Celebrate National Hobby MonthJanuary is National Hobby Month!  And you know what that means? It’s time to celebrate the majesty of this small, swift bird. The hobby is very similar to the falcon, but are often praised for their speed and aerial acrobatics…

Wait. No. I’m sorry. Not that kind of hobby. (But I bet you didn’t know there was a bird named one, did you? Stick with me, friends, and you’ll learn something new every day!) The kind of hobby we’re celebrating this month is an activity that you do – that you enjoy – to pass the time.  Some people are really into bonsai. Some people are really into improv. Some people are really into bowling. Whatever it is, it’s something fun you do on a regular basis.

I think it’s fitting that January is considered National Hobby Month. Most people look to fix the things that they feel didn’t go well in the previous year by making resolutions. People resolve to work out more, spend more time doing X and less time doing Y. Why not take up a hobby while you’re at it? Or at the very least make time to focus on the hobbies you do enjoy.

I’m a serial hobbyist. I have a multitude of things that I enjoy doing, and never really seem to have enough time to do them. I start things and get so excited to start more that I keep moving on to the next hobby. I have a trail of hobbies 9 miles long. And Pinterest certainly isn’t helping me any. Oy vey! If I did everything I have pinned, I would need 3 clones just to get it done.  So this year, I’m killing two birds with one stone – I’m celebrating National Hobby Month by sticking close to my resolution of slowing down and taking more time to enjoy the things that are really important to me.

My challenge to you all is to find a hobby you like to do and do it. Stick to it. We’re turning into a society of people who no longer know how to do things for true enjoyment. We’re either lazy do nothings or workaholic stress balls. It’s time to take back the simple pleasures in life! Hobbies do not, and should not, be something you dread, feel guilty about or only do begrudgingly. You deserve to enjoy yourself!

Do you like taking pictures? Start capturing the world around you!
Do you like beer? Learn how to brew your own!
Do you like books? Join a book club!
Do you like movies? Check out AFI’s Top 100 films list and watch them all!

Hobbies don’t have to be sedentary and solo activities, either.

Do you like the woods? Then start hiking!
Do you like the show Dancing with the Stars? Take a Zumba class! You could be the next Carrie Ann Inaba!
Do you want to feel like a bad ass? Join a roller derby team.
Do you like running? Start training for Run for Your Lives!

The point is to start focusing on the things you like doing and do them. Life is meant to be lived! Celebrate National Hobby Month and get to having fun!

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