Just like most of everything, even hobbies go in and out of trend. Sure, there are some hobbies that stand the test of time such as reading or swimming, but not all hobbies pass this test. Some require more skill, time, effort and money. Regardless, more and more people are looking into more “uncommon” hobbies, and here we have 8 trending hobbies you should try out! Not all of them are 2019 hobbies; some have been around for a while, but they’re still trending nevertheless!
1) Art/Bullet Journaling
Keeping a journal may sound like a daunting task for many, as you might think that there’s barely enough time for yourself as it is! However, art/bullet journaling is journaling made easy – you don’t have to write lengthy paragraphs if you don’t want to. Art journaling combines art, imagery, words, patterns, colours, and other materials to create a visual journal. On the other hand, bullet journaling is a flexible framework that allows you to use it as a diary, calendar, to-do list; anything you want it to be. Both as considered forms as creative self-care, and its proven efficiency in organisation is reeling in more and more people to start!
The practice of meditation/yoga has been around for centuries, but more and more people are developing an interest in it nowadays. As spirituality is also an area of attention, meditation is getting increasingly popular as a basic method to discover one’s spirituality. Besides health benefits, yoga is also another aspect tied to spirituality, and is said to bring peace and calm. Perhaps a little innovation to (solo) yoga is acro yoga, a combo of yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Simply put, it is actually yoga with a partner.
Okay, so maybe diving isn’t exactly a recent, trending hobby. However, as I watch my peers obtain their diving licenses one by one, I can’t help but feel that diving is a hobby enjoyed by more and more youngsters nowadays. The allure of the ocean and what lies beneath must be attractive enough to steer the younger generation right into the seas. With all that’s been said, diving is enjoyed by the older generation as well, so it’s a hobby well-suited for all ages as long as you love the ocean and can afford diving equipment!
Also known as hand-lettering, calligraphy has taken the world by storm. Now, many people are taking up classes and courses to learn this beautiful art form, and some even turn it into a little side business to generate more income. From invitation cards to table placements, more and more people are looking to calligraphy instead of printing. There are even multiple forms of calligraphy to choose from, so you can take your pick and allow your creative juices to flow with the various brushes and colours!
5) Body Painting
The makeup and beauty industry is rapidly growing, as everyone now places emphasis on looking good and taking care of oneself. Now, the beauty industry isn’t just restricted to skincare and makeup, but body painting as well. A temporary alternative to tattoos which are permanent, body paint can last several hours up to several weeks. Plus, wouldn’t it be interesting to paint on your own body compared to canvas or paper? You can literally transform your body into a work of art!
6) Side Hustling
According to Wonolo, a side hustle is any type of employment undertaken in addition to one’s full-time job. It’s generally freelance or piecework in nature, and provides a supplemental income. Basically, it’s a way to make some extra income without compromising your day job and allows flexibility to do what you want. It is also not the same as a part-time job, as you’d still have an employer at a part-time job. The side hustle is all about you and your passion, so you entirely call the shots. With a skill, lots of people are creating their own side hustle, and you could be one of them as well!
7) Growing Your Own Fruits/Vegetables
Did you know that searches for “how to grow an avocado tree” went up by 101%? Perhaps Malaysian weather isn’t exactly conducive for planting avocado trees, but we can plant other produce instead. Not only will it help you save some grocery spendings, but it also makes for healthier living, as you know exactly what goes into your body! All you need is a little patch of garden, some seeds, and you’re good to go!
In need of new cups or perhaps a vase? Making your own ceramics are predicted to be a hit this year, so why not sign yourself up for classes? It may not be easy, but it will definitely train your patience and determination. Furthermore, as a less-practiced art form, you’ll be one of few who can proudly say that you know pottery! Plus, when your friends visit, you can proudly tell them you made the cups they’re drinking from!
Which hobby have you taken up before, or which are you planning to take up? Let us know in the comments below, and share your interests with us, if any!