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Hobbies

champagnepapichampagnepapi Posts: 66 Mod Squad
In a valiant effort to become a more interesting person and escape the daily grind, I'm looking for some hobbies I can do on the weekend. 

What are some things that you guys like to do in your spare time outside of work/study/commitments? Let's bounce ideas off each other. :) 
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  • CloakOfAshCloakOfAsh Posts: 319 Rock Star
    I've really enjoyed upping my reading in the last two years using Goodreads to track, set book goals and make wishlists. I have a friend who has taken a few cooking classes and basically turned something he has to do every day into a hobby. He said he know eats awesome food every day, is healthier and hasn't really lost time by taking up a hobby which is probably one of the main reasons people lose interest in hobbies. 
  • HoneyPotHoneyPot Posts: 123 Mod Squad
    Reading using Goodreads is so great! As are book clubs! I'm a musician so I do a lot of gigs on the weekend, but I also try to see a lot as well and support local young artists :smile: Maybe there are some cool bands you could check out? A lot of them don't even have cover charges too which means its a pretty cheap night out!
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    My suggestions are also pole dancing and reading! I've also been getting out more on the weekend and doing things I like, like getting a cup of coffee. Not exactly a hobby-hobby, but still getting out and about.

    I also crochet! I like keeping busy with my hands. 
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    I used to do pole dancing, its great fun and great for fitness too. My hobbies now are weightlifting and I have started a bullet journal. Although I would love to increase my reading and get back into my drawing...ooh and learn a language
  • PurplePurple Posts: 90 Mod Squad
    Ooooh I forgot to mention I'm learning sign language via an app/Youtube videos and that's pretty awesome.
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    edited August 2017
    @mak_trouble891 What's a bullet journal?

    I play and coach hockey, try to learn French, run, shop.... ;)
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    That's awesome @jessica how are you going with it? I started learning sign language a few years back at TAFE but never got to finish. I would love to though. 

    A bullet journal @Kit is like a DIY craft style journal that your put together yourself. If you do a google image search a whole bunch of stuff will come up. I find it a nice way to combine my creative side with journaling and tracking. 


  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    @mak_trouble891 Journaling is an awesome skill! 
  • peachypeachy Posts: 183 Mod Squad
    @Kit how are you learning French? I really want to learn Spanish but can't work out the best method! 
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @peachy I'm learning Japanese, I find that SRS based systems work best for me. Some language apps I'd recommend would definitely be 'duolingo' and 'memrise' + an app company called 'mindsnacks' does a really cute app that doubles as a game (good for beginners, and I checked that they do a spanish version!) Good luck! :)
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    @mak_trouble891Oh wow what a delicious stationery-porn rabbit hole! I think that is very dangerous inspo for me though, as I am a huge Moleskine fiend and can already picture adding more! :# If you're willing, I would love you to share some of your layouts, maybe in another thread? I can imagine the awesome mindfulness in doing it... omg I'm excited already!

    @peachy I've been using duolingo which I find really helped me wrap my head around things rather quickly, and then I also have a textbook, huge dictionary, a couple more apps and tapes which I've picked up over the years. Yes, I said tapes :D
  • champagnepapichampagnepapi Posts: 66 Mod Squad
    Wow thanks for the responses everyone! I will definitely check some of these out, they sound very interesting.

    @mak_trouble891 @Kit i tried to do a bullet journal earlier this year but as usual when the initial novelty faded i was back to a really messy and sporadically used diary! haha. maybe next year.

    @peachy i second @Kit, duo lingo is great but i would be really cautious in trusting your "fluency" levels on that app, take that number with a pinch of salt. I went to south america last year for a month and when i was back duo lingo gave me a "60% fluent" notification and I was like ???. I mean, sure I did pick up a lot while i was travelling but only a year later am I able to call myself 60% fluent, if that. If you need a practice partner give us a shout, I'm always looking to improve my speaking. But yeah in terms of picking up the most high yield stuff in the shortest space of time, I would converse with a native speaker.
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    edited September 2017
    For sure @Kit, I'd be more than happy to share. I'll take some cool pics and post later :) I tell you it's very addictive and there is so many cool stationary accessories you can buy. 
    Ooo!! Moleskine! You'll have to share too

    yeah @champagnepapi I can understand that, takes a lot of work to plan and put together. 
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Posts: 104 Mod Squad
    @champagnepapi I am on the Pole Dancing Train!! It is srsly the best thing I have ever done. I also do Aerials (Silks and Hoop) it is so addictive! You will find a whole new bunch of friends :)

    Now the weather is warming up I would also look at getting out and going places, get some friends and go for a bush walk or coast walk. There are so many beautiful locations around Sydney so go exploring. 
  • peachypeachy Posts: 183 Mod Squad
    @Kit @champagnepapi love Duolingo! It was so helpful when I was just making sure I could remember ¿Dónde está el baño? in Mexico last year! But I would like to be able to have proper conversations. Definitely interested in a practise partner!
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @mak_trouble891 I'd be really keen on seeing some of your spreads too!! I've recently gotten into bullet journaling myself and oh man has it changed my life! I feel so much more organized now haha
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    edited September 2017
    @peachy @champagnepapi Definitely, those conversations can help. The cool thing I found was when my thoughts started to surface in French. So good! They see the fluency happens when you start to dream in the other language and I fondly remember when that happened in Japan years ago. Everything was easy after that! ;)
    You two should start a Spanish thread just to practise – bonus points if you know words about sex or dating!
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    @CookieMonster pole dancing is awesome fun and great fitness, I did it for a while a few years back and loved it!
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    edited September 2017
    You're all tempting me to get into pole dancing tbh! Is it expensive? #studentlife
  • PurplePurple Posts: 90 Mod Squad
    Hi @tea, yes definitely expensive! I pay $45 a week for two one hour classes. I think it's worth it though, it's honestly one of the greatest blessings in my life. Most pole places offer free trial classes so you can give it a go for free and see if you like it. 
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Posts: 104 Mod Squad
    @tea yes and no depends on how many classes you want to do a week... most studios do 8 week terms and cost about $210-230 depending on the studio. My student charges $190 for a newbie but after that it is $210. However I know of a studio about an hr away from me that charges $230 for 8 weeks. 

    Def contact a local studio and give it a try :smile: then tell us how you went!!! 
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @CookieMonster Oooo that actually sounds pretty reasonable for an 8-week thing!!

    I'm definitely going to need to go look around, I feel like a lot of the studios are hidden away though? There's maybe one that I know about near me but other than that I'm not sure about any other stand-alone studios hmm
  • ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
    edited September 2017
    I'm terrible with hobbies, I start them and then I get bored a few weeks later and abandon it! Here are some of the things I've tried: cross stitch, knitting, sewing, painting on Van's shoes, gardening, baking, blogging, quilting, swing dance, learning Spanish, Italian and French, yoga, weightlifting, reading on the beach, scrapbooking, starting a family tree, kettlebells, learning to play ukulele, hacking IKEA furniture, running, creating an Episodes game, letter-writing and restoring old furniture. My spare room is like the Island of Abandoned Craft Projects.
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Posts: 104 Mod Squad
    @tea do you mind if I ask what area you live in? I might be able to suggest a few studios near you?

    @ElleBelle I LOVE yoga do you still do it? you should totally get back into it if you don't that one hour a week where you can just forget your crazy life I live for! but yoga is soo $$$ more so than Pole I think so I don't often get to go :(
  • ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
    I did really enjoy yoga @CookieMonster but my old gym stopped offering it because there were only like 3 people in the class. I don't love group fitness because I end up comparing myself to other people in the class, and I'm almost always the worst! Being a bigger girl, I didn't have the strength to even hold myself in downward dog for longer than a few seconds so it made me feel crappy. I saw an ad online for something like Curvy Girl Yoga which I might try.
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    @tea mine's $210 for an 8-week pole course. Shop around and you should be able to find something. There's a few concentrated in the city, and you'd be surprised about the amount in little nooks and crannies around town (e.g. my studio is in a warehouse, haha). 

    A lot of studios tend to do a free or discount trial class, too! So you can make sure it's for you.

    @ElleBelle downward dog sucks, though! I have tight, office worker shoulders and I don't like that pose either. 
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    ElleBelle said:
     hacking IKEA furniture
    @ElleBelle Please share your secrets. (Also I'm totally the same with trying a million things and getting bored of them!)

    @CookieMonster I'm in the 2045 area! I know of the one on Parramatta RD but that's it.

    @Aunt_Flo Ooo that's a good deal too! Yeah maybe I need to go hunt down some secret ones haha
  • champagnepapichampagnepapi Posts: 66 Mod Squad
    I signed up to do a barre and a yoga class this weekend! Actually so excited to get my body moving after a loooong hiatus. to trying to advertise or be commercial but you guys should check out class pass, they're offering 4 fitness classes for $4 :)
  • champagnepapichampagnepapi Posts: 66 Mod Squad
    *not trying to
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