Self Improvement: 10 Hobbies/Classes Every Vixen Should Try
One of the keys to being healthy is staying active. Sure, we move around a lot, but we tend to compensate being busy for really getting out there and practicing healthy habits. Luckily for us, some of our favorite things to do, but just don't seem to have time for, are actually beneficial to our well-being.
Our solution? Make time! Don't let life pass you by. There are ways to incorporate active learning experiences into your hectic schedules. Here's a list of 10 hobbies/classes that'll keep you lively throughout your journey.
1. Creative writing
For things you can’t say or have a hard time expressing, write them! Creative writing will keep you from saying something crazy aloud and could also be fun/funny (NOTE: The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl). Writing is a great way to control your anger and remain calm. It not only helps manage stress, but improves cognitive functioning as well.
2. Wine Tasting
Ever wonder where or how that wine you like so much is made? Well, why not go to a vineyard and see how it's all done? Keep an eye open for your local wineries. Small tasting sessions allow for a more intimate setting and a greater learning experience.
3. Weekend Getaways
Whether it's downtown or five states away, getaways are necessary. After a long week of work and homely duties, it'd be nice to go kick it with your girls or your spouse. Don't you agree? Living Social has affordable deals on mini vacations throughout the nation and the Caribbean islands that we highly recommend you look into. You deserve it!
4. Pole Dance Classes
Learn how to wow your audience, Vixens. Pole dancing is a perfect way to spice things up at home. Once you learn how to work the pole, your man won't need to hit the strip club. Those ones could go towards a gift for you! Aside from that, it's just another form of dancing and exercise that can be really fun.
5. Spoil yourself
Read a book, take a long nap, get a message, clear your mind, RELAX and REFRESH! Every Vixen needs to shut out the world occasionally. Once a month is ideal for a little bit of me-time. Monica said it best: “It’s just one of those days that a girl goes through, when I’m angry inside, don’t want to take it out on you…don’t take it personal. I just want to be all alone…”
6. Singing Lessons
We ALL sound good—along with music and in the shower, that is. But what happens when your home-girl switches the radio dial unexpectedly? Can we say, embarrassing? No worries! There is a way for non-singing Vixens to learn how to hold a tune. If you’re interested in the technique of singing or serenading a special someone, try voice lessons. They really work! Private lessons usually range from $25 - $75 per hour session and include breathing, posture and voice exercises.
7. Recreational Cooking Classes
We can’t stress it enough: Every Vixen should know how to cook! Just a little something, at least. You don’t always have to be the person who brings store-bought food to potlucks. We all need that one bangin’ dish under our belt. If you aren’t into it or want to improve, look up your local culinary school and see what types of cooking classes they offer.
8. Yoga Classes
Besides obvious reasons for wanting to become more flexible, which isn’t a bad thing, yoga is a nice hobby to pick up. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and improves attention and focus. Huffington Post fitness and triathlon expert, Ben Greenfield, reported last month that yoga even assists people in their weight loss goals, for a less tense body and mind motivates the process.
Learning how to defend yourself is a must. We suggest taking boxing classes. It's good exercise and very useful. If you can't pull out your mace fast enough, at least you'll know how to distract and block your attacker. Bet they won't be expecting a left hook!
Whether it is on your favorite dessert, in a room or in a car, decorating serves as a good outlet to show off your personality. It passes time, it can be fun and it’s kind of cool to look back at. It’s always good to have a little something on the side to focus on. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking:
IF YOU DRAW… Create an art space in your house. Make a collage of your drawings on a wall near your art space so your former work inspires your new work.
IF YOU DRIVE... Spice up your car! Think about your favorite color and/or animal print and make it your interior theme. Stay clear of the traditional black. Try a tan/brown steering wheel cover, matching floor mats and a dream catcher to hang from the rearview mirror. If you want to be bold, try a zebra steering wheel cover with red floor mats and other red accessories.
IF YOU LIKE TO COOK… Customize your desserts. Betty Crocker sells icing tubes with designed nozzles to help you do this. Try baking brownies or cookies, spread them with icing and top it off with your favorite candy. Be creative in your designs. (NOTE: Great for the holidays)
IF YOU LOVE TO SHOP… Make a fashion bulletin. Cut out trends or looks you’re feeling and post them on the board for styling ideas.