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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s a little more personal, as we talk about our non-bookish hobbies! Now, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a short-term-hobbyist. I love a lot of things, and I like trying new things, but I never seem to be able to make any hobby stick for long, or find a routine that can keep them around. So I’m always like, “O yeah, I love that! I just haven’t done it in ages! But I really mean to pick it back up! No, seriously!” For example, I have loved doing Pilates, drawing, photography and bullet journaling. I did some badminton for a while, and I had a fitness subscription. But I haven’t kept any of those hobbies up.
That said, there are still a few hobbies that have been consistently a part of my life (or, in the case of one, I’m trying really, really hard to be more consistent about). Here they are:
Okay, maybe this can be considered bookish, since you know, I blog about books. But I feel like I need to mention it anyway, because IT. TAKES. UP. MOST. OF. MY. FREE. TIME. (Not that I mind, because I do love it, but it still needs to be said)
I’m sure all you fellow bloggers understand just how much time goes into blogging, and the multitude of things it consists of. I’m basically writing, designing and lay-outing everything. I’m networking by finding and commenting on other blogs and establishing online friendships. And when my blog acts up and doesn’t cooperate, I turn into an IT person. (Ugh, not a fan of that aspect. Also, my IT knowledge usually starts and ends with turning it off and then on again.) This is a multi-functional hobby for sure!
I love listening to music and in my free time I can often be found updating my Spotify playlists, or browsing Youtube for music and performance videos by my favorite artists.
My music taste is extremely eclectic, though it mostly consists of rock and pop. Also, since the last 4-5 years, I’ve gotten really addicted to k-pop.
Some of my favorite artists:
Linkin Park, Against The Current, One OK Rock, Troye Sivan, Bring Me The Horizon, Ed Sheeran, Rise Against, Fall Out Boy, Sleeping With Sirens
BTS, Stray Kids, Dreamcatcher, Monsta X, SuperM, Mamamoo, BlackPink, The Rose, Oneus, Ateez
I used to be a huge TV addict. Like, one of those people who had a schedule for every day based on what show had a new episode coming out that day. I watched several shows at the same time. But the problem was, most shows tended to go on for way too many seasons and ended up really disappointing me, and for a while I forced myself to keep watching ‘just because I wanted to know how it would end’, but then I just quit most TV shows altogether (except for a few recent shows like Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy or The Witcher…)
But then I discovered the wonderful world of k-dramas and I FELL IN LOVE. One season dramas, with only 16 or so episodes to tell a story, feels like it is PERFECT FOR ME. I love the drama, I love the plotlines, I love the magical aspect k-dramas seem to bring. Watching a k-drama to me is like being enveloped in a warm, comfortable hug.
My favorite k-dramas right now:
Romance is a Bonus Book, Goblin, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, While You Were Sleeping, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Crash Landing On You
This feels weird to add, since I actually quit from my dancing club last year due to too many other commitments and a lack of overall time, but it would also feel weird not to mention dance, since it’s been a part of my entire life so far. I’ve been dancing since I was a kid, and I’ve been dancing on and off pretty much all my life. I’ve never been good enough to enter championships or go pro or anything, but I’ve always loved doing it and just having fun with my dance club colleagues.
I miss it greatly, but I also know it was the right choice as I just didn’t have the time to go every week or to put in the extra effort when there was a performance and it was eating me up inside. So now I’m trying to find something to do on my own, so if any of you have any amazing Youtube dance workout recommendations, please do let me know!
This is something I’ve always been interested in, and loved doing. I’ve always had a kind of basic knowledge, but not enough to really do a lot.
So during the first lockdown I purchased a self-study course on Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop and I’m slowly working my way through them. (Keyword here is slowly, since I usually prioritize blogging or reading whenever I have some free time. But I try!)
OK, just hear me out. This is a hobby I’m TRYING to get back off the ground. I love doing home workouts. I’ve done several in the past and I always feel better when I get to workout on a consistent basis. So I really want to go back to feeling like that.
But nowadays, I’m having trouble finding a routine that fits for me. I did great during the first lockdown, when I was home and not working, because then I could do 3-4 workouts a week. But when I’m working full-time? It just DOESN’T HAPPEN. Life just comes in between and I’m either too tired at the end of the day or have other things to do in the weekends. But I want to do it. I’m looking for a routine that fits me and one day, I will be able to work out consistently-ish again!
Some of my favorite home workouts:
So many little hobbies can be categorized under one specific category, and that is friends. I love doing things with my friends. I love going out to eat with friends. I love going to see a movie with friends. I love going ice skating with friends (terrible at it though, I just do it to please my inner Yuri on Ice fangirl). I love going shopping with friends. I love just sitting and talking with friends. Basically, I just like enjoying the simple things in life, and I like sharing those things with friends.
Naturally, this is something I haven’t really been able to do much of this year, because of the Corona virus, but I really hope to be able to do more of it again soon.
I can’t forget about our not-so-little-anymore Dalmatian pup, Pixel! Pixel joined our family last summer and she has of course completely changed our lives. She’s a super active dog, who needs A LOT of attention and A LOT of playtime. So every morning, I take her for a long walk (my husband takes care of the evening walks) and every evening, we play with her. Her favorite game is (of course) chasing after a ball, which she can do for hours on end (I’m not even exaggerating) or playing hide and seek with her toy.
What are some of your non-bookish hobbies?
And am I the only one who has some trouble combining reading/blogging with other hobbies?
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