5 NEW HOBBIES TO START OUT YOUR YEAR

Well vinas, it’s 2019! A new year to learn new things about yourself. This year, challenge yourself to take on a new hobby. Learning a brand new thing will not only keep your brain healthy and strong, but it will also add to your tool belt. Here are five ideas to try, as well as some inspiring success story to help you get started:

KNITTING

My sister went off to college and very quickly realized that studying all day and all night was getting tiring. She was introduced to knitting by another friend and it was love from the on. Vinas, knitting is no longer your grandma’s pastime. My sister got so good at knitting, that she quickly learned to knit hats, headbands and scarves! She was offered an opportunity to make her own brand and even sell her items in a store.

LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

For the more patient vinas. I recently watched a video of a girl who taught herself how to play the violin in two years. I know, I know, it’s not one year….but still. If you really dedicate your time and you see progress, I say keep at it!

PHOTOGRAPHY

This goes beyond the “selfie”. Give your dad’s old camera a try. Choose a subject and play with lighting. Research the types of photography out there, and find out which ones attract you. Don’t be scared to get creative. If you really want a challenge, look up photos and try to recreate them with your own style. A good starting-off point? Henry Carroll’s Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs, an easy-to-read and understandable guide on the basics of seeing and photographic techniques. 

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READING

Remember in middle school, how you could read 3-5 books in a month? Start a book club with your bookworm vinas and converse every week about what you’ve read—wine glass in hand if that’s your preferred method. Dive into a different period in time, a romantic novel, or a good informative read. Watch your grammar improve and your knowledge expand! Win-win. 

BAKING / COOKING

This hobby for me is actually very relaxing. Before I got married, the kitchen was not my friend. I would look up videos of how to cook rice, or bake cookies—you know, the simple things. I found out I was actually pretty good at it; The more I would cook or bake, the more creative I would get. I realized that cutting up veggies or mixing up ingredients relaxed me and made me feel confident that my end result was going to be delicious. Trust me, your spouse will have no problem being the judge of your baking/cooking! Grab your bestie and create something together, all while helping each other improve.

Whatever you decide to do this year, give it your best shot and enjoy it. Remember that a hobby is not a chore, or that you are on a time limit to improve. It is your creative space, your “me” time. Don’t get frustrated if your first choice of hobby doesn’t work out or interests you. Find another hobby that makes you happy and motivated! Cheers to new skills!

In need of a vina to help you navigate your new hobbies? Head over to the Hey! VINA app and meet vinas in the different communities that share your new-found interests! 

HEALTHY WAYS TO NURTURE YOUR EMOTIONS

Emotionally drained: That is the feeling after a long day at work, a messy break-up, family drama, or maybe even that flaw that you think you have that you can’t get over. Spending your energy within these situations will take away your joy in things that matter— and will prevent you from achieving that necessary growth. Emotions make themselves known so much that your physical health will start to show it. Prevent yourself from going into that dark place, and start taking care of yourself from the inside out, vinas. Get started and put these practices in place in order to be emotionally healthier.

CONFIDENCE IN SAYING “NO”

There is something about saying “no” that induces a feeling of freedom. Saying no is a moment in which you have decided to take control. Say no to procrastination, because saying yes won’t get you to your final goal, it will only delay you, or cut your opportunities. Say no to talking crap about yourself, understand that you are in charge of you and that beautiful changes begin on your own terms and with the right attitude. By saying no, you are creating boundaries around your emotional health, allowing yourself options. Say no when you are not in agreement, uncomfortable with a certain situation, or because you have decided to put yourself first when it comes to your needs.

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STOP OVERLOADING

When traveling, I know for a fact that there are luggage restriction: no more than 50 lbs per luggage. Don’t even get me started on the consequences if you go over the limit. Now think about that, and apply it to your life. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Your brain, body and soul can only take so much until you start seeing the consequences.
Some examples of overloading your luggage include: covering for someone at work after your long shift, gossiping, taking on too many jobs and accepting a myriad of social invitations.

Do you usually take tasks and obligations from others? Remember that you come first. It is okay to know when you have enough on your plate, and when to let things go to keep you from having a meltdown. One project at a time, vinas. So travel light; Remember that less is more and happy is better 🙂

TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

I am not just talking about dating, but also friendships that keep you from becoming the awesome person you are meant to be. When relationships become all-take-no-give, then it is definitely time for a change. Surround yourself with a reliable support system in which you can be free to show your emotions when the time comes up. Constant judging in a relationship can leave you emotionally drained and can make you lose confidence in yourself. Knowing your worth, and understanding respect, will keep your friendships healthy and your mind fresh.

Choose your emotional outfits wisely, wear your happiness and show off your confidence. Remember that taking care of yourself makes you attractive—and there is nothing more attractive than being healthy.

Surround yourself with healthy relationships by downloading the Hey! VINA app!