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I love a side hustle. My hobbies -- blogging, podcasting, making comedy videos, even tweeting -- have all become my job. I even contributed to a book called The Hustle Economy: Transforming Your Creativity Into a Career. So believe me when I tell you: Your hobby is also allowed to be completely useless.

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If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you have most likely noticed an all-encompassing sense of calm that pervades the program and soothes the viewer. Unlike other cooking shows, the contestants aren't "here to win", they're here to bake, and maybe even make friends.

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Winston Churchill was known as a great many things -- UK Prime Minister, writer, orator. What you might not know is that he was also a painter. He didn't take up the hobby until he was in his 40s, but it became such an integral part of him that he even wrote a book about it -- Painting as a Pastime. It details his love affair with the craft and how greatly it enriched his life.

Whether you want to rediscover an old pastime or take up a new one, here's why you should consider doing something creative. It's time to find yourself again and reignite your drive.

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We all have goals. Some might be career orientated, others may involve learning a new hobby or reigniting an old one.

It can sometimes be hard to achieve them. Maybe you're too busy ("Down time? What's that?") or find it difficult to get started. Perhaps motivation becomes a problem after you get started.

The excuses stop now -- you can find time if you really want something to happen. And we're here to help.

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Photography is an appealing hobby because there's no barrier to entry; you can just grab a camera and hit the pavement. That also means budding photographers who are just learning as they go often make the same mistakes. Here are three such mistakes common to inexperienced photographers.

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Hobbies are wonderful to have, but it's just as easy to lose sight of what your hobby actually is, in the rush to buy things that support it. From time to time, remind yourself that your hobby is about doing things, not accumulating things.

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I don't really enjoy vegging out on the couch. I am paradoxically curious about everything, but quickly get bored when my brain isn't engaged. I always need to be doing something. So, instead of staring at yet another screen when I come home, I've finally found a perfect balance of engaging and relaxing for my evenings.

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Once you finally cross that threshold where exercise becomes a routine, there's a big "what's next?" question that pops into your brain. For many of us, simply doing the work just isn't exciting enough. As a cyclist, I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone to keep things interesting.