March 18, 2016

5 Tips For Starting A New Creative Hobby

Today, Llinos from The Lilac Linnet is taking over my blog to share five great tips if you're looking to start a new hobby, or even if you don't know where to begin.

A few years ago I had the urge to bring creativity into my life in a new way, but I had no idea how to do that or what creative talent I had to offer.  Here's how I found my way into living a much more creative life.

Shut out the noise in your mind
For years, my mind held me back.  "You are not technologically minded so you can never run a blog."  "I was no good at art at school."  "I will never get the hang of crochet, I should stop now."  But when I understood that to give up and walk away from a creative life would make me miserable, I was able to quieten those voices.  Don't get in your own way.

Choose something within your budget
Hobbies can be expensive!  But don't let that stop you while you are finding your feet with what creativity to bring into your routine.  Creating a blog on Blogger is free. If you want to try knitting, all you need to begin are needles and yarn.  Adult coloring is a huge trend right now and a pack of pencils and a book can keep you going for a while. Check out this post about crocheting to see what I've made

Go online for inspiration
Check out Pinterest and blogs for tutorials. I love finding new projects on Youtube with every step of the way outlined clearly in video, for you to re-watch over and over again.  I always feel such a sense of achievement when I can follow along and there are so many tutorials to enjoy for whatever creative medium you want to pursue.

Start a club or go to a class
If you are interested in baking, try a class in your local community  Or if you and your friends have previously spoken about wanting to write, why not get together and write over a coffee one weekend?  You can share ideas and support each other.  I like to crochet in local coffee shops with my friend.

Go out for a walk in nature
Nothing is more inspirational than going for a walk.  It clears your mind, it's exercise and it's creative!  Whether you're in your local park or up in the mountains, it's a great place to get your creative juices flowing.  If you like photography, this is the perfect way to engage in it and pursue it as a hobby.

For more inspiration and ideas, follow Llinos here: Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin

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