21 Hobbies for Every #PrettyGirl
Every #PrettyGirl needs three hobbies: one that makes her money, one that keeps her in shape, and one that keeps her creative! Here’s our list of 21 hobbies that you can start today!
If you’re great at academics, or you know another language, you could make some extra cash tutoring elementary, high school, or college students. Depending on your level of expertise, tutors can earn anywhere from $15-$75 an hour. You can start by searching local ads that parents or students might have placed looking for tutors, or join an existing platform that pairs tutors with interested students. If you’re tech savvy and have a laptop and a wifi connection, you can accept students from across the world as an online tutor.
2. Hobby Investing
You might already invest into an RRSP, or maybe even through your employer, but hobby investing is something worth looking into if you’ve got an understanding or interest in the competitive nature of businesses and products. I personally find it pretty satisfying. And you don’t need a broker to get started. Some existing financial institutions even have platforms where you can start by practicing trading without even using real money, like Scotia iTrade through Scotiabank. Plus, if you follow the stock market, you’ll realize that over the long term, the trend is an 8% rise year to year, making it arguably one of the most profitable of all hobbies.
3. YouTube Channel
Compliment and monetize one of your other hobbies by filming it for your own YouTube Channel! YouTube gurus in all sorts of fields make substantial ad money by just turning on a camera and doing what they love!
4. Paid Surveys
If you’re opinionated, and like expressing those opinions to the world, get paid to do it by taking opinion surveys from platforms like Survey Junkie or Opinion Outpost. Most surveys only take about 10-15 minutes to complete, which is easy to do on your lunch break or whenever you have a little downtime. Depending on the platform, you can get paid weekly or monthly via your PayPal account.
You can buy just about anything online, and now sites like Shopify allow you to participate in dropshipping programs where the product you sell is stored at a warehouse and ships directly from there without you having to keep stock in your living room or garage. You can also use Amazon or eBay to sell (or resell) just about anything. If you’re creatively inclined and have handmade products you can sell, create an Etsy shop - the leading marketplace for handmade items and crafts.
6. Affiliate Marketing
If you’ve already built an audience for yourself by creating your own blog or YouTube channel, make money by recommending the services and products that you’re already using anyway! Contact these companies and have them provide you with an affiliate link or code that pays you a set amount or percentage when anyone purchases using your unique link or code.
7. Gig Economy
If you are looking to make some extra cash from the “gig economy,” sites like Outsourcely or Upwork are a good place to start. You can make money doing anything from copy editing to freelance writing, graphic design or helping individuals and companies with their social media. Do a good enough job, and these gigs could easily turn themselves into longer term projects.
Hobbies to Stay in Shape
In addition to the physical benefits of cycling, health experts believe that the influx of fresh air helps to boost energy levels and improve memore, problem-solving skills and creativity, significantly improving productivity.
9. Sports Team
Stay active and make new friends by joining an intramural sports team, like soccer, baseball, or volleyball. You don’t even need to be a great player!
10. Martial Arts
Studying and learning a martial art - like karate, muay thai, or jiu jitsu - has value not only from a physical fitness perspective, but also by teaching you valuable self-defense skills. You’ll also be reap the benefits of the added discipline and focus in other aspects of your life.
Swimming is one of the oldest forms of exercise, and remains one of the best ways to burn extra calories by bringing your cardiovascular muscles into function and helping you to build muscle, improving your overall fitness.
Hiking is one of my favourite meditative weekend hobbies. Taking in the beauty of nature while improving your physical fitness and stamina - it doesn’t get any better! Besides, depending on the trail, hiking can be an immensely power packed cardio workout.
As much as I love hiking, running is my go-to exercise to maintain my fitness level and push through mental blocks that can sometimes happen throughout the course of a week. With an endless supply of running apps like Nike Run Club or Running for Weight Loss, you can throw on your headphones and do guided runs with motivating coaches that talk you through every workout. If you don’t like running alone, why not create a #PrettyGirls running club? The rush of endorphins and stress relief is what every #PrettyGirl needs to keep up her everyday slay!
Salsa dancing, hip hop dancing - dancing is not only a great physical workout, it’s just so much fun! It takes hard work and dedication, but it also increases cognitive acuity and reduces stress while increasing levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is closely linked to feelings of contentment and well-being.
If you can fit in even fifteen minutes of yoga into your daily routine, whether it’s early in the morning, on your lunch break, or right before you go to sleep, the tangible benefits you reap will be extraordinary. It allows you to really close of all external thoughts and focus solely on the movement of your body. Yoga improves your body’s physical fitness, but also encourages emotional and spiritual well-being.
Journaling for me is an incredibly powerful and important form of self-expression. Of course, I also write for this blog and for other publications on occasion, but the private journaling I do for myself has allowed me channel my energy and really pour into my thoughts and my dreams. For you, maybe that writing will come in the form of your own blog, or a book, or even a screenplay! Whatever it is, you can use writing to channel your energy and bring yourself joy.
Whether it’s singing or playing a musical instrument, music has been proven to increase cognitive development. It’s actually shown to increase your IQ by seven points, in both kids and adults! If you’re playing the piano, the guitar, or any other instrument, it also improves hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills.
See the world through your own lens, taking pictures of people, places, or events that resonate with you. You can keep these photos for yourself, displaying them in your home or office, or even consider sharing them with your subjects!
19. Visual Art
My little sister is a phenomenal painter. Me? Not so much. But when you use visual art as a sort of therapy, you really don’t have to be very good at it at all. Just allow it to help you tap into your thoughts and your feelings, translating them into something physical through painting, sculpting, or any number of other art forms.
Whether it’s reading research and studies to teach new habits and increase your effectiveness and productivity, or winding down at the end of the day with a good fiction novel, reading is one of the world’s most popular pursuits and pastimes.
Gardening allows you to relax and unwind, and it’s a pleasant way to spend a weekend or evening after work, conserving your energy for the hectic days ahead.
What hobbies did we miss that you love to do? Let me know in the comment section!