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Happy, Happy Hobbies!

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Hobbies take place in the cellar and smell of airplane glue. ~ J. Updike

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of change, the possible struggles that might lie just ahead on our path or perhaps are popping up daily so I thought today we could talk about something fun. I like to have fun just as much as the next person!

As you start down the path toward your retirement you might notice a funny thing; you might notice you’re not sure how to spend your time. As a retirement coach I spend a lot of time working with clients who are beginning to recognize just how many of their hours are taken up with work for work! Have you noticed this too?

In no particular order, but with an eye toward longevity here are some hobbies which may suit you well into your retirement. Most of them have an added benefit of being social!

Photography. A great way to get out and notice the world around you, needing little equipment to start. Heck, if you have a smart phone you can use that camera! Free classes are often held a local libraries.

Writing. You can start a blog, write The Next Great Novel, record your memories for the kids, whatever makes you happy.

Participate in a hiking club. Appalachian Mountain Club is big here in on the East Coast, Pacific Crest Trail Association is big on the West Coast and there are clubs in between. Just by being outside you’re doing yourself a whole lot of good.

Take a class. The local recreation department, Adult Education at a high school, the community college. Doesn’t have to be expensive but could be pretty fun and engaging.

Take up a new form of exercise. Run, swim, learn to ride a bike. It is never too late!

Learn to dance. Contra dancing, line dancing, tap dancing! They are all fun and not so hard to learn.

Host Board Game Nights. Invite some neighbors over for some fun with Scrabble or Monopoly. Great for meeting new people!

Start a chicken coop. Not exactly what you might expect but they are fun, you get fresh eggs and it gives you a reason to get up in the morning.

Take up carpentry. A great, fun, satisfying hobby.   

Got one to add to the list? Would love to hear from you!

In the meantime wishing you a wonderful week!

~ Lisa

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