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Putting better behavior into practice.

I'm a dreamer, and always enjoy coming across beautiful thoughts on ways of living and thinking. Some seem to be so worthy of making change about! But they always only make marginal impact for about as long as I can hold them in my mind. Aside from those realizations that demand that a change happen right-then-and-there, how do you bring yourself to incorporate new ideas into your actions, mind, and lifestyle? Do you do this? [more inside]
posted by a good beginning on Oct 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Idle hands need new work

I need a new hobby to do while watching TV that fits my desires to improve myself, have something to show for it and still be able to concentrate on my show. Difficulty: I have a bum shoulder. Please don't recommend knitting! [more inside]
posted by litereally on Oct 11, 2016 - 24 answers

What kind of esoteric hobby should my character have?

I'm writing a short story and I'm looking for a detailed, intense hobby my Type A/introverted character can engage in. Something like building ships in a bottle or detailed miniatures but less obvious. Any ideas?
posted by heavenknows on Oct 7, 2016 - 44 answers

Save me from pain filled cabin fever with a new hobby?

What are some crafty things I can do with worsening chronic pain? What are some things I can do to distract that don't include what I'm already doing? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 12, 2016 - 33 answers

How do you juggle multiple hobbies/activities while working full-time?

I’m a 30 year old guy who recently broke up with my ex this past April. Since the break-up, I’ve subjugated myself to the gym and playing basketball again after a 2 year hiatus. Exercise has done wonders for me physically and mentally. However, there are also other items that I want to learn: learning how to play the saxophone, how to cook, how to maintain my new car, and etc. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Aug 13, 2016 - 21 answers

I want to learn how to fix stuff in Seattle

I've decided I want to make better, more purposeful use of my downtime to get myself out of a rut. I'd like to take some ongoing (not one-off) classes in something that is engaging and practically useful. I'm feeling drawn to mechanical-type things, like learning how to do basic electrician stuff or auto repair. Any ideas? North Seattle would be ideal but I can travel.
posted by deus ex machina on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

How to Talk to Strangers?

I’m terrible at striking up conversation with people that I don’t know. Some of this is my thought patterns and attitudes, some of it is my anxiety, but I’m realizing more and more that I just never quite learned how to properly do it. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 31, 2016 - 14 answers

The rites and rituals of sport

One of my favorite aspects of playing a sport or engaging in an activity are the rituals participants do to prepare. I want to know what people do to prepare for their activity of choice. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Jul 27, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me hobby!

I'm looking for a new hobby and I have no idea what to choose so I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya on Jul 9, 2016 - 30 answers

What Can I Accomplish in Two Months?

I'm a Boston-area high school teacher and for the first time in many years, I'm not working summer school. This means I have NOTHING I have to do for the next two months. I want the time to be relatively productive as well as very relaxing. What types of activities/hobbies/skills can a person pick up in two months? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Jun 26, 2016 - 28 answers

More collaborative puzzle-solving opportunities like Post Hunt?

I participated in the Washington Post puzzle hunt this year and loved it. What are some other opportunities, either local to DC or virtual, to employ the same kind of creative, collaborative problem-solving that is involved in Post Hunt? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jun 6, 2016 - 11 answers

What do you like to do for fun?

I started online dating recently and this is the question that I get asked often. Or "what do you do in your spare time?". I actually don't do much. I "think" rather than "do". How to even answer this? [more inside]
posted by sockiety on Apr 10, 2016 - 28 answers

What is the critical book for your hobby/passion?

I find books that are considered to be the best or most complete or most highly regarded for their particular topic fascinating, regardless of what it is. I'm looking for these types of books for different hobbies or passions. I'm always looking to expand my interests. Basically I'm asking this question, but on a more recreational level. [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Mar 15, 2016 - 90 answers

Did I miss the boat in life? Will I be able to maintain relationships?

If you are successful in maintaining relationships, maybe you can answer some questions. My main concern is that I haven’t developed typically like others. When I went to high school, I was depressed and had social anxiety. Therefore, I didn’t have any kind of high school experience-no friends, no funny stories, no major personal development, and no boyfriends. [more inside]
posted by crystal_stair on Feb 8, 2016 - 28 answers

How do you wish you spent your free time in your 20s?

I'm getting used to the pace of graduate school now, and to my surprise, I actually have a fair deal of free time on the weekends. Currently, I mostly spend it idle at home doing nothing in particular, which doesn't strike me as a good use of this time. One complication is that the free time I have is not always consistent (some weeks I might have some major coursework due) or predictable (deadlines might pop up with little notice), so it's hard to take on any pre-scheduled commitments. With this constraint in mind, I'm still eager to spend this time on learning some new skills, or taking up a new hobby, or anything productive/interesting, really. Mefites of more advanced wisdom: what are things that you wish you had taken the time to do/learn in your 20s?
posted by Conspire on Jan 17, 2016 - 62 answers

Downtime For My Eyes

I stare at a computer screen eight hours a day for work. Eyestrain is a real problem. Most of my after-work activities don't give my eyes much downtime. What can I do to relax or entertain myself that will go easy on my eyes? [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Jan 10, 2016 - 13 answers

How do I relearn how to play?

I have recently realized that I engage in pain-numbing activities instead of joy-bringing activities in my spare time. I feel like I've totally lost my childlike ability to play--to do something simply because it brings me joy. I have no hobbies and no real non-work-related interests. I'd really like to discover what brings me joy, but I have no idea where to start. How did you discover what form of play is best for you? [more inside]
posted by suncages on Nov 3, 2015 - 17 answers

Toys For Grandpas

Visited my Grandpa last night, and he's bored. He has very poor eyesight, nearly deaf, motor skills are deteriorating, short of breath...but he's still sharp as a tack. What can he do as a pastime, rather than sit on the couch all day? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Oct 16, 2015 - 26 answers

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”

Freud said “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” So I want to add variety and depth to my working life, irrespective of financial gain. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

Rewarding Leisure

I want to spend my evenings/weekends making, rather than consuming. Help me plan to do that. I’m looking for examples of activity that is creative, enjoyable and of some value to others. [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke on Aug 9, 2015 - 30 answers

The Best Historical, Educational, or Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for YouTube channels that are dedicated to providing education about or insight into interesting subjects. They can have humor in them, but I'd prefer for them to be primarily informative rather than humorous. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

My life is empty. Wat do?

19 year old dude here, history of disabling depression and social anxiety, with nothing to occupy his mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Nerd hobby that gets me out there

What is a nerd hobby that will enable me to (a) travel anywhere to enjoy (b) interact with people and build relationships, (c) not super expensive, (d) somewhat DIY, and (e) doesn't require an entire workshop, garage, or wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 19, 2015 - 34 answers

Help me find interesting thing to learn about!

I love researching historic things that I have never heard of, such as the Victorian chatelaine: [link]. What other items might I enjoy learning about? Thank you!
posted by harrietthespy on Jun 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Portable complicated craft project to do sporadically and angrily?

I'm stuck and hoping for an unusual suggestion. Making things is very helpful as a stress-coping method for me, but my usual go-to crafts are either overloaded with memories or impractical. I want a big project I can make with my hands while I'm furiously angry and sad, and after 40-60 hours of rage over a couple of months, have a beautiful and useful thing to come out of that energy. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Jun 14, 2015 - 32 answers

Hope me a life, willya?

I work from home and love love love what I do. Here's the thing, though. It's all I do. Like, if you took it away from me, I'd be sitting around staring out the window. [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick on Jun 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Right-brained hobbies for chronic fatigue?

Two and a half months ago, I came down with what is apparently chronic fatigue syndrome (I know that you need six months before an official diagnosis, but the signs are all there, unfortunately). I am a researcher struggling to work part-time, and even reading for pleasure has become difficult. The fatigue seems to be primarily triggered by sustained and/or intense mental effort or concentration. [more inside]
posted by amyshmamy on Jun 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Arts & Crafts for Artless Clutzes

I'd like to start doing some creative hands-on arts and crafts projects, but I'm pretty clueless and no good with my hands. What are some good, easy ideas for a beginner on a budget with too many popsicle sticks? List of "But"s inside! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Apr 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Childhood arts and crafts I ca enjoy as an adult?

I am looking for things like colouring books, craft kits etc. which are marketed for children but might be more fun now, as a more competent adult. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 19, 2015 - 29 answers

Practical alternatives to weightlifting?

I'd like to become physically stronger. I've tried weightlifting, but I have trouble staying interested in repetitive tasks without a practical, tangible goal ("get muscles" is a goal, I guess, but somehow it's not enough to keep me focused). What are some practical, everyday, hobby-like activities I can get interested in that might help me become stronger? [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Feb 19, 2015 - 24 answers

How do I start a choir?

A friend and I want to start a (casual, fun) women's choir, but we don't really know where to start. How do we find people to join? Where do we meet? How much work is this actually going to be? We are in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Feb 11, 2015 - 13 answers

How to Balance Life & Debt?: dating, hobbies, money

My goal is to pay off my large student loan debt, do I need to put life on hold? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Feb 10, 2015 - 16 answers

What should I do with free time, not bound to 9-5 hours

Ok, I just got laid off with three months salary in lieu of notice. I'm NOT looking for advice on job hunting. What I am looking for is how to spend this awesome free time wisely! I'm planning to increase my gym classes to 5 times a week, planning lunches with friends, going to sample sales and writing the book I always wanted to write. What other cool activities can I do that I can't normally do with a 9-5 job, or would be too expensive or inconvenient? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Feb 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Hobbies for the one-handed

Recently, I took up knitting and guitar to keep me occupied. This week, I broke my dominant/writing hand--entire arm is completely unusable down to elbow, after surgery and splinting, and this'll continue for at least 4 weeks, if not more. Are there any hobbies that can be done one-handed in the meantime, to keep me from getting incredibly bored? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 30, 2015 - 19 answers

I am a man of many interests... with no idea how to talk about them.

How can I become more comfortable talking about myself and sharing my interests with others? [more inside]
posted by thornhill on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

I'm good at certain things. What cool stuff can I do with these skills?

These skills come intuitively to me: organizing things (email, shelves, boxes, etc.), spatial perception (navigation, fitting things into other things, rough estimations of length, etc.), and paying attention to detail. What cool things can I do with some or all of these skills? [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Dec 26, 2014 - 14 answers

How to combine digital and physical memory items into a scrapbook?

I'm a low-key scrapbooker who has been stuck at 2005 because that was the year I started using a digital camera. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Pack my winter social calendar

Help me find groups to up my community involvement in the dark months of winter. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Nov 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Carpentry in miniature - what to do with a dollhouse?

For reasons I can't possibly explain, I have always wanted to build and decorate a dollhouse. The problem is that I don't actually want a dollhouse. What I'm trying to figure out is whether I could find a good home for one if I do this. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 26, 2014 - 21 answers

I love my hobbies / interests. But I've grown jaded.

For a while now I've wished to gain new hobbies / interests but I don't know what to look for. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 5, 2014 - 20 answers

Looking for a new hobby to do at home, MANY restrictions

I'm casting about for a new at-home hobby, but need something that doesn't take up much space at all, doesn't require staring at a glowing screen or tax eyes much, and doesn't aggravate my RSI. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 14, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I get there from here?

I'm pretty sure I'm not ready to date, but I'd like to be ready to date. Thoughts on how to get there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Finding friends in Fresno?

My mother moved to Fresno 4 years ago, to be near her sister. She likes it here, more or less. However, she is 65, single, bored, and I have run out of suggestions. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I balance after-work activities?

How do I balance after-work activities? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Aug 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Has this life stalled, or stagnated, or does it just need a new hobby?

I'm either going to need a radical overhaul, or just a new activity to keep me going a bit longer. Can't decide which, either because I'm indecisive or out of ideas. I'd like some input on either front: a) should I throw caution to the wind and take charge of my destiny? b) any suggestions for new preoccupations to get absorbed in while this current life persists? Piled embankments of soggy sleet within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Too many interests, not enough time: how to be realistic and choose?

I am a diagnosed ADHD inattentive type (comorbid with anxiety and major depression) who has WAY too many personal pursuits, hobbies and interests. For this reason, I often feel overwhelmed and end up starting but not finishing (or continuing to seriously pursue) many of them. This cyclical behavior makes me anxious and miserable, and it fuels my procrastination tendencies. Occasionally, I will get a jolt of enthusiasm that helps me start a project and finish it, but this is really no different than any of my other impulsive behavior that is, ultimately, inconsistent rather than disciplined and habitual. I often beat myself up and tell myself I'm a failure because I do so few of the things that I talk or think about doing. I also beat myself up (less often, but enough that it's cause for concern) even when I *do* start and finish a project/pursuit - the reason being that I still didn't get all of the OTHER things done. How do I choose one or two things to really focus on deeply, and accept and be happy with those choices? How do I stop letting myself get caught up in the allure of "everything else"? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 2, 2014 - 9 answers

What can I do for the next 5-6 weeks?

I chose not to go on vacation with my family (to their native country that I've been to before) to take summer classes instead. My summer session 2 class filled up and I got screwed out of a seat. Now, I'm stuck here (NYC) with nothing to do for the rest of the summer. Help me not lose my mind and fill this time up. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Need some specific short term goals

I spend lots of my free time watching TV and surfing the internet. I feel like I am wasting my life. I am looking for free or very low cost programs like "how to learn/make X in 30 days!" with daily or weekly milestones. I need to see very concrete progress or I will just give up. [more inside]
posted by fantoche on Jun 11, 2014 - 25 answers

Get Me Some Hobbies

As per the title, but with a lot of restrictions: I have a 4mo baby so I can only leave the house for about an hour before she needs to nap again. The baby also has us down to one income so the hobby must be cheap. The baby is also unpredictable with naps, so anything that requires long intensive periods of concentration won't work. I have to be able to drop whatever I am doing with no notice. I also have a very chewy puppy, so I can't lay things out on the floor (or even on the table, really) or she will eat them. I am not keen to go outside while she sleeps as I can't hear her crying. What can I do with my time? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jun 9, 2014 - 18 answers

How to have hobbies and toddlers

I used to read. And knit. And screenprint, paint, draw, sew, and garden. Now I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and a full-time job. I am looking for suggestions of hobbies I can do at home when I am with they boys that are easily put down and picked back up, and can also be completed with somewhat divided attention. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on May 28, 2014 - 16 answers

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