When I started The Boring Job Project, I made a list of all the hobbies I wanted to try. Then, I went a step further and searched the internet for lists of hobbies and added some more that I might be interested in.
I ended up with quite a long list, but I was lucky enough to have the time to try them all out and see which ones stuck and which ones I could chuck. Take a peek at five of the hobbies I tried out and pick up your copy of The Boring Job Project to see how I went.
This one might be fairly obvious if you already follow me on Instagram; I love reading. When I was growing up, I used to visit the library every school holidays to stock up on books. I loved nothing more than taking a break from school with books that I didn’t have to write essays on and losing myself in another city or world.
When I started university, there wasn’t much time to read for fun and by the time I started working full-time I was also planning a wedding, getting used to living out of home, starting a side hustle and trying to stay both healthy and social. Phew!
Reading fell off the radar, but during The Boring Job Project, I remembered how much I loved absorbing myself in the imagination of someone else and fell back in love with it.
Clothes and fashion have always been an interest of mine, even if I only actually wear a steady mixture of black, white, grey and light denim. Ever since I used to dress up my Barbies, I dreamed of having a job in fashion, whether it be designing or wearing or writing about it. I never ended up having a paid job in fashion, but I certainly did enough of it for free while I was interning.
While my career may not be over yet, which means there is still plenty of time to pretend I’m going to try and move back into that industry, I decided to add customising clothes to my hobby list.
MIXING IT UP
Is there anything better than coming home after a long day of work to a delicious meal? What about if you come home and have to cook that meal? Since moving out of home, I decided to be more adventurous in the kitchen.
I tested out meals that I’d been meaning to try and baked new sweets. My favourite part? Getting to lick the bowl, of course.
Back when I was a single lady living with my parents, I developed an obsession with YouTube and beautiful eyeshadow palettes. I used to spend hundreds of dollars at Sephora or Mecca and every morning, my makeup routine would involve approximately fourteen steps – at least!
Fast forward a few years and I have drawers full of makeup products that have barely been used. During The Boring Job Project, I decided to break out the palettes and experiment with my makeup and turn it into an art form as a creative outlet.
How did I go? Pick up a copy of The Boring Job Project to find out.
GETTING IT WRITE
Along with my love of reading, when I was growing up I also loved to write. My mum would send me to weekend writing courses and I’d spend time working on writing the stories I wanted to read when I got home from school.
When you grow up, your creativity tends to drop because you become consumed by the monotony of adulthood. During The Boring Job Project I wanted to find the enjoyment that I used to get from writing and see where it went. Well, I guess you know a little about that already…