How to Make Your Over 50’s More Exciting

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Why is a Hobby so Important?

Do you ever look around you and wonder how you can make your life just a tad bit more interesting? Many of us do the same things over and over. We exercise, eat well, read, and we forget to challenge ourselves so that we will get out of our boxes or routines.

Hobbies are a great way to take you to help you exercise your minds, challenge you, and bring creativity into your day-to-day. I have a few hobbies that I love, and when I see that they are becoming too easy or have become a new routine, I change things around and challenge myself.

Painting and Sketching as a Way to Tell Your Story

Create your visual journal with watercolor pencils and pens! Get a mixed media notebook. Make sure that it can handle the watercolors.

Photo by Marguerite Beaty

Photo by Marguerite Beaty

I like the spiral notebooks because I can allow one side to dry while working on the other. It lays flat. My notebook has a hardcover so that I can use it anywhere- no need for a table. Choose something that you like, and that will fit in an easy-to-carry bag.

When I started to use the notebook as a visual journal, I had such a hard time because I wanted all my drawings to look perfect. And- of course, they didn’t and don’t look perfect.

Photo by Marguerite Beaty Take your hobby everywhere

Photo by Marguerite Beaty Take your hobby everywhere

I had to find a way to make my notebook less precious, so I scribbled and doodled on it until I started treating it like a tool for self-expression.

A hobby is just a tool for self-expression, and that is why hobbies are so much fun. When you treat hobbies as an extension of yourself, you will relax and enjoy them much more.

Painting is a way to describe your feelings, your day, a dream, or your view.

Photo by Marguerite Beaty My Ericeira Walk

Photo by Marguerite Beaty My Ericeira Walk

You will never feel lonely or bored if you take your hobby with you everywhere. You will be surprised to find out how well you can draw on a moving bus, a plane, or while waiting around for anything. Take your notebook with you and sketch.

Flowers by Marguerite

Flowers by Marguerite

You will start to see things that you had not noticed or things that you never found important. Shapes will take another meaning. You can create a whole new world with your very own colors. Your mind will be busy, and time will go by so quickly.


Doodle to Quiet Your Mind by Marguerite

Watercolor by Marguerite

Watercolor and Pens by Marguerite

David Schofield (My teacher in Edinburgh)

Sandrine Pelissier Artist and fabulous online classes and loads of tips

16 Commonly Asked Questions by Painting Beginners The Spruce Crafts

Marguerite Beaty, Blogger, Photographer & Artist

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