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Finding a Hobby that Fits Your Personality

 
Finding a Hobby that Fits Your Personality

by Amy Lignor

 

Although there are many out there who turn to their computers or cell phones as their hobby, there are just as many others who want to be more creative. They want to learn something new and fun to do in their spare time. They’re not looking for cash, they’re looking for a way to relax and ‘get away’ from the daily grind. Of course, when it comes to choosing the right hobby, personality is everything.

considerationsSay you are the patient type, then sewing is a fantastic hobby for you. Not only could you create some beautiful clothes, but you also have a variety of other areas to choose from. If you are the visual type, then drawing is a wonderful way to sit and wile away the time while creating a stunning piece of art to hang on the wall. So what are the most up-and-coming hobbies in 2017? You may just be surprised.

No one is quite sure if it’s the popularity of the song and dance reality shows, but the number one hobby people are choosing lately is learning how to play a musical instrument. This one is definitely for the patient person – and can actually earn money if done really well and you discover you have a passion and a talent for the instrument you choose. This is also a hobby that brings along health benefits by increasing your memory capacity, increasing concentration, and teaching you perseverance.

 

Another hobby that dipped for a while but then rose once again when books became easy-to-get online because of the digital world, is reading. There are many excited readers out there who do everything from read new authors and give them reviews; to increasing their own intelligence by diving into everything from fiction to biographies to historical works. Reading is a passive hobby that offers you the relaxation you need from the busy day-to-day chores life has to offer.

 

Some people have chosen to meditate as a hobby. Each day they set aside time to sit by themselves and meditate in order to calm down, relax, and practice self-control while also reducing stress levels. By choosing this hobby, they earn a healthier lifestyle.

 

When it comes to increasing intelligence, there are many hobbyists that have turned to the more ‘puzzling’ world. There are so many things to choose from nowadays that keep the brain challenged and enhance the sharpness and keen ability of the mind. From Sudoku to logic riddles to board games – creativity is developed and the brain continues to get a happy, healthy workout.

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Others turn to learning a new language, which, like learning a musical instrument, is one of the more difficult hobbies to take on. However, if you are an avid traveler, learning a new language is always a great way to spend your time. Enhancing intelligence, learning new words, and getting ready to see a whole new world is what learning a language brings to the table. Not to mention, travelling is also a great hobby – although for this particular one, cash is most definitely required.

 

Staying on the same creative tangent, writing is also a huge hobby for many out there. There are so many different paths that can be walked in this particular arena – from writing in a personal journal on a daily basis to creating stories for your kids. You hone your focus, creativity and imagination through the hobby of writing, and it offers you time to get away from it all.

 

Last, but not least, is the culinary world. More and more people are learning how to cook. As their passion grows, so does their knowledge. And everyone always has some family or friends they can try this particular hobby out on – which not only makes the hobbyist happy, but the well-fed family members, too.

 

So if you’re looking for a hobby – a way to decrease the stress, fill in those boring moments with something fun, and feel healthier – go online now and find the hobby that fits perfectly with your personality!

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Source:  GIG News

Recycling & Treasure Hunting Have Become One and the Same

 

Recycling & Treasure Hunting Have Become One and the Same

by Amy Lignor

 

It’s always said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure – unless you’re watching the TV show, “Hoarders,” of course. But as days go by and warmth comes upon at least the western half of the United States, reports are coming in already regarding treasures being found at garage/yard sales and thrift stores.

 

recycling, bringing in the green, thrift stores, garage sales, up cycling, art, creativity, Mother Earth, peaceInstead of tossing out, say, a chair with a hole in the cushion or a stain on the fabric that the owners just don’t wish to wash, people are putting them in their yard sales and selling them for mere dollars (or even quarters). Some people are simply hiring companies to take care of cleaning up the remnants of a loved one’s knick-knacks. Oddly enough, these professionals are missing things right under their noses. They’re taking things like original Norman Rockwell prints and pricing them at Wal-Mart prices, believing them to be just one of millions of copies in circulation.

 

It is amazing that the power and message of wanting to live on a “green” planet has slowly been sinking into the minds of Americans. No one wishes to shove things into the landfills anymore. No one wishes to add garbage to the billions of tons of trash that already mar the landscape. Now, people are understanding that recycling is not only “green” but it’s bringing in the “green,” as well.

 

If there is art, head straight for it. The chances of running across a Rembrandt or Monet is around -0%, however, there will always be local artists that could be solid treasures one day. At the very least, there are beautiful antique frames that can be repurposed and used again. A recent tale: A small painting, completely covered with dust and dirt was lying in the grass at a yard sale. The painter’s name was bold and black and was an original painted signature. Looking it up on the Internet, it was found that he just happened to be a very famous French painter from the 1600’s with works in major museums. A $.25 piece that the homeowner assumed was ugly, turned out to be worth $96,500.

 

When it comes to jewelry, especially brooches, treasures are always found. Family members who are now watching over the house of their loved one who just passed seem to look at cell phones as being the only important thing to care about in 2016. However, if you read up, you can spot vintage details that can be found on brooches and other pieces that are big and bold. A huge diamond would seem immediately to be glass. But, back then…they were not. A recent tale: Going through an estate sale held in a woman’s attic, a box labeled $1.00 was purchased by a man who simply saw some chords in the box and took it. He wanted to see if there were any tools rattling around in there. What he did find was a hideous-looking scorpion. Not real, thankfully, but hideous. Instead of tossing it out, he gave it to his wife who stared at those gaudy black and green stones, and did a bit of researching. Those gaudy stones turned out to be onyx and emeralds. Being “green” – loving to recycle and buy used items – this particular couple got a windfall in the amount of $45,450.

 

When it comes to the kitchen and kitchenware, most buyers are just grossed out. To them, eating off a rusty, dirty piece is like buying a used mattress. However, there is a great deal of cast-iron ware to be found at sales, and these can be salvaged and restored no matter what condition they happen to be in.

 

Silverware? Not a problem. Again, the older, the better. And odds are good that you can find a set of sterling silver out there on a Saturday morning. A recent tale: A highly tarnished set was found in a red velvet lined box. The people thought it was basically done for and sold the set for $20. However, one particularly interesting spoon was found underneath the velvet with the name ‘REVERE’ etched into the silver. As in Paul Revere. The money made on that one was astounding.

 

There are other more regular items you may think to bypass, but shouldn’t. A bundle of baseball cards over a century old were found for $3 and then valued at over $3 million. An old Atari with a manual and old game brought in $33,433. Roman coins that looked like something a child would play with fetched $162,000.

 

In other words, the ideal of going “green” and recycling is getting through, even if we may believe it isn’t. And with each new “Tag Sale” season that comes along, the finds are getting numerous.

Source:  Baret News