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January is national hobby month.
First things first, what is a hobby? A hobby is an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. Do you currently have a hobby that you enjoy? Are you in the market for a new hobby?
 
Use these suggestions to have fun, learn a few new skills, and maybe find a new project or two.
1) Take the quiz at hobsess.com. Based on the answers you give to the questions on the quiz hobsess will give you 3 categories of hobby that you might be interested in. Choose one of the hobbies listed in each of the 3 categories and give them a try. 2) Take a survey of 5 of your friends or family. Based on your likes, dislikes, and personality, have them give you 3 hobbies that they think you might enjoy. Compile a list of their suggestions. Are there any hobbies on your list that sound intriguing?
 
Hobbies are divided into four large classes: doing things, making things, collecting things, and learning things. Let’s try a few of the hobbies in each class.
DOING THINGS:
Organic farming: Organic farming involves using only natural methods without any harmful chemicals, toxic ingredients or synthetic element to fertilize, feed, or increase growth. Do some research on organic gardening and composting. Put your knowledge to practice with a small plant of your own.
Trivia: Do you have a secret love for bite-sized bits of knowledge? Trivia might be the right hobby for you. Gather your group and host a Trivia night.
Stand-up Comedy: Are you the friend who keeps everyone laughing? Give stand-up comedy a try. Write a 1 minute comedy routine to perform for your group.
Freelance writing: Do you like to journal? Maybe journalism is a hobby that you would enjoy. Write a mock newspaper or magazine article to share with your group.
MAKING THINGS:
Origami: Origami is an ancient art of folding paper to create interesting figures and shapes. Visit your local library for books or YouTube for videos of origami patterns. Try making a boat, an owl, and a rose.
Balloon twisting: We’ve all seen balloon animals, flowers, and even super heroes. Have you ever wanted to try it yourself? Now’s your chance. Gather your group, your supplies, and books, videos, or an expert and get started.
Upcycling: Look through your house for items for which you have no current use. Instead of tossing them, look for a potential project to create something new and useful.
Decoupage: is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it. This crafty hobby is easier that it sounds and chances are you already have everything you need. Do a little more research to find a decoupage project that you’d like to try. Invite your group, friend, and family to join in on the project with you. Have a Decoupage party!
COLLECTING THINGS:
The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, organizing, displaying, storing items that are of interest to an individual collector.
Collecting is a practice with a very old cultural history. Collecting practices have been noted among royalty and elites as far back as the third millennium.
If you think you might be interested in collecting as a hobby here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Pressed pennies, books, magazines, snow globes, fabric, coins, stamps, movies, music, pottery, memorabilia, toys, games, cards, movie posters, erasers, buttons, pressed flowers, dolls, stuffed animals, figurines, holiday decorations,
A collection can be anything that your peaks your interest. If you could collect anything in the world, what would it be and why? Share your thoughts with your group.
LEARNING THINGS:
Astronomy: Astronomy is the study of the sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, gas, galaxies, dust and other non-earthly things. When you look up at the night sky are you curious about what you see? Together with your group take a night hike. Take along binoculars or a telescope. What can you see?
Magic Tricks: Have you ever seen a magic show? Do you wonder how the magicians perform their tricks? Try learning a few simple tricks of your own. Look for books or videos on card tricks, disappearing coin tricks, and the gravity defying ring trick. After you have perfected these, practice a few more advanced tricks to share with your group.
Genealogy: Genealogy is the study of family ancestors. There are so many ways that you can approach your family history. It’s up to you what you want to discover about it. Maybe you want to find out who in your family tree was the first to arrive in the United States. Maybe you want to find out if that story that an ancestor fought at Gettysburg is true. Maybe you’re curious about where your ancestors came from. Start by talking to family members. Grandma, grandpa, great-aunts and uncles. They might have valuable information. Old photo albums, cedar chest, letters, and diaries can be gold mines of clues.
Start a family fact sheet with the information you’ve gathered. How much information were you able to fill in about your grandparents, great-grandparents, or even great-great-grandparents? Share 5 things with your group that you learned about your heritage and your family.

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