Welcome to the new year! We hope you’re as excited about 2019 as we are. The possibilities to restart and refresh are endless and that’s what’s most inspiring about this time of year.
Whether you’re preparing to start a new health journey or a new job, the new year can bring about a new you. While big changes make great resolutions, some big changes are born from a variety of small ones. One small change we can help you get started in 2019 is in starting the hobby you’ve been putting off.
We have a few reasons why 2019 is a good time to say yes to the hobby that you’ve been saying no to. Let’s get started!
Hobbies are activities you do because you want to. Things that bring you joy for the mere benefit of bringing you joy. Opening up creatively in 2019 could set you up to take more risks, which could help you discover or develop a talent you never knew you had. Being creative is also thought to have some health benefits. In an article from Medical News Today, creativity was attributed to a positive self-image.
So, leave the Netflix binge-watching on the couch and start your hobby to get creative!
Reason #1 to Start Your Hobby: Explore your creative side.
Starting a new hobby or committing more time to a current one takes brain power and focus. According to a study on music education, music makes the mind focus in a unique way by stimulating both the left and right side of their brains. This means that a person studying/playing music is being both analytical (left-brained) and creative (right-brained). If learning to play an instrument is on your to-do list, let this be your initiative to go for it!
“Music education not only has the benefits of self-expression and enjoyment but is linked to improved cognitive function (Schellenberg), increased language development from an early age (Legg), and positive social interaction.”
Reason #2 to Start Your Hobby: Get a little smarter.
Building Positive Habits
In the New Year it’s often easy to proclaim a new you, but harder to execute new routines. Life gets busy and time goes fast. However, getting in the habit of following through on your goals and ambitions is a great way to set yourself up for success in other areas of your life. Committing to execute your first jewelry project or finish an untouched stack of books you’ve been ignoring is a way to get in the habit of following through on your commitments to yourself and being fearless enough to try new things.
Reason #3 to Start Your Hobby: Create positive habits.
It could be a trip to the craft store or a new subscription to a monthly box like Facet Jewelry Box to get your 2019 off to a creative start. But whatever the hobby is that you’ve been trying to start but haven’t been able to commit to, make this year (maybe even this month) the year you start!
Good luck and Happy New Year!