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Nina Collins
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June 16, 2022

Time for a New Hobby?

Stop wasting time scrolling mindlessly through Netflix.

When was the last time you indulged your woo-woo side? Do you even have one?

Are you spending too much time on Instagram or obsessing about what your grown kids are doing (or not doing) with their lives? Perhaps it’s time for you to cultivate a few new skills, hobbies, or take on some achievable and worthy projects? 

See below for a list of great things you can be doing with your time; there’s definitely something here for everyone.

Pickleball

If you don’t know how to play pickleball yet, you’re defiantly not a trendsetter, and while we can appreciate that, we also think you might be missing out. It’s the fastest growing sport in America, combining elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. You Tube might be your best bet here, and once that piques your interest, reach out in regional groups on places like Revel, or just Google to find a local game!

Bridge

Our grandmothers and parents all played bridge obsessively, so there must be a reason. Why aren’t we all doing it already? I hear that this is the best book on the subject, and if you want to take online classes, check out Jaff Badler’s classes here. My grandmother played til she died at 108!

Crochet

On the whole, crochet is easier than knitting. Crochet uses one hook & doesn't require the movement of stitches between needles, and is less likely to unravel. There are just 5 basic crochet stitches, and you can make the most adorable tote bags or scarves or baby blankets. Also, yarn stores are simply a sensual delight, so in my book anything that enables me to frequent them is life quality-enhancing. 

Vegan Cooking

Plant-based diets are all the rage (So healthy. How healthy? Read here) and what could be a more fun challenge? Dare yourself to only eat fruits and vegetables for the next 4 weeks. Buy a slew of cookbooks, explore our Plant-Based Revel Community, plan a few dinner parties, and become one of those inspiring proselytizers everyone loves to hate.

Documentary Challenge

Stop wasting time scrolling mindlessly through Netflix. Vow to watch 12 (or 20) fabulous and important documentaries in the next 6 months. Join the Revel Documentary Club, or do it on your own

Learn How To Skateboard!

Not for the faint of heart, but a great jumpstart on balance health, and a sure way to make you popular with grandchildren. Also, you could splurge on MoMA’s Faith Ringgold skateboard and make it a feminist activity too. Please wear protective gear!

Word Game Challenge 

There’s plenty of research out there showing that word games and solving word puzzles improve cognitive function, and since almost 2/3rd of all Alzheimer’s patients are women, we probably ought to be doing word games daily. Whether it’s the NYT crossword puzzle, a rousing Scrabble routine with friends, Wordle,  The $40 a year to the NYT may well be worth it. 

Explore Mysticism 

When was the last time you indulged your woo-woo side? Do you even have one? Had a tarot reading? Given a tarot reading? Thrown the I-Ching? Consulted Runes? The Rider-Waite tarot deck is probably the most commonly used deck, especially for beginners, and there’s a great companion book to get you started. 

DIY Your House 

Since you may have last looked, a whole new world of cheaper/easier home improvements has exploded on the DIY scene. You can now easily wallpaper your whole house yourself! Put down peel-off floors. Or really go for it, and learn how to tile a floor all by yourself. This could definitely be a summer-long project to keep you nice and preoccupied!

Purge Your Home 

Don’t feel like redecorating but instead want to pare down? Take a few months determined to get rid of all your clutter! Vibe minimalism! Prepare your home for your death, or for selling, or just because you want a whole new you. Check out one of Revel’s post popular happenings, DeClutter & Chat, and read the famous Marie Kondo. Your heirs will thank you.

Estate Planning

Speaking of death, it’s always a good time to make sure your will and healthcare proxy are in order! Do you have a file in which you lay out your final  wishes? Have you listed all your accounts and assets somewhere handy? Informed whoever your designated executor is where to find all the relevant documents? These things generally need to be revisited every 5 years or so, and it’s shocking how many people have never done it at all. A well planned estate is a beautiful thing folks, and while we don’t consider this an actual hobby, we do think it’s an admirable action plan. You’ll feel great having it done.

Make a Housedress

I’d have to be really, really bored to do this, and I’m sure I’d make a mess of it, but I’m equally sure that we have tons of readers who could pull this off beautifully! Make a summer dress

Go Visit Every Historic House Within 200 Miles

My personal favorite. Where I live in New York, there are so many! Olana, Lyndhurst, The Vanderbilt Mansion, Kykuit, Andalusia, Hyde Hall, Boscobel, Naumkeag, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Mark Twain House; you get the idea. Better yet, create Revel events to visit all these places and take some game girlfriends along with you! 

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