So, you’ve made it to your 30s. Well, congratulations to you.

Life is all downhill from here.

We kid, of course.

You’re still young, relax. If you’re in your 30s, you may be a little more established in your career, but you may find yourself wanting something more out of your spare time. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar or piano, like I have, now is the time. If you’ve always wanted to run a triathlon, now is your chance.

If those two don’t necessarily tickle your fancy, let’s discuss some other ideas.

Blogging

If you have always had a passion for writing, blogging should be your cup of tea. You know who else is a blogger? That’s right, me. Don’t you want to be cool like me?

You can start writing about subjects you’re passionate about or you can simply share stories from your life. If you don’t have an existing website, you can create and launch a WordPress website. Once your site is up and running, you’ll have all of the tools you need to start writing. Just don’t become a better blogger than me — I’ll resent you for it.

The cool thing about blogging, in this day and age, is there’s plenty of help to get you started. You don’t need to be a tech expert or master developer to build a website and start publishing great content on it. If you’ve got a passion for writing, you can start with some of your ideas and then build the blog around those ideas. There are plenty of examples of people that started blogging as a side project and are now making money from their website’s ad revenue, merchandise, and more. Yes, blogging can allow you to make money through your site’s ad space once you have enough readers. More money is cool.

Podcasting

Everyone seems to have a podcast these days and you should too. Why not?

With minimal editing software and a decent quality microphone, you can get started on creating your own podcast. Do you enjoy the sound of your own voice? Has anyone ever told you you’ve got a face for radio? Well, now is the time to prove them right. Well, sort of — this is podcasting, not terrestrial radio.

If you’re passionate about a topic or two and feel as though you have the gift of gab, this can be an awesome creative pursuit. You can fly solo or have guests on your podcast. Who doesn’t enjoy a good conversation?

If you’re interested in the idea of podcasting, here’s a good place to start. And here.

Trading

For some, trading has become a popular hobby. The idea of trading items until you get something you want, or until you get something of much higher value than what you started with, can be a really fun experience. For example, through the process of trading, you can trade an old game console for a lawnmower, which you could then trade for a bicycle, which you could then trade for a motorcycle or ATV, and so on, and so forth.

These types of trades can often take place over the span of weeks or months, but you may end up with something of tremendous value.

Don’t believe it can happen? Read this story.

Photography

If you’re a visual person as I am, this may be right up your alley.

If everyone is always congratulating your photos and your Instagram’s aesthetic, not only are you on your way to becoming to becoming a trendy influencer, but it may be time to pick up a camera and start taking photos like the pros do. And yes, you can find cameras that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet.

Photography can be deeply personal and deeply satisfying. Just don’t take any photos of celebrities — TMZ will get jealous.

Grow Your Own Food

You don’t have to be a hipster from Williamsburg to grow your own food.

Taking some of your extra land and planting some seeds can be a fun way to spend a season. You may be surprised to see the types of food you can grow at fairly inexpensive prices. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort it takes to grow your own food, you may not just have found a new hobby, but a way to save on groceries.

Now you don’t have to spend $28 on cheese at Whole Foods. Just kidding, stick to fruits and vegetables for now. Keep buying your cheese.

Brew Your Own Beer

Beer is delicious. Who doesn’t like beer? Except nobody likes paying $8 at the bar for a pint of average beer.

You should brew your own average (read: delicious) beer instead!

If you’ve always thought about making your own brew, it’s time to get this project rolling. It just involves patience and the correct ingredients. Once you get rolling, not only will you regularly be having a fresh product, but you’ll have have access to necessary tools to keep matching batches over and over — reusable bottles, a glass carboy, a hydrometer, and more geeky words. This means you will cut down on your total alcohol expenditures.

You big lush.

Plus, it’s a neat way impress your friends. Especially Bobby, who’s never impressed with anything.

Painting

So you think you’re the second coming of Jim Carrey.

Even if you don’t, painting can be extremely relaxing and rewarding. You don’t have to be the best painter on the planet — you just have to enjoy it. Besides, your mom will always love your paintings.

Go on then — go and paint those happy trees. You’ll feel better once you do.

 

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