New Hobbies to Add to Your Retirement Plan
Planning for retirement can be a wonderful time to invest in activities and passions you didn’t have time to pursue while in the workforce. The transition out of a 9 to 5 into having complete freedom and control over your time can be both overwhelming and exciting. Whether you’re planning for early retirement or turning 65, it’s never too early or too late to shake up your routine.
Consider adding one of these four hobbies to your retirement plan to make these the best years of your life:
Cooking or baking
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a home-cooked meal. With more time on your hands, you’ll be able to hone your skills in the kitchen and tackle new recipes and techniques you’ve always wanted to try. You can also compete in cooking contests, take classes if you’d like to learn about specific cuisine, or even teach if you’ve already built up your portfolio.If you want to pair your skills in the kitchen with a fully homegrown lifestyle, consider investing in your own vegetable or herb garden. Cooking can be a great way to express your creativity and embrace what it truly means to be home.
Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge or experiences with others? Consider starting a blog! You can offer cooking tips, career or parenting advice, lifestyle insight, fashion trends, photography or you can document your travels. The possibilities are endless.A blog is a great way to keep you connected to your community and to your passions. Blogs are also great platforms to reflect on your life, wisdom and experiences. Finding new ways to tell your story can be empowering as you enter a new chapter of your life.
Arts and crafts
If you’ve always considered yourself an artist and just didn’t have the time to invest in your craft, now is the perfect time to get back to it. Whether you’re a painter, a musician, a jewelry-maker or a woodworker, there has never been a better time to be a craftsman.If you’ve always wanted to create a side-hustle for yourself, perhaps now is your chance to open an Etsy shop or online art business. People are always shopping for handcrafted gifts and pieces online or at craft fairs. Jump into the creative community and establish yourself as a local maker.
Whether you prefer to be a part of the community food drive or a one-on-one mentorship program, volunteering is rewarding in any capacity. If you’d like to invest your time in a meaningful way, look into reading to hospital patients, walking dogs at the humane society, offering career and life advice to people trying to get back on their feet, or serve lunch at a local school. There are endless opportunities to give back fuel your soul through volunteering. Often times, you’ll come to realize that you have just as much to gain from the experience.
No matter where you are in life, retirement is a great time to look back and appreciate how much you’ve contributed and look forward to all that lies ahead.