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New Year, New Hobby

By ANGELA CASCO

With a new year comes another opportunity to make a better version of yourself.

Whether it’s for personal or professional development, you can give self-improvement another go in the next 365 days. One way to do this is by taking up a hobby.

An activity done regularly for enjoyment, hobbies have been linked to multiple health benefits. Physical hobbies, for instance, keep you active and moving, without feeling the dread of going to a gym. Artistic activities, meanwhile, bring out your inner creative, and boost self-esteem and confidence.

Hobbies help beef up your career, too. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg swears by picking up a hobby or two. He believes it’s one of the best ways for people to show passion and leadership in and out of their professional lives. It can even be another means of living, except it’s not as confining as a regular job. Zuckerberg himself can attest to this, as Facebook started out as a hobby.

This 2020, make the most out of every spare time and enrich your skill set with these activities, all while unwinding from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Upcycling

Upcycling

Defined as reusing discarded objects or materials to create an entirely new product of higher quality or value, upcycling has steadily gained popularity in the past year, thanks in no small part to consumers who are becoming more conscious about the impact of their purchases. Get started on this hobby by being more creative: Apply do-it-yourself tricks to clothes about to be discarded or give that old furniture a few repairs and a new coat of paint.

Volunteering

Volunteering

No matter what time of the year, nothing beats giving back. Make this year an opportunity to support a cause or reach out to those in need. You can organize outreach activities or connect with organizations to actively make changes for the better. Project PEARLS, for instance, helps children from marginalized communities through education, nutrition, and healthcare services. To help provide decent housing to those who cannot afford it, you can join the activities of Habitat for Humanity.

Starting a YouTube channel

Starting a Youtube channel

Whether your interest is in travel, beauty, or food, sharing it through videos and uploading it on Youtube can be a surprisingly fun and fulfilling way to be occupied. Setting up a channel not only allows sharing of new or interesting finds, it also builds a supportive and insightful online community in the process. The perks do not end there as videos in the said platform get monetized, too.

Meditating

Meditating

The demands of work or school, as well as Metro Manila’s traffic, can take a toll on your well-being. For beginners, it’s wise to enroll in meditation classes for proper introduction to the discipline. White Space Wellness in Katipunan, Quezon City offers a variety of classes and workshops upon request. If you prefer to do it at home, though, it’s best to choose a meditation method that does not feel like work. Start with small, manageable sessions, too. It can be as short as three minutes. It makes all the difference. This also helps you gain momentum for longer sessions in the future.

Pottery

Pottery

Learn how to make a cup, bowl, or plate from scratch through pottery. Classes like those conducted by Tahanan Pottery Shop in Quezon City allow participants to experience the process of creating vessels, from molding them with clay and other ceramic materials, to firing them at high temperatures to harden the form. Take your pick from earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

Coffee Roasting

Coffee Roasting

As a country rich in quality coffee beans, you can easily take up roasting your own coffee at home as a hobby. You will need a purpose-built home coffee roaster as a start. A popcorn popper, however, will do. If worse comes to worst, an oven or grill can suffice. While many videos online already demonstrate how to roast coffee at home, learning it from experts in an academy can be of great help. For example, UCC Coffee Academy’s classes include coffee roasting, while learning a lot of other stuff about coffee.

Podcasting

Podcasting

Podcasts, or digital audio files available typically as a series on the Internet, have been enjoying popularity or subscriptions for the variety of topics they discuss. You can easily take up this hobby by simply setting up a podcast channel. Soundcloud has a built-in recorder, while Spotify allows one to upload a pre-recorded audio file.

Traditional Weaving

Traditional Weaving

A thriving weaving tradition is present in the country and what better way to keep it alive by learning more about it and picking it up as a hobby? Not only does it encourage creativity, it also teaches patience and precision. A community of artisans, crafters, designers, and creative entrepreneurs who learn, create, share, and celebrate handcrafted goods, CraftMNL offers weaving classes using local threads and fibers.

Coding

Coding

For “closeted” tech geeks, this year presents itself as an opportunity to learn more about coding, which is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to behave how you want it to. This is particularly helpful for those who want to develop their own websites or even apps. It has also become a critical career skill, one that employers are willing to pay for at a premium. Get immersed in the world of programming at The Coding School, where both kids and adults can enroll in coding courses.

Writing Baybayin

Writing Baybayin

If rediscovery of yourself is an agenda in 2020, might as well try learning how to write the Baybayin. Apart from learning more about Filipino heritage, writing in this ancient form of script also keeps it alive. An NGO called GINHAWA facilitates workshops on well-being, Filipino culture, and spirituality, including how to write Baybayin.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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