what I suggest you start gathering:
- Cost. Let’s be honest, hobbies can be expensive! You’ll need to know how much you need to pay for the instruction, any equipment you might need to provide for yourself, and other costs you might encounter.
- Time. Hobbies will also take time. Will this work with your schedule? You need to know how much time you need to dedicate to this hobby.
- Place. Where could you learn this hobby? You don’t need to pin down a place yet, just get a general idea of where you could do it. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- A local community college
- Local park district or library
- Online classes
- Friends/family (word of mouth)
- Lifestyle brands (some can point you in the right direction or even offer classes themselves, this is more common in outdoors-y or active/fitness brands or music brands)
- Requirements. Some hobbies are easier to do as children and some you can only do as an adult of a certain age. Others require certain physical abilities so if you have certain limitations be sure to keep that in mind while you search. There might also be some seasonal/weather related requirements as well.
Now that you have a bit more knowledge on your hobby of interest, you hopefully have a good sense of whether or not this will work for you. If it does, that’s wonderful! You can proceed to Step 3. If it does not, don’t despair! You can always select something else and start Step 2 over again. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever do the one you ruled out, it just means you won’t do it now.
Step 3: Prepare
Okay, so now you do need to focus on the specifics of the hobby you plan to do.
I recommend you start with the place you will go to. Why? Because what you need to do to prepare will likely vary from place to place.
Dress codes can be very different from one place to another. Equipment requirements could also change as some places provide more than others and certain places either require certain items or ban others. Lesson times, facility hours, and prices are usually comparable because of competition from place to place, but it’s still a good idea to compare them as they can be different as well or, if it’s something you need to schedule, they may not have the time/day you want available.
So you can see that the location can greatly impact what you will ultimately need, so it is important to narrow that down fairly early on when you know you do want to pursue that hobby. And at this point it’s important to figure out what you need to do to afford it. If you need to save before you can commit, or wait until you have more time to dedicate to the hobby, do so. It’ll save you a lot of stress and headache later.
Of course, not all hobbies require all of this but the more specific information you have on what you’ll really need to get started, the easier it’ll be when you start doing it because you’ll know what to expect.
Lastly, take some time to learn what to expect when you walk in if it’s a hobby you haven’t done before or haven’t done in a long time. You can talk to people who you know have done it, blogs are excellent resources as well, and you can phone ahead to the place you want to go to as well to ask questions about it.
Sometimes we don’t go out and explore because it’s something unknown. But you never know what you’ll love if you don’t try it, right?
Step 4: Commit!
Now that you’re prepared with all your knowledge do whatever you need to do to get yourself in that door! (Figuratively and/or literally depending on your hobby.) Be sure to verify anything you want to double check on such as methods of payment they accept, dress code, what you’ll need, etc. If this is a hobby you can do from home, or you can just show up to the location then even better for you!
Just make sure that no matter which type of commitment you make, you follow through with it!
Here’s all the steps again:
- Step 1: Find Your Interest
- Step 2: Do Your Research
- Step 3: Prepare
- Step 4: Commit!
That’s really all I have for you! I hope you found this helpful and let us know what hobby you plan to pursue! Are you planning to use any of these steps?
Pamela definitely has inspired me to make a list of my hobbies and think about things that I would probably never do. I want to get out there and enjoy my hobbies but also try new things, maybe i’ll pick up a new hobby or even a new passion. You never really know until you try, that’s the thing! Don’t let fear and comfort hold you back from exploring the world because you could be missing out on a key ingredient to who you are meant to be or want to be in life by doing so.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and will consider trying these steps out. Let us know in the comments. I think following the steps would make a great post idea!💡💛