Finding the right hobby is important. After work, you need something to do to relax. Depending on your hobby, your favorite activity can get you in shape or help you to learn new things. In some cases, your hobby can even earn you money. Websites like Etsy exist to help you sell handmade items to people around the world. If you love crafting, your hobby could even become your full-time job.
If you are like most people, you most likely have moments of intense boredom. When you cannot stand being bored, then you need to have something to fill your after work hours. Other than Netflix, there are many, many activities that you can do. These range from more expensive hobbies to completely free options. If you are a woman in your 30s who needs a new hobby, we have 20 options that you can check out. If we missed any of your favorites, make sure to leave a comment with your favorite hobby.
1. Learn a Language
If you enjoy learning something new, a language could become the perfect hobby. This is also a great choice if you love traveling or dream of backpacking around the world. With a new language, you can open doors to a new job, travel opportunities and meeting new people. Learning a language is not just good for your communication skills. This hobby can also boost your intelligence and make your mind function better. If you want an easier language to start with, try learning Esperanto. Esperanto is essentially a made-up language. Because it was artificially created, it does not include any irregular verbs or weird rules. The basic rules can be learned in a day, and you just have to build your vocabulary after that. Esperanto even has its own travel opportunities. Some people in the community add their address to a passport book, so any Esperanto-speaking travel can stay at their home for free and enjoy talking to a fellow language learner.
Honestly, how many people do you know that dislike wine? If you love wine, there are a few ways that you can turn your casual drinking into a hobby. For a more relaxed, simpler option, try taking up wine tasting. Many cities offer wine tasting events that help you learn more about different types of wine and taste some of the best options. If you are a go getter, you can try making your own wine or beer. There are many different home brewing kits available, so you could create your own miniature winery.
3. Yoga and Meditation
When you hit your 30s, balancing work and family can be stressful. Luckily, there are constructive ways to manage the stress. Meditation has been shown to help with stress and depression. It helps you tame your mind and emotions naturally. Yoga offers many of the same benefits, but it also has added physical benefits. If you want a toned, flexible body, give yoga a try.
Gardening is a fun, enjoyable hobby. You can design the garden of your dreams. From butterfly gardens to beautiful English landscapes, you can pick the perfect landscaping style and run with it. We personally think that Zen gardening is an excellent option. Monks in Japan create meditation gardens and similar options that are peaceful, tranquil environments. Another option is to make an actual vegetable garden. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby, this option will reduce your food budget.
5. Ghost Hunting
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this can be an incredibly fun hobby. Travel to haunted houses or estates to see if you can pick up any paranormal signs. At Halloween, make sure to check out the town of Salem if you are in the area. I have not tried this hobby myself yet, but it sounds like it could be fun. I have only been to a haunted asylum during the day, but I imagine that a nighttime trip would be quite scary.
When you have a day off, the last thing that you want to do is go somewhere. At the same time, you do not want to sit at home and laze around the house all day. Luckily, there is an alternative. Painting is a hobby that you can enjoy in your pajamas. Whether you want to paint the sunset or create a watercolor while watching Netflix, this is a fun, easy hobby to do at home.
There are a number of ways that you can do this hobby. Belly dancing is a popular option because it gives you amazing abs, gets you in shape and makes you feel incredibly sexy. If you have fallen in love with Dancing With the Stars, you have an entire other option. Many cities offer ballroom, tango, swing and jazz lessons. Bring along your significant other, take a lesson and enjoy an evening of classical dancing.
8. Gourmet Cooking
Thankfully, you probably know how to cook already. When I first moved out, I lived on fresh fruits and vegetables for years. It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I started learning how to cook (Thanks, Google!). Now, I love trying to think up creative meals. Cooking for my family each day is tedious, so gourmet cooking and global cuisine help to make it more fun. If you are not sure where to start, you can always try using a program like Blue Apron to get fresh ingredients and recipes for gourmet meals.
9. Tarot Cards and Tea Leaf Reading
Even if you do not believe in divination, these can be fun hobbies to have. Tarot cards can take quite a while to learn, but you could probably pick up tea leaf reading fairly quickly. There are also other options like rune reading or palm reading that you can try out.
It seems like just about everyone wants to write a great novel or memoir. When you are in your teens and 20s, you don’t really have the life experience necessary to write an amazing novel. Now, you have experienced more good and bad things in life. This is the perfect time to sit down and start writing the next Great American novel. To kick start your hobby, try signing up for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November to get some support, advice and motivation. If you aren’t quite sure what to write, you can also try creating a blog. It will help you hone your skills and can even be monetized with programs like Google AdSense.
11. Horseback Riding
As a child, I dreamed of being able to ride a horse and have my own horse. Other than lacking the space, my family never had extra money for me to learn how to ride. Then, I was still broke and poor as I studied in college. Like other women my age, I am finally going to have money to do what I want (within reason). One of the things on my bucket list is horseback riding. I still can’t afford my own horse, but there are stables in many areas that offer fairly reasonable horseback riding lessons.
If you love going beautiful places, then you might as well bring a camera along with you. Rather than just post a selfie on your Facebook or Instagram page, you can step up your game with pictures worthy of a professional photographer. Digital cameras are getting increasingly cheap these days, so all you need is a photography course or a good guide to get started.
13. Plan a Vacation
Hopefully, we will all live forever and remain healthy forever. On the off chance that a stray bus hits us, we should start living our lives now instead of putting off our dreams for the future. One thing I want to do is plan more vacations. When you travel, you get a chance to interact with new cultures and languages. If you are more adventurous and like hiking, check out El Camino de Santiago. The Camino stretches across Spain and takes about a month to complete. You get to do daily hikes, but hostels along the way give you a comfortable place to sleep at night. Another popular option is to do tea house hikes in Nepal.
This is a fun hobby to have. Basically, you start with taking a class on native edible plants. These can be herbs, vegetables, fruits or mushrooms. Once you are good at identifying different plants, you just go on a hike or a long walk. Along the way, collect the vegetables you find for a delicious, free meal.
15. Join a Book Club
Reading is already fun, but it is not a particularly social experience. One way to make your reading experience more exciting is by joining a book club. If there is not a club in your area, you can always start one. This is a fun way to debate books with like-minded people and explore new novels. Plus, you can always bring along some wine and cheese for an impromptu tasting night.
Contrary to the common myth, working out your arms will not give you man-like muscles. Women do not have the same level of testosterone, so you would have to deliberately be trying to get huge arm muscles to actually become muscle bound. This is good news because kayaking will certainly give you toned arms. Other than the cost of a kayak and gas, this hobby is completely free to do. You can always pack a tent and backpack for an overnight kayaking trip, or you can just plan day trips. In addition, you can try harvesting seaweed during your day trips. If you like to fish, you can always combine both hobbies into one.
17. Hiking and Forest Bathing
Your hobbies can be more than just a fun distraction. They can also help you get in shape and stay in shape. Hiking is an amazing way to get in shape. Climbing mountains will give your legs a workout, but it will also give you panoramic, breathtaking views of the world. Recently, a new nature trend has started to develop in the United States. Originally started in Japan, forest bathing is like a more relaxed version of hiking. It essentially involves going to a forest and being there. You can walk if you want or just sit and enjoy the trees. Research studies show that this type of experience helps to lower stress hormones, prevent diabetes and decrease obesity rates—and all you have to do is be in the woods!
18. Watch the Classics
When you binge watch Netflix, people look at you differently. It feels like you are being lazy for just wanting to relax with some wine and watch your favorite show. You can end this problem by updating how you watch Netflix. Make a list of classic movies and some of the most important films of all time. Now, go through that list. You are still just watching movies, but your activity now has an educational aspect to it. You are “learning”, not just binge watching.
19. Learn an Instrument
Hiking and kayaking might help your body, but musical instruments can help improve your mind. Playing a musical instrument can improve the interactions between your left and right brain. Plus, it is a way to relax at home. If you pick an instrument that is easy to carry, you can also become the life of any party that you go to. When you camp under the stars, your guitar or banjo will give everyone the background music for singing camp songs.
Are you uncertain about which hobby to do? Does it seem like every hobby sounds good, but you don’t want to invest your time or money into it yet? There is an option that you can do instead. Volunteering is a free hobby, and it is also incredibly rewarding. Volunteers are the main staff members at many charities and non-profit organizations. Check out the different volunteering options in your area to see which one suits your interests the most. If you love animals, find an animal shelter to volunteer at. Soup kitchens, youth shelters, community centers and other organizations also need your help. As you help out other people, you will also be able to meet friends who care about changing the world as well. Another bonus to volunteering is your resume. After volunteering for a few months or years, you will be able to add an amazing, community-oriented activity to your CV.