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It’s never too late to learn a new skill! Here are some great ways to spend your free time.


Coming out of a period during which some of us had nothing but free time, it may seem like an odd time to pick up a new hobby. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to learn a new trick or invest in a newfound passion. While we may live for our families or our jobs, our hobbies and interests define our various nuances. They give us talking points and common ground, allowing us to deepen our interpersonal relationships. Whether you’re aiming to become the life of the party, looking for new layers of yourself for others to unpack or searching for something to sink your teeth into, these five options might be perfect for you!

  1. Learning to Play a New Instrument

Learning to play a new instrument is a great way to open doors to new creative outlets and ways of thinking. It can retool and reshape your brain, forcing it to think outside of the box while also expanding its capabilities. Music is a language that you can become fluent in, and it can help you connect with yourself or with others, especially if you’re on the hunt for new social outlets. The best part about music is its platform as a means of self-expression. You’ve probably been listening to music your entire life, developing taste and meaning behind what you love. Now is your chance to bring those feelings to life on your own!

  1. Photography

If you think of yourself as more of a visual person, photography can be a great hobby. Photography is an art form that gives the person behind the camera a voice. It’s a storytelling medium, and that story is determined by you, the photographer. Just like music, chances are you’ve been looking at photos your entire life, and what you can capture is only limited by your imagination. The best part is, the barrier to entry is very low, and you likely have a perfect beginner-caliber camera right inside your pocket. All you have to do is take it out and start snapping pictures!

  1. Cooking/Baking

Cooking and baking can be great hobbies to develop, not to mention the rewards that come with them. If we have to eat to survive, we might as well enjoy the experience, and eating out can get very expensive very quickly. Another great thing about cooking and baking is that it can be completely self-satisfying, or you can do it with others. Sitting down to enjoy a freshly-prepared meal can be great for your own mind and taste buds, but it’s arguably even more fun to share your talent with friends and family.

  1. Working Out

Working out is great for your body and your mind, and fitting it into your weekly routine can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Physical betterment and mental betterment often go hand-in-hand, and the educational process behind working out can be just as rewarding as the results. Beginners also tend to see quick results as they train their bodies to be accustomed to pushing limits, which can make it easier to motivate yourself to go to the gym at the end of the day.

  1. Reading

Reading might be the easiest way to open your mind, stay informed and make yourself more interesting. It’s also true that there is reading material for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an emotionally resonant tale, non-fiction narratives or assistance, or hard news, there’s more content than we could dream of consuming in our lifetimes. Sometimes time slips away, and it’s easy to lose track of those hours that could have been spent reading, but we all know there’s no replacement for the satisfaction of curling up in a comfortable chair with a blanket and a great story.

At Giesting Financial, we know how important your hobbies are to you, and money should never stop you from chasing goals you’re passionate about reaching. Give us a call to learn how we can help!

You can reach Giesting Financial in Batesville, Indiana at 812.933.1791 or in Columbus, Indiana at 812.565.2726.