Nicolette Goff is a watercolourist, writer, and dedicated gardener. Her books, articles, and paintings reveal her love of nature.
Participating in hobbies is part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As responsible women we understand our obligations to others. The question we may miss is - do we understand our obligations to ourselves?
How many of us fill all the cups around us only to find our own is empty?
Women often feel that life is far too hectic and busy to try to squeeze in another thing on our “to-do” list. Ask yourself how much time you actually take for yourself, away from the pressures and obligations of job, family and community.
To give back the most, you need time to be yourself, to do things just for the sheer joy of it, to refresh yourself. Hobbies can help you create this renewal of spirit.
Do What You Love
The importance of Hobbies
Hobbies are beneficial because they allow women the opportunity to refresh and revitalize both mind and body. By taking time for yourself, doing what you love, you can clear your mind of the stresses of life.
Whatever hobby you choose, remember that not only are you allowing your creativity to flourish but you are also improving your overall well-being.
Unleash Your Creativity
Hobbies create the opportunity for your creative side to thrive. Each of us has a wellspring of hidden talents to discover and nurture. By trying and testing different creative outlets, you will be more likely to discover your own particular talent. Then by working at that talent or hobby, your creativity will flourish.
Many women find that by participating in what is at first a hobby, they have opened the door to a whole new and exciting career.
Learning how to bead or silversmith can become a lucrative career in jewelry making. An evening course in ceramics or pottery can lead to a career as a potter.
Sewing enthusiasts may find a market for unique clothing or bags they have designed. My daughter created a complete online business, sewing unique baby garments and carriers while she was raising her children.
Perhaps your love of cooking will spur you to write a cookbook, like I did. Gardening is another passion of mine, and has spurred me to write 3 books, published with Amazon's Kindle program.
What's your interest or passion that you can write about and share with others?
The Intrinsic Value of a Hobby
By practicing a hobby, you will not only have a chance to unwind, but may even create beautiful things to share with those close to you.
You may never want to commercialize your hobby, but the fruits of your hobby can make great gifts for friends and family, something unique and from the heart.
Hobbies can even save you money. If sewing or knitting is your forte, you can make unique clothes for your children or yourself.
Gardening is a hobby that can help you save on your grocery bill as well as give your family the benefit of fresh and organic produce.
Hobbies are Sharing
What could be more rewarding than teaching something you enjoy to those you love? By participating in a hobby, you have the chance to share something with your children, your spouse, or your friends.
Many hobbies are worked at and enjoyed with a group of like minded people.
Perhaps you are led by your hobby to join a local group of amateur artists, a writing or knitting group, or a weaving guild. For over 25 years, my hobby was weaving. I met wonderful people, sold to happy customers, and taught others my craft.
Maybe it is an online group of friends that you play interactive online games with. Playing baseball with your children can lead you to become a little league coach.
Take a class and find new friends to share your talents, inspirations and knowledge with.
Finding the Right Hobby
The most important step when finding a hobby is to choose something that fits with your lifestyle and your budget. The best thing to do is make a list of things you love to do, things you like to do and things you absolutely hate to do.
Make a list of activities you love and like and go from there. If exercise is your thing, look into joining a gym, an exercise class, running group or a team sport. You may love to sail, ski or hike with your family.
Take up swimming, aerobics, dancing, cycling or hiking with a group. Yoga and tai chi are other options, especially beneficial for women, since they both emphasize getting in touch with your inner being and learning to relax your body. You can practice them in your home once you've had a few initial classes.
If artistic pursuits interest you more, look for an art group or class to join.
Ceramics is another popular hobby you may be able to work at in a local studio.
Find or start a book club if reading is your way to relax. If you've always loved words and writing, maybe blogging or article writing could be for you.
Sewing and knitting are creative hobbies you can do on your own whenever you have some spare time. Needlepoint is another hobby many women enjoy.
Scrapbooking, stained glass, candlemaking, quilting - all these are possibilities that may resonate with you. Perhaps you like woodwork, carpentry or welding. These traditionally male-oriented activities are being pursued by women more often today.
Never Too Late
Hobbies for women include an overabundance of options and activities from which choose. What you need to remember is to find something that fits your current lifestyle and wallet.
Very often, hobbies aren’t really tapped into until a woman reaches her “retirement” age, probably because women feel their time is often not their own. Think of painters, like Grandma Moses, who developed that talent in later life, and became famous.
Childhood interests can be picked up later in life.
New interests can be found while enjoying a current interest or hobby.
What is important to remember is to find something you truly love.Once you find that special niche, you will begin to reap the benefits of having a fulfilling way to release your creative side while reducing life's tension and stress.
Art Class - Group Fun
A Personal View of Hobbies
Hobbies are really just the activities that give you pleasure.
Through them, I've made long-standing friends, created things I'm still proud of, and even made some money. I've always loved to draw and I have participated in art classes throughout my life. I'm still learning and enjoying painting with watercolours today. I even sell, so I have another hobby that pays for itself.
I learned weaving from my mother, and after my second daughter was born, renewed my interest in that craft. I participated in weaving guilds for over 25 years, as a learner and later a teacher. I sold my tapestries, household items, and unique clothing and found a deep satisfaction in that creation.
Gardening is another of my passions, both landscaping and vegetable gardening, that I'll enjoy forever. I've planned and planted gardens everywhere we've lived. I've helped my husband do carpentry, built fences with him, and cleared trees. Many wouldn't think of these as hobbies, but they have all brought me immense satisfaction.
I have hiked and camped with my brothers, my husband and daughters, and friends. I experienced nature at its finest as I hiked the 5 day West Coast Trail with my daughter and husband. I stood on a mountain top with my two younger brothers. I learned to swim at age 42, so I can now enjoy snorkeling when we visit the Caribbean or Hawaii.
Each of these 'hobbies' or activities has added immensely to my enjoyment of life, has brought me dear friends, and has allowed me to have fun with those I love.
My Island Gardens
Watercolour - My Hobby
One of my Gardening books
Are you living your life to the fullest?
James Dean once said,
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."
Take the time. Pursue your passions. Allow your dreams to become your reality.
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Abby Slutsky from America on July 12, 2020:
Nice job sharing your hobbies and talking about the benefits of enjoying hobbies for all women.
RTalloni on August 15, 2018:
FIrst, your watercolor is beautiful! I'm going to see if other hubs display more of it. Seems like I might have seen some...
Next, you put together a neat hub here with good encouragement for women who often do put off hobbies until children are grown or even retirement. Grandma Moses has always inspired me as a woman who loves to be creative. The things that I must say "One day..." about seem possible when I think of her, rather than impossible because of a busy day/week/month/season of life.
Finally, hmmm, I see your title must have changed. If so, I'm sorry it did. Just because you want to write a post on hobbies for women does not mean that men cannot also do those hobbies.
In light of the fact that you have so many positive comments, and especially in that one women notes she likes the women-only cigar night, I hope you change the title back to its original if you changed it due to the fact that one person failed to see that men have been wearing pink for a loooong time but pink still represents girls. That does not mean it is FOR ONLY girls, obviously.
Nicolette Goff (author) from British Columbia on August 15, 2018:
Emilie: I certainly didn't mean these hobbies were only for women - although I don't hear of many men scrapbooking. Sorry you felt this was preposterously divisive and offensive. That was obviously not my intention.
EmileSchuffhausen on August 05, 2018:
I fail to see how any of the hobbies are "for women" what is that supposed to mean. I am a woman and find the title of your article preposterously divisive, and offensive. It's like saying pink is for girls. Get with it woman.
afreen on October 11, 2016:
i love cooking and travelling all over the world
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 09, 2014:
Clay pottery sounds great for me I have that on my mind and may just go ahead and see what it is like a helpful list here.
Soraya Y from Atlanta on March 19, 2014:
very interesting !
Jenna Benette on January 13, 2014:
@Mandy: I think you should try reading, it might seem boring but trust me, reading books is wonderful! A book is definitely easy for you to bring anywhere. You can also read on the plane in your free times. Maybe through reading some books, you may find another hobbies!
Or you can try photographing. Your job requires travelling a lot so I think it's a great chance to take tons of gorgeous pictures about nature, landscape, people, culture,... from different places all around the world.
Gail from Small Town Tennessee on January 24, 2013:
Needlework, Crafting and Cooking are my hobbies and I dabble in as many different things in these areas as I can. It is truly stress relieving to create. Great hub!
Nicole on October 11, 2011:
I would like to start a Hobby but I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions I work a lot but on my spare time Im just home watching TV doing nothing. My husband is gone 4 days of the week so it gets boring. I would like to meet people and have a hobby since I don't know anyone here in Toronto...my email is email@example.com
mandy on September 24, 2011:
I am a flight attendant and I am away from home, I do not have a hobby as I cannot comit to regular times or able to attend on a daily or weekley basis, can anyone suggest something I can do, all I do is work and travel overseas there must be something out there for me.
HobbiesThatPay on June 07, 2011:
Good article I got some interesting information I can use out of it.
Fluffy77 from Enterprise, OR on April 13, 2011:
I absolutely agree with all of your hobby ideas here, and do quite a few of them already. Love the arts and crafts ideas, and the yoga & meditations. Very useful and informative hub, voted you up here.
Sharon on February 25, 2011:
I adore your hub, I have been having the same problem as many trying to figure out what it is that would appeal to me. My children have grown and I live alone, i thought there was something amiss with me because I didn't have anything that I liked doing. Thankyou for your suggestions, I will start writing a list straight away.
StarCreate from Spain on February 18, 2011:
I love that James Dean quote!
crochetingfun2 on January 15, 2011:
Crocheting is the most relaxing hobby I have found and there is so many different kinds of patterns to chose from.www.shop.crochetingfun2.com
Denique on August 28, 2010:
Joining a book club was the best thing I ever did. I am not sure if it's a hobby but it got me reading and excited about meeting new people in the club. Oh yeah the wine was also a treat.
aida on August 23, 2010:
hi...im full time mum,still searching for my hobby. i cant list down what the most i like..sometimes i lost my control and felt down almost the time..i know its not good for my boy to grow up.pls help me change my lifestyle...
Nicolette Goff (author) from British Columbia on August 09, 2010:
Tee - read my answer to Emily, above. You're the only one who can decide what you'd like to do, and it does take some thought and trials. For example, I thought I'd like quilting, but found out it was just too fussy for me. All those little bits of cloth that I just couldn't get to match up!
tee on July 22, 2010:
Ive been an at home mom for seven years and i am still trying to find my place in life. I have a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children.can you help
Types Of Hobbies on July 16, 2010:
This is an excellent source which should be managed to gain the valid and important for the women who will manage their life with peaceful..keep sharing.
Nicolette Goff (author) from British Columbia on May 24, 2010:
Chantel, you're in a space many are. My only reply can be to try things that have appeal. You'll soon know if they are the ones you'll keep doing. I was a weaver for over 20 years, made many good friends, enjoyed the learning, teaching and creating. But - I've moved on. Not every hobby is a lifetime commitment.
Chantel on May 18, 2010:
This all sounds great but what if all your life you have been looking for that one thing, that one nitch that is right for you? Now I am 36 & STILL CLUELESS
A Freind on February 23, 2010:
I totally agree.. I have made the most amazing friends.. Real honest beautiful people though my hobbys.. Also I am so proud of my work.. People are always amazed by my work.. I do not consider my self crafty or creative.. The key in all of this is to find something relaxing and know like everything else in life there will always be someone better.. It is for fun and for you.. You will be surprised to see how your hobby friends will support you even though you are not great at it.. Practice makes perfect! Don’t be scared to fail just try something new.. It is so much fun..
Nicolette Goff (author) from British Columbia on February 20, 2010:
Thanks for commenting, Hobby Ideas! Glad you enjoyed it.
Hobby Ideas on February 18, 2010:
This is great information. I found a lot of useful information. I like your use of the videos.
ZippoLighterFanat on October 26, 2009:
I think I'm one of the few woman who likes smoking cigars. Thank fully the cigar lounge I live by occasionally has cigar events for women only. They are always a blast!
Thanks for the read. I enjoyed this hub.
Nicolette Goff (author) from British Columbia on August 05, 2009:
We all need to take some time to do those things that give us pleasure, regardless of what they are. Write a list of those things you like doing, and another of things or activities you would like to do. Then rate them, and pick one or two of the top rated ones to learn. sounds easy, but takes some deep thought and honesty.
Emily on August 05, 2009:
I want to quit soccer... but If I do I need to find a hobby :? this stuff just isn't me.
mhei from Philippines on December 02, 2008:
Hey!! I love making bead jewelry and give it to my friends (some ofcourse I use). I would love tp paint but I guess I'm not artistic by nature. Great hub :)
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 30, 2008:
I've been really assessing my ability to get my hobbies in. My stress levels have been so high. My husband and I are making commitments to each other so we can each have time for the things we love and that relaxes us.
Thanks for a great hub.