Wednesday, March 9, 2016

5 New Hobbies To Take Up This Spring

Spring is a time for making changes and trying new things. This year, why not take up some new hobbies? If you’ve got a little time to devote to a new interest, here are five suggestions to inspire you.

1. Learn a new language
Is your French or Spanish rusty? Have you always wanted to learn Italian? Are you intrigued by Russian or Polish? If so, now is the time to do some research and find out about classes in your local area. If you can’t find anything nearby, don’t panic. You can learn online and practise using DVDs and audiobooks. Learning languages enables you to communicate with others. It also gives you a greater appreciation of different cultures. If you’re heading to South America or Spain this summer, why not learn a few key phrases before you go, for example?

2. Photography
Do you often marvel at other people’s pictures or wonder why your photos never turn out well? Photography classes teach you how to take better photographs and navigate your way around a camera. If you don’t already have a camera, have a browse around and read some reviews. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a good place to start. Once you have the basic knowledge, you can start practising and showing off the fruits of your labour. If people make comments about your work, you could host a small exhibition or start creating gifts, such as canvases.

3. Baking
If you’re a fan of cooking shows but don’t know your shortcrust from your flaky pastry, why not enrol in some baking workshops? Under the guidance of an experienced baker, you will learn how to follow basic recipes and create all kinds of delicious delicacies. You could also consider cake decorating, especially if you’re interested in catering or events.

4. Gardening
Spring is the best time of year to get into the garden and discover a new-found love of all things green. You can pick up tips online and from gardening magazines or ask a green-fingered friend to impart their knowledge. If you love to garden, but you’re eager to take things to the next level, you could consider a landscape gardening or horticulture course.

5. Golf
The days are getting longer and the sun is appearing more frequently, which means that it’s an excellent time to start playing golf. Book some beginner’s lessons to perfect your technique and practise your swing at the driving range. When you feel more confident, you can start working on your handicap and challenging friends and family to a round. Golf is a sociable sport and you don’t need to be in tip-top physical condition to participate. You’ll find that you improve quickly, once you have mastered the basic skills.

Whether you’re interested in foreign languages or sport, there’s something out there for everyone. This spring, devote a little time to doing something you find enjoyable or discover an unknown talent. Take a friend along for moral support or enjoy some alone time. Most importantly, have fun!

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