“Find Three Hobbies You Love: One to make money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” This is a great Her New Life Quote for living a happy retirement life. Long before I retired, I was planning and establishing these hobbies.
I have been a Rover Dog Sitter for about 5 years now developing my hobby that makes money. Rover is a great way to create a profile where you can become a dog sitter in your home, make home visits, do daycare, or become a dog walker. You can set your preferences. I personally dog sit in my home and do daycare only for small dogs, and I get to do what I love, hangout with dogs all day.
I belong to Life Time Fitness and enjoy BarreFusion. I occasionally take a yoga class, if I feel stiff or my back starts acting up. I gave up on the strength classes and HIIT classes because this usually leads to skipping the gym completely and regular chiropractor visits. BarreFusion is just right for me. It’s an overall body conditioning class that is dance based. There’s no high impact involved and class routines are almost always different.
Walking is also a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Taking a walk can really break up the day. You can take a walk in almost any kind of weather all year round. You can walk around the neighborhood, park, preserve etc. Walking is something almost everyone can do, and the location possibilities are endless.
When you are retired you have more time to pursue hobbies that can bring out your creativity. I enjoy crafts such as mosaics. I learned all about mosaics in classes at the local library. I used Google and Pinterest to learn more and to get creative project ideas. I was inspired by some of the pins on Pinterest to make Christmas ornaments. I ended up mailing them around the country as Christmas gifts.
Baking is a fun all year round activity where you can be creative for every holiday or occasion. When I was working I tended to make box cakes or just pick up something at the store. Now that I’m retired and have plenty of time, I’ve been more creative. I made chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bark, cheesecake, and cookie dough pie. These treats aren’t hard to do, but who has time for that when you’re working full time? Pinterest once again is a great place to find recipes and decorating ideas. Making cake pops was one activity which was very time consuming, but I was very happy to make them to bring to my daughter on her birthday. I’m just getting started with my creative endeavors, and it’s one of the best parts of being retired to me.
No matter what your interests are, perhaps you like photography, painting, tennis, golf, hiking, writing, when you’re retired you have more time to pursue these interests. Don’t be afraid to try new things, the possibilities are endless! Hobbies are an important part of living a happy retirement life!