Extracurricular Activities

Pondering what to learn!

So, how are those resolutions shaping up? If you’re part of the lucky 8%, then congratulations! For the rest of you, better luck next year. I think it’s funny that so many of us resolve to dramatically change ourselves every December 31st. With a new year on the horizon, the future is rosy, and you are determined, unstoppable, and invincible. And although the statistics are against you, I hope you’re going strong on Day 24.  

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As I alluded to last week, I want 2019 to be a year of learning. I did not want to start declaring that I had all of these goals to eat better, work out more, focus on my mental health, live life to the fullest, etc. etc. Lifestyle changes come slowly, and should be things we work on constantly. But learning, seems to me the perfect resolution. The beauty of this goal is that it’s more of a mindset. I can apply it to literally every aspect of life. Try a new recipe? Sure! Read more books? Of course! Pick up a new hobby? Definitely! It’s just that simple.

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Truth be told, I feel like I’ve come to this point in my life where things have settled down a bit. Life settled down a bit and I was craving that extra-something in life. I was getting a little bored of the monotony of eat-work-sleep. Now, not all of us are in positions to take that grandiose step in quitting our jobs and backpacking through Europe or taking a year off to volunteer in a third-world country- WE HAVE BILLS TO PAY! But there are simpler ways to nourish your life and your mind.

I took a look at my past. There were so many things I did growing up that I genuinely loved. Hobbies and activities that used to excite me that I’ve shelved away for years. I used to dance, play piano, dabble in random arts and crafts, listen to SO MUCH MUSIC, and read, read, and read. It’s crazy how as we grow up we label a lot of these activities ‘for children’ as if we adults don’t need extracurriculars. If anything, we need them even more. They provide us with little escapes from the tedium of daily life. Sure, some of our tastes change as we get older, but your childhood activities can serve as a great starting point! Most importantly, these shouldn’t have to break the bank.

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Steps to re-learn your desire to learn:

  1.  Read! Find what excites you! I often find myself caught in the self-help isle a little too often, but find what it means to read for fun! I love a good period-drama, but haven’t read one in years!
  2. Pick up a new hobby! There are TONS of online classes, community classes, etc. etc. that you can take! Have a fancy DSLR sitting at home, but you don’t know how to use it? Take a photography class! (I am taking one at Udemy ) Learn to code! Do something that you’ve been curious about!
  3. Art. There are countless studies showing how art (whether it’s music, dance, etc.) can have such positive effects on a child’s development. If it’s something up your alley, explore how using that other side of your brain can affect you mentally and physically!
  4. Sports! Join a local IM team, coach little kiddies in your area, get on the field!

Of course, these are just a few suggestions, you really could do anything your heart desires! The point of it all is, to put yourself out there and find things that interest you! On your path to rediscovering an old hobby, you might find a new one! You just never know!

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