Hobbies and Interests

Hobbies and Interests

A divorce is a time of big changes, and most people have a desire to branch out and try new things during this life transition. Besides being a tool for personal growth, developing new interests is also a very good way to meet new people, both friends and potential dates. Here are some suggestions on hobbies and activities that you might consider, if you haven’t before.

Physical Activity

  • Join a community sports team-play softball, basketful, soccer.
  • Take tennis lessons or learn to play golf.
  • Join a dancing class or club. It’s not necessary to have a partner, and there are classes out there for any kind of dance you like.
  • Join your local gym or YMCA.
  • Take part in a hiking or nature club.
  • Take up power-walking or running. Find an exercise buddy.

The Outdoors

  • Gather some friends for a camping trip.
  • Go canoeing, rafting, or floating.
  • Go fishing.
  • Take up an adventure sport such as climbing, spelunking (cave exploration,) or rappelling. Most cities have a climbing gym where you can meet people with similar interests.

Home and Garden

  • Paint your home, inside or out.
  • Re-decorate to suit your new self and new lifestyle.
  • Plant a vegetable or flower garden. Contact your local horticulture society or botanical gardens for information on community classes for gardeners.


  • Learn to make your own clothes.
  • Join a quilting or sewing club.
  • Build model airplanes or put together a train set.
  • Check out a local hobby shop and take inventory of the hundreds of possible hobbies. Decide on one that appeals to you and start small with one kit or one manageable project.


  • Take up painting or drawing.

Continuing Education

  • Take classes at the local community college-learn a new language, business or computer skill. Get to class early so you can get to know your classmates and possibly develop friendships.
  • Buy a new computer and take a class to learn how to use it.
  • Join a book club or writer’s club.
  • Join your local Toastmasters and improve your public speaking skills.

Church/Community Involvement

  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Join a local political group and take part in campaigns.
  • Get involved in your church. Most churches sponsor social activities, and many have events just for singles.


  • Explore some places you have never been. Contact your travel agent about cruises and other packages specifically for singles.
  • Or, shop the internet for low-cost packages

The top Internet SItes for booking bargain travel are expedia.comtravelocity.comorbitz.comkayak.com and priceline.com.


  • Take a cooking class.
  • Learn how to bake.


  • Consider enrolling in a dating service. Be sure to shop around for a good price, and make sure you’ve chosen a reputable service.
  • Place a personal ad-taking care to be cautious and aware of safety. Meet in a public place, or double date with someone you know and trust-The old saying, “there’s safety in numbers,” definitely applies here. Don’t give out your home phone number, last name, or address until you know the person very well.
  • Try meeting someone on the internet. There are now many reputable services now on-line, and some happily married couples have met over the net. Currently, the top three on-line dating services are Plentyoffish.comMatch.com and Eharmoney.com. Again, use caution when meeting strangers.
  • Check out local singles groups such as Parents without Partners.
  • Ask a friend to fix you up with an eligible single.

If none of these ideas strike your fancy, an excellent web site to help you find a new hobby is discoverahobby.com.

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