Your Hobbies are Important

How you spend your time is one way to tell the world a little about yourself. And it’s not just what you do for a living but how you spend your free time.

But hobbies paint more than a picture of our passions and values.

Research shows that when you participate in activities that make you happy, it improves mental health. It increases your creative problem-solving abilities and helps you build better relationships.

Another study found that people who practiced a hobby were more relaxed. More importantly, there was a noticeable decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the participants.

This fall, consider taking up a hobby to enjoy the benefits and have fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


This may not be exclusive to fall, but on a cold, rainy day there’s nothing better than getting out the paint and canvas instead of the TV. Or take up watercolors; the fall colors are an inspiration.


Fall is the best time to camp in the beautiful Prescott area. It just makes sense.

If you want to start out slow, rent an RV and do a bit of glamping.


It goes without saying that this is one of the most beautiful places in the country to go hiking. And add hiking to your camping trip.


Get crafty. Pinterest has a world of ideas to get you started.

Write that novel

If you’ve always wanted to write that novel, do it now. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a national organization that motivates you to write every day in November. Find them at and get writing.