Retirement Hobbies

By Wendy Fisher, Retirement-Online.com

Retirement Hobbies bring JOY to your retired life!

Retirement hobbies are really very good for you -- they keep you active! We need activity, mental and physical, in retirement. We need to socialize and meet new friends -- and hobbies help there too!

What will YOU do all day, every day, 24/7?

Retirement Hobbies aren't JUST Hobbies.

In Retirement, hobbies truly provide meaning and purpose to our lives! Sometimes Income too!

You don't have to do a hobby full time, or daily, or even weekly -- as that's the beauty of retirement, you can spend your days anyway you like.

If you are a night owl, do your hobby at midnight while the rest of the world is deep asleep. If you get up really early, play with whatever hobby for retirees that you find interesting!

You might just find yourself in one of the most rewarding "jobs" of your life... and you'll think it's play, because its FUN!

Find a Retirement Hobby that Feeds your Soul...

That's my husband, the guitar player at church.. first a hobby, now almost a job he practices and plays so much! He loves every minute too!

You might love crocheting, or flower arranging, or making fancy chocolates or candles to share with friends. Whatever it is that makes your heart go WHOOPEE -- go for it!

Find a Retirement Hobby that Pays...

Diana is a methodical, organized gal. She has a bachelors degree in English literature, but she is considering starting a small business to help home owners organize their home and life. Now she has something to keep her busy while padding up her savings accounts at the same time. Perfect!

Wendy (that's me!) is a Retirement Geek -- what does she do with that? She writes a website and has retired to the internet - helping people learn about retirement.

Back to my husband, Terry, he hadn't used that old electric guitar (hidden under the spare bed) for over twenty years and guess what? He now plays for two churchs, three services, every week. He loves every practice, connecting with the other musicians, and doing his guitar magic! He isn't paid in cash, but the reward is great!

FIND THE PERFECT RETIREMENT HOBBIES that you enjoy! Many can bring an income home to you too!

Let your Mind, Body and Soul Fly High!!

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Retirement Hobbies: Lots of Ideas!

  • Aerobics, after all, it's all about maintaining what you have already got, physically.
  • Antiques 
  • Art, be creative!  
  • Audio Books Love listening to mine!
  • Have you ever considered brewing beer as a hobby? This might well be a new business for your retirement years!
  • Biking is a good hobby to keep physically well.
  • Bird Watching - Learn more and connect with bird watchers!
  • Blogs - Why not write your own Blog like these retirees did? I'll start a blog for you if you need help!
  • Bridge
  • Cake Decorating is a great hobby -- everyone loves cakes (and cup cakes). Great hobby to business too.. even simply by word of mouth!
  • Calligraphy is a beautiful art form, words as an art form! This is something that anyone can do with practice.
  • Car Restoration
  • Card games
  • Carpentry is one retirees hobby, which he really enjoys!
  • Chess is a great mind game to keep your mind active. Find a few fellow chess players and test your skills.
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Collectors: Lots of them out there!
    Longaberger basket -- Beach Collector -- Ball Point Pen collector -Box collector
  • Computers - Video Games and Facebook
  • Cooking  

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Hobby with Visitors...

Do you have an interesting hobby that you'd like to share with other retirees?

Do you collect antiques?
Do you create artsy cards to send to friends?
Do you keep a journal?
Do you play bridge?

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Retirement Hobby Ideas
from Visitors

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Retirement Hobby: Radio Controlled MultiRotor Aircraft 
I am an 84 year old retired photographer. I live in Homeland, California, where we have as many quad pilots as we get rain. NO, I have to take that …

Retirement Hobby: Quilting 
I am working my way through the remaining quilts which my Great Aunt Dora pieced, the tops. She did this 24/7 b/c she was an insomniac and pieced quilt …

I crochet baby blankets 
My hobby is a craft, a pleasure for me. l crochet baby blankets for young moms' & their newborn babies. I usually have 8 maybe 9 finished by the time …

PATIENCE, PLEASE (aka Solitaire) 
Hi. I’m a senior with too much time on my hands, so I thought I was being clever when I bought a Solitaire game for my computer. The one that came with …

Retirement Hobby: Document Family History 
I joined Ancestry.com recently as a free member. I am adding all my family members simply as a historic record to try to gather as much as possible for …

Retirement Hobby: Painting and Tying Hand-Made Fishing Lures 
I went fly fishing one day to a local lake to fly fish for crappies. I had 2 flies with me- both the same color. The first fly I broke the hook off and …

Retirement Hobby: Circus Model Building  
This hobby started as a model railroad project many years ago but the circus became a larger interest. I have volunteered at the Circus world Museum …

Kid's crafts 
Hello! 3 years ago I started doing crafts (something I like to do since 40 years) for the children at a local daycare, such as: I crocheted blanket with …

Creative Retirees Unite! 
I feel I need to add more creativity to my life. I need more whimsy, more dreams, more playfulness! I myself work too much. I am guilty of writing …

Retirement Hobby: Audio Books and Old Time Radio 
I collect audio books and old time radio programs on tape and CD. I like listening to them.. Today, I rarely pay for them. I use the Internet Archive …

Retired: No hobby, honey 
I really enjoy being retired. I have found plenty to do and started volunteering. My only problem is with my husband. He has retired and all he wants …

Retirement Hobby:
Collecting ball point pens
 
I have perhaps the largest and most unusual ball pen collection around. I would love to share thoughts and ideas of others who do that. I would love …

Retirement Hobby: I love Walking! 
I started by taking long walks with my puppy through the various trails and paths in the woodland in my backyard. This is a county park that also ends …

Retirement Hobby: ART 
Art and music have become one of my greatest hobbies. Art is endless. The lighter side can make you happy and full of life and the dark side can awaken …

Retirement Hobby: Genealogy 
I retired last year, after working for a solid forty years for the same gas company. All four of my children have grown up and started families of their …

Retirement Hobbies: Video Games 
I actually recently took up video games. As strange as that sounds for a retiree it has been great. Video games have allowed me to maintain the hand …

Retirement Hobby: My Computer ( and Facebook) 
My guilty pleasure retirement hobby is Facebook on the computer. It is like being a peeping Tom into others lives; depending on what they write about themselves. …

Retirement Hobbies: Keeping Tropical Fish  
Thirty-odd years ago, I kept tropical fish and belonged to the local aquarist society, thanks to a colleague of mine who was the then society secretary. …

Retirement Hobby: Fused Art Glass 
Handcrafted Fused Art Glass, unique one of a kind Jewelry, Home Decor, Garden Art and Studio pieces. I also do custom orders. I have a company Coastal …

Retired and 1.3 Million Geocaches to Find 
1. I want to travel and do stuff before I get too old and infirm 2. I'm tired of waking up on someone else's schedule 3. I hate winter 4. …

Retired and I collect Longaberger Baskets 
My Basket Longaberger Collection There are 86 baskets in my Longaberger basket collection! They are handmade in Dresden, Ohio and beautifully handcrafted. …

Retired and I collect Beaches! 
*From an old issue of my pen pal newsletter, Inky Trail News -- just to show you there is something for everyone -- hobbies and odd collections galore! …

Discovering my Ancestors 
Recuperating from a 1989 Heart attack, I decided to continue my investigation started when I was four years old and was at My Grandfather Henry Enderby's …

Artsy Retiree makes Creative Greeting Cards 
I make beautiful creative greeting cards using artwork I've obtained from the internet or magazines and my own special poetry. I match the poetry …

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Designing and building cardboard model cars. 
I design and build my own cardboard model cars, and I make cardboard model car kits that people can build for themselves, and sell them on eBay.

Artist Trading Cards 
I just got interested in Artist Trading Cards. They are blank pieces of sketch book paper or illustration board about the size of a playing card that …

Writing Fiction 
If you want to start writing check out this great on-line resource: http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/pwarchive/ I belong to the short fiction …

Retirement Hobby: Restoring a classic car 
Being retired allows you to have time to do things that you may have never done, but have always wanted to do. I personally have always loved cars …

Retirement Hobby:
Geocaching
 
I really enjoy Geocaching. It is like a scavenger hunt where the Latitude and Longitude coordinates are given on a website and a person must locate …

Reading 
I like an interesting variety of short articles to read. I have a site saved to my favorites called Magatopia.com, which lists free online magazines …

Hobbies: Genealogy 
I have the McDowell back to 1792 Stoke Damerel Devon uk and Dumbrell family tree from Sussex uk which i have reached a brick wall. I am still hoping to …

The Writers' Drawer 
As a retired editor, I set up a website, The Writers' Drawer, http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/, for "drawer" and beginner writers. They can submit poems, …

Retirement Hobby: Poetry and Song Lyric Writing 
I was forced to retire in 2009 because of health reasons and basically watched tv, played poker, but then remembered I used to write song lyrics for many …

Retirement Hobby: Furniture Refinishing 
For the past eight years I have been going to furniture refinishing classes through the local Board of Education General Interest courses offered in my …

Retirement Hobby: Tennis 
Tennis is one of the best and most fulfilling hobbies a retiree can take up. While that is the case for a variety of different reasons, the biggest reason …

Retirement Hobby:
Greeting Card Creating
 
I have trained a few retired women with interest in artistic work to create greeting cards. Greeting cards are prepared on recycled hand made paper. …

Retired, and I Collect Boxes 
You ask about collectors; what do you collect, where do you find them, and where do you keep them? Yes, unfortunately, I do! Collect: Boxes, autographs, …

Retiree with Hobbies 
After retiring from work at 63, and talking to the local villagers and joining the library, I was bored! I have lived a full life, not always easy but …

Digital Photography 
Try digital photography! This is really nice because you don't have to buy film, so your saving money there and your not waiting for the film to be …

Clay sculputure is my retirement hobby... 
My hobby is clay sculpture. I belong to a cooperative studio. The cost of clay and low firing is minimal. Studio space probably costs more. A cooperative …

Retirement Hobby: I love carpentry! 
For the past five years as a retiree, I have been enjoying my time in the garage spent on carpentry. I usually run to the local Home Depot or Lowe's …

Singing is a Hobby too! 
My name is Josephine P. and here in the deep south in New Orleans, music is a vocation, an avocation, or a hobby for many citizens and visitors. I …

So Many Retirement Hobbies! 
MUSIC makes the heart sing , and there are a hundred ways to approach it. Collect records? CDs? Audiotapes? Refine your collection of a particular style …

Woodworking,
great retirement hobby!
 
After I retired, I took up woodworking as a full time hobby. I had dabbled in it some while working, but didn't have enough time to devote to it seriously. …

Photography 
I started taking pictures in the Queen Charlotte Islands but my camera was not good quality and we also did not get a lot of sunshine, so many of the pics …

Retirement: Pick up a martial arts! 
I took up a martial art - Muay Thai to improve my fitness, reduce my fat level, helps with my body coordination and reduce stress. It is fun and a great …

Photography 
For many years, writing has been an avocation. Finding good photographs to go along with my subjects was always a challenge. I began taking my photos. …

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