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So... I need a hobby...

(Thanks for the advice on my earlier post ladies!)

So, I've come to the realization, thanks to your help, that I need a hobby. I think ive been so focused on weddings and engagements and moving forward because I dont do anything else to fill my time.

I know its kinda silly, but ive always wanted to be a ballerina... Only problem is that i dont make enough money to pay for the type of formal classes i would like, and my university isnt offering beginner ballet any time soon.  While my parents pay for my school, the roof over my head, food, medicine, etc. (aka necessities) I pay for everything else. (and with gas prices the way they are, what was previously a pretty well paying job for my point in life, theres not much left anymore...)

All the hobbies ive come up with so far cost a fair amount in start up gear, etc.

Any ideas????
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Re: So... I need a hobby...

  • cu97tigercu97tiger member
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    Crocheting. A crocheting needle costs about $3 and yarn is only about $5 a skein (or whatever they are called). You can spend hours online watching youtube videos that will teach you how to do it. I just finished a baby blanket for my as-yet-unborn godchild. It's great for getting your mind off other things.
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  • Elle1036Elle1036 member
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    Do you have a lot of female friends?  For a while, I had basically none, and that was when I was most obsessed with the idea of getting engaged.

    (...Actually, no.  I was most obsessed after I knew that he had the ring, but that's a different issue...)

    Anyway, once I got several good female friends in my life -- plus the ladies on here! -- things got a lot easier and I was a lot happier in general.
  • edited December 2011
    I like to shop.  It's a good hobby.  Look for sales.
  • MLekathLEENMLekathLEEN member
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    What about looking to see what your local rec center has? Mine has all sort of classes like zumba, step aerobics, and whatnot. I took adult dance at myFSIL's dance studio. There it was about $40/month and my class was full of 30+ crazy women. I had a blast.

    Subscribe to LivingSocial and Groupon. They have all sorts of deals on activities, dinners, and hair salons. I got 5 Zumba classes for$12 once.
  • AudgiePodgeAudgiePodge member
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    I like video games.
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  • lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    I recommend writing letters and sending care packages to soldiers. Check out the sites:

    I also suggest gardening. Do your parents have a backyard? This is the perfect time to plan out your summer garden?

    I recommend the following books:

    I got a beginners knitting set from a craft store here- but haven't done anything with it yet.

    You can also look at to see if there is anything on there you would be interested in trying. Those people are so darned crafty!
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  • PaigeMcCPaigeMcC member
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    I second the local rec center idea - they'll have different types of classes and you can usually try a couple different ones for not too much money.

    Gardening, cooking, baking...all things that are productive and a fun hobby.

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  • marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    Ballet! My specialty! I have some ideas for you! Will come back in a little while to share more; I'm on my iPhone right now.
  • edited December 2011
    I felt the same and needed to take something up so I bought knitting stuff cost me hardly anything and easy to do anytime. I go to dance classes, Ballet and Zumba but I'm in the UK so can't suggest anywhere specific - my ballet class is just the adult class at my local childrens dance school (evening classes). Running is good and cheap if you do it on the streets.Reading books. Also recommend dinner parties with friends as researching recipes takes time and buying ingredients/practicing also takes up time. Hope this helps!
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  • sparkles88sparkles88 member
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    edited December 2011
    I like running. The only start up cost is a good pair of shoes if you don't already have them. Most shoes are $60-$100, depending on which kind you buy.

    Volunteering is another good one. If you like animals, you could volunteer at your local animal shelter or SPCA. Animal shelters are almost always looking for volunteers.
  • ravenrayravenray member
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    edited December 2011
    Reading.  Used book stores are your friend.   :)  See if there are any groups/clubs you can join.  Hiking is also cheep.  All you need is hiking shoes (or even tennis shoes). 
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  • marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    edited December 2011
    Hey Lindsay! I'm a trained dancer, so if you want to talk ballet, I'm available! I may be able give you some ideas on how to get some training. I'm going to send you a PM (private message) with my email address. Zip me an email and maybe I can help!
  • edited December 2011 and search on things you are interested in... most major cities it's pretty good :-)

    A lot of the events are very cheap and sometimes people are starting groups so you can find things like really cheap or free yoga classes.

    Also look in your local newspaper for things like free open air movies, author presentations in local book stores, and free art walks or free museum/zoo days.
  • peekaboo2011peekaboo2011 Washington, DC member
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    edited December 2011
    What about organizing?  I mean, if you're living at home your parents probably have about 800 bajillion things that need organizing.  Unless you're the polar opposite of my parents' house...we're a wreck most times.  Anyways, if you're good, you can also turn it into a part-time job.  Seriously, there are SO many people who need help with that sort of thing.

    What do you really love?  If I had the time to do it, I'd volunteer at the aquarium around here.  I know way too much about fish to keep it all inside and it be healthy.

    Pick up a book or two on a topic you love.  And then find a way to share that with people.  Who might eventually be able to turn it into a money-making activity. :)
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  • edited December 2011
    I do take dance classes and they can be expensive.  I also crochet in some free time, but I'm not good at it.  I realy enjoy reading and my netflix movies.  Thise are the thingd that keep me busy these days.  I also get involved in community theater, mostly in performing.


  • fridaysdancefridaysdance member
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    edited December 2011
    I danced for years through a studio, but also taught myself a lot through videos on youtube and other sites. Heck, I taught myself to play piano that way too. If you ever want to talk dance stuff, message me.
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