When I was younger, I took kaju kenpo karate at a local center, and absolutely fell in love with it. I pursued it for years - despite being a single
mom, dating, going to a full-time job, and going to weekend college. Once you learn the basics, you can practice everyday at home - and trust me, once
"addicted" - you look forward to the workout!
I also eventually joined a small local "guys" gym (even though some of the guys weren't too happy to see a woman in their midst)--not a fancy
expensive health club, and worked out on the machines and did some light weights to tone. Fell in love with working out - and it was a great stress
reliever after work.
My free time these days is spent on reading - either about spiritual growth or about ideas for implementing micro business ideas to earn money. (Goal
is to someday figure out how to not be in the corporate world!) I also found myself writing a memoir this past summer - did it in 2 months and placed
in a national (and legit) writing contest (top 30). Alas, did not win the top prize
My son, who is bored ALL THE TIME has joined a local community center and works out now -- and it really has changed him. He's happier, calmer, and
is really getting fit. If you can't afford a local gym, maybe one of those dvd sets like Insanity or something? Once you get moving, you really get
energy and passion for other things.
Photography is cool, so is any form of artwork (pen and ink is challenging), volunteering at a local animal shelter (walk dogs, work with shy cats,
feed, etc.), volunteer with something that is meaningful to you, create a charity or nonprofit yourself for something that moves you, join a hiking
club, rowing or sailing crew...yoga, tai chi, fencing. If you don't have fix-it skills and would like them, you can learn basic repairs, advanced
painting techniques, landscaping, etc. that would help you in the future.
One last thought. If you aren't sure what to do, or what you'd like, why not make your "hobby" to explore 50 different things this year -- try it,
take a local class, get a book about it, research it online, try to hook up with others who are doing it -- give a timeframe -- and if it doesn't
click for you, then go on to the next thing on your list! Good luck!