May 2022 Life Update: Trying Out New Hobbies & Skills

After spending April in purgatory, I decided to get my life going again and pick up some new hobbies and skills this month. My way of working around my anxious phases has been to just be lazy and watch re-runs of favourite shows. But this time I want to try keeping myself extremely busy and see how that works with my anxiety. I wanted to pick up some fun and useful skills/hobbies that would be helpful in the long run – helpful to me and hopefully, helpful to the planet as well. (Read about my sustainability journey here.)

So what hobbies and skills?

COMPOSTING

I’ve been meaning to get a compost bin for a while and so this month, I finally started on my composting journey. (Why composting? Because our wet waste ends up decomposing anaerobically, meaning without access to oxygen, in landfills which leads to them emitting greenhouse gases.) I’m excited to see how this turns out. I’ve got 2 compost bins and a terrace garden filled with plants waiting for the compost. I’ll give an update on the compost situation in a post in July.

CYCLING

I got a cycle!!!! I’ve been planning for the last few months to cycle to work every day. I’m not sure how feasible it is since Delhi is burning up and the traffic situation is bad. But I’m going to practice cycling (in traffic) over the next few months and hopefully start cycling to work in the winter months.

MAKING MACRAME PRODUCTS

Fun macrame earrings

Ok, ok – I know the earrings aren’t wow – but I love them! These were the first macrame earrings I tried and it was so much fun. I upcycled an old pair of hoops too (photo below) just to jazz them up enough to want to wear them and I love how they turned out. I’ve just started with basics right now but hope to level up and make prettier things soon.

Upcycled these hoops

These are the hobbies/skills that I picked up this month. I also want to learn how to crochet and sew! I’ll pick those up a few months down the line. What are some hobbies/skills that you are learning or want to learn?

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Will be waiting for the compost update! I’m so glad that you’re doing this and trying new hobbies. Cycling is great, I’ve been thinking of doing the same for a month now but this summer laziness is not letting me go yet😂, Delhi must be burning up so take care.
    I love macrame earrings!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you. I’ll definitely give an update once the compost is ready.

      It is so hot. I try to go early morning or post 10PM – otherwise it is impossible to cycle.

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  2. Forestwood says:

    Composting is a great idea!!
    As is cycling. Much better to be creative than passively sit watching re-runs. I can’t even wait to see your next craft project.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you so much ☺️

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  3. Jas krish says:

    Hobbies are the best companion. They will never let you feel lonely 👌🌹👌God bless you

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Well said. Thank you so much.

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  4. Be careful with the cycling in traffic! Those earrings are beautiful 😉

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I went cycling in a lil busy area today and it was scary. 🙈 I’m definitely not ready for it.

      Thank you so much.

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  5. Sounds like some great hobbies! Good luck with composting. There have been some things I have had to learn the hard way, and also how it’s important to be careful that rats don’t go after it

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Ooooh. I’ll definitely keep that in mind. If our home gets infested because of me – my folks will kill me. 🙈

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      1. I hope that won’t happen to you. It is quite the fine line to tread

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  6. Juliette says:

    Amazing post! It is so amazing that you started composting! And I love the macrame earrings as well, they are beautiful! I’m sure you’ll get mnay uses of the bike and I’m super excited for you to start riding it around!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yess! Other than the fact that it is so hot that I’m not able to cycle for more than 2-3 kms at a stretch. But I am so happy that I got the bike.

      Thank you ❤️

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  7. https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

    I love how you put composting into a hobby category! I suppose it can be when one goes through the whole cycle… and cycling, what a fun way to get exercise and even commute! Bravo! Loving the macrame earrings! didn’t even know it was a thing until I saw the cute ones you made!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      When I look at it as a chore, then I feel lazy to put the efforts into composting. But looking at it as a hobby has me pumped up.

      Aww, thank you. I hope I get better at making them.

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      1. https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

        Lol! I love the mind-shift! It makes such good sense to me! The “I get to do this” instead of “ I have to”. 😎😎

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  8. I love all of these! I’m obsessed with composting although I’ve never done it! But it always kills me throwing away organic material that could turn into beautiful compost. Someday when I have a yard! And those earrings are ADORABLE! As for me, I JUST reached out to someone to learn how to golf! I dunno why the idea popped into my head and I was like YES! It’s a bit pricey so I’m not sure how this will go since things are sooo tight $$$. But I really want to learn and think I could be good. We shall seeeeeee ⛳️ such a fun post!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Oooooh! Golfing sounds fun. My dad’s always tried to get me interested because he thinks all business hot-shots golf. I’d love to hear about your experiences and maybe give it a try too (for fun).

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      1. Ok I’ll keep u posted! I’m super excited 🙂

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  9. akshita1776 says:

    All those aound cool!

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  10. Ella says:

    I love trying new hobbies. Making jewelry is one of my favorites. Glad you are feeling better.

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  11. mterrazas32 says:

    I don’t do composting, even though I should since it help with gardening. As for finding a new hobby, not looking for one right now. My art has kept me busy along with school. Would love to learn how to play an instrument.

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  12. Srishty says:

    as i usually tell you, i like learning from friends more than Google, so can’t wait for your composting journey. i plan to start it when i am more regularly at my place

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  13. Pooja G says:

    Your hobbies sound so fun and I love the earrings- they look super cute! Hobbies are so helpful in improving your mood and keeping you busy at the same time.

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  14. I tried cycling onetime and injured my knee so bad😂😂. I never wanted to cycle ever again. Hope it goes well with you and watch out the traffic.
    I love those earnings, they are cute❤❤

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